The women of the WWE are fans and athletes who have to keep their bodies in tip-top condition. Although it may be a double standard the ladies of wrestling are usually judged based on their looks, followed by their in-ring capabilities. Due to this, women who are normally knockouts (no pun intended fans of Impact Wrestling) have to do even more when they decide to join the WWE. Maybe they have to drop some weight, or gain some muscle or even get plastic surgery, but in most cases they look different than they did prior to joining the WWE.
Today we are going to take a look at 15 pictures that will make you do a double-take when you realize that the person in it is currently on the WWE roster. While some of the pictures below aren't shocking in the sense that your jaw will drop when you see them, the stories behind them could be; and then there are pictures that will no doubt cause you to do some Googling after you read this article.
As always feel free to let us know if you have already seen these pictures, or if we missed any other shocking photos in the comments section.
15 Alexa Bliss
Sure you knew that the current SmackDown Women's Champion was into cosplaying Harley Quinn, but did you know that she used to be a bodybuilder? Bliss got into bodybuilding after suffering from severe anorexia that threatened her life when she was an early teen. Bliss was able to overcome her demons however, and was successful in multiple sports in high school.
14 Summer Rae
It's kind of funny that the WWE doesn't utilize Summer Rae in more of a physical capacity given that she played contact football for three years prior to becoming a wrestler. Sure she wasn't playing in the NFL, but Summer did start as a cornerback for the Chicago Bliss in the Lingerie Football League from 2008-2011. The current member of the RAW roster wasn't a pushover either, participating in various All-Star games for the league during her tenure.
Bayley has always looked exactly the same. Researching for pictures of the Huggable One wasn't exactly hard, but finding a picture that we could define as shocking became the problem. Bayley always wanted to be a wrestler, ever since she was 11 years old and attended Big Time Wrestling on a frequent basis. Since jumping into the business, you won't find a single picture of the former NXT Women's Champion not smiling; the same is true of her time before the WWE.
12 Dana Brooke
We've got another bodybuilder on the list, with Dana Brooke coming in at number 12 on this list. The obvious thing that we should point out here is that since debuting on the main roster in May, the woman in the picture above looks nothing like the girl we have all come to love on RAW. At the least Brooke has packed on some serious muscle since leaving behind the bodybuilding scene for the world of wrestling. It's pretty impressive that she has gotten bigger since her competition days, considering that Brooke has won multiple awards from the National Physique Committee.
Asuka has been praised by many hardcore wrestling fans as one of the best workers in the business, man or woman. The current NXT Woman's Champion has one of the most impressive resumes in the world of wrestling, stemming from her background working all over the world. During her travels, Asuka (then Kana) became known for multiple things, one of them being her ability to wrestle with men during mixed tag matches.
10 Renee Young
While not technically a wrestler, Renee Young still receives more screen time than nearly half the active WWE roster. Prominently featured as the host of both Talking Smack and RAW Talk, Young has seen an increased role in the WWE since the launch of the WWE Network in 2014. Her role may be increasing even further, as there have been heavy rumors regarding her having a match following her verbal confrontations with The Miz in recent weeks.
9 Sasha Banks
By now everyone should know that Sasha Banks has some famous relatives. She is first cousins with singers Brandy and Ray J, producer Daz Dillinger and most famous rapper Snoop Dogg. Despite having such high-profile member of her family, Banks decided to pay her dues in the wrestling industry, and in doing so has built up quite a reputation for herself. Banks has been wrestling for six years, spending her first three on the independent scene as Mercedes KV.
8 8. Nia Jax
If nothing else with her glow in the dark entrance, Naomi wins the award for the best entrance on SmackDown right now. Have you ever noticed that no matter what character she is playing that the former Funkadactyl always seems to incorporate dancing? Well, that is because prior to signing to the WWE in 2010, Naomi was a cheerleader for the Orlando Magic from 2007-2009. During the same time, Naomi also worked as a background dancer for rapper and WWE fan Flo Rida.
Living up to the family expectations of the Harts was going to be a tall order for anyone who tried to make it in the WWE on the families name. Now 16 years into her career, and a decade into her WWE run, Natalya is the only Hart left in the WWE. Nattie entered the WWE during a time where there was more emphasis put on looks than actual wrestling ability for women. Knowing that, the former WWE Divas Champion changed her look before entering into the WWE in 2007.
5 Eva Marie
After taking a year hiatus from the main roster to develop her skills in NXT, Eva Marie is back and better(?) than ever. Well at least that is what WWE would have us believe, but since being drafted to SmackDown, the red-headed Total Divas cast member hasn't had a single match. Her constant excuses to not have a match on television were compounded by her real life wellness policy violation in August.
3 Becky Lynch
Trained by Finn Balor in 2002, there was no questioning that Becky Lynch was going to make it in the world of professional wrestling. The Lass Kicker wrestled on and off before finally making it to the WWE in 2013. We all know what Lynch is currently doing over on SmackDown Live, but her life prior to WWE was a roller coaster adventure, filled with acting, using drugs, working as a stuntwoman and even flight attending. Yes the former WWE Smackdown Women's Champion was once a stewardess on Aer Lingus. Working the gig for over two years, Lynch claims that she was able to hold on to the job for so long because her mom was the "Ric Flair of Flight Attendants".
So there are a few things to consider here. First, prior to joining the WWE Lana was an actress who had appeared in multiple movies/television shows. One of the shows that Lana (real name CJ Perry) guest starred in was a Cinemax show called Banshee. Though she only appeared in one episode, Perry made a memorable impression as one of her scenes featured a character snorting cocaine off of her exposed breasts. Not very PG.
Obviously you can't get the full effect from the photo above, but you get the idea of what was happening. The WWE has a pretty hard stance on drugs and nudity, so the fact that this picture is floating around and the WWE still hired Lana is surprising and shocking. It's unlikely we'll see something slip under the radar like this again.
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