Wrestling has always been a young man’s sport, but to gain fame and be successful in this field it takes time. Many wrestlers begin their careers in their twenties but most of them take around ten years to learn the tactics of climbing the ladder to fame.
But, of course there are exceptions. Some are born with the talent of wrestling in their blood and mange to learn the craft quickly. While others may not be so lucky, some guys just get it.
Creation of opportunities and success with a topping of fame is quite difficult and full of struggle in this game. Many youngsters have a dream of being a wrestler and dive into the wrestling industry but very few are lucky to taste the trophy and love of their fans with loud hurray and cheers. Wrestling started in an era when videos were not evident but even during that time, wrestlers earned their name well. These talents in the ring and off screen made a mark on the history of professional wrestling, and have fascinated younger groups of fans to be a part of the industry.
So, here is the list of top 15 quickest learners in wrestling-
15 Triple H
Triple H is one of the most recognizable names in the industry and is now the creator of WWE NXT. After completing his grads, he participated in many body building contests and finally in 1995 he joined the WWE team. Soon, Triple H was making a name for himself. Altogether, Triple H won 25 championships: nine WWE Championships, Five World Heavyweight Championships, and has headlined WrestleMania seven times, tying up the record of the famous Hulk Hogan. He started his career with body building at the age of 14 to gain the carved body and tough looks of a professional wrestler and after completing his education won a number of competitions, including ‘Mr. Teenage New Hampshire’ at the age of 19. Being an early starter and a prompt learner made him a wrestler with an inspiring history of struggle. Triple H is now exactly where he wanted to be in the industry.
14 Randy Orton
Being a longtime member of the WWE roster, Randy Orton has won 12 World Championships. These include eight WWE (World Heavyweight) Championships and four World Heavyweight Championships. Orton was the final holder of the WHC. He was also the youngest person to win the WHC in WWE history at the age of 24. Orton has found much success in WWE and even won the 2009 Royal Rumble. His achievements were a great breath of relaxation for his family members in the same business. Those who thought it to be a difficult task for him and tried to convince him to dump the idea of a pro wrestling career. Orton would not listen and his passion would keep him going, making it all look easy along the way. The hardships of his trainers Dave Finlay and Bob Orton trained and brushed him well with the skills needed to blow opponents away.
A wrestler who is known as one of the best big men in WWE history. Given the ring name 'Yokozuna' which means the highest rank in pro sumo wrestling held in Japan. WWE honoured him twice with the WWE Championship and twice with the Tag Team Championship, as well as a Royal Rumble victory. Yokozuna defeated power packed performers like Hulk Hogan and Bret Hart, competed in WrestleMania main events, and was named of King of the Ring in 1993. Despite challenges with his weight, Yokozuna always fought hard but the struggle was too much as he would pass away at the young age of 34. Yokozuna is now a member of the WWE Hall of Fame.
12 The Rock
Dwayne Johnson is best known in the wrestling world as The Rock. He belonged to a pro wrestling family and played pro football. Because of a back injury he had to give up the football dream. But by prompt learning of the wrestling tricks and techniques made his way to the wrestling industry. The Rock quickly became one of WWE's biggest stars and would rival the great Stone Cold Steve Austin for the top spot. The Rock had wrestling in his blood and picking up the craft came rather easy. As everybody knows, The Rock has moved away from the ring for the lights of Hollywood and only appears on a part-time basis for the company that helped make him famous. Although, when he does return, the fans still love The Rock.
11 Brock Lesner
A multi-talented man with the skills of wrestling, mixed martial arts, and professional football. Brock Lesnar's learning ability must have been sharp as he perfromed well as a wrestler rather young. Lesnar would become the youngest ever WWE Champion at the age of 25 after winning the King of the Ring tournament to earn a shot at SummerSlam 2002. In 2004, Lesnar left the WWE to pursue a career in football but it didn't quite work out. Lesnar would then move on to UFC where he captured their top championship before finally returning to WWE. Once back with the company, Lesnar was soon WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Lesnar recently returned to UFC in a vicyotious fight and continues to work for WWE on a part-time basis.
10 Rey Mysterio
He was 28 years when he started his journey with WWE. Rey Mysterio was a three time World Champion in WWE. Twice winning the World Heavyweight Championship and once the WWE Championship. A tremendously encouraging career with a bag full of achievements made him glow. He was attractive in the eyes of the crowd, and raised true fans love with loud cheers and hoots which helped him to be a proud winner of 21 titles between WWE and WCW. He became the 21st man to win the WWE Triple Crown Championship along with 2006 Royal Rumble. His journey ended with WWE in 2015. The trainer Rey Mysterio Sr. made a great difference in the struggling life of Rey Jr. and taught him the craft of wrestling which he grasped very quickly and used it tactfully to enjoy the sweet berries of success.
