In the world of a professional wrestling, the line between fiction and reality is often blurred. At times it can difficult to determine what is real, as opposed to what is part of the show. This is especially true when it comes to the names wrestlers use in the ring.
A wrestler's name is an important part of their persona and the character in which they are portraying. In some cases, wrestlers use their real names when competing in the squared circle. However, in other instances, a competitor might decide to go with (or be given) a flashier stage name.
At times it can be fairly obvious when a wrestler is using a stage name. For example, we can reasonably assume that in 1965, a Mr. and Mrs. Calaway in Texas didn't name their baby boy Undertaker, but rather Mark. Moreover, it's probably a pretty safe bet that Terry Bollea's given name isn't Hulk – it's just plain old Terry.
That being said, there are times when it can be harder to tell. Shawn Michaels doesn't sound like a fictitious name, but his real name is actually Michael Shawn Hickenbottom.
One might think female wrestlers would be inclined to use stage names more frequently in order to ward off unwanted admirers. However, you might be surprised to find out that many of wrestling's finest females decided to use the names they were born with, or called in real life.
With that in mind, let's take a look at 8 female wrestlers who used their real names and 7 who didn't.
15 Real Name: Stacy Keibler
The 5-foot-11 Stacy Keibler might be the hottest female to ever set foot inside a WWE ring. She was a valet and occasional wrestler who was probably best known for her unusually long legs. Unlike a lot of other female wrestlers, Keibler arguably achieved more notoriety outside the ring. Her appearance on the television show Dancing with the Stars and her relationship with actor George Clooney helped boost her profile quite a bit.
While she briefly performed under ring names like Miss Hancock and Skye, wrestling fans best know her by her real name, Stacy Keibler. Of course, when you look like she does, you don't need a clever stage name to get fans' attention. Keibler left WWE shortly after her appearance on Dancing with the Stars and is no longer involved in wrestling.
14 Ring Name: Charlotte Flair
Charlotte Flair is one of the top female performers in the world of professional wrestling. She is a four-time WWE Raw Women's Champion and the first female to headline a WWE pay-per-view. The blonde starlet is also the daughter of wrestling legend and WWE Hall of Famer, Ric Flair.
Charlotte Flair is actually her stage name. The former champ's real name is Ashley Elizabeth Fliehr. However, she was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, which is probably where the first part of her stage name comes from. Given the success that her father had, it only makes sense for her to carry on the Flair name. Interestingly enough, her father's name isn't Ric Flair either, though it's pretty close. The Nature Boy's real name is Richard Morgan Fliehr.
13 Real Name: Torrie Wilson
Torrie Wilson worked for both World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). The fitness model-turned-wrestler spent nearly a decade performing in both promotions. She is probably best remembered by WWE fans for her feud with fellow diva Dawn Marie, back in 2003. She was also a part of Vince McMahon's female wrestling stable, Vince 's Devils.
If Torrie Wilson doesn't sound like a fictional name, that's because it isn't. Her given name is actually Torrie Ann Wilson. The 5-foot-8 blonde who is originally from Boise, Idaho looks as stunning as ever. The former Playboy model even caught the eye of baseball star Alex Rodriguez. If you would like to learn more about their relationship then check out Yankee Greats: Top 15 Hottest Women Alex Rodriguez And Derek Jeter Hooked Up With.
12 Ring Name: Paige
Paige took World Wrestling Entertainment by storm by winning the Divas Championship during her debut match. By doing so, the native of Norwich, England became the youngest woman to hold the title at the age of 21. She would go on to win the title for a second time making her a two-time champion. Paige is also the only person to hold both the NXT Women's Championship and Divas Championship at the same time.
Paige's first name isn't actually Paige, it's Saraya. The English grappler's full name is Saraya-Jade Bevis. She comes from a well-known wrestling family in England. Her parent's wrestle under the names Ricky Knight and Sweet Saraya. Paige's mother Sweet Saraya, whose real name is Julia Hamer-Bevis, is also a very accomplished wrestler in her own right.
