Oh My God! 15 Wrestlers Who Became Ordained Ministers

Professional wrestling is violent, bloody, vicious, and…religious? Well, maybe not usually that last one, but at least a few wrestlers have found some deep connection with their faith shortly after stepping out of the ring. Some of them were even way into Jesus while they were getting between the ropes, and made their religion a part of their wrestling character, although the fact no wrestling promoters appear on this list should explain why that doesn’t usually fly.

Wrestling and ministering don’t necessarily seem to go hand-in-hand, but it's worth pointing out not all ministering is heavy duty religious work. While most of the men on this list are actual men of the cloth, others are ordained in unique and fringe churches that have less to do with God than they have to do with official clerical work. Nonetheless, all of the people on this list are able to preside over marriages, baptisms, funerals, exorcisms, or anything else you might want a minister present for. If you’re looking to plan a wrestling themed wedding and you need someone to read the vows, read on to learn 15 solid picks, and find out which wrestlers went on to become ordained ministers.

15 Marc Mero

Via Shitloads of Wrestling

14 The Honky Tonk Man

Via Chinlock

13 The Rock

Via Cageside Seats

12 Konnor


11 Johnny Angel

Via Alchetron

10 Bobby Fulton


9 Slick


8 "Nature Boy" Buddy Landel

Via NY Daily News

7 Marc Lowrance

Via YouTube

6 Fray Tormenta


5 Ranger Ross

Via Pro Fight DB

4 Tully Blanchard

Via The Digital Courier

3 Ted DiBiase

Via Cageside Seats

2 Nikita Koloff

Via Wrestler Speaks

1 Ivan Koloff


Although Nikita’s "Uncle Ivan" wasn’t his real uncle, the two obviously had a lot in common in terms of their career paths. Like so many others on the list, Ivan turned to Jesus in 1996 after years in the wrestling industry left him addicted to a mess of painkillers and other dangerous drugs. He started his mission with God by traveling to churches and spreading his testimonial of reform, and eventually became an ordained minister himself and according to his web site, he currently runs Bound to Be Soul Mates Ceremonies. Chances are if you want “The Russian Bear” to officiate your wedding, though, you might want to act fast—he’s also suing WWE due to concussion related health problems. Then again, maybe his faith will help him survive the battle.

Sources: Vice

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