If you’re not a wrestling fan, Sheffield United striker Billy Sharp’s goal celebration against Norwich may have been completely bewildering.
Sharp scored both of United’s goals as the Blades earned a 2-2 draw at their promotion rivals on Saturday.
And he celebrated by whipping out a sock with a face on it, putting it over his hand and pushing it in the face of teammate George Baldock.
— EFL (@EFL) January 27, 2019
That was a tribute to wrestler Mick Foley, who used a sock puppet called Mr Socko to help apply his trademark Mandible Claw finishing move when he competed under the name Mankind.
It was perhaps a nod to WWE Royal Rumble which takes place on Sunday.
Is it too late to enter tonight’s Royal Rumble @WWE? 🧦
— Sheffield United (@SUFC_tweets) January 27, 2019
The celebration was quickly picked up by Foley himself, who described it as “tremendous” before pronouncing Sharp his favourite footballer of all time.
THANK YOU @billysharp10 for single-handedly getting this broken down dude trending! You just passed those @NYCosmos greats of my youth – Beckenbauer, Tueart…even PELE as my FAVORITE FOOTBALLER EVER! @SoccerAM pic.twitter.com/dZE9hMf3D4
— Mick Foley (@RealMickFoley) January 27, 2019
Keep an eye out for the world’s newest and most enthusiastic Blade, Mick Foley, at Bramall Lane some time soon.
And who knows – perhaps a cameo from Sharp at Royal Rumble?