In the world of professional wrestling, everyone tries to shine out from the rest and make their own unique impact on the minds of the wrestling fans, as some bring out unorthodox moves to enthrall the audience in the ring while others create their own unique personas to enchant them. Making a compelling character is the first step to winning a wrestling fan's attention and some wrestlers use something other than their abilities and personalities to keep the attention of the fans as we've often seen many wrestlers pull out masks or face paint to cover their faces and make for some unique, entertaining character in the world of wrestling.
These wrestlers created their own unique personas through their masks or face paint, as it added to the enchanting, intriguing factor to their wrestling and also helped build them as some of the most mystifying characters in the business. While we all know how these guys look with those masks or paint on, not everyone knows the face behind as some of these guys put on the cover for their own good, while some others look pretty good behind that mask or paint.
Here we take a look at the untouched faces behind these wrestlers who have throughout their career covered their faces, as we look at how these 20 wrestlers really look like.
20 Doink The Clown
Doink the Clown might not be remembered by much of the fanbase right now, but this terrorizing clown character was quite over during the early 90s where he used to play tricks on wrestlers and fans and got the attention of everyone because of that. But Matt Osborne (the wrestler who portrayed the character in WWE) would be fired soon after he gained somewhat of a momentum due to his drug abuse, as he'd move to ECW for a short stint and ditched his face paint to show who he really was, as he actually looked decent enough to be a wrestling superstar but his awful drug habits would be the end of his wrestling career. While Matt would make sporadic appearances as Doink later in the WWE, his personal life was a mess because of drugs and caused his death recently.
The forgotten figure of the Anoa'i Family, Rosey was in the WWE after the turn of the century as part of 3 Minute Warning, but he wasn't really recognized until he got the "superhero" gimmick and teamed up with The Hurricane to form a weird, funny tag team. That was actually well received by the audience who got both of them over, as they rode on their popularity to win the World Tag Team Championships which they held for quite some time before The Hurricane turned on Rosey and the big guy was slowly moved out of the WWE. Rosey actually looks like quite the formidable badass without the mask, as the brother of Roman Reigns might be happy to see his sibling ruling the WWE right now, but must feel bad that his "Not WWE Material" appearance didn't let him get a share of success either.
18 Papa Shango
Papa Shango was quite the menacing character back in the 90s, as the voodoo doctor was pushed after his debut and due to some luck found himself feuding with the great Ultimate Warrior himself. Their feud would be built up by Shango casting a curse on Warrior which made him vomit all throughout a show, but because of some problems this feud didn't really go through that well as Shango would fall down the pecking order after losing a WWE Championship match against Bret Hart. What many might now actually know is the voodoo doctor with that face paint was again brought back by WWE in a different persona, as he went onto be a member of The Nation of Domination and infamously "The Godfather" who was the thrill of the Attitude Era with his "Ho Train". Shango might have withered away after his first WWE run, but Charles Wright's ability to portray many characters brought him much success later on.
17 El Torito
El Torito might have been the hilarious thorn in the side of many during his WWE run, but he's actually a legitimate luchador who found his popularity rise in the Mexican Wrestling scene when he impressed at Mexico's AAA promotion a decade or so back. He then kept on wrestling in the Mexican Indy circuit before securing a WWE contract in 2013, after which he became the mascot of Los Matadores. Although the team itself was pretty horrible and jobbed out to everyone, the masked "bull" was entertaining at times and helped to keep them watchable. Torito was fully covered in his WWE run, but this picture of him showing his true self goes on to show how much of a tough guy he looks for his size as this fighter is now back in the Indy scene and impressing despite being way smaller than an average wrestler.
Kamala was quite the intimidating figure back in the day, as his terrorizing look mainly due to his face paint was something which intimidated many wrestlers and his hard-hitting style of wrestling made him a star during his short time in WWE. Kamala's face-paint is regarded as one of the best of all time, as he was one of the earliest wrestlers to actually come up with it and it helped him get over in the WWE and even though he couldn't get past the hurdle to the very top, he did make for some memories in the 80s. But Kamala doesn't really look so scary without the paint on, looking like a very kind man who has fallen upon some difficult times in the past few years as he can't really work due to both his legs being amputated and needs help to survive right now, as the scars of wrestling have left him in a bad shape and he is no more the terrorizing individual he once was with the amazing paint.
