Ivan Toney: Brentford Goes Full WWE Mode, Introduces Striker Like The Undertaker, Video

Ivan Toney: Brentford Goes Full WWE Mode, Introduces Striker Like The Undertaker, Video

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
updated at January 20, 2024 at 7:55 PM
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  • Ivan Toney inspired Brentford to victory against Nottingham on his return to football
  • The Englishman marked his comeback from an eight-month ban with a goal
  • Interestingly, he was given an Undertaker-esque introduction at Brentford's stadium

Brentford adopted a WWE-inspired approach for the introduction of striker Ivan Toney ahead of their Premier League encounter against Nottingham Forest on Saturday, January 20.

Toney, returning to competitive football after an eight-month suspension, faced initial charges from the FA for 232 alleged gambling offences, which later escalated to a total of 262 alleged breaches in December 2022.

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Ivan Toney experienced a WWE-like introduction akin to legendary professional wrestler The Undertaker. Photos by AMER HILABI and James Gill - Danehouse.
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Regardless of the legal challenges, the 27-year-old had an impressive track record, scoring 20 league goals last season and making his England debut in March 2023, making him a hot commodity on the transfer market.

Despite speculation linking him with Arsenal, Toney affirmed his commitment to Brentford in an interview with Sky Sports.

Toney crowns return with stunning goal

In his comeback match against Nottingham, the England international demonstrated his gratitude for the club's support during his suspension by netting the equalizing goal with a free-kick after Danilo had given the visitors the lead.

According to the Premier League, both of his last two goals in the English top flight were from set-pieces, scored 266 days apart against the same opposition.

Brentford introduces Toney like The Undertaker

Notably, it was Toney's pre-match introduction that gained attention on social media. The West London club provided him with a grand entrance reminiscent of WWE legend Mark William Calaway, known as The Undertaker.

Accompanied by the WWE-composed track "The Graveyard Symphony," featuring funeral bell tolls and a remix of Frédéric Chopin's "Funeral March," the striker's return was celebrated in spectacular fashion.

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Ivan Toney spurs Brentford to triumph

In a related publication, Sports Brief reported that Ivan Toney marked his comeback after an eight-month suspension with a goal, aiding Brentford in breaking a seven-game winless streak as they secured a 3-2 victory over Nottingham Forest.

Toney, who faced a 232-breach ban for betting rule violations in May, demonstrated his sharpness by scoring a clever free-kick within 19 minutes.

He played the entire game as Brentford moved above Forest into 14th place, establishing a six-point cushion above the relegation zone.

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Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe is a Ligue 1, Bundesliga, and La Liga editor with five-year experience. He previously worked with Sports Corna and 360SportsGH.