Trish Stratus – Then
Originally born under the name Patricia Strategies, Trish Stratus actually used to be one of the most popular WWE female wrestlers of all time. In addition to her work in the ring, she has done other work, such as modeling.
She is also known to be somewhat of a fitness guru, and this is what she did before she got into professional wrestling. Trish is also a very known television personality, with her strong charismatic on screen presence.
Trish Stratus – Now
Trish’s reputation has not faltered in the slightest – winning the WWE Babe of the Year award three different times can do that for you. In addition, she was once given the honor of the title “Diva of the Decade”.
Her retirement was in 2006, when she won her seventh Women’s Championship, breaking a record in the process. Fast forward to year 2013, where she was entered into the prestigious WWE Hall of Fame, becoming the youngest to ever to be given this honor, at the mere age of 37.
Triple H – Then
Triple H, in case you probably didn’t realize, was not on this professional wrestler’s birth certificate when he was born – no, his original name was actually Paul Michael Levesque. But he had another alias when he first started wrestling, and it was Terra Ryzing.
This was all the way back in 1996, and that is when he suffered his first Wrestlemania defeat against the late Ultimate Warrior. But as time went on, Hunter Hearst Helmsley would go on to become a very well known and successful wrestler.
Triple H – Now
Like many media personalities, Triple H’s story was televised for the whole world to see – this was especially true when he won the WWE heavyweight championship, and it was just as true when he struck up a romantic relationship with WWE figure Vince McMahon’s daughter, Stephanie.
The couple ended up getting married, and they are still happily together – this is not surprising, considering Stephanie is the Chief Brand Officer of the WWE, and the two clearly have a lot in common.
Kevin Nash – Then
Most of the people on this list are known for their time in the WWE, but this man is actually most famous for his appearance in the WCW.
It’s not that Kevin Nash wasn’t the absolute man when he was in the WWE, but when he made the switch over to the WCW, he became super popular due to the group that he formed with fellow wrestlers Hulk Hogan and Scott Hall – New World Order. He would eventually return to the WWE, but people would never forget NWO.
Kevin Nash – Now
It’s nice when professional athletes step outside of their comfort zone and try to spread their wings in other avenues of entertainment – such as acting. Such was the case for Kevin Nash, when he came out onto the Hollywood scene playing the role of Super Shredder, the notorious villain in the second installment of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles films.
Since then, he has appeared in other films such as the recent hit comedy Magic Mike XXL.
Booker T – Then
The truth about professional sports is that it’s also a form of show business. This means that some athletes will always try to entertain in many different ways, such as coming up with a catch phrase – in the case of Booker T, he became very popular for his invention of “Can you dig it, sucka.”
But it’s not just the catchphrase – the man has also won the WCW Heavyweight title 21 times, and the World television championship six times – not too shabby.
Booker T – Now
Booker T is one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time, but even the best understand that they have to move on at some point. For this guy, he decided that he may be done wrestling, but he would never be completely done.
He became a Smackdown! color commentator, giving his two cents on the play by play side of everything that would go on the ring. Booker T was eventually rightfully entered into the WWE Hall of Fame, and today continues to work for them as a panelist.
Shawn Michaels – Then
The first time the world was exposed to the wrestling talents of Shawn Michaels, original name Michael Shawn Hickenbottom, he was performing with Marty Jannetty in a group called Tag Team The Rockers.
With this outfit, he would continue to be a staple in the industry for more than 20 years, and eventually emerged as an immensely entertaining solo act as well. One of the nicknames that this four time champion is known for is the Heartbreak Kid.
Shawn Michaels – Now
Michaels decided to retire in 2010, and a year later he became a member of the WWE Hall of Fame due to his astonishing resume as a professional wrestler. He actually ended up becoming a representative for the WWE, making numerous guest appearances as a referee in various competitions.
The crowd would go nuts whenever he would reappear, because they understand that he is absolute legend. At the end of the day, there are some careers that make such a strong impact on people that they never forget it.
Ric Flair – Then
We’ve been talking about catchphrases, and how athletes love to coin their own – especially when it comes to the world of professional wrestling. Ric Flair is one of these wrestlers, and his catchphrase is “Woooo!”.
This guy actually been a member of all of the different wrestling platforms, such as the WWE, the NWA, the TNA, and of course the WCW. But people aren’t complaining – you don’t win the Wrestler of the Year award six times by being a bum.
