WWE superstars portray characters on TV, which is why many of them look completely different in real life when they decide to remove the makeup and become themselves again. Some rely heavily on makeup in day to day life, which is why images of them without makeup are quite hard to recognize when they share them on their social media accounts.
There are a number of both female and male superstars who are forced to wear a lot of makeup or face paint when they're wrestling, because it fits in well with their characters. The stars don't wear as much when they're off-screen, because they aren't fighting against the lights and HD TV which is why they look so different when they are being themselves outside of the ring.
Recent social media trends have allowed many stars to share images online of themselves without makeup to raise awareness for different projects and many of them have plucked up the courage to put these images out into the public eye of them with no makeup on and no filters, which proves that many of these women really do look different when they aren't reliant on their enhancing products.
Here are 20 images of WWE superstars who look completely different without their makeup. The WWE Universe could bump into these stars in the street and not realize that they are their favorite wrestlers because they look so different when they are out of the ring.
Goldust has become a legend in WWE over the past few decades, but in recent years the former Champion has started to transition into a backstage role within the company since he has been seen much less on-screen since his break up with former tag team partner R-Truth a number of months ago.
Goldust was one of the stars who truly defined The Attitude Era with his risky attire and move-set alongside his wife Marlena. The gold and black face paint has always been an iconic part of the Goldust character but when Dustin Rhodes decides to wipe it off, he becomes much harder to recognize. Rhodes has made a number of NXT appearances in recent years as part of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic where he has been seen without the makeup, but many fans still find it hard to see him without the character.
19 Alicia Fox
Alicia Fox has been part of WWE now for more than a decade and she has definitely gone through her own fair share of character changes. Alicia has always had a strange character that stood out for her own qualities, but recently WWE has been trying to play on a crazy vibe. Alicia is also someone who relies heavily on makeup so that she looks completely different on WWE TV, compared to the way she looks in everyday life.
Alicia sadly missed out on the Women's Royal Rumble back in January because she broke her tailbone and then the WrestleMania Women's Battle Royal a few days ago since she wasn't cleared to compete, according to Cageside Seats. She will be returning to WWE TV in the near future so that the former Divas Champion can finally be part of some history-making matches in the Women's Revolution.
Looking at the two images above, there is no one who changes more with a little bit of foundation than former SmackDown Women's Champion Charlotte. The daughter of Ric Flair goes through quite the transformation when she needs to prepare for in-ring action, which leaves her looking completely different.
Charlotte has been one of the most dominant stars in the Women's Revolution over the past few years and one of the reasons why the entire storyline has been such a success. WWE stopped caring about what their Women's Division looked like a long time ago, according to NPR, and it was because of superstars like Charlotte who were able to prove that the business should be about ability and not their physical presence. With or without makeup Charlotte is absolutely stunning, but as the above images prove there is quite a change when she does decide to become her in-ring character.
17 Beth Phoenix
WWE Hall of Famer Beth Phoenix is another woman who went through a dramatic transformation when she decided to become her in-ring character. The former Women's Champion was one of the most dominant women in the company at that time but she had quite a different look and persona when she wasn't in front of an audience.
According to USA Today, Beth is now married to fellow WWE Hall of Famer Edge and the couple have two daughters together, but that hasn't stopped Phoenix returning to the company numerous times over the past few years as both an in-ring performer and as one of the commentators for the Mixed Match Challenge and the Women's Battle Royal at WrestleMania. Phoenix hasn't missed a set since her retirement and could easily return to the company as an in-ring competitor in the future if the company continues to give women history-making matches.
Maryse has always been one of the most beautiful women in the world but even she has to put on makeup to make media appearances and to wrestle. Maryse has recently given birth to her first child, a daughter called Monroe Sky, and is part of a new TV series centering around her husband called Miz and Mrs.
Maryse has definitely been able to continue to make a name for herself ever since she auditioned for The Diva Search more than a decade ago, but she has also changed her image a number of times as well. Maryse is now seen as a valet for her husband, so she wears completely different clothing and makeup from when she was a wrestler. Regardless of what Maryse does, she looks stunning, but the transformation can be seen above and it's quite impressive how much Maryse makes certain parts of her face stand out.
15 Eva Marie
Eva Marie made quite a drastic choice when she first came to WWE and that was to dye her black hair bright red and become known as The Red Queen. It was definitely a bold statement, but it was one that meant that Marie always had to ensure that her makeup matched, since a color that bright can sometimes make the skin look washed out.