Vader is still regarded as one of the most terrorizing "big men" in wrestling history, as this destroyer who wore a mask to shield his identity and make himself even more terrorizing was quite the hot act in the wrestling industry in the 90s. His mask was something which added to his intimidating nature and he was pretty successful everywhere he went, even impressing during his WWE run in the 90s. While Vader might look to be frightening with the mask and costume on, he isn't actually that scary when he isn't wearing his wrestling attire as he looks like a good guy and has made himself into one of wrestling's most respected individuals with his amazing work over the years.
Kalisto might be going through a rough patch right now after receiving a push as a singles wrestler a year or so ago, but he's still on the right path in the WWE and his exciting wrestling ability will make sure he succeeds in the long run. The high-flying Luchador is extremely protective about his mask and has a collection of them, wearing multi-colored masks, defining the high-flyer in him. While Kalisto might be remembered by everyone for his mask, it was weird to see Alberto Del Rio unmask him for a split second, revealing what he actually looks like. Kalisto's devotion to his mask has shielded his actual face which isn't really common for WWE superstars.
Rosemary might just be one of the best things about TNA right now, as the bizarre, terrorizing part of Decay has instilled some real force into TNA's Knockout's Division and is the current Knockout's Champion as well. While she might be scary to some with her face paint which brings out the evil persona in her, she actually looks pretty normal without the paint on as this picture of her goes onto show just how much she changes when she puts on that hideous paint on to terrorize her opponents in TNA. Rosemary's scary factor definitely is enhanced with her face paint, as she might be pretty in her real life, but she turns into a real terror when she puts that paint on.
The team of Ax and Smash were a real terror for WWE's tag team division in the late 80s and early 90s, as Demolition is regarded as one of the most decorated tag teams in WWE History and also held the record for the longest reigning Tag Team Champions before The New Day broke it and surpassed them. The unique face paint of both Ax and Smash helped to establish them as destructive wrestlers, as they look like regular people without their colorful paint on as this picture of them without it goes onto show how normal and futile they look. The paint which helped define them back in the day is part of the reason why they became one of the best tag teams to ever grace wrestling.
Goldust might be regarded as the "Bizarre One" in the wrestling industry, but he has been in here for a long, long time and has been one of wrestling most-devoted guys whose always tried to help the product with his unique character. Goldust is obviously recognized for his gold and black pain which covers his face and brings to his "bizarre" character, but not many might've seen his face without the make-up on as the son of the late Dusty Rhodes has also appeared on WWE TV once or twice without his make-up on. His face without the make-up just doesn't feel right at this point, so it's for the better that he chose to go ahead with his make-up which made for one of the most unique, creative wrestlers of all time.
10 Ultimo Dragon
Most of the WWE fans might not actually remember Ultimo Dragon because of how short of a stint he had in the company, but he is a legend in Japan where he has accomplished everything there is to and is respected because of his amazing work as well. The masked superstar has a unique style to him and is the inventor of many famous moves as well, as Dragon might always appear in the field of wrestling with his traditional mask on, but this picture of him without the mask goes onto show why he actually chose the mask to cover his face, as without it he couldn't have become the high-flying legend that he is right now and wouldn't have found the popularity amongst the fans either, as watching him without his iconic mask just feels weird.
9 The Boogeyman
The Boogeyman was a real terror in the WWE about a decade ago, as the bizarre face-painted superstar who made many uncomfortable with his disgusting antics used his face-paint really well to give the perception of him being a demon to reap the souls of all the bad guys of the WWE. While he did make for many scares for other WWE superstars with his scary face-paint, he actually didn't look anything scary without the face-paint on as this picture of The Boogeyman without his paint on goes onto show how he looks more of a mean man rather than a scary one, as he really benefitted of the character of the Boogeyman and the memorable face-paint helped him get over for a long time as some of his antics will remember in the memories of the WWE fans forever.
8 Sin Cara (Mistico)
The coming of Sin Cara was something WWE massively hyped up a few years back when Mistico came into the company as the original Sin Cara and was pushed as a major wrestler after his debut. But Mistico's tendency to get injured and inability to really win over the audience was something which made for his demise from the WWE in the end, as some awful feuds and matches really deterred his reputation as he was a major superstar before he came into the WWE. While he didn't show his real face in WWE TV, this picture of Sin Cara unmasked goes onto show his true identity as it was a good move on his part to put a mask on his face in order to bring out his luchador identity as without it he wouldn't really have become anything big to begin with and nor would be ever attain success in wrestling with an appearance like that.
