Anyone and everyone has got to start their career somewhere; whether you are an athlete, a business person or still in school, you have to expect to start at the bottom of the career ladder. For 10 of these former and current WWE Superstars, that somewhere was competing on a bodybuilding stage. Yes, these names may be very famous today, but that was certainly not always the case. As you might expect, bodybuilding and wrestling have gone hand in hand throughout the years; a great physique is very important in pro wrestling. In fact, it is something that CEO and chairman Vince McMahon, stresses out of his talent. Being a bodybuilder can pave the way for a new career path, and in the case of these 10 individuals, it opened a door to pro wrestling and granted them more success than they ever thought they could achieve. So without further ado, let’s begin; here are 10 former and current WWE Superstars that started their wrestling career as bodybuilders.
10 The Great Khali
9 Earl Maynard
7 Tony Atlas
6 Billy Graham
3 Vince McMahon
2 Triple H
1 John Cena
Before John Cena would hit the ring and became a pro wrestler, he had a passion for bodybuilding. Between the ages of 18 to 22, Cena would compete in numerous competitions such as the “Yankee Classic” in Massachusetts, the “Natural Iron Man” and the “Natural Santa Monica Classic” in California. Despite his four year run, Cena admits it wasn't the proper career path for him. The realization that it is a 24/7 job made Cena think about other options. Constantly packing food and counting every single calorie you put in your body can take its toll eventually. John’s decision to leave bodybuilding certainly paid off quite nicely though, as Cena is the most recognizable superstar in the WWE today.
Sources: faktbodybuilding.blogspot.ca, wwe.com, muscleandfitness.com, bodybuilding.com
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