If there’s one thing that members of the WWE Universe love, it’s seeing their favorite WWE Superstars throw down in the squared circle. Night in and night out, these athletes perform hard both physically and verbally, establishing larger than life characters and personas and entertaining millions of people. With 4 shows a week between television and the WWE Network, in addition to untelevised house shows, WWE performers are in demand and highly accessible.
The life of a WWE Superstar is hard. There is no off season and most of these performers are on the road 300+ days a year.
As such, it’s easy to forget that these gifted warriors also live exciting lives outside of the ring. One of the benefits to such a challenging career choice is the opportunity to make exceptionally good money and ensure a good life for one’s family. The reward for connecting with the crowd and making a big impact is more television time and more opportunities, be it a WWE Studios movie role, a larger merchandise offering or a title run.
Somehow, in between the long hours and endless travel, the Superstars of the WWE find a way to pursue their other passions, be it bodybuilding, acting or collecting vintage muscle cars. Stars like John Cena, The Rock, and Triple H have spent years building their fortunes and live in mansions fit for kings.
From John Cena’s love of fast moving automobiles to Dad Owens Dad, here are 20 of the best photos we could find of WWE Superstars being champions outside of the ring.
20. John Cena
Being the face of the WWE and a 16 time Heavyweight Champion of the world comes with quite a few perks. Not only is John Cena one of the most recognizable faces on the planet and a surefire first ballot Hall of Famer, Cena’s spot as company flag bearer has given him the chance to branch out into the mainstream. For a sign of Cena’s success, fans need only look at the crowds at WWE events. A veritable sea of John Cena merchandise, from hats to t-shirts to arm bands to foam hands.
From hosting the ESPY awards, to Make-A-Wish, to Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice presenter, Cena has enjoyed mainstream success on the same level as his one-time adversary The Rock (more on him later).
19. Roman Reigns
While it seems like WWE couldn’t pay people to cheer for the guy, Roman Reigns is quite a different man when the cameras are off. Away from the bright arena lights and pseudo-SWAT gear, Roman is a devoted family man and father. Though he may have a badass reputation to protect when he’s throwing down in the squared circle, Reigns has no problem attending tea parties and playing dolls with his beautiful daughter.
Roman Reigns may struggle to be accepted as a good guy at work but when he comes home, it’s clear that he is his family’s knight in shining armor. This should come as no surprise, as Reigns is a part of the legendary Anoa’i Samoan wrestling dynasty, and family is of the utmost importance in Samoan culture.
18. The Big Show
Billed as “The World’s Largest Athlete”, and for good reason, The Big Show doesn’t do anything small. Standing 7’1, Show used to weigh in at the 500 pound mark, much like his spiritual predecessor, Andre the Giant.
In his younger days in WCW, Show was leaner and even used to be able to pull off a stunning moonsault, though he had to be stopped from performing the move for his own safety. As the years have gone by, Show has sported a variety of looks and his larger than life presence has only grown. At his biggest, and least healthy, he reached upwards of 530 pounds.
In 2017, Show is enjoying a career resurgence as a special attraction in WWE, only appearing occasionally for big moments. And one of the catalysts for this resurgence comes from his stunning off screen body transformation, as seen in this picture. At 393 pounds, Show is at his lowest and leanest weight since 1995 and is arguably in even better shape than he was as The Giant. This passion for the gym will undoubtedly prolong his legendary career for several more years.
17. AJ Styles
Two years ago, the idea of ever seeing AJ Styles in a WWE ring was a pipe dream only held by the most diehard of wrestling fans. In 2017, AJ Styles has competed in the Royal Rumble match, the Elimination Chamber, wrestled at WrestleMania and has even held the WWE Championship. 2016 was undoubtedly a phenomenal year for The Phenomenal One and AJ isn’t showing any signs of slowing down, emerging as one of the premier faces of SmackDown! Live.
While Styles’ in-ring persona doesn’t endear him to roughly half the audience, AJ’s real life personality is much more amiable. Styles is a devout Christian and a family man through and through. One of the ways he carries this with him to work is through his body art.
