WWE superstars have to jump through a lot of hoops on the road to being part of the biggest wrestling company in the world. It isn’t something that a superstar can accomplish overnight, some stars have stories about how they were once homeless or how they used to work at a dead-end job just to be able to make ends meet and pay for training.
Wrestling will never be seen as an occupation that will pay a lot of money outside of the bigger promotions in America. This means that many aspiring wrestlers are forced to take on a number of jobs in order to pay for training and their transportation to the shows that they would be wrestling on. These wrestling jobs would rarely pay a lot of money either, this was a time when their passion for wrestling was always the main reason for remaining a part of the business.
It’s always interesting to look back at the jobs that many superstars had before they were famous, mostly because the characters that these stars play on WWE TV don’t fit with the jobs that they once had when they were seen as ordinary working class people. Many of these stars the WWE Universe wouldn’t actually associate with having a 9-5 job and actually being a full-fledged member of society, considering the characters that these stars now portray in front of the world.
The following list looks at 15 WWE superstars who once had quite interesting jobs before they decided that their true calling was inside the ropes as part of the WWE.
15. Trish Stratus – Receptionist At A Gym
Trish Stratus is one of most successful female wrestlers in the history of WWE. She is a former seven-time Women’s Champion and a WWE Hall of Famer. She revolutionized women’s wrestling during her time in WWE and paved the way for many of the women in WWE right now, but when Trish first came into WWE she had no actual wrestling experience.
Trish made her debut as a valet and later trained to wrestle while she was already part of the Raw roster. Before Trish was taken into the hearts of the WWE Universe she worked as a receptionist at her local gym. Trish had a background in fitness and as a gymnast which helped her throughout her training and has since gone on to open her own gym and fitness center in Canada, so it seems that being part of a gym has always played a huge part in Trish’s life and wrestling career.
14. Nikki Bella – Waitress
Nikki Bella is currently recognized as the longest reigning Divas Champion in WWE history and is the face of both Total Divas and Total Bellas. Nikki and her sister Brie have worked their way up through WWE over the past decade, and it seems that the duo who were seen as models when they were signed to the company, had a number of jobs before WWE as well.
Nikki and her sister Brie both worked as actresses for a number of months while they were looking for an agent who could help them find their way in the modeling or acting world. The duo reportedly turned WWE down once because they wanted to get into acting, but later agreed on a deal to sign for the company not long afterward. Luckily, the twins decided that WWE could offer them the fame that they craved, and it seems over the past few years that WWE has booked its entire women’s division based around the two sisters and their Total Divas show.
13. AJ Styles – Ambulance Driver
AJ Styles is known all over the world as a wrestler now after spending time in both TNA/Impact Wrestling and New Japan Pro Wrestling before he was signed by WWE back in January 2016. Styles could be considered to be one of the biggest stars in WWE right now, but it hasn’t always been that way for the former WWE Champion.
When AJ was still in college he decided to enter a wrestling school because all his friends were doing it so that he could see if he had a natural talent for the business. Like many other stars just starting out in the wrestling world, AJ didn’t have much income so in order to supplement his income he took on a number of part time jobs which included mowing people’s lawns on a daily basis and even driving an ambulance. AJ started a family at a young age so he had a lot of responsibility on him at this point.
12. Lana – Ballerina
Lana is one of the newest additions to the SmackDown Live Women’s Division and seems to be making a name for herself in her own right after years of being by her real-life husband Rusev’s side on WWE TV.
Lana came to WWE when she auditioned for the 2013 online Diva Search, where the winner would win the chance to appear on Total Divas. Lana didn’t win but was still signed to WWE as a manager for Rusev in NXT. Before she made her way to WWE Lana had already made a name for herself as a dancer and actress in the Pitch Perfect films, but what is relatively unknown about Lana is that she has been dancing for most of her life and was actually signed to the Latvian National Ballet when she was just 14 before moving to New York at the age of 17 to continue to pursue a career in dance.
11. Sheamus – IT Technician
Sheamus is a former World Champion in WWE. He is of Irish descent and has seemingly managed to remain a huge part of WWE programming now for almost eight years. He is also a former Mr. Money in the Bank and 2012 Royal Rumble winner, which shows how much confidence WWE has in the ginger star.
Before Sheamus met Bret Hart and decided to pursue a career in professional wrestling, he worked a number of other jobs, including the time he worked as an IT technician. Sheamus doesn’t look like the sort of person who would be happy crammed behind a desk staring at a computer all day, so it’s not really a shock that he decided to move into a career as a security guard at a nightclub. It was while he was working as security that he met members of U2 and actually worked for them a number of times.
10. Ashley – Worked As An Escort
2005 Raw Diva Search Winner Ashley went on to become a popular star in WWE when she aligned herself with Trish Stratus. She even went on to pose for Playboy magazine and was part of the only female match at WrestleMania 23 when she took on Melina.
Ashley left WWE in 2008 when she asked for her release so that she could look after her seven-year-old daughter who was reportedly ill. Ashley may have come through to WWE after she auditioned for the WWE in the Diva Search, but it seems that WWE wasn’t her first option as a job. Ashley decided to pick a fight on Twitter with former WWE Diva Sunny who revealed that Ashley once worked as a high-end escort before she was hired by WWE and could well have continued this career following her WWE release. Sunny even tweeted proof for the whole world to see. It seems Ashley may have picked the wrong person to fight with.
9. Brock Lesnar – Farmer
Brock Lesnar has dominated WWE now for a number of years and is the current reigning Universal Champion. He is also a former UFC Champion, making him one of the most dominant WWE stars in history, so it’s hard to see Brock doing any kind of job that didn’t include him hitting people.
