The women of the WWE are fans and athletes who have to keep their bodies in tip-top condition. Although it may be a double standard the ladies of wrestling are usually judged based on their looks, followed by their in-ring capabilities. Due to this, women who are normally knockouts (no pun intended fans of Impact Wrestling) have to do even more when they decide to join the WWE. Maybe they have to drop some weight, or gain some muscle or even get plastic surgery, but in most cases they look different than they did prior to joining the WWE.
Today we are going to take a look at 15 pictures that will make you do a double-take when you realize that the person in it is currently on the WWE roster. While some of the pictures below aren’t shocking in the sense that your jaw will drop when you see them, the stories behind them could be; and then there are pictures that will no doubt cause you to do some Googling after you read this article.
As always feel free to let us know if you have already seen these pictures, or if we missed any other shocking photos in the comments section.
15. Alexa Bliss
Sure you knew that the current SmackDown Women’s Champion was into cosplaying Harley Quinn, but did you know that she used to be a bodybuilder? Bliss got into bodybuilding after suffering from severe anorexia that threatened her life when she was an early teen. Bliss was able to overcome her demons however, and was successful in multiple sports in high school.
The picture above shows Bliss competing at the Arnold Classic. What you can’t see in the picture though is Bliss holding the trophies that she has won as a fitness competitor before even thinking about joining the WWE. Since joining the WWE, Bliss has put on more muscle than she had during her competition days and so far it has been working out for her.
14. Summer Rae
It’s kind of funny that the WWE doesn’t utilize Summer Rae in more of a physical capacity given that she played contact football for three years prior to becoming a wrestler. Sure she wasn’t playing in the NFL, but Summer did start as a cornerback for the Chicago Bliss in the Lingerie Football League from 2008-2011. The current member of the RAW roster wasn’t a pushover either, participating in various All-Star games for the league during her tenure.
In the picture above you can see the type of outfits that Rae sported when she played football. You may be thinking to yourself “that can’t be all they wore in games” and you are right. This picture is a publicity shot, usually during a game the players would also be wearing a helmet and shoulder pads.
Bayley has always looked exactly the same. Researching for pictures of the Huggable One wasn’t exactly hard, but finding a picture that we could define as shocking became the problem. Bayley always wanted to be a wrestler, ever since she was 11 years old and attended Big Time Wrestling on a frequent basis. Since jumping into the business, you won’t find a single picture of the former NXT Women’s Champion not smiling; the same is true of her time before the WWE.
The picture above is of Bayley as a member of her high school basketball team. She is sitting at the top left of the back row, and is showing off that trademark smile for the camera. This photo is included because it shows that her obsession with wrestling was at least put on hold for a few seasons of basketball. She would go on to become the captain of the varsity team during her senior year.
12. Dana Brooke
We’ve got another bodybuilder on the list, with Dana Brooke coming in at number 12 on this list. The obvious thing that we should point out here is that since debuting on the main roster in May, the woman in the picture above looks nothing like the girl we have all come to love on RAW. At the least Brooke has packed on some serious muscle since leaving behind the bodybuilding scene for the world of wrestling. It’s pretty impressive that she has gotten bigger since her competition days, considering that Brooke has won multiple awards from the National Physique Committee.
Rumor even has it that Brooke will be competing at the 2017 Arnold Classic, making her the first woman ever to be an active competitor in the WWE who participates in the event.
Asuka has been praised by many hardcore wrestling fans as one of the best workers in the business, man or woman. The current NXT Woman’s Champion has one of the most impressive resumes in the world of wrestling, stemming from her background working all over the world. During her travels, Asuka (then Kana) became known for multiple things, one of them being her ability to wrestle with men during mixed tag matches.
The photo above shows Asuka eating a piledriver from Minoru Suzuki during a show in Japan. This photo is shocking because the WWE is a company that doesn’t really allow men to put their hands on women, let alone allow them to be piledrivered. It’s pretty safe to say that the WWE won’t be duplicating this anytime soon.