Marie appeared on a number of episodes of Total Divas where she was seen without makeup and it made it quite hard to recognize her since the WWE Universe are so used to the former Diva Search contestant looking so tanned. Eva was released from the company last year after just four years but she definitely left a lasting impression with the WWE Universe and has since dyed her famous locks back to her original black color, which obviously makes's her makeup routine much easier.
Carmella is a former NXT superstar and recently cashed in her Money in the Bank contract to become SmackDown Women's Champion for the first time. The star has been forced to create an image for herself when it comes to her character in the ring since Carmella looks completely different outside of the ring.
It's hard to believe that this woman is the same person, since her face and her hair look completely different. Whatever Carmella is doing, it seems to have worked since she is now the Champion on the Blue Brand and could be set to become a prominent star in the Women's Division moving forward, since she recently successfully cashed in the first ever Women's Money In The Bank contract, according to Forbes.
Paige is a unique kind of superstar when it comes to her complexion and the way she wears her makeup since she has always used the fact that she has pale skin to her advantage. Even though Paige has stood out because of her skin ever since she made her WWE debut, she is still someone who needs to wear makeup so that she doesn't look washed out.
Paige is beautiful, but when she isn't being her in-ring character, she looks completely different, because she isn't being told what to wear and how to blend her makeup. Paige recently retired from in-ring action and became the General Manager of SmackDown Live, which is interesting since she will now have to start dressing differently and will probably change the way that she wears her makeup as well, which will definitely make her look like a completely different person.
Sting was known as a WCW legend and a TNA star long before he became part of the WWE back in 2014. One of the most iconic things about Sting throughout his career has always been his face paint, which has seen him known as both The Icon and The Crow.
Sting has been wearing the paint ever since he first started his career, which has been so long that many fans were unaware of what he actually looked like underneath. Sting has made a number of appearances since his retirement without the makeup, which makes it much easier to recognize who he is when he's outside of the ring now, but there was a time when Sting was unrecognizable when he wiped off the mask and became Steve Borden. In the years since his retirement Sting has become a WWE Hall of Famer, according to The Washington Post, and become even more recognizable for his face painted character in recent years.
11 Alexa Bliss
Alexa Bliss is a former SmackDown and Raw Women's Champion in WWE after a shaky start in NXT where she was the manager of Wesley Blake and Buddy Murphy. Bliss has always had an iconic look, where she has either had blue tips in her hair or red. She changed the tips to pink when she moved to the main roster.
Even someone like Alexa who is seen as one of the most beautiful female wrestlers in the company right now has been forced to change her image when she steps in the ring and now wears a lot of makeup to help her to become her in-ring persona. The images above show the difference between Bliss both in and out of the ring and incredibly there is a huge difference. Makeup has become something that all women in WWE have become dependent on.
10 Nia Jax
Nia Jax has become known as the Irresistible Force on WWE TV and someone who has definitely benefited from her Samoan heritage when it comes to her beautiful skin. Jax is the current Raw Women's Champion after winning the Championship at WrestleMania and has always spoken out about having a positive body image, according to E! News, which something that affects her in her day to day life.
Jax's face is one of the first things that the WWE Universe see when she makes her way to the ring because that is the way she decided to present her entrance, which is why she is always wearing heavy eye makeup because the camera zooms in on her face before slowly zooming out. Regardless of the beliefs that these women have, every woman needs to wear some form of makeup when they are on TV and Nia's definitely ensures that her best points are accentuated.
9 Sasha Banks
Sasha Banks has definitely transformed since her days on the Independent Circuit before she became known as The Boss. Even when Banks was in NXT her physical appearance was still similar to her Indy days, but now she has completely changed her look in order to stand out on the main roster, where it seems that all of the women have their own physical attributes.
Banks now sports purple hair and a completely different sense of style, but this is how different The Boss looks when she isn't wearing makeup and dying her hair to suit her character. She has undergone quite the transformation over the past few years, but she is still one of the most popular women's wrestlers in the company and is a former four-time Raw Women's Champion.
8 The Boogeyman
The Boogeyman was once one of the scariest superstars on WWE TV. He would make his way to the ring in a cloud of smoke while eating worms and banging a clock against his head. He would scare his opponents into submission and win based on the fact that no one actually wanted to face him.
The star behind The Boogeyman actually ate the worms that he was seen eating on Live TV, which made the gimmick even more harrowing. Even though he hasn't appeared on WWE TV for a while, The Boogeyman is still one of the most iconic characters in the history of the WWE, but when he wipes off his red face paint when he steps outside of the ring, not many fans will believe that The Boogeyman is the same person. The star in this photo looks nothing like the WWE superstar we all know.