Ric Flair – Now
Many of the wrestlers we’ve discussed were inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, but how many of them were inducted twice? He first received the honor in 2008, due to his achievements as an individual performer, but his induction in 2012 was due to his accomplishments with The Four Horsemen.
By the way, it turns out that for Ric Flair, wrestling is somewhat of a family business – his daughter Ashley is also a professional wrestler.
Bret Hart – Then
Mr. Bret Hart has a powerful nickname, and it’s The Hitman. A hitman is someone who is hired to take down another individual, and Hart certainly lives up to his role on stage, in true menacing fashion.
Hart is originally from the lovely country of Canada, and he is arguably the best wrestler that this country has ever provided us with. When he first came out on the scene, people considered him to be the heir apparent to Hulk Hogan, and that’s saying something special.
Bret Hart – Now
The unfortunate end to Hart’s career came when he had a concussion in 2000, and this forced him to retire. But he wasn’t quite done yet with the world of wrestling. Ten years after his retirement, he made a return, making a few appearances and actually winning a WWE championship in 2010.
A person who has won a total of 32 championships throughout his entire career, he can hang his hat happily now that he’s done. And by the way, the man has four wonderful children.
Ronda Rousey – Then
Rousey is one of the most accomplished athletes in WWE history. She won a medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics in judo and has won 12 MMA matches in a row. She famously lost her streak to Holly Holm in an intense battle in 2015.
She currently wrestles for WWE full time and recently won her first Royal Rumble match against Asuka, Charlotte Flair, and Alexa Bliss. She is certainly one of the biggest gets of this current WWE season.
Ronda Rousey – Now
While wrestling full-time for the WWE, Rousey is also working double duty as a major Hollywood actress. She played herself in the hit HBO comedy series Entourage and she has also starred in Furious 7 and The Expendables 3.
She will make her lead debut in the upcoming horror thriller Road House as well as the action flick Mile 22 with Mark Wahlberg. Last year she married UFC fighter Travis Browne in a private ceremony in Hawaii.
Jacqueline – Then
Like the famous singer Seal, sometimes the best names are singular. Jacqueline started off her career working as a road manager for WCW and TNA, and she would eventually hit the road for real when she joined the WWE.
During the Attitude era, she became known as one of the most successful female wrestlers around. What really struck people about her initial appearance was her presence in the group Pretty Mean Sisters, with fellow wrestling stars Ryan Shamrock and Terri Runnels.
Jacqueline – Now
Since her time as a wrestler, Jacqueline has not wanted to leave the ring, so she found a solution. She decided to become a referee, and therefore be in the thick of the action at all times.
Jacqueline also became a coach to young and budding new wrestlers, and this enabled her to truly be around the WWE 24/7. She was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in April of 2016, and after a long successful career, she deserves it!
Goldberg – Then
There are wrestlers whose stage names are their first names, and then there are wrestlers such as Goldberg, whose stage names are their last name. One of the most recognized faces in the WCW, this Oklahoma native is very well remembered for an impressive win streak he had in the 90s that lasted a year.
He also was the headliner for a ton of events on pay per view. He is known to be the fifth wrestler to ever win the WCW Triple Crown.
Goldberg – Now
Around the year of 2001, Goldberg decided that he wanted to go wrestling in Japan for a few years. But while he enjoyed his professional stint in the far east, he eventually knew he had to return to his home soil, and returned to the WWE in 2016.
Most recently, he competed against the likes of the intimidating Brock Lesnar in the Survivor Series. Another interesting fact about Goldberg is that due to his Jewish heritage, there is one day of the year he never performs – Yom Kippur.
Stacy Keibler Then
We haven’t talked a whole lot about women wrestlers, and it’s a shame because they are really something special. And when it comes to Stacy Keibler, well, she takes the whole cake.
Standing almost six feet tall, she was given the nickname The Legs of WWE – but trust us, they meant that in the best way possible. Sometimes, when you’ve got all of those men rumbling around the arena, you need a female presence – and Stacy delivers it all the way home.
Stacy Keibler Now
But we would hate to make you think that she’s only special because of her legs – on the contrary, Stacy is the full package, and ever since she retired from wrestling in 2006 she has received attention in many places – including from men.