11 Real Name: Mandy Leon
Mandy Leon is a wrestler who currently competes in Ring of Honor's all-female division known as Women of Honor. Leon holds some impressive victories over the likes of Jessicka Havok and Deonna Purazzo. You can also catch "The Raven Haired Beauty" doing broadcast work for Ring of Honor as well. WWE fans may recognize Leon as one of Adam Roses's Rosebuds, from back in 2015.
Ring of Honor's resident witch actually uses her real name when competing in the ring. That's right, the 25-year-old who is originally from Brooklyn, New York is indeed named Mandy Leon. If you would like to learn more about Leon and other gorgeous wrestling brunettes, check out Top 15 Hottest Brunettes In Wrestling History. You will be glad you did.
10 Ring Name: Trish Stratus
Trish Stratus is one of the most accomplished female wrestlers to ever set foot inside the squared circle. The 5-foot-4 Canadian held the WWE Women's Championship on seven separate occasions. Along with fellow wrestler Lita, Stratus became the first woman to main event Monday Night Raw. WWE's "Diva of the Decade" was inducted into the Hall of Fame as a part of the class of 2013.
While Trish Stratus isn't actually her real name, it is fairly close. Her real name is actually Patricia Anne Stratigeas. It may have been changed to Stratus in order to make it a bit easier for fans to pronounce. These days Stratus is married with two children and runs her own yoga studio just outside of Toronto, where she currently resides.
9 Real Name: Ivelisse
Ivelisse currently wrestles for the upstart promotion Lucha Underground. She is a former Lucha Underground Trios Champion, a title she held with Angelico and Son of Havoc. WWE fans may also remember her as a contestant on the reality television show Tough Enough's 5th season. She ended up being removed from the contest after suffering an injury to her leg. Ivelisse even wrestled for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) for a period between 2012 and 2013.
Despite briefly working in NXT under the ring name Sofia Cortez, she is better known for her time performing in Luch Underground and on Tough Enough under her real name Ivelisse. The native of Ponce, Puerto Rico's full name is Ivelisse Milagro Velez. Ivelisse is another example of a wrestling star that has had success using their real name.
8 Ring Name: Sasha Banks
25-year-old wrestling sensation Sasha Banks is one of the most popular female competitors on the WWE roster. Banks has held the Raw Women's Championship on three separate occasions. Along with Charlotte Flair, she became the first female to headline a WWE pay-per-view. Moreover, she is also the first female to compete in a Hell in a Cell match.
It may not come as much of surprise to discover that her real name isn't actually Sasha Banks. The former champ's real name is actually Mercedes Kaestner-Varnado. In fact, she comes from a family that is full of celebrities. Her cousins include musicians Ray J, Brandy Norwood, and even the legendary Snoop Dogg. Of the four cousins, only Brandy Norwood uses her real name when performing. In case you were wondering, Snoop Dogg's real name is actually Cordozar Calvin Broadus, Jr.
7 Real Name: Karen Jarrett
Karen Jarrett is the current Impact Wrestling's executive consultant. She used to play the on-screen role of Senior Vice President of the Knockouts division back when the company was known as Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA). She is currently married to wrestler Jeff Jarrett and was previously married to WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle. She was even involved in a wrestling feud involving both Kurt Angle and Jeff Jarrett.
Karen Jarrett uses her real name on television as Impact Wrestling's executive consultant. When she was married to Kurt Angle, she was known as Karen Angle both on and off screen. Prior to marrying Angle, the 44-year-old native of Greensburg, Pennsylvania was known as Karen Smedley. Throughout the course of her wrestling career, Jarrett has never used a stage name.
6 Ring Name: Asuka
Asuka is the current NXT Women's Champion and has held the title longer than any woman in the companies brief history. Prior to becoming a member of the NXT roster she had been wrestling in Japan for over a decade. The native of Osaka, Japan should be promoted to WWE's main roster in the very near future. In the meantime, she will likely continue to dominate the NXT women's division.
