The age range of wrestlers is pretty surprising, much like any other field in the entertainment industry. WWE is an elite company that runs the wrestling business and has a specific idea for the ideal age of performers. There used to be a rule set in place that the company would not hire any wrestlers over the age of 35 when looking for potential prospects to bring in for Performance Center tryouts. Triple H apparently looked at the free agent market and realized the money that followed some established performers when coming to NXT. That changed everything.
WWE has started to hire the best of the best, regardless of their age. They are still looking for a youth movement and are finding young stars from various backgrounds all with the potential to be stars. The Performance Center allows them to learn at a faster pace. Older wrestlers still have a place in the company with quite a few veterans still holding down roster spots due to their contributions. Quite frankly, there are a lot of surprises associated with the ages of the top performers in the WWE today. We’ll take a glimpse into the roster with the reveals of the current ages of fifteen WWE superstars.
15 15. Finn Balor: 35
Finn Balor's call-up from NXT during the brand split draft made him an instant top star for the company. Balor was declared the new face of Monday Night Raw when he defeated Seth Rollins at SummerSlam to become the first ever WWE Universal Championship. Sadly, Balor suffered a labrum tear and was forced to relinquish the title one night after winning it. The talented star is expected to miss several months.
14 14. Sasha Banks: 24
WWE signed Sasha Banks at the young age of 20 and it was one of the better decisions the company recently made. Banks rose up the ranks of NXT with her impressive character work as The Boss. Her in-ring work and character skills helped make her arguably the most exciting performer on the show. Banks made the move up to the main roster as part of the women’s revolution movement.
13 13. Cesaro: 35
Wrestling fans have been calling for Cesaro to be pushed for quite some time. His in-ring work is second to none and he's won over a large percentage of the WWE Universe. Unfortunately for him, the company doesn’t believe he can be a legitimate top star. Cesaro has been a consistent mid-carder with little chances at being a main event star.
12 12. Charlotte: 30
It often feels like all of the women coming up from NXT and taking over the main roster are around the same age. Charlotte and Sasha Banks appear on the same playing field due to their careers being linked together with a heated rivalry lasting from NXT all the way until today. Not many would expect it, but Charlotte is currently 30 years old and has a full six years on Banks.
Charlotte is the oldest of The Four Horsewomen, but doesn’t show it. Her athleticism sees her move around the ring with the best of them, while Charlotte entering the wrestling business a little later than most of her peers makes her appear younger than her actual age.
11 11. Bo Dallas: 26
Bo Dallas was signed at the age of 18 to a WWE developmental contract. The company clearly saw something special in him and believed he could be a star. Dallas wrestled as a top performer in FCW and NXT for many years, making a name in for himself in developmental. His heel work landed him the NXT Championship and lengthy Title reign.
10 10. Bray Wyatt: 29
The real life brother of Bo Dallas is also far younger than most would guess. Bray Wyatt speaks with the wisdom of an old man and has a huge beard that makes you forget he’s one of the youngest main event performers in WWE today. WWE signed him at a young age similar to his brother. Their second generation bloodline as the sons of retired wrestler I.R.S. likely helped them get the opportunities.
9 9. Alexa Bliss: 25
Alexa Bliss’ story in the WWE is exactly what the WWE hoped for with their investment in the Performance Center and NXT. WWE signed Bliss due to her athleticism in gymnastics and fitness competitions. Bliss entered the Performance Center as one of the youngest prospects at just 22 years old. Her hard work and dedication saw her improve rapidly.
8 8. A.J. Styles: 39
The signing of A.J. Styles by the WWE in early 2016 completely changed the landscape and culture of the business. Styles was the first wrestler in a long time to bypass NXT and make his debut on the main roster. His reputation, experience and age all factored in the correct decision being made. Styles has arguably been the best wrestler in the world for many years now, but the WWE never showed interest until now.
7 7. Paige: 24
Paige was the first big female star in the developmental brand and would be crowned the first ever NXT Women’s Champion. A main roster call up saw her win the Divas Championship on her first night in the company. Paige performed in many big matches, became a fixture on Total Divas and blossomed into a huge star for the company. Her downfall then came with injuries, suspensions and boyfriend drama, all making her an outcast in the WWE at the moment.
6 6. John Cena: 39
John Cena's legendary run has seen him dominate the past decade in the WWE. Cena took the ball and ran with it when Vince McMahon started pushing him as the face of the company. No one works harder to keep their spot than Cena and he has gracefully put the franchise on his back from 2006 until now. The insane thing about Cena is he doesn’t look his age at all.
5 5. Shane McMahon: 46
The ages of the McMahon family are an interesting thing to think about. Vince McMahon being 71 years old is not surprising, but his kids have been around so long that it skews things. Shane McMahon became an on-screen character in 1998 with The Corporation. An impressive career saw Shane earn the respect of the fans through unbelievable stunts and leaving it all in the ring.
4 4. Stephanie McMahon: 40
Shane McMahon being 46 is a bit surprising, but Stephanie McMahon recently turning 40 is downright shocking. While she still looks young, we all remember Stephanie being a fixture on WWE television during the Attitude Era. Stephanie became an on-screen character in 1999 and evolved into an elite heel by 2000.
3 3. Dolph Ziggler: 36
Dolph Ziggler's career has seen a continuous roller coaster ride of ups and downs over the years. Everyone knows he has impressive in-ring skills but the damage done to him with halted pushes appeared to be too much. Ziggler was relegated into being an afterthought in recent years. However, a recent storyline with The Miz on SmackDown gave Dolph a new chance at success.
2 2. Bayley: 27
One person with youth in their favor and a huge upside is Bayley. Her NXT tenure made her the most popular performer in the developmental brand and WWE finally called her up to the main roster shortly after the brand split. Bayley is currently 27 years old and should have many years ahead of her to take the women’s division to new heights.
1 1. Shinsuke Nakamura: 36
The hottest new star in NXT right now is Shinsuke Nakamura. Anyone who witnesses Nakamura for the first time is enthralled by everything he brings to the table. The theatrics of his entrance, his charismatic persona and elite in-ring work makes Nakamura among the most complete performers in the industry, despite his inability to speak perfect English. At the age of 36, Nakamura is already in the latter years of his career and WWE can’t fool around.
NXT needs a draw, but Nakamura can add so much more on the main roster. Talents as special as Nakamura are extremely rare to find. Everyone will make more money and benefit from him coming to the main roster as quickly as possible. Nakamura’s many years of wrestling in Japan gave him all the experience needed. The time is now to push Nakamura on the biggest stage possible, before he gets too old.
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