The age range in different sports varies due to the competitive nature. Wrestling can feature a variety of different-aged performers by having the power of the predetermined world. Athleticism is needed to perform at a capable level, but older stars can stick around if they keep themselves in good shape. The same applies to younger stars making a name in the industry. A young talent can make their way up the ladder faster than their peers, due to having a special ability to get over with the fan base. These factors can make it nearly impossible to predict the ages of the talents we watch perform in the squared circle.
Many of the stars today are older in age, but have a workout regimen that keeps them in peak shape. This helps them have great matches and simply appear to be physically younger than they actually are. The younger talents that progress at a faster level get on television quicker than most of the other stars, but they appear as equals to the older members of the roster. Age is hard to figure out, because everyone is presented on the same platform, unless the promotion wants you to care about their age. We’ll look at both sides of the age shocks with eight wrestlers older than you think and eight wrestlers younger than you think.
16 Older: John Cena (39)
WWE has entered a new youth movement experiment trying to establish new stars. Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose, Kevin Owens and Finn Balor have all been given big opportunities as world champion in the past year. The company is desperately hoping to set up the future with John Cena reaching the end of the road. Cena will likely continue to work for a while, but the days of him carrying the company on his back are over.
15 Younger: Bray Wyatt (29)
One of the new stars of WWE is the mysterious Bray Wyatt. Following a flopped run as Husky Harris, the talented second generation star revamped his career by introducing the new character. Wyatt has one of the most unique presentations in the industry with the firefly entrance featuring fans holding their phones in the air and his promos turning into tirades against society. At his best, Wyatt can captivate an audience before even stepping foot inside the ring.
14 Older: Sheamus (38)
It feels like just a couple of years ago that Sheamus pushed John Cena through a table to shock the world and win the WWE Championship. WWE viewed Sheamus as a top star of the future but he has underachieved when given the opportunities to thrive. Sheamus has great talent and a strong work ethic. The positives led to multiple world title reigns. Sadly, the fans just never connected with him and now he’s one of the older stars on the roster at 38 years old.
13 Younger: Alexa Bliss (25)
The main roster debut of Alexa Bliss this year, following the brand split draft, made her one of the youngest success stories in WWE. Bliss thrived in the NXT system with improvement coming at a rapid pace. WWE coveted her athleticism and marketability, with both proving to be true already. The in-ring work of Bliss is already very good, with the chance to become great as she progresses as a star. Bliss recently landed the cover spot of Muscle & Fitness magazine.
12 Older: Shinsuke Nakamura (36)
The majority of WWE fans are still relatively new to witnessing the magic of Shinsuke Nakamura. New Japan’s rise in the last year or two added to his momentum, but most North American fans didn’t get the chance to watch him regularly until he signed to the NXT brand with WWE. Nakamura being new means the perception is he’s younger than he actually is. The King of Strong Style has been around for a long time and already 36 years old.
11 Younger: Tyler Breeze (28)
Tyler Breeze has been in the WWE system so long that it is easy to assume he is in his mid-30s. The long stint in NXT made him one of the top talents in developmental before making his main roster debut in 2015. Breeze is actually among the youngest stars on WWE television at the age of 28. Fans fears his career will never thrive again as he’s been relegated into lower tier tag team work with Fandango.
10 Older: Jerry Lawler (66)
The legendary in-ring career of Jerry Lawler may be over in WWE, but he wrestles occasionally on the independent wrestling scene. Lawler looks smooth in the ring and hasn’t been hit with the aging process as badly as most in his age range. Most of us are stunned to discover that Lawler is actually 66 years old. It is the main reason WWE has moved him away from the commentary table and into a pre-show broadcasting analyst position.
9 Younger: Drew Galloway (31)
One of the more surprising observations in scouting the ages of various wrestlers is to realize Drew Galloway is younger than Roman Reigns. WWE employed Galloway for many years under the name of Drew McIntyre and managed to do nothing with him. The talented star was released and it felt like his career was all but over. Galloway, however, was shockingly young and managed to resurrect his career. You can find him as one of the most compelling stars in TNA, EVOLVE, PWG and other promotions.
8 Older: R-Truth (44)
God bless the genetics of R-Truth. The veteran has been around since the late 90s and everyone should assume he’s up there in age. Luckily for R-Truth, his looks appear to be far younger and he still moves around the ring like he’s in his 30s. WWE has employed him for many years with no intentions of getting rid of him. The popular belief is he adds a veteran presence to the locker room as one of the more beloved guys.
7 Younger: Sasha Banks (24)
The WWE career of Sasha Banks has already seen her change history with outstanding performances. All of the women in NXT deserve credit for making fans demand to see women’s wrestling taken seriously, but Banks was at the top of the food chain. Between her classic matches with Bayley and Becky Lynch, Banks led the movement and it culminated with her becoming the most popular woman on the main roster. The most surprising fact is that she accomplished this all before turning her current age of 24.
6 Older: Cesaro (35)
Wrestling fans still hold out hope for WWE giving Cesaro a chance to enter the main event picture. No one can match the in-ring excellence of Cesaro when he is at his absolute best. WWE has wasted a lot of time putting him in irrelevant positions, despite the live crowds treating him like a king. The appearance and hope associated with Cesaro makes him appear younger - in the same age range as many of his peers like Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn.
5 Younger: Bo Dallas (26)
WWE has started to invest in Bo Dallas once again out of nowhere. Following years of irrelevance as a glorified enhancement talent, Dallas won a squash match on Raw recently against a local talent. It suggested a push was coming for Bo, with a more aggressive in-ring style being exhibited by the formerly silly comedy act. The young age of Dallas is likely the reason for WWE tapping into a new persona for the second generation star.
4 Older: Bobby Roode (39)
Bobby Roode has become the hottest new star in NXT, with his "Glorious" theme song making him a must-see act. The former TNA star had a long career of success making a living in wrestling business before coming to the WWE. NXT is usually home of the up and coming talents now entering their prime. The original goal was meant to be finding the future of WWE through the NXT product. Roode’s shocking age of 39 years old makes him one of the oldest guys on the roster.
3 Younger: Cody Rhodes (31)
The departure of Cody Rhodes from WWE is one of the most shocking wrestling stories of the year. Rhodes was in the WWE system since the age of 21, but has been on television for quite some time. The long tenure on the main roster without any breaks made him appear older than you would have assumed. Rhodes is actually younger than the majority of stars coming from NXT who are being dubbed "the future."
2 Older: Finn Balor (35)
Finn Balor was the face of NXT for the last few years and debuted on the main roster in August to win the Universal Championship. An unfortunate injury forced Balor to relinquish the title just one night after winning it and he’s now on the injured list. The shocking aspect of this all is realizing Balor is 35 years old. Fans’ perception of NXT is that the stars are up and comers with youth behind them, due to the developmental aspect.
1 Younger: Paige (24)
The most surprising age of anyone in the wrestling business right now is Paige who is just 24. With a long career of ups and downs in WWE, it is almost impossible to believe she’s less than 25 years old. Paige had a tremendous NXT run, won the WWE Divas Championship multiple times, became a fixture on Total Divas and lost it all within a couple of years. The time in WWE skews her actual age as things look bleak right now.
Rumors suggest Paige is considering leaving WWE and has been dealing with serious injuries. Things can easily turn around and likely will for the talented young woman. With many years left in her career, Paige has all the time in the world to turn her career around and get back on track. Paige has a strong fan base and the connectivity to succeed in any promotion. It remains to be seen what her WWE future holds. The only thing certain is Paige has youth on her side and is shockingly just 24 years old.
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