7 Jillian Hall
Jillian Hall was part of the Women's Division at a time when the women were expected to be the most alluring women on TV. Jillian underwent a number of enhancements in order to become the star that she was seen as on WWE TV, but she doesn't look that way anymore after being out of the spotlight for a number of years.
Jillian has been out of the ring now for almost a decade and when she was arrested back in 2015, her mugshots were made public and they showed that the former Divas Champion definitely looks considerably different outside of the ring, compared to how she looked when she was inside it. Hall was under a lot of pressure to be at the same level as many of the other women at that time, which could be why she looked so different during that period of her career.
6 Nikki Bella
Nikki Bella has become the face of the Women's Division over the past few years ever since Total Divas became one of the stand-alone features of the Division. Nikki and her sister Brie have been the faces of the show for the past five years and this has allowed Nikki to be pushed on WWE TV as well.
Of course, Nikki is in the spotlight, walking red carpets so often now that she has been forced to change her look and never appear at less than one hundred percent. Nikki always looks her best when she's on the red carpet, but when she is out of the spotlight Nikki looks completely different. Total Divas has allowed the WWE Universe to see her life outside of the ring and the woman behind the Nikki Bella image looks completely different.
Melina is a former Women's Champion in WWE and someone that was given the honor of taking the Women's Division forward after Trish Stratus and Lita retired back in 2006. Melina and Mickie James became the faces of the Division and put on some fantastic matches when they were given the chance, but she was still released from the company eight years ago and had continued to work in the business since, according to Wrestling Inc.
Even Melina was forced to change her image when she appeared on WWE TV since the former Champion was another star who looked different without makeup to allow her best parts to stand out. Melina has changed a lot since her time on WWE TV, but she is still heavily reliant on makeup, since it's something that many of the women's superstars of that era were forced to depend on throughout their careers.
Cameron started her career in WWE as a former dancer and it allowed her to bypass a lot of the training in the Performance Centre so that she could be promoted to the main roster to align herself with Naomi as part of The Funkadactyls. Cameron then became one of the main cast members of Total Divas, which allowed her to raise her profile as part of the main roster.
Cameron wasn't a popular star throughout her time in WWE because her ability wasn't up to standard, but her role in Total Divas pushed her forward. When she sided with Ryback after he walked away from the company and started an online debate when it came to equal pay, Cameron was released from the company, according to Wrestling Inc. Cameron changed her image when she became part of the main roster and now looks completely different from the character that she portrayed when she was on WWE TV.
3 Mickie James
Mickie James returned to WWE last year and is now one of the oldest female wrestlers in the company, but still manages to look absolutely incredible. Mickie has been in the business for more than two decades and her image has changed a number of times as well, to the point now where Mickie is seen with much darker hair.
Mickie's pale complexion allowed her to have light brown hair for a number of years at the beginning of her career, but since her change of hair color, she has been forced to change the way she wore her makeup as well. It's hard to believe that the image above is of the same woman WWE fans know, but this is the difference that a few years and a change of image can make. Mickie is now one of the best-known female wrestlers in WWE.
2 Becky Lynch
Becky Lynch has been on the wrestling circuit ever since she was a teenager and was trained by Finn Balor. The inaugural SmackDown Women's Champion has changed her image a few times over the past few years ever since she first rose to fame in NXT. Lynch went from being seen as the Irish Dancer, to The Lass Kicker, which was when she decided to dye her hair orange.
Becky's obviously tanned a lot since she first came to WWE and has changed the way she looks so dramatically that she would be hard to recognize outside of the ring at this point. She is another female wrestler who has changed her entire image so dramatically that it is hard to believe that this is the same person. It will be interesting to see how much Becky changes in the coming years if she's changed this much in such a short space of time.
Natalya has been part of WWE TV for more than a decade and the only female graduate from the Hart Family Dungeon has definitely changed over the past few years. Nattie looks incredible on WWE TV right now as the former Women's Champion on SmackDown Live but off the screen Natalya looks completely different because she isn't completely reliant on makeup when she's playing her role on Total Divas.
Natalya has been part of Total Divas for the past five years and always seen as a main character on the show so in that time she has been able to show what she looks like off-screen as well, and many fans were shocked by the transformation. Natalya looks more fair-skinned when she isn't wearing makeup, but it's still easy to see that it is Nattie.