Before your favorite pro wrestlers (or sports entertainers) became entertainment icons, they were just regular people. Just like you. Regular except that they had a dream to become WWE superstars and they would stop at nothing to achieve that dream. The point is, they went to high school, they went to middle school, they took yearbook photos (and maybe body slammed their principals) just like us regular, non-wrestling folks. And as you’ll see from the photos below, a lot of famous pro wrestlers weren’t nearly as intimidating during their school days as they are now. It’s time to take a trip down memory lane and enjoy these funny pro wrestler yearbook pictures and school photos.
Randy “Macho Man” Savage
Randy Savage has stood out among the greatest wrestlers in WWE history, as well as one of the most popular. Savage was one of the industry’s brightest personalities, stretching outside the wrestling ring and into pop culture.
Wrestling superstar John Cena has been called the face of WWE and the greatest WWE star of all time. Since he started his professional wrestling career in 1999, Cena has won 25 championships and has a Billboard charting rap album to his name.
Hulk Hogan: the name used to mean so much to so many people. Hulk Hogan is the biggest star in wrestling history. He sold out arenas all around the world during his peak and wrestled the top stars from every country, territory, and promotion.
Stacy Ann-Marie Keibler was born in Baltimore, Maryland on October 14, 1979. She fell in love with dance when she was just three years old and pursued her passion, eventually landing a job as a cheerleader for the Baltimore Ravens football team.
Before wrestling, Stacy was also an actress, model and worked in physical therapy.
Mark Calaway, aka The Undertaker, has been a fixture in World Wrestling Entertainment since making his debut at the 1990 Survivor Series. That night a legend was born and his now 24-year reign in the WWE is unparalleled. He is a four-time WWE Champion, a three-time World Heavyweight Champion, a six-time Tag Team Champion and the winner of the 2007 Royal Rumble. But of course, as every WWE fanatic knows, his most impressive accomplishment is his 21-0 streak at “The Showcase of Immortals,” WrestleMania.
Stone Cold Steve Austin
Stone Cold Steve Austin is one of the most legendary superstars in WWE history. He’s a highly decorated icon who has been recognized the world over and he changed to course of pro wrestling history as we know it.
No matter the stage, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is one of the best performers of his generation.
Breaking out on the WWF circuit in the mid-90s as the smack-talking “The Rock,” Johnson eventually outgrew the ring and brought his talents to the big screen. The starring roles came immediately with sleeper hits such as “The Rundown” (2003) and “Walking Tall” (2004), and it wasn’t long before the big blockbusters came calling.
Ric Flair is without a doubt one of the greatest wrestlers WWE has ever produced. He has been in the wrestling business for more than 40 years now.
Ric Flair’s career lasted long in WWE. He has been a mentor to many legendary stars like Triple H, Shawn Michaels, Randy Orton and Batista. He has competed in all three biggest wrestling firms that include WCW (World Championship Wrestling), WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) and TNA (Total Non-Stop Action).
In many ways, Trish Stratus was responsible for both the positive and negative portrayals of women in WWE over the last decade or so. She made her first appearance on WWE TV in 2000 as the manager of the ‘hilariously’ named T & A (Test and Albert), and would go on to become arguably the most iconic female performer in WWE history.
She changed the way women in WWE had to look, as she set an incredibly high bar for sexiness. Many have said that it was Trish’s success that led to Vince almost exclusively hiring models for years, with a preference for females who would pose for Playboy.
In the 90’s, Goldberg’s popularity among the fans was almost on the same level as other greats like Stone Cold, The Rock and Hulk Hogan.
Goldberg was a physical specimen, he was known for his intimidating attitude towards his competition. His jackhammer and spear finishers would break his opponents in half. On 17 October 2016, Goldberg made his return to Monday Night Raw for the first time in over 12 years. He accepted the challenge of Paul Heyman, agreed to come out of retirement, and face ‘The Beast Incarnate’, one-on-one at Survivor Series 2016.
I think it goes without saying at this point that there is no one who has done more for the world of sports entertainment than Vince McMahon. Love him or hate him, the leader of the McMahon family has permanently left his mark on the world of professional wrestling.
The Bella Twins
Even if you’re not the biggest wrestling fan in the world, chances are, you know who Nikki and Brie Bella – The Bella Twins – are. The brunette bombshells won wrestling fans when they stepped in the ring as WWE Divas, and since snagging spots on the reality television show Total Divas, they’ve become household names to the general public as well. Sure, the initial draw was probably the fact that they’re twins – something that’s fairly unusual – but they’ve since earned tons of fans worldwide thanks to their personalities. Both Brie and Nikki are larger than life and totally fun to watch on-screen.