16. Chris Jericho
Chris Jericho, much like John Cena, has enjoyed an enviable career. A world traveled athlete, Jericho has the distinction of having accomplished both of his childhood dream jobs, by becoming both a pro wrestling superstar and a bona fide rock star as the frontman for Fozzy. It’s not often that a person can say they’ve accomplished everything they ever dreamed of doing as a child but Chris Jericho is one of those people. In between being the “Best In The World at What He Does” and rocking on stage, Chris finds the time to be a devoted husband and father, an author and a podcast host.
As seen here, when he’s not breaking codes and getting slammed face first into obscenely expensive Jeritron 6500’s, Chris can be found on stage tearing the house down with Fozzy. Ayatollah of Rock ’N Rolla is more than just a gimmick for the G.O.A.T. If you don’t believe us, just ask him. But watch out. You might just make The List.
15. Xavier Woods
Xavier Woods is not only a member of one of the most successful factions in WWE history; He’s also just a bona fide nice guy. The kind of guy who would sign an autograph for you and proceed to hold a 15 minute discussion with you about Super Nintendo and Dragonball Z. The kind of guy you could easily see yourself hanging out with on a Saturday evening, sharing pizza and a cold beer.
Woods is perhaps the envy of every gamer on the planet, as he spends his down time running a popular YouTube gaming channel, Up Up Down Down, which regularly showcases all manner of video games and plenty of fun discussions with his fellow WWE Superstars as they play games together. It’s proven to be a successful avenue for Woods, as his channel grows daily.
14. Mick Foley
Good old St. Mick is home for the holidays, as seen in the picture here. Mick Foley may be known for blood, barbed wire, fire, explosions, thumb tacks and hurtling his body like a scud missile off of all manner of high objects but when he’s not crushing people’s windpipes or piledriving them through plywood tables, Foley is a literal Father Christmas to his wife and kids.
Mick has a longstanding passion for the Christmas season and really goes the extra mile to celebrate the occasion. He even commemorated his love for Yuletide by naming his daughter Noelle. Never a stickler for fashion trends, it’s not uncommon to see Mrs. Foley’s Baby Boy rock the ugliest of ugly sweaters when December rolls around.
Although Mick’s wrestling days are long behind him, he thankfully still has a relatively clean bill of health and a successful stint as WWE Raw General Manager, a role he is currently enjoying every Monday night on the USA Network.
13. Brock Lesnar
The Beast Incarnate. The Conquerer. The 1 in 23-1. The Next Big Thing. Brock Lesnar has held a variety of nicknames over the years and all of them are fitting. The moment Brock’s signature entrance music hits, crowds explode with anticipation, knowing that someone is about to be obliterated.
Though his initial WWE run ended unceremoniously in 2004, Brock Lesnar has never slowed down. Conquering the world of professional MMA with UFC, Lesnar returned in 2012 and has carved a path of brutal destruction through the WWE ever since.
So it may come as a bit of a surprise to WWE fans to find out that Brock is a dog person. When Brock isn’t peeling off 16 German Suplexes or ending beloved undefeated streaks, the notoriously introverted and private athlete enjoys cuddling dogs. Just don’t ask him about it when he’s on the clock. He might skip rope with your entrails.
12. Stone Cold Steve Austin
One more match. Though a phrase the WWE Universe has chanted at many a beloved retired wrestler, there is not one competitor in history that has heard it more frequently and more passionately than arguably the greatest WWE Champion of all time, Stone Cold Steve Austin.
Austin’s career was defined by ups and downs but he is most remembered as the cornerstone of the Attitude Era, his feud with evil boss Mr. McMahon helping drive the then-WWF forward as they finally pulled ahead of WCW in the Monday Night Wars.
Easily the most popular wrestler of the modern era, Austin’s career came to a quiet and remorseful end at WrestleMania XIX in an instant classic against the most fitting adversary imaginable in The Rock.
Since his ride off into the sunset, Austin has far from dropped off the radar. He’s become a bona fide action movie star, a successful podcast host and the star and host of the Broken Skull Challenge, a reality TV show that sees Austin put would-be tough guys and gals through their paces with a variety of physical challenges at his ranch in Texas. Even without a return to the ring, Austin remains one of the most beloved wrestlers in WWE history.
Are you not entertained? Sheamus hasn’t always been the most exciting wrestler on the block but his talent and work ethic can never be called into question. One of the fastest rising stars in WWE history, Sheamus won his first WWE Championship from John Cena after just 166 days on the WWE roster.