Glenn Thomas Jacob is the real name of the evil WWE Superstar known as Kane. In 1995, after training from Dean Malenko, Jacobs debuted in WWE. It took a while and a few gimmick changes but eventually the character of Kane was introduced as the younger half brother to The Undertaker. In WWE, Jacobs learned the ropes fast and would play everything from a dentist to an imposter before landing the role of Kane. Under this role, Jacobs has won the WWE, World Heavyweight, and ECW Championship. To this very day, Kane continues to be a character on WWE TV as Jacobs stands as one of the longest serving employees of the company.
8 The Undertaker
Mark William Calaway is the most well respected wrestler of all time. Popular by his ring name, The Undertaker, Calaway was born on March 24, 1965. He was signed by WWE in 1990, beginning his WWE career at the age of 25. Calaway started his career with World Class Championship Wrestling (WCCW) in 1984. Calaway had seen action in the likes of WCW before joining WWE. Besides being a renowned wrestler he also had basketball scholarship. His appearance is so eye catching that even a blink was rare. Tactics of rolling his eye into the back of his head, tattooed arms, and fiery expressions with funeral music during his walk towards the ring created more and more excitement among the fans. Kids would fear The Undertaker. His career as a wrestler has been one of the most successful ever and his ability to quickly learn the business was proven during his early years.
7 Steve Austin
Steve Austin is a daring wrestler with an attitude to take up any challenge, and coolly show it his raised middle finger. Stone Cold was the ring name given to him and appropriate to his name he stoned all challengers.. Chris Adams trained Steve and polished him up to reach this level of perfection. His career started in the wrestling business in Texas during 1990 as a part of USWA. He then signed up with WCW as“Stunning Steve Austin.” Austin was fired by WCW, made his way to ECW, and then found himself in WWE. Though he was good at his work and won a number of Championships, Austin had to face a lot of ups and downs because the business was not that fair with him. But he didn’t sit back, he fought and grew, and eventually became the most popular wrestler on the planet.
6 Roman Reigns
The ring name Roman Reigns is very popular in its own right, despite what people say. Before signing up with WWE and fighting his way up the ladder, Reigns was a football player. When his football dreams were no longer, Reigns entered the wrestling business. In WWE, somebody took a liking to Reigns as he was groomed to become the next top guy. Too bad the fans hated everything about that idea. Reigns now competes for Monday Night Raw and following a suspension from the company for violating the Wellness Policy, must earn back his spot. Reigns is loved and hated and there is no telling when or if the entire crowd will accept this wrestler.
5 Hulk Hogan
When Terry Bollea was first brought into the wrestling industry, few thought about his future impact, or if he would have any at all. Named Hulk Hogan, Bollea was about to change the direction of the business forever. Vince McMahon decided it was time to launch Hulk Hogan into superstardom, and because of this Bollea had to quickly learn the ins and outs of the business. Basically carrying the company on his back for a number of years, Hulk Hogan is technically erased from the WWE record books due to some very personal and serious issues. Regardless, Hulk Hogan will remain a huge name and fans do not forget the fact that Hogan is a former 12 time World Champion.
4 Bobby Lashley
Bobby Lashley being a former sergeant in the US army continued with his wrestling practice to compete in the 2003 Olympic games but an injury ended his dream. Bobby Lashley would then turn his attention to pro wrestling and would soon find himself in the WWE. In fact, Lashley was positioned well by the company and was thought to be a future star. Lashley's time in WWE did not play out as planned but the quick learning wrestler would mange to find success in TNA. While not living up to the hype in WWE, Lashley picked up the craft at a quick pace and should be commended for the success he found outside of WWE.
Adam Copeland, known best as Edge is a talented personality. He is a Canadian actor as well as retired pro wrestler. In the 1990s he fought in various pro wrestling promotions before finding a spot in WWE. While with the company, Edge would become an 11 time World Champion. While breaking in as a tag team wrestler, it was clear from the start that Edge was a fast learner. Edge has always possessed the skills needed to be a top star in WWE and it was only a matter of time before he reached the top. With a career cut short due to injury, there is no way to know just how many more championships Edge would have won in WWE. A beloved wrestler, Edge will always be a favourite of WWE fans.
2 The Great Khali
The Great Khali is a pro wrestler, actor, as well as power lifter. He is the wrestling pride of Indian and is held in high regard in his native land. Khali is a former World Heavyweight Champion in WWE and is often criticized as being one of the worst men to ever hold the title. Despite this, Khali did the best with what he had and learned the sport of wrestling quickly. While not a high flyer or the most exciting wrestler around, Khali picked up the craft quickly and soon found success in WWE. With a training period in the United States and his instantaneous learning habit to go along with his immense power, Khali was soon a force in WWE.
1 John Cena
John Cena just may be the most polarizing wrestler of all time. The 15 time World Champion is loved all over the world, and hated at the same time. Since the start of his career, Cena has been called out on his true wrestling abilities but is a lot better than people give him credit for. Cena was placed into the WWE spotlight while still rough around the edges but learned more and more each day. While not the best wrestler in the world, Cena is not the worst and was quick to learn the skills required to become a true WWE Superstar and champion. Cena has been the face of WWE for the past decade and continues to be the biggest star in the company. Aside from the wrestling aspect, Cena quickly learned backstage politics, a tricky side of the business.