7 The Great Muta
The Great Muta is one of the greatest wrestlers to have ever graced wrestling, as this living legend is someone who helped to get Japanese wrestling in the spotlight and his unique character and creative face paints or masks really helped to establish him as something big. Having being wrestling for almost three decades, The Great Muta is now more of a creator than a wrestler but his iconic masks and face-paints is something with which many can remember him by, as this picture of him without any mask or pain on goes onto show how much of a tough guy he is in his real life, as this Japanese Legend is someone who should be an inspiration for every budding wrestler as amazing wrestling ability along with his iconic character is what made for someone who didn't need WWE or WCW to become a greatest of all time.
Umaga was definitely one of the most destructive elements in the WWE during his time, as this hard-hitting Samoan was someone not many wanted to mess around with as his ability to absolutely crush anyone who got into his path made him one of the most terrorizing wrestlers in the WWE. With his iconic face paint on, he went to war with anyone who dared to stand upto him and put them through a world of hurt, as this picture of Umaga without his face-paint on goes to show how he was anything but terrorizing without that scary face-paint on which not only lightened up the destructive side of him, but also helped to establish himself as a scary individual whose life was sadly cut short because of personal reasons, but he's still regarded very highly by wrestling fans who saw him at the top of his game.
5 The Road Warriors
The Road Warriors were a tag team who helped to bring tag team wrestling to the center stage as these two hard-hitting, destructive wrestlers plowed through much of their opponents where-ever they went in wrestling. Having had solid stints in almost every prominent wrestling promotion around the world, Hawk and Animal's intimidating nature was mostly because of their costume and face-paint which made them two of the scariest men in wrestling during their time. This picture goes onto show how they looked without their iconic face paint on, as it proves how the paint and costume helped to establish them as this terrorizing, dominating tag team and there's a reason on why they are regarded as one of THE best tag teams of all time as their work influenced many others to come.
"The Monster" Abyss has remained as one of TNA's most faithful employees through their highs and lows, as the hard-hitting, scary wrestler is someone who isn't scared of doing something which can benefit his masked character and the company as well. Wearing that iconic mask, Abyss has really impressed in his decade-long career in TNA and even though he's recently had a change as he now has face-paint after joining Decay, he actually looks like quite the timid, harmless guy in real life as this picture of him without a mask or face-paint on him goes onto show how gentle and kind he looks in real life. It also goes onto show how much that mask helped him become the "monster" he is, as he keeps entertaining us week in, week out with his brilliant work for TNA.
3 The Ultimate Warrior
The Ultimate Warrior was the inspiration of many wrestlers because of how heroic he was during his peak at the WWE, as the powerful, dominating wrestler with that iconic face-paint on even defeated the great Hulk Hogan at his peak and gained a lot of popularity during the height of his success as well. While everyone knew the destructive, face-painted man who rushed to the ring and laid out his opponents, this picture of the Warrior without his face-paint goes onto reveal the side of him not many knew off, as he looks completely unrecognizable without his face-paint on and goes onto show how much the paint played a part in making him the icon he was and even after his shocking, untimely death he remains as an inspiration for many aiming to become a wrestler like him.
2 Rey Mysterio
Rey Mysterio is the wrestler who paved the way for other small underdogs to have aspirations to get to the top of the WWE, as the master of the 619 raised above his pay-grade to stun many when he won the Royal Rumble and then the World Heavyweight Champion for someone his size. The high-flying phenomenon became a massive fan-favorite at the time as his iconic mask became a high-selling item for the WWE as well, but not many actually know how he looks without his mask on as this picture of Rey without his mask on goes onto show himself to look like a child, as he literally has the face of a child. It was probably for the better that he chose to cover the face with a mask, as it not only made him become a big fan-favorite, but also allowed him to become this high-flying, entertaining superstar who became the inspiration of many during his time in the WWE.
"The Icon" Sting has deserved his nickname as he's remained as this mystical legend for a long time now and his amazing for the past few decades has made him into not only one of the greatest wrestlers of all time, but also one of the most unique characters to grace the field of wrestling. With his iconic crow themed face paint, he has haunted and destroyed many of his opponents as his amazing character was made by that face-paint which he has managed to pull of magnificently over the past few years, but not many actually know how he looks like without the paint. This picture of Sting without his face paint shows exactly how much he changes with the paint on, as he looks like a normal man without the paint but becomes something larger than life with his make-up, as "The Icon" has undoubtedly one of the best face-paints in wrestling and looks quite shockingly unrecognizable without it.