The older you get, the more ridiculous some of your old childhood photos may look to you. Even if you have aged gracefully, that just makes those photos all the more ridiculous looking.
Now, imagine if some of your most embarrassing photos were not only public knowledge but had a high chance of going viral! Not only do you have embarrassing photos, but you have someone out there, like me, who gets to write all about the unbelievable childhood photos people need to see to really believe.
Some of these wrestlers grew up around the business, so you better believe there are some cool photos, including #1, which features one of the biggest legends of all time. Included in this list are legends such as Ric Flair (sporting a unibrow), Hogan, Sheamus, and even The Undertaker makes an appearance.
Spoiler alert: Sheamus was not the biggest ginger out of that list!
While some of these photos feature the superstars at young ages, others show them going through stages of life, such as graduation. All in all, you'll get a comprehensive behind the scenes look at some of your favorite wrestling superstars. They may have wished some of these photos of their past never existed but you can't deny the proof of a photograph!
So, next time you pour over your old photos, just be grateful that they aren't being shared all over the internet. Here are 16 of the best childhood photos that are out there of some of the biggest names in wrestling history.
16 Hulk Hogan
Hulk Hogan may have landed himself in some hot water with the WWE as of late, but he is still one of the biggest legends in the industry. Not to mention that after winning over $100 million in his lawsuit with Gawker, he's probably feeling pretty comfortable.
15 AJ Lee
AJ Lee may have been excited about getting into film school at NYU, but she ended up dropping out after six months due to financial and family concerns. Things ended up working out for her, as she ended up being a prominent member of the WWE and married CM Punk.
14 Jeff Hardy
13 The Undertaker
I don't want to be mean to The Undertaker but, looking at his photos, he should be really glad that his gimmick in the WWE was so badass. You're not going to look at the long, dark-haired phenom and think he used to be a little ginger kid, but now you know!
12 Shane McMahon
Shane McMahon grew up alongside wrestlers, but he also grew up close with his sister Stephanie. The right photo shows the two as children, hugging affectionately, while looking at the camera.
11 Chris Jericho
10 Mick Foley
8 Shawn Michaels
7 Vince McMahon
If there is one thing that you cannot deny about Vince, it is that he carries with him a great deal of authority in his facial expressions. That's true as an adult and true as a younger man, when he clearly had the confidence to back his company. While we are not too sure if the photo is from a yearbook, it's extra neat to see Vince have an incredibly similar look and hairstyle many decades later.
6 John Cena
5 The Rock
The Rock is one of the most electrifying performers in WWE entertainment, but that was not always his hope.
4 Rey Mysterio
Now, I'll be honest, this is a pretty adorable photo of a very young Rey Mysterio. It's hard to imagine going up to that little boy and telling him that he is going to spend a large majority of his life wearing a mask. There is no doubting that Mysterio is one of the most iconic wrestlers of all time, partially due to his overall image.
3 Ric Flair
2 Stephanie McMahon
1 CM Punk
What the hell is this? Are you serious CM? What would Steve Austin have been thinking in that moment? You made yourself look ridiculous when you tattooed yourself up but that hair was clearly where your bad decisions started. Please, note that the place appears to be pitch black, allowing that red fire to flame on hard.
You can imagine this picture was shared everywhere when he started rising to prominence. Sorry, Punk, some things you just can't undo.
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