She actually dated notable actor George Clooney, but they split after two years together. She would eventually get married in 2014 to Jared Pobre, the Future Ads CEO and father to her child Ava Grace Pobre.
Sid – Then
Another professional wrestler whose stage name is his first, Sid’s original name is Sidney Raymond Eudy, although his stage name actually changes very frequently. For instance, he was once known as Sid Justice, during a period in his career when he was a lot more likable.
And then there was the time he was Sycho Sid, when he played a little bit more of a bad boy role. This Wrestlemania headliner even spent time under the alias of Sid Vicious, after the late rockstar.
Sid – Now
We talked about how Ric Flair was a part of the very popular Four Horsemen group, and Sid was a member of that group too in the early nineties. Sid had gotten injured badly in the year 2000 and was forced to be sidelined for a long time, but eventually he would return in 2012, where he competed against Heath Slater and beat him in an epic battle.
Beyond Sid’s appearance in the wrestling area, he has also extended his professional value to the United States Wrestling Federation.
Kelly Kelly Then
Another classic female wrestler persona, Kelly Kelly, just like Stacy Keibler, is quite the saucy talent. She actually started wrestling professionally when she was a mere 19 years old, which is saying a lot considering she ended up succeeding quite well for herself as a wrestler.
She enjoyed a strong professional six year run from 2006 to 2012, and eventually moved on to other avenues of entertainment, but not before making a lasting impact on the public.
Kelly Kelly Now
Kelly Kelly may not be involved in the actual wrestling anymore, but she was so impactful that the WWE keeps inviting her back to make guest appearances. Perhaps the WWE committee just knows who the people want to see at the end of the day.
Recently, Kelly was reunited with fellow wrestlers Maryse and Eva Torres, who she co-starred with in Table For 3, a WWE Network show. Her husband is Sheldon Souray, a professional hockey player.
The Honky Tonk Man – Then
Now this is a wrestler with a nickname that makes all old school music enthusiasts around the world true fans of his. The Honky Tonk Man, originally named Wayne Farris, was a wrestler in the WWE and the WCW as well.
When he first started out, people thought he was good, but perhaps they didn’t know quite how good he was when he surprised them all by holding an Intercontinental Championship for 64 weeks straight. Eventually he would lose this title to the great Ultimate Warrior himself.
The Honky Tonk Man – Now
As we mentioned, The Honky Tonk Man spent time in both the WWE and the WCW, but he kind of jumped back and forth between the two worlds. Farris is one of the best wrestlers of all time, but it’s important to note that this man likes to take a break from work and focus on his other passion – his family.
In fact, he is happily married with two kids. He originally met his wonderful wife Tammy back in the eighties, and they got married in 1984.
Big Show – Then
In the history of sports, there have always been certain parallels between athletes over a large span of decades. For instance, people love to say that Big Show is the modern version of Andre The Giant – whether or not it’s true, it’s all fun and good as a sports discussion.
This did, however, led people to believe that he was The Giant’s son because the wrestler used this as part of his shtick. Big Show, real name Paul Donald Wright, along with Stone Cold was a big part of The Attitude era, and these days he appears permanently on RAW.
Big Show – Now
After winning 23 titles as a wrestler, he retired and starting scoring acting gigs in movies such as the Adam Sandler comedy film The Waterboy. He has also appeared in TV Series Star Trek: Enterprise, an adaptation that held its own for four years in the early 2000s.
We will also have you know that he is a family man, with three children – a daughter with his first wife, Melissa Ann Piavis, and also two children with his second wife, Bess Katramados. He chooses to keep his children names secret and prefers them to stay out of the spotlight, though.
Mick Foley – Then
There are some who say that Mick Foley is one of the biggest enigmas in WWE history. That being said, his career has not been without its share of ups and downs. He has been a member of various organizations such as the WCW, ECW, WWE and TNA – the man has clearly been all over the place.
This eight time WWE champion has also had his fair share of interesting nicknames – he has been known as Mankind, as well as Cactus Jack and Dude Love.
Mick Foley – Now
Mick Foley is such an interesting character, and one of the reasons of this is because in addition to his wrestling career, he is also quite the successful writer. He has written countless memoirs of his life, and many of them have become bestsellers of the New York Times. But he didn’t stop with just writing.
