WWE has been considered a global sport since the 90s and the days of Hulk Hogan and Macho Man Randy Savage. Even though a huge part of its popularity lies in the US, this sport gained lots of followers in Europe, Asia, and South America as well. Although WWE features lots of skilled athletes, this sport is more about its storyline and theatric scenes like one would find in soap operas. Each wrestler has a sort of a stage persona he or she is known for and people are often surprised when they meet these athletes outside the ring. So, to see what these interesting individuals are (or in some cases were) all about, we have created this article. Enjoy!
#1 The Rock
Everyone heard of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. What most people don’t know is the fact that The Rock is one of the most popular stars to come out of the pro wrestling world. Times magazine states that he is one of the most influential personalities in the world right now. Besides being an actor, he is also a good friend of Kevin Hart.
#2 Hulk Hogan
Born as Terre Gene Bollea, Hulk Hogan was one of the most decorated wrestlers of the 20th century. Because of him, many fans started watching this sport. After leaving a huge mark on the industry, Hogan went on to become an actor, musician, entrepreneur, and TV personality. He even had his own reality show.
#3 Ric Flair
During his prime, Rick Flair was one of the best wrestlers to walk the earth, and his 16 championships not only prove that, but also make him a legend of the sport. After his retirement, Rick Flair briefly got into acting. He also suffered a terrible tragedy when his son died of an overdose.
#4 Mr. McMahon
Vincent Kennedy McMahon is probably the most popular person associated with WWE. Besides being the owner, chairman, and CEO of the franchise, Mr. McMahon is also a guy that you can see in lots of memes that are going viral even now. He also works as a film producer, businessman, and actor.
#5 Macho Man Randy Savage
Along with Hulk Hogan, Macho Man was an icon of the 80s and the 90s. He was a pretty good wrestler in his time, and many people know him from weird commercials, memes, and movies like Ready to Rumble, Spider-Man, and Baywatch. Randy Savage passed away in 2011 from a heart attack.
When he was a student, William Scott Goldberg spent several years playing in the NFL after being drafted from the University of Georgia. After his unsuccessful spell in the football league, he became a wrestler and quickly gained popularity. Nowadays, he owns a gym in California where he lives with his family.
#7 Stone Cold Steve Austin
Austin’s wrestling career has been cut short by an unfortunate injury. After suffering the injury, he made the decision to retire from pro wrestling and try acting. Many may have spotted the retired actor in The Expendables and Nash Bridges. Because of his great accomplishments, he was introduced to the WWE Hall of Fame in 2016 and it is said that he has an impressive net worth as well.
#8 Shawn Michaels
First known as Michael Shawn Hickenbottom, Shawn Michaels is regarded as one of the greatest professional wrestlers in history. He is also known by the nicknames “Heartbreak Kid”, “The Showstopper”, and “Mr. Wrestlemania”. Michaels also worked briefly as an actor and TV presenter. He now has two kids with his wife, Rebecca.
#9 The Undertaker
For a long time, Mark William Calaway, commonly known as “The Undertaker” was THE face of the WWE franchise. He has made some gigantic waves in the wrestling world and today he spends his days making moves in the real estate market. He still makes appearances on the franchise every now and then.
Although his name is an actual title in Sumo, Yokozuna was never an official competitor in that discipline. Yokozuna, or Rodney Agatupa Anoa’i, was the first Samoan wrestler to appear in WWE, being very popular in the 80s and the 90s. Yokozuna died in 2000 after he sustained a heart attack.
Although annoying to some, Adam Joseph Copeland also known as Edge, was a charismatic wrestler in his time, popular all around the world. After leaving his persona in the wrestling ring, he went on to try out his acting skills. Edge even released an autobiography in 2004 which turned out to be very popular among wrestling fans.
#12 Triple H
Paul Michel Levesque, also known as Triple H, claimed several WWE championships during his time in the ring. After he decided to retire from the wrestling world, he tried his hand at business and acting. Now he is a successful entrepreneur who sometimes makes an appearance in the ring, for the old times’ sake.
David Michael Bautista, known as Batista, ruled the ring in the late 90s and 2000s. When his time with WWE was over, he focused on making his name in acting, martial arts, and bodybuilding. Although at some point in his career he was accused of using steroids, it turned out to be untrue. The WWE fans will most definitely remember him as a six-time world champion.
Kane, the younger brother of the Undertaker, is actually a guy whose name is Glenn Thomas Jacobs. He is one of the most popular wrestlers in the entire WWE history and the world heavyweight champion in 2010. Although he could be seeing in the ring as a guest nowadays, Jacobs is spending most of his time serving as a mayor of the Knox Country.
#15 Big Show
Paul Donald Wight II is known by the names Big Show and The Giant. He has won many titles in the past and has spent nearly 30 years in the ring. The tireless wrestler could be seen there even today. However, Big Show wasn’t just present in the wrestling world as he also took up acting. You may have spotted him in a variety of different movies and TV shows.