Billy Sharp became a social media hero when he celebrated a recent goal at Norwich City by doing the ‘Mr Socko’, made famous by former WWE wrestler Mick Foley.
Such is the power of social media that the celebration managed to find its way to Foley via Twitter, who then watched the Blades’ captain replicate his celebration in the 2-2 draw at Carrow Road.
He then proceeded to perform Foley’s finishing move on teammate George Baldock, a move familiar to most wrestling fans.
After the game, the video went viral on social media, leading to Foley then seeing the Tweet himself and responding, saying: “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!”
A number of messages were then shared between Sharp and Foley, as well as through Sheffield Wednesday’s official Twitter account over the following days, leading to the Blades inviting him to a game at Bramall Lane.
Foley accepted and will now be present for their upcoming game against Brentford on May 12, as well as then taking part in a Q&A session for supporters to attend in Sheffield the next day.
And so forms one of the most unlikely friendships in sport between veteran Football League striker Billy Sharp and WWE hero Mick Foley.