Foley extended his talents to the world of Hollywood as well, spreading his wings as an actor in films such as the drama hit Dixieland. He’s also appeared on Comedy Central’s Saturday Night Live.
Scott Hall – Then
Many people know Scott Hall by Razor Ramon, an alter-ego that he uses sometimes. Yet again, we have another example of someone has made a notable stamp with appearances in the WWE and the WCW.
But perhaps the most important thing Hall has done with his professional wrestling career is appear alongside Kevin Nash and Hulk Hogan as a part of the hit supergroup New World Order. Hall was also an Intercontinental Champion four times while in the WWE.
Scott Hall – Now
But while he is probably best known for his time in NWO, he has most certainly garnered for himself impressive accolades in the WCW as well, when he won the highly coveted Heavyweight Championship. Later on, he would continue that success and win the World Heavyweight Championship of the USWA.
Due to his monumental success, Hall would later get entered in the WWE Hall of Fame in 2014. Hall also dealt with substance abuse for a while behind the scenes, but is now happily sober.
Vince McMahon – Then
If you ask anyone who knows anything about professional wrestling, they’ll concur that Vince McMahon is one of the most influential figures in the WWE, as well as sports entertainment in general.
The man is the Chief Executive Officer of the WWE, and he has worked tirelessly and passionately as a commentator and as a promoter of the sport. He started his conquest in the eighties, and has not turned his head since then – his charismatic persona is a part of wrestling, and forever will be.
Vince McMahon – Now
The McMahon family could give the Kardashians a run for their money regarding how popular they are – but their accomplishments are perhaps more impressive. Vince has obviously made a name for himself, but his children have also made their stamp in the wrestling industry.
In fact, his daughter Stephanie is the Chief Brand Officer of the WWE, and his son Shane is an actual wrestler himself. Linda McMahon, Vince’s wife, worked as the WWE and SBA administrator as well. Clearly this is a family that loves their wrestling.
Hulk Hogan – Then
Alright folks, we’ve arrived. Arguably the biggest wrestling name of all time – Hulk Hogan. He truly is the face of the sport. You can’t deny the impact that his name and stage presence has had influentially on anyone that has ever loved wrestling.
He has appeared in so many classic wrestling matchups, such as his Wrestlemania bashes with that of Andre the Giant. All of this contributes to his enormous legacy – and it cannot be tarnished.
Hulk Hogan – Now
But since his retirement, Hulk Hogan has made his appearance known in other areas on screen in addition to wrestling. For instance, he has appeared on TV with his family in a self-documented reality show called Hogan Knows Best.
But Hulk has also done acting work in the fictional department as well – he has starred in films like the boxing film Rocky III, with the notable Sylvester Stallone. He’s also appeared in Mr. Nanny, a family comedy where the world got to see his funny side.
Steve Austin – Then
Another name of wrestling that simply has to be mentioned is that of Steve Austin, who went by the nickname of Stone Cold. He was a huge influence on wrestling, being a big part of the culture that was present in the Attitude Era.
The man was known for his whopping catchphrases and out of this world personality, as well as his success in the ring. Some people just have a strong impact on the world of sports, and Stone Cold Steve Austin in one of them.
Steve Austin – Now
Stone Cold has been the headliner for many classic pay per view WWE events, bringing in tons of cash for the networks as well as the wrestling industry. However, while people certainly loved to watch him perform, he was not immune to the injuries that most professional athletes must face from time to time.
Eventually a legend was forced to retire, and now he plugs in his outrageous personality through other television avenues such as him being a host on reality shows such as Redneck Island.
Jake Roberts – Then
We just talked about how The Undertaker defeated Jake “The Snake” Robert in Wrestlemania 8, but don’t worry about Jake. He enjoyed himself a strong career as a wrestler, and he was actually very iconic name, most notably because he used to bring snakes in the arena with him.
The Snake is also well known for his signature move, the DDT, which he would use to finish off his opponents. He was professionally active in the WWE from 1986 to 1992.
Jake Roberts – Now
Roberts enjoyed stents in both the WWE and the WCW, but perhaps the most appropriate wrestling platform for him the ECW (Extreme Championship Wrestling).
We’ve discussed previously that some wrestlers struggled with substance abuse, and The Snake was one of these – thankfully, he was able to get sober and help himself. To add icing to the cake, Roberts ended up getting rewarded for his wrestling accomplishments and got put into the WWE Hall of Fame along with his brothers.
