Every wrestler has their own path to the WWE. Most wrestlers don’t get signed at a young age without having a track record of hard work behind them. The performers will typically wrestle for little money on the independent scene. That route requires another job to support their livings while they wrestle on the weekends to make a name and hopefully get on the radar of WWE. Others had a slower time getting to WWE. They worked in other fields with a career before making the jump completely into the world of professional wrestling.
The current WWE roster hosts various wrestlers with interesting backstories before they made it to the world of international fame. Some worked in other forms of athletics, others had blue collar jobs to pay the bills and a few have wacky gigs you could have never predicted. We'll take a look at the more surprising ones that you likely wouldn’t expect the current Superstar to have in their earlier years. All of the following stars have certainly come a long way from their humbling beginnings. These are fifteen current WWE Superstars that had weird jobs before getting signed to a contract by the WWE.
14 Roman Reigns: Office Furniture Installer
The current life of Roman Reigns has him making millions of dollars as one of the biggest stars in WWE. Reigns did put in hard work for many years before joining WWE. A failed NFL career saw Reigns take a job at his sister’s business as an office furniture installer. Roman along with his cousins Jimmy and Jey Uso, all worked together assembling the furniture in offices for his sister’s company.
13 John Cena: Limo Driver
Another massive WWE star to have a surprising past is John Cena. One of his jobs before becoming a professional wrestler was working as a full-time limo driver. Cena is a huge fan of cars and driving in general making it an easy way to make a living. The limousine service business clearly brings in money given the high cost of one and Cena made a living driving until moving towards his bigger goals.
12 Kevin Owens: Gas Station Attendant
Kevin Owens had his first child at a young age before he became a big star in wrestling. That meant he had to find a job quickly to provide for his family. Owens worked as a gas station attendant for a short period of time as a way to pay his bills and take care of his son. Wrestling didn’t turn into a full-time living for many years.
11 Naomi: Orlando Magic Dancer
Naomi may very well be the most athletic woman in WWE history given some of the moves she pulls off in the ring. The talent for dancing has consistently played a strong part in her career. An elaborate dance routine during the “glow” entrance is important to her presentation. Naomi does have a background in dancing that landed her an opportunity with WWE.
10 The Miz: Reality TV Personality
The Miz made a living as a reality television personality for quite some time before landing his dream job in WWE. Miz’s first big break on television came when he was casted to be a part of The Real World in 2001. The reality television series often showed Miz referencing his love for wrestling and testing his wrestling character before even getting into the business.
9 Rusev: Cab Driver
The past job of Rusev is not as impressive as the story behind it. Rusev came to the United States with the goal to become a WWE Superstar. Gangrel trained Rusev and shared a story about his life as a trainee. Rusev used to work a 9 to 5 job, attend wrestling training every day and then work as a cab driver at night.
8 Lana: Actress In Pitch Perfect
The wife of Rusev did not have the same difficult path to WWE as he did. Lana was an actress in Hollywood and a dancer before coming to WWE. The biggest roles in Lana’s acting career were working in the hit films Pitch Perfect and Pitch Perfect 2. Lana appeared in various other movies taking on smaller background roles.
Daniel Bryan did not have a lot of money growing up and worked many odd jobs to get the funds for wrestling training. The teenage to young adult years of Bryan saw him work for places like McDonald and KB Toys. Both jobs were specifically to help his family out with money and find a way to get trained to become a professional wrestler.
7 Seth Rollins: Noodles & Company Waiter
Another wrestling star to work in the food industry to fund his wrestling passion was Seth Rollins. During his early years in Ring of Honor, Rollins worked as a waiter at a Noodles and Company restaurant in Davenport, Iowa. The reputation of Rollins was growing and many considered him the next big star. That didn’t pay the bills and Rollins worked hard during the week along with attending college before his weekend wrestling schedule.
6 Carmella: New England Patriots Cheerleader & Los Angeles Lakers Girl
The dancing background of Carmella has seen her work for two of the greatest sports franchises. Carmella worked for three seasons as a cheerleader for the New England Patriots. She changed sports but kept with the dancing theme by auditioning for a spot as a Los Angeles Lakers girl. The Lakers hired her for a season. Both teams have been the dominant franchise for their sport over the past decade making it a high profile gig.
5 Big Show: Bounty Hunter
The young adult years saw Big Show work various jobs like anyone else in that time frame. Big Show however was significantly larger than the average human making his job search a bit different. One of the more interesting jobs he held was being a bounty hunter. The size and strength of Big Show was utilized when he would get paid to capture criminals and bring them in for money.
4 Brock Lesnar: Farmer
The passion of farming is something most would not instantly associate with Brock Lesnar. His parents both owned and operated a dairy farm that led to Brock and his siblings working there as teenagers. It clearly is something that Lesnar loved considering he has moved to a farm in Saskatchewan. Brock and his family currently operate their own farm and spend their life secluded from the rest of the world.
3 Michael Cole: War Correspondent
Michael Cole had a very strong background in journalism before joining WWE. It's never really discussed due to how long ago it was, but Cole is a respected broadcaster. Cole spent nine months covering the Yugoslavian civil war. A war correspondent is one of the most difficult jobs one can have in broadcasting and Cole pulled it off.
2 Becky Lynch: Flight Attendant
Becky Lynch was the queen of odd jobs before signing with WWE. The passion of wrestling saw her train under the tutelage of fellow current WWE star Finn Balor back when both were just kids finding their ways. Lynch retired for a few years due to wrestling not allowing her to make a living. She worked numerous jobs from acting to stunt work to personal training.
1 Sheamus: U2 Bodyguard
Sheamus has the top spot for one of the weirdest jobs someone has held before signing with WWE. The cool gig saw him work as a bodyguard for the massively successful rock band U2. Lead singer Bono often visited a bar that Sheamus worked as a bouncer at in Dublin whenever U2 was there on tour. It landed Sheamus the role of the bodyguard anytime U2 was in the area.
The job saw Sheamus make sure no one started any trouble with Bono, his party and any other members of U2 wanting to have fun after a show. Sheamus would go on to achieve his own fame when landing his dream job in WWE. If the two ever meet again, it will likely be as peers at a red carpet event rather than Sheamus doing grunt work for the legendary singer.
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