Thousands of children dream about becoming professional wrestlers. The bright lights, the screaming fans, the big gold belts—what kid wouldn’t want to be a part of the show? Fortunately for the kid, although unfortunately for imagination, there are certain rules and regulations involved in wrestling. It actually takes a performer years of training and dedication before they can wrestle safely enough to do so at a professional level. That said, given the right motivation, ambition and natural athleticism, if a person starts training to become a wrestler, they could still end up on TV at a pretty young age.
At least seven teenagers have wrestled on WWE television, with a few competing in WCW and ECW as well. The earlier examples are mostly jobbers, people hired solely to lose to the more important wrestlers. The longer WWE existed, however, the greater the chances of a pre-naturally gifted young athlete being seen and given the chance to appear on television became. Some of the teens went on to become huge WWE Superstars, while others faded away before they hit their 20’s. Most were at least over 18, but a few were arguably too young, needing to lie about their age to sign the contract to wrestle. Regardless of how they got there, these 10 wrestlers made WWE record books years before they could legally drink.
10 Kelly Kelly Is the Youngest Female to Wrestle For WWE
9 The Tonga Kid Is the Youngest to Join the Family Tradition
8 David Flair Is the Youngest Champion in WCW History
7 René Duprée Is The Only Teen To Win A WWE Title
6 Alex Wright Is The Youngest Wrestler In WCW History
5 Jeff Hardy Is the Youngest Wrestler In WWE Raw History
The Hardy Boyz, Matt and Jeff, were obviously wrestling fans their entire lives, always wrestling each other as they grew up and continuing to do so today as Matt ages into his 40’s, Jeff close behind. Jeff got his start on his career over two decades ago, though, wrestling for WWE in 1994 when he was only 16-years old. Hardy debuted on Raw against WWE Hall of Famer Razor Ramon, wrestling under the name Keith Davis. Davis was allegedly the real name of the original wrestler scheduled to battle Ramon, but he backed out at the last minute allowing Jeff to step in and lie to WWE agent Tony Garea about his age.
4 Louie Spicolli Is A Rad Teenager
3 Kenny Dykstra Is the Youngest to Take the Challenge
2 Águila Is the Youngest Person to Fly to WrestleMania
1 Mass Transit Is the Youngest Wrestler In ECW History
Eric Kulas, better known as Mass Transit, never wrestled on television, but he deserves special mention on the list since he’s directly the reason ECW almost got banned from Pay-Per-View for a second time. In late 1996, Kulas and his father infamously lied to ECW owner and booker Paul Heyman, telling Heyman that Kulas trained with WWE Hall of Famer Killer Kowalski and was 23-years-old. Both of those things were completely false, as Kulas was only 17 and had no professional wrestling training whatsoever. A very dangerous idea situation already, the saga became destined for infamy when Kulas was booked in a tag team match, teaming with D-Von Dudley (his original partner Axl Rotten was a no-show), against the Gangstas, Mustafa Saed and New Jack.
Mustafa was a notoriously bad wrestler who became successful on the strength of the Gangstas hardcore, gang violence gimmick, and New Jack was equally notorious for actually living that same gimmick. Instructed to “blade” Mass Transit (make him slightly bleed for dramatic effect), New Jack tossed caution to the wind and stabbed him in the head with an exacto knife. Kulas attempted to sue ECW over the incident and they nearly lost their Pay-Per-View deal because of it, but ultimately even the courts ruled it was Kulas’s own fault for lying, even if many feel New Jack’s actions were way over the line. Kulas died in 2002 due to complications during surgery.
Sources: Cage Match, WWE
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