Jimmy Snuka Then
This professional wrestler is unique in that he is actually originally from Fiji, but once he made his way onto the wrestling stage, this was the last thing on people’s minds. Under the alias “Superfly”, Jimmy Snuka joined the WWE back when it was still known as the WWF.
His most well known days are back in the eighties, when he showed the world why is nickname was Superfly, with his style of high jumps and intense slams.
Jimmy Snuka Now
Unfortunately, Jimmy Snuka was involved very recently in a police investigation about an ex-girlfriend he had back in May of 1983 who was murdered. He was put on trial and although he pleaded not guilty, the judge decided that he was incapable of giving an adequate testimony due to his diagnosis of dementia.
Indeed, his health was rapidly deteriorating and he didn’t have much longer to live – the wrestling legend would eventually pass on a few weeks later in early 2017.
Randy Orton Then
Before Randy Orton became a professional wrestler, he was actually a member of the United States Marines. However, while this was a very honorable thing to do for his country, he didn’t last very long as a part of their platoon.
This was when he decided that he wanted to get into wrestling. While Randy Orton may not be the most famous wrestler out there, he does hold a record as the youngest person in wrestling to ever win a Heavyweight Championship.
Randy Orton Now
If you were wondering whether or not Randy was happy about his transfer from marine to wrestler – he stayed in the WWE for 13 straight years. By the way, he wasn’t the only member of his family to be a part of the wrestling industry – it turns out that his grandfather and his father were both professional wrestlers too.
And who knows – maybe he’ll pass it down to his kids too. Speaking of kids, he actually has one of his own with his beautiful wife Kimberly Kessler.
Kane – Then
Glenn “Kane” Jacobs got his start on the WWE Scene in the 1997 Bad Blood production. The pay-per-view match featured Kane against The Undertaker. During the Hell In A Cell competition, The Undertaker was up against Shawn Michaels.
Originally, Phenom thought he had already won the tough match against HBK with one of his classic blows. The lights turned red, however, and The Undertaker appeared and revealed himself as Kane, The Undertaker’s half brother. He threw down some moves to overtake his title and win the match.
Kane – Now
The sibling rivalry between The Undertaker and Kane was intoxicating to audiences. It was instant drama and fans just couldn’t get enough. Kane was famous for wearing that horrifying mask. As his career continued, however, he took the mask off to reveal his real face.
His last WWE fight was in 2016. Now he spends his days with his family and recovering from the intensity of working as a professional wrestler. He also co-starred in a number of films including MacGruber and No Evil 2.
The Rock – Then
Out of the all of the people on this list, Dwyane Johnson, better known as The Rock, is probably the most famous. Titled by the public as the People’s Champion, it is said that much of the wrestling industry’s popularity in the 21st century is thanks to this man.
The Rock has won an impressive 17 titles, and was actually a football player in college before he decided to become a professional wrestler – and we are very happy he did.
The Rock – Now
But there is a big part of The Rock’s career outside of wrestling that we have not yet mentioned that is perhaps the biggest reason he is so famous. He is a worldly famous actor, and the fact is that even if you’ve never watched a wrestling match in your entire life – you’ve probably seen The Rock in a movie somewhere.
One of his coolest roles is that of Beck, a bounty hunter in the thriller film The Rundown.
The Undertaker – Then
This is man who has one of the cooler nicknames in the industry, if we may do say so ourselves. But The Undertaker, real name Mark Calaway, is so much more than that – he was a staple in the WWE for years, and he first really caught people’s attention in Wrestlemania 8, when he made his debut and beat Jake “The Snake” Roberts.
The Undertaker is known for his dark and frightening stage persona, and we’re sure that he was a huge influence on the gothic community.
The Undertaker – Now
The Undertaker has done many remarkable things throughout his illustrious career as a wrestler, and one of the most notable out of these was the 21 straight Wrestlemania Championships that he won; this feat was so impressive that people refer to it as The Streak.
Brock Lesnar was the one who ultimately brought an end to The Undertaker’s streak. The end of Calaway’s career came in April of 2017, when he announced that he would be retiring for good. Aside from wrestling, he has been married three times, and has four children. We can only imagine what their nicknames are.