Sometimes it is so easy to become accustomed to the characters that we see on WWE programming from week-to-week, that we forget there was ever a time they weren’t in the biggest wrestling promotion in the world. For example, who can even think of a time when the former members of The Shield weren’t prominent members of the main event scene? As time goes on, and these men and women become more permanent fixtures on our television screens, we forget more and more of their past; which is a shame considering that it leaves out so much of their own rich personal history.
Today we have scoured the internet, and found some pictures of current WWE Superstars that we hope you have never seen before. Admittedly some are more shocking than others, but in any case, these pictures provide insight into life before WWE. In many cases, you will be able to tell just how much of a physical transformation many had to make in order to make it to the big leagues. And hey, if you think a picture from this list is entertaining enough, spam the star’s Twitter with it, and tell them TheSportster sent you!
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16. Braun Strowman
Do you recognize this silly looking fella? Well if you just slap an imaginary beard, and an old gardening outfit, you may realize that you are looking at Braun Strowman. Although his height came to him naturally, those muscles were gains made in a gym. Strowman was actually so into lifting weights, that he competed in many strongman competitions before entering the world of the WWE. The former Wyatt member excelled in the sport of being a strongman, winning the Arnold Amateur Strongman World Championship. There are a ton of photos floating around of Strowman from before his stint in wrestling, and this one takes the cake.
In the photo above we see the complete opposite of the character he plays on WWE programming, and instead see a big kid, acting goofy in front of a camera. In fact this is kind of his thing, as the 32-year-old has always hammed it up in front of the camera when given the chance.
Being the daughter of two professional wrestlers sort of carves out the path that you will most likely take in life. In the case of WWE’s Paige, an argument can be made that her debut was late in life, as her first match took place at the grizzled old age of 13. Since then it’s been full steam ahead for the former WWE Diva’s Champion, and despite a little hiccup here or there, Paige has done pretty well for herself in the WWE.
There are tons of pictures and videos of Paige’s youth floating around the internet, as she was featured in a reality television show, and was tag teaming with her mother on a regular basis. The picture you see above is a very familiar, yet different picture of Paige. It’s different in the fact that the NXT alumnus is noticeably younger than we have come to known her, but familiar when noticing the attitude that shoots through the picture.
14. Dana Brooke
Dana Brooke has one of the best physiques in all of the WWE today. Despite being muscular, she balances it with femininity that she exudes in the ring. Ironically she has bulked up since joining the WWE, evident by her photo above. Before joining the WWE, Brooke was a fitness competitor and frequented bodybuilding competition. In fact, Brooke finished in 12th place at the 2013 European Arnold Classic.
It’s hard to put a pin on why she looks so different in the photo above, but it’s safe to say that if we didn’t have her name above it, you probably wouldn’t have guessed it. Brooke’s more recent photo shoots show how she has embraced some of the curvier elements of her body, which is a complete 180 from what we have seen from her on the body building stage. If for some reason you can’t take our word for it, check it out for you self over at her Instagram, just make sure you come back.
13. Xavier Woods
Xavier Woods should be the president of geek culture, evident by his constant references to things from 90s, and YouTube channel that is dedicated to video gaming. With that being said, the man he looks like he knows how to have a good time, if you don’t believe it, just take a look above. Now admittedly, we have no idea what the heck is going on in this picture. We don’t know if this is after his run in TNA, or if he managed to slip away from his long days at WWE, but either way this picture deserves to be seen by the masses.
It looks as if Mr. Woods may have been at some sort of comic convention to take this picture, but it’s hard to confirm that fact. What we can confirm is that he is rocking one heck of a European style bikini bottom, with a dash of ‘Murica headband for good measures.
Who in the world is this scrawny guy sitting in the corner? That is the man who gravity forgot, Neville. Now, Neville is obviously missing some muscle in this picture, especially when compared to his most recent stint on television. While on the indies Neville, then wrestling as PAC, made a name for himself in Europe, wrestling in nearly every minor promotion from 2004-2012. During that time, PAC was able to hone his craft, and work on the aerial maneuvers that would eventually make him famous around the world.
After finally coming to the United States, Neville began the act of beefing up his body into the powerhouse it has become. You can notice the subtle transformation he made when tracking his career from ROH to Dragon Gate up until 2012. Even if you compare the photos of Neville’s debut compared to now, you can see the difference. So when comparing the photo above with the former NXT Champion’s current appearance, the results are almost unbelievable.