Brock Lesnar is one of the biggest names not only in the WWE but also in the UFC right now which is remarkable on its town. The wrestling sensation has led a commanding career, smashing records and earning numerous titles along the way. Lesnar currently holds the WWE Universal Title, after defeating Samoa Joe during the main event of 2017’s Great Balls of Fire pay-per-view. Brock’s daunting stature and signature F-5, combined with an impressive background that includes the MMA to the NFL, adds up to a true beast of a man who does not like to be messed with.
It’s all about the game, and how you play it. None know this better than The Game himself, Triple H, also known as Paul Michael Levesque. Over his long and successful wrestling career, he has always been one of the most influential, from forming supergroups, to being the son-in-law of Vince McMahon himself, Triple H has always been a strong presence in the WWE.
CM Punk is one of the most impressive wrestlers in professional wrestling history. His accolades are proof of his talent. Not only are his in-ring skills impressive though, Punk is a gifted man in general.
Even though Punk is retired from the WWE, fans still greatly miss the loudmouthed rebel that was always willing to ‘rage against the machine’ so to speak.
Edge is a nickname of an outstanding WWE superstar whose real name is Adam Copeland. He is already a retired sportsman who is currently involved in acting and television industries. Many Syfy viewers know him as the main performer in the HAVEN series. He had spent almost twenty years in wrestling winning more than 30 championships. Edge was regarded as the youngest participant of the WWE Hall of Fame.
Over the history of professional wrestling, there may not be a more beloved superstar than the hardcore legend, Mick Foley. Really, how can you hate a guy like him? During his time overseas, in WCW, TNA, ECW and, most importantly, WWE, Foley transitioned from an odd looking, awkward wrestler to a 2013 Hall of Famer.
His accomplishments and accolades speak for themselves. Not only was Foley atop the food chain in almost every single company he wrestled for, but he also won the audience over by being such a relatable human being.
The Miz is a WWE Superstar who went from reality TV star to one of the most egotistical individuals in sports-entertainment history. In WWE All Stars, The Miz is an unlockable character, classed as a Grappler.
If you ask the self-proclaimed “Awesome One,” all the ladies want him and all the guys want to be him. And, quite frankly, it’s hard to argue otherwise.
Randy Orton is one of the most dangerous men in the WWE. He’s taken the business by storm since his debut in 2002, becoming a legend killer and a member of one of the greatest factions of all time, Evolution.
Randy Orton has been enormously successful in the WWE. He’s worked with some of the best past, current and future Superstars in the business and has rarely looked weak.
Love her or hate her, AJ Lee is fantastic at what she does. She may be tanned and beautiful but AJ has gone through murky waters to reach the status she achieved in WWE.
Born April Jeanette “AJ” Mendez in 1987, Lee grew up in poverty. She worked several part-time jobs to provide for her family and put herself through wrestling school. In fact, she was forced to drop out of university because she wasn’t able to pay her tuition fees.
Despite all these challenges, she was able to get a full-time job, which enabled her to pay for wrestling school. She has gone on to break records such as becoming the youngest General Manager in the history of WWE as well as clinching several WWE Divas Championship titles over the years.
Born Solofa Fatu, Samoan professional wrestler best remembered for his time with the WWE. He is a three-time WWE tag team champion and one-time Intercontinental Champion.
Rikishi is a part of a very special blood line belonging to the very famous professional wrestling family, the Anoa’i Family, which features numerous accomplished wrestlers. Most closely related are the WWE Tag Team Champions, Jimmy & Jey Uso, who are Rikishi’s twin sons.
Other notable stars who also belong to the famous Anoa’i Family include The Rock, Yokazuna, Roman Reigns, The Wild Samoans, Umaga and many more.
Rikishi was born with professional wrestling in his blood so it’s no surprise he’s gone on to have an amazing career.
Kevin Nash is one of the most well known big man wrestlers in the history of American wrestler. He had a short career in WCW in the early 1990s before moving on to WWE as a bodyguard of Shawn Michaels named Diesel. Within a couple of years he was a top guy in WWE after winning the WWE Title from Bob Backlund on November 26, 1994 in eight seconds.
Born Rena Greek, but now known as Rena Lesnar (She married Brock Lesnar in 2006), Sable made a transition from a successful career in modelling to a WWE Superstar in 1996. She quickly rose to prominence, despite being widely hated backstage. Sable also became WWE Women’s Champion, a title which she had to relinquish, even after winning the Night Gown stipulation match.
She later quit WWE and sued the company, citing sexual harassment as the cause. She returned to WWE in 2003, briefly and was did minor roles, before bowing out in 2004. During this time Sable became a sex symbol and appeared on the cover of Playboy Magazine.