Just like your favorite WWE superstars, before their rise to fame, these divas took different paths in order to get to where they found fame. Some tried several alternatives before landing in the WWE; the beautiful Lana is an example of this. Before signing with the WWE on a developmental contract, Lana attempted a career in dance, modelling, music and acting. Finally in 2013, Lana signed on with the WWE managing Rusev for the developmental brand NXT. For most WWE Divas, wrestling wasn’t on the radar, but not for all of them. AJ Lee decided at the age of 12 that she was going to be a WWE superstar one day. Paige (like AJ) decided on that early on as well. At the age of 13 Paige already began to wrestle for her father’s promotion, and by 14 years old, she was touring all across Europe by herself. Quite remarkable. Each diva had their own distinct path to making it in the business. Let’s now take a look at what some of these divas were doing before they got to the WWE, with these rare before they were superstars pictures. Enjoy.
15 Dolph and Nikki Bella
14 Lana in The Film Pitch Perfect
13 Lita Debuts As A “Ho”
12 Ric Flair With A Young Charlotte
11 Torrie Wilson’s Fitness Career
10 Stacy Cheerleading For The Baltimore Ravens
9 Trish Appears On The Cover Of MuscleMag Before Her Rise To Fame
8 Stephanie McMahon’s High School Yearbook Picture
7 Eva Marie Modelling For Powertec Fitness
6 A Young AJ Lee Brought To Tears Meeting Her Idol Lita
If you haven’t watched the video yet, I advise you to do so, as it is truly a great moment for a young AJ Lee, who met her wrestling idol, popular WWE Diva, Lita. The former Divas Champion was brought to tears when meeting her in ring idol Lita. At the age of 12, A.J. decided she was going to be a pro wrestler, and Lita was one of the main reasons for this decision. It is very apparent when watching some of AJ’s matches that she took a lot from her long time idol in the ring.
5 Nikki’s Soccer Career
4 Paige Wrestling For SCW At The Age Of 18
3 Lana With Her Band “No Means Yes”
2 Sasha Banks And Cousin Snoop Dog
1 Trish’s New Look And New Career
What makes people that much greater is their ability to recreate themselves after they’ve been so successful doing a particular job for so long. In Trish’s case, she climbed as high as she could as a wrestler, and figured it was time to pursue other things. Not only did she pursue her passion, she succeeded greatly in doing so. A now dark haired Trish runs her own yoga studio named “Stratusphere”. In 2009, her new business took home the award for “Best New Business” at the Top Choice Awards. Stratus also took home the honors for “Business Women of the Year” and “Best Yoga Studio” in 2013.
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