Brock comes from a small farm in South Dakota and even though he has never struggled for money or had to actually have a part-time job like many other stars, Brock did have to work on the farm, which meant that Brock spent a lot of his youth milking cows and looking after goats and pigs while training for what would be an incredible future career in wrestling. Brock now lives in a farm style community, so it seems to have been something that he enjoyed and has wanted to retire into when his career finally comes to a close.
8. Chris Jericho – Musician
Chris Jericho often splits his time in WWE with his time that he spends on the road with his band Fozzy. This is the reason why Jericho hasn’t been seen in WWE for a number of weeks because he’s currently on tour with his band.
What isn’t so well known about Jericho is the fact that he was a musician with Fozzy before he became a WWE superstar. It seems that Jericho has always been a person who knew he was destined to be in the spotlight and somehow over the past two decades Jericho has been able to split his time in the spotlight between wrestling and his singing career and he has done an incredible job. Jericho has to be seen as one of the hardest working wrestlers in the company currently since he also manages to juggle a family along with these two jobs as well.
7. The Miz – Reality TV Star
The Miz came to WWE back in 2006 as the host of the WWE Diva Search and has bragged about the fact that he was once a reality TV star. Miz is a former World Champion in WWE and has main evented WrestleMania. It’s not bad for a star who came to WWE with no wrestling background and who was hated in the WWE locker room.
Before The Miz came to WWE he made numerous appearances on MTV’s The Real World where he talked about how much he wanted to be a wrestler one day, so it came as a surprise to no one when Miz actually made it to WWE. The biggest shock would be the fact that Miz has lasted as a main part of the company for more than a decade and has now even been able to branch out into a semi-successful career in acting as well.
6. R-Truth – Rapper
R-Truth has had quite the career in WWE. He has had a number of tag team partners over the years and a number of successful Championship reigns in both WWE and TNA, which could be why WWE has decided to keep him contracted to the company for so long.
Truth is a well-liked star both backstage and by the WWE Universe, but it seems that wrestling wasn’t always high on his list of things to do with his life. From a young age, Truth developed a love of hip hop and break dancing and was seen as a youngster with potential in a number of sports, but Truth dropped out of school at 16 to pursue a career as a rapper. Truth continued to deal drugs with his father after he left school and was arrested and spent 13 months in prison. It was at the halfway house that he met Jimmy Crockett of the National Wrestling Alliance and he showed Truth the way to a wrestling career.
5. Kofi Kingston – Staples Worker
Kofi Kingston made WWE history last year when he, along with New Day team mates Xavier Woods and Big E, became the longest reigning Tag Team Champion in the history of the company, before going on to pick up the SmackDown Tag Team Championship from The Usos on two occasions as well.
Kofi has a lengthy history in WWE, one that started out with Kofi faking a Jamaican accent, but it seems that long before Kofi was trying to hide his real place of birth, he worked in Staples. It doesn’t seem like the most interesting of jobs, but it just goes to show that sometimes people from all walks of life are forced to accept dead-end jobs whilst they work their way up to the job that they really want. Kofi obviously thought this way and used his job at Staples to help supplement his early wrestling career a long time before his WWE days.
4. Michael Cole – Journalist For CBS Radio
Michael Cole gets a lot of abuse from the WWE Universe on a regular basis, but there is a reason he has been doing his job for as long as he has and there are not many people who would be able to do the job that he does on a weekly basis.
Cole is an instrumental part of the show and it seems that his background in journalism trained him well for his career in WWE. Before he made his way over to WWE, Cole had a successful career as part of CBS Radio. While the current commentator was working for CBS, he covered a number of high profile cases including the Yugoslavian Civil War and Bill Clinton‘s presidential campaign. It seems that Cole has had quite the career both in front and behind the camera and WWE could well be much easier than the job Cole once did as a journalist.
3. Randy Orton – United States Marine Corps
Randy Orton is one of the biggest stars that WWE have ever created. If it wasn’t for the number of speed bumps that Orton has managed to run into throughout his career, then it is thought that he could easily have been on the level that John Cena is right now.
Orton is a former 13-time World Champion in WWE as well as being another wrestler who has been able to successfully switch over to star in a number of WWE Studio’s movies, but it seems that Orton’s life could have panned out a little differently. Despite coming from a family of wrestlers, Orton made the decision to enroll in the United States Marine Corps, something that he considers to have been one of the biggest mistakes of his life right now. Orton received a bad conduct charge and was sentenced to 38 days in a military prison before being released.
2. Enzo Amore – Manager At Hooters
Enzo Amore has been thrust into the spotlight in WWE recently after his former Tag Team partner Nig Cass decided to turn against him after years of the duo being in the Tag Team Championship hunt and never being able to win gold.
Enzo has been forced to go it alone in WWE ever since Cass turned on him and has recently made his way over to 205 Live where he hopes to finally pick up his first piece of gold in WWE. Enzo seemingly has a lot of heat backstage because of some of the things he gets up to outside of WWE. Enzo has never been a star who cares what other people think and started his climb to fame at an unlikely place since it is reported that Enzo once worked as a manager at Hooters. Enzo also worked a number of other jobs including being a disc jockey for the New York Jets and a professional piano mover.
1. John Cena – Limo Driver
John Cena is one of the most famous wrestlers in the world, his career has spanned more than 15 years and he is a record equalling former 16 time World Champion. As well as his successful WWE career, John has been able to make a career out of his raps that he once used in his early WWE days as well as making the switch to appear in a number of movies and reality shows.
Cena has always been seen as a huge star on WWE TV, so there isn’t a lot known about his life before he came to the company, but what is known is that like a number of other stars, Cena also worked a number of odd jobs in his youth. One of which included being a limo driver. It seems that Cena’s first ever paying gig was chauffeuring around people that are exactly the same as he is right now, slightly ironic.
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