The road to becoming a WWE superstar is a long and difficult one. Many superstars had to endure years and years of countless hours of training, while wrestling matches in school gymnasiums with little or no pay. These struggles can make or break a person whose ultimate goal is to make it to the pinnacle of the wrestling industry. Several fall short of this goal, as the WWE is the most competitive wrestling promotion in the world. It takes many special attributes to be a part of this prestigious wrestling company.
Many superstars on this list took a path of pursuing a career as a professional wrestler, for some, pro wrestling was never even on their agenda. Some had other aspirations, such as becoming bodybuilders, working in the music industry, modelling or even becoming professional powerlifters. For others, it was a case of being in the right place at the right time, which led them down the path in the wrestling industry. Despite their different paths to eventually getting that golden opportunity, a door finally opened for these 15 superstars who eventually became the household names we have come to know and love. Let us now take a look at who these 15 former and current WWE stars are and what jobs they did before becoming these incredibly famous wrestlers.
15 Cesaro: Data File Administrator
14 Roman Reigns: Football Player
Roman Reigns was always a very talented football player. He won honors for best defensive player in high school. He then went on to set a record for most sacks in one season at Georgia Tech. After his successful college career was over, Reigns went surprisingly undrafted in the 2007 NFL Draft. Reigns would go on to sign with the Minnesota Vikings as an undrafted free agent. Roman only lasted a month with the Vikings before being released. Reigns was then picked up by the Jacksonville Jaguars, only to be released once again a short week later.
13 Sting: Bodybuilder
12 Trish Stratus: Gym Receptionist
11 Wade Barrett: Bare Knuckle Boxer
10 Sheamus: IT Technician
9 Charlotte: Personal Trainer
8 The Undertaker: Basketball
7 Big E: Powerlifting
Big E was graced with some serious talents in football and amateur wrestling because of his size and mobility, something still very apparent in his in-ring work today. Big E won a high school state championship in wrestling and also played football for the University of Iowa as a defensive lineman.
6 Randy Orton: Gas Station Attendant
Knowing the hardships of a life as a professional wrestler, Orton’s parents (especially his father), former wrestler Cowboy Bob Orton, warned Randy to stay away from the wrestling industry. Randy agreed and after graduating high school enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. Orton's military career was quite disastrous though, as he received a bad conduct discharge after going completely nuts on two separate occasions, not to mention disobeying an order from a commanding officer.
5 Vince McMahon: Owner of Cape Cod Coliseum
Vince was introduced to the wrestling industry at the age of 12 (at this same time he met his father), and was immediately drawn to the wrestling business, wanting to walk in the same footsteps as his father.
McMahon graduated from East Carolina University with a degree in business. After spending some time working with different wrestling promotions, Vince and Linda purchased the Cape Cod Coliseum, along with its Atlantic Coast hockey team. After purchasing the arena, McMahon brought in high profile musicians to the venue, such as Van Halen and Rush.
4 Hulk Hogan: Musician
This may surprise many, but the Hulkster was a very skilled musician during his teen years. After late night gigs kept on getting in the way of his studies, Hogan decided to drop out of university and pursue a career as a musician. Hogan and two other musicians from the Tampa area formed a band called Ruckus, in 1976. The band became huge amongst the locals, playing in nightly gigs around the city.
3 AJ Styles: Ambulance Driver
2 Triple H: Bodybuilding
1 John Cena: Limo Driver
Cena graduated with a degree in Exercise Physiology. Yet, it was his passion for fitness that would make Cena pursue a career as a bodybuilder instead. Bodybuilding is an expensive sport to take on, so while doing so, Cena earned extra cash by working for a limousine company as a driver. Along with being a limo driver, Cena also spent some time working as a bouncer. Although he wasn't paid all that much for being a bouncer, the place he worked at fed him as well, and at the time it was a deal Cena simply could not refuse. Man oh man, has he come a long way.
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