While in recent years he has been heckled for his appearance (that ‘hawk, though), the WWE Universe has softened their tone on Sheamus since his successful tag team partnership with fan favorite Cesaro, and the Celtic Warrior has settled into a comfortable role as a tweener.
When he’s not pumping iron or Brogue Kicking hooligans, Sheamus has found the time to develop a short but successful stint as an actor, starring in three films before coming to WWE, voicing himself in a WWE/Warner Bros. Scooby Doo animated collaboration and most famously, portraying Rocksteady in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows.
10. Sasha Banks
If you’re gonna do it, do it like a Boss. That’s the signature motto of multi-time RAW Women’s Champion Sasha Banks. Banks’ story is one of perseverance and redemption. Of hard work and determination. Sasha has competed against literally everybody, including the WWE fans and the people in the front office, to prove herself as a marketable commodity.
With each passing match, Sasha’s confidence in her persona grows and her never say die attitude and determination have made her a beloved favorite of the WWE Universe.
Of course, it doesn’t hurt to have family ties, as seen in the photo above. Sasha Banks is the cousin of legendary rapper Snoop Dogg, who played her to the ring at WrestleMania 32. She is also the cousin of singer/songwriter Ray J.
The Bulgarian Brute is one of the best heels in WWE, as he’s one of the only bad guys who doesn’t really get cheered (unless he’s fighting Roman Reigns).
The Super Athlete’s reputation for crushing foes precedes him, as Rusev has followed in the footsteps of other foreign powerhouses with a disdain for Americans, like Nikolai Volkoff and The Iron Sheik.
Who can forget the pronounced winning streak Rusev went on that saw him continuously defeat proud American Superstars with his devastating Accolade submission hold before rubbing it into the crowd’s collective face by having the Russian flag descend from the rafters.
While his character might be an unlikeable schmuck, Rusev is quite the sensitive fellow behind the cameras, as seen in the above photo from his storybook wedding to real life wife and on-screen manager Lana. When he isn’t romancing his wife or crushing foes, Rusev can be found engaging in epic ping pong battles against fellow WWE Superstar and good friend Cesaro.
8. The Rock
There are a few names that are so recognizable around the world that even people who aren’t fans of professional wrestling will recognize them. Stone Cold. Hulk Hogan. John Cena. The Rock.
Dwayne Johnson, hailing from the legendary Anoa’i Samoan wrestling family, was destined for greatness, even if he hit a few speedbumps along the way (Die Rocky Die, anyone?).
The Rock became one of the greatest WWE Champions of all time and arguably the most prolific microphone worker in wrestling history. It seemed that every line that came out of Rocky’s mouth during his legendary promos was quotable and his interviews with Jonathan Coachman became the modern day entertainment equivalent of Hulk Hogan’s bromance with “Mean” Gene Okerlund.
Since his unofficial retirement from wrestling, Johnson has transitioned into a wildly successful Hollywood movie star, doing much to break the stigma that wrestlers can’t act on the big screen. He’s one of the highest grossing movie stars in the world and has no problem enjoying the fruits of his labors, as seen in this picture of Johnson with one of his beautiful cars.
7. Bray Wyatt
He was once known as “The Army Tank with a Ferrari Engine”, a nickname that didn’t exactly roll off the tongue, yet describes him perfectly. Bray Wyatt, once billed as Husky Harris, has never exactly looked like the prototypical WWE Superstar, with a stocky frame and a beard suitable for Duck Dynasty.
Bray Wyatt was that exception to the rule before it was cool to be, paving the way for other unconventional looking but exceptionally talented stars like Kevin Owens and Samoa Joe to reach the heights they have in WWE.
What Wyatt lacks in bodybuilder physique, he has always made up for in spades with his natural charisma, incredible promo ability, unique character and uncanny athleticism in the ring. The man moves like a Cruiserweight.
6. Stephanie McMahon
It’s been a long time since she was known as the Billion Dollar Princess and Billion Dollar Queen would be a more fitting nickname today. The daughter of WWE CEO Vince McMahon and wife of WWE Executive and legendary World Champion Triple H, Stephanie McMahon has long been a thorn in the side of WWE fans everywhere.
Taking up the mantle of her father’s infamous evil boss character, Stephanie can be found on Monday Night RAW, taking the wind out of people’s sails as RAW Commissioner.