During her time in Japan, she wrestled under the ring name Kana, which, like Asuka was also a stage name. Her given name is actually Kanako Urai. According to TheNameMeaning.com, the name Asuka means "smell of tomorrow." Another translation is "tomorrow fragrance", which may lead one to believe an Asuka perfume line might be something we see in the near future.
5 Real Name: Stephanie McMahon
Stephanie McMahon is World Wrestling Entertainment's Chief Brand Officer behind the scenes. However, she also portrays the role of the commissioner on WWE's television show Monday Night Raw as well. McMahon has also been a valet and occasional wrestler. She even held the WWE Women's Championship back in 2000.
Stephanie McMahon is the daughter of Vince and Linda McMahon. She is also the wife of Wrestler Triple H, whose real name is Paul Levesque. The CBO has used her given name Stephanie McMahon throughout the course of her career, though she was Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley for a brief time. However, since marrying Triple H, her name has legally been Stephanie McMahon Levesque. That being said, Stephanie McMahon has always been a part of her name both personally and professionally.
4 Ring Name: Peyton Royce
The 5-foot-7 native of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia has become one of the top female performers in WWE's developmental promotion known as NXT. Royce has competed for the NXT Women's Championship but has yet to capture the prestigious title. She is often accompanied to the ring by her colleague Billie Kay, together the pair are known as The Iconic Duo.
Peyton Royce is not the wrestling star's birth name. Her real name is actually Cassie McIntosh. Interestingly enough, Royce attended the same high school as her future partner, Billie Kay. The Australian who was trained by Canadian wrestler Lance Storm has made quite a name for herself in NXT. It would not be surprising to see her get called up to the main roster sometime in the near future.
3 Real Name: Elizabeth
Elizabeth or Miss Elizabeth, was one of WWE's early female stars who rose to prominence in the 1980's. She is best remembered as the manager of the "Macho Man" Randy Savage. She played a key role in the build-up to the main event of WrestleMania V, between the Macho Man and Hulk Hogan. She spent the later part of her career in WCW and was even a part of the nWo.
Elizabeth's name was indeed Elizabeth. Her full name was Elizabeth Ann Hulette. Moreover, she was actually married to the "Macho Man" from 1984 until 1992. Several years after she separated from Savage, Elizabeth became the girlfriend of wrestler Lex Luger. Sadly, Hulette passed away while she was with Luger. The cause of death was acute toxicity.
2 Ring Name: Alexa Bliss
Alexa Bliss currently holds the Raw Women's Championship. Despite not getting the type of attention wrestlers like Bayley and Sasha Banks got in NXT, Bliss has been very successful as a member of WWE's main roster. In fact, she is the first woman to win both the Raw and SmackDown Women's title. The 5-foot tall blonde from Columbus, Ohio should have a bright future ahead of her in World Wrestling Entertainment.
Yeah, her name isn't really Alex Bliss. The 25-year-olds real name is actually Alexis Kaufman, though she apparently goes by Lexi. However, her name might be changing in the near future as she is currently engaged to wrestler Matthew Adams, who is known to NXT fans as Buddy Murphy. Thus, she could eventually become Alexis Adams.
1 Real Name: Tessa Blanchard
Tessa Blanchard is a relative newcomer to the sport of professional wrestling, who began her career in 2014. Since that time she has gone on to make quite a name for herself on the independent scene. WWE fans may remember her as one of Adam Rose's Rosebuds. She also wrestled several matches in NXT against current WWE stars like Alexa Bliss and Nia Jax.
Tessa Blanchard is her real name. If her last name sounds familiar it's because she is the daughter of wrestling legend and former member of The Four Horsemen, Tully Blanchard. In fact, Tessa Blanchard is a third-generation wrestler, as her grandfather, Joe Blanchard was also a wrestler. At 21 years of age, she will only improve and given her wrestling pedigree, she will likely be a full-time member of the WWE roster at some point down the road.