Like the rest of her family, Stephanie is a workaholic and somehow finds the time amidst her busy WWE schedule to serve as a company ambassador, be a mom to three adorable daughters and maintain a well chiseled physique. It seems her husband’s love of bodybuilding has rubbed off on Stephanie, who is in phenomenal shape and could probably clock the daylights out of any of the RAW Women’s division, should the former Women’s Champion ever decide to throw down in the ring again.
Real life Wall Street Tycoon and self-proclaimed “Wrestling God” John “Bradshaw” Layfield lives a very good life. In addition to saving the money he made during his in-ring career, JBL invested in the stock market and became a self-made millionaire.
While Bradshaw doesn’t throw many Clotheslines from Hell anymore, the longest reigning WWE Champion in SmackDown! history spends his Tuesday nights calling the action at the broadcast table. Being wealthy has other perks as well. JBL resides in the beautiful paradise of Bermuda, working with the youth there and enjoying the occasional round of golf.
When he’s not day-trading, appearing on Fox Business, calling matches or living it up in Bermuda, JBL has also been known to climb a mountain or two. A definitive choice for the WWE Hall of Fame one day, JBL definitely lives up to his oft-repeated mantra; He smells like smoke because he’s walked through fire.
4. Vince McMahon
It doesn’t take a whole lot of imagination to picture what Vince McMahon’s day to day life looks like. It’s filled with pumping iron, attending board meetings, yelling at the creative staff, rewriting RAW scripts six minutes before RAW goes on the air, and trying to convince the writers that Roman Reigns making God tap out to an Abdominal Stretch would be a good idea.
In all seriousness, McMahon is a workaholic, a trait he’s passed down to his kids, and the WWE empire is what it is today because of his guidance. He’s a multi-millionaire who sometimes moonlights as a billionaire. He’s won a Royal Rumble match, had his head shaved by Donald Trump and has been Stunned more times than he likely cares to remember.
There are few people in the world that could probably afford a real life Scrooge McDuck money pool but Vince McMahon is one of them. Vince’s accomplishments were cemented when he received his very own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
There are very few wrestlers over the years that have reached mythical status. Bill Goldberg is one of those wrestlers. The former Atlanta Falcons defensive tackle was the public face of WCW during the Monday Night Wars and is most remembered for his astounding (and allegedly inflated) winning streak of 173-0.
Despite a less than memorable stint with WWE in 2003 and 2004, which ended with an unceremonious departure after defeating Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania XX in one of the worst ‘Mania matches of all time, Goldberg has made a much talked about comeback to WWE to reignite his feud with Lesnar.
Despite being 50 years old, Goldberg’s passion for bodybuilding hasn’t waned and the man looks as mythical and beastly as he ever has, appearing in the picture above on one of his motorcycles. He cemented his legacy as pro wrestling’s most prolific destroyer by wrestling his first match in 12 years at the 2016 Survivor Series and obliterating Brock Lesnar in 1:26 with two Spears and a Jackhammer.
2. Jerry “The King” Lawler
It’s good to be the king! Those are the words Jerry Lawler has lived by his entire career. This legendary wrestler may not have ever won the WWE Championship, but he’s held 40+ other titles in his career and is a mythical figure in his hometown of Memphis, Tennessee, where his exploits as a heel are so notorious that, to this day, Lawler’s infamous Piledriver is still banned and subject to a fine.
Lawler is a WWE Hall of Famer and spends his days now behind broadcast desks doing commentary, a role he has excelled at for years, though he has long since toned down his once racy and risqué remarks. He also owns his own restaurant, Jerry Lawler’s Hall of Fame Bar & Grille.
1. Kevin Owens
Fight Owens Fight. This is the rallying cry for the current WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens. This mantra, and variations on it (the original being Kill Steen Kill) have taken Kevin Steen from humble beginnings on the indy circuit all the way to being the top heel on Monday Night RAW.
Owens is known for his ruthless, take-no-prisoners approach, his uncanny speed and agility for an athlete of his size and body type and for having a serious problem playing well with others.
This, of course, is in stark contrast to Kevin Owens, family man. Owens lives and breathes his family, so much so that he’s even incorporated them into his heel persona, justifying his brutal beatdowns of people by remarking that it’s all about making more money for his family.
As seen in this photo, as much as Kevin Owens loves being a professional wrestler and a World Champion, Dad Owens Dad is his most important title.