You’d have thought that the wrestlers of some of the world’s top promotions would be accustomed to spending time in the limelight, with people, fans and the media, being all up in their business – it’s just part of life as a pro wrestler. Some actually love it, and love the fame and fortune and everything it entails – which includes everyone wanting to know everything about you; the professional and personal aspects of your life. There are quite a few that have no problems with media intrusion and are very accommodating individuals and just eat up all the attention that comes their way. But there are others that are quite the opposite.
The wrestlers on this list may not necessarily be the shy and retiring types, but once they do their wrestling duties, adhere to their professional commitments – some even have a hard time doing this! - and the cameras are switched off, they want to stay out of the limelight and keep themselves to themselves. Some really do have a hard time sharing things about their personal lives, and many actually look physically uncomfortable when they’re doing an interview and something about their private life is brought up. These are 15 of those wrestlers who want their private lives to remain private and for people not to know about anything other than the personas they bring to the ring.
15 Seth Rollins
I think it’s safe to say that we already know a bit too much about Seth Rollins’ private life – his private life and his privates. We’ve seen far too much – much more than he’d have wanted us to see – and it’s therefore understandable why he’s gone off the radar a bit and gone a bit quiet. I am of course talking about that whole nude photo incident in 2015, where his nude pics were posted on social media.
Before that incident, Rollins didn’t have any problems divulging information about his personal life, who he was dating, what he was up to, etc... But now – perhaps because he learnt a thing or two as a result of that 2015 incident – he’s kept a very low profile and is extremely private, which must be tricky considering he’s still with the world’s top promotion.
14 CM Punk
We actually know quite a bit about him but Punk was never really too fond of sharing details about his personal life. Punk is an intriguing character, so people have gone out of their way to discover juicy bits of information, and stuff has been leaked, all of which must have pissed Punk off no end.
He didn’t even want people to know he got married to AJ Lee; well, he didn’t want to share pictures of the occasion anyway. When they were leaked, he was furious, and this caused him to take to Twitter and threaten anyone who shared and posted the pics. Before Lee even came into the picture, he was sleeping around and working his way around the roster. We didn’t really know what was happening until after the relationships had run their course.
Now he’s in UFC (sort of), and he’s become a bit more open, although compared to other pro athletes at his level, he’s still quite reserved and private when it comes to his personal life.
13 Tamina Snuka
Tamina certainly isn’t the biggest name on this list; perhaps if she let more people in. Being a Snuka – daughter of the legendary but also highly controversial Jimmy Snuka – if she ever did decide to open up a bit more, you can imagine that she’d have one hell of a life story to tell. But perhaps that’s why Tamina prefers to stay quiet, because her family hasn’t exactly had the easiest of times, and due to her dad’s long trial, she must have had a cloud hanging over her too.
Not much is really known about Tamina. We know she has kids and is a divorcee, but apart from that, there’s zilch. She’s got social media accounts, but isn’t as active on them as some of her peers, so apart from the things she decides to post – which don’t reveal an awful lot - we don’t really know much about Tamina Snuka, and that’s just the way she wants it to be.
12 The Undertaker
Mark Calaway’s been around for many years, having made his professional wrestling debut way back in 1984. It’s therefore inevitable, with a guy as big as The Undertaker who’s been in the limelight for so long, we’re going to know something about him and his personal life. But if he had it his way, he’d be known simply as The Undertaker and keep his real life as Mark Calaway under wraps.
Part of the reason he likes things to remain private is because of the character he portrays; The Undertaker character is quite a sinister individual, so knowing more about the man behind The Undertaker may humanize him, which he and WWE would want to avoid.
But aside from that, he’s just a very private individual. He hasn’t gotten with the times during the whole social media boom, so we have to rely on his wife – Michelle McCool – who posts regularly on Twitter, for snippets of info about her hubby and their life together.
11 Bray Wyatt
Bray Wyatt is rather aloof and doesn’t give people an insight into his private life. Perhaps this is for kind of the same reason as The Undertaker behaving similarly; they don’t want to be humanized and want people to know them simply for what they do in the ring.
Bray’s also at the head of the Wyatt family (whatever's left of it), so that probably has a part to play in him being so quiet about personal matters. It might be all down to him, but it’s probably got something to do with WWE wanting his gimmick to be the only thing people are talking about.
Bray’s got social media, although he doesn’t post regularly, and what he does post, he posts as Bray Wyatt, not Windham Rotunda, the man everyone wants to know more about.
10 Roman Reigns
Roman Reigns has been tipped to be the next big thing for a while now. He’s done okay, but his bland on-screen character hasn't really helped him, nor has the fact that he’s a pretty private man. If he wants to become a superstar in the industry and get fans on board for the journey, he may need to open up a bit more, and give fans an insight into his life.
Roman has divulged a bit of information during interviews about his wife, his daughter, his love for video games, and his pre-wrestling career as a pro footballer, but that’s about it, that’s all we know.
The man doesn’t even have an Instagram account, so I think it’s safe to say that Roman Reigns likes to keep his private life very private.
9 Erick Rowan
Here’s a former member of the Wyatt family who’s a very private individual. It must have something to do with WWE wanting to keep things focussed on wrestling, because Erick, like Bray, rarely breaks kayfabe.
As he came into WWE and was announced to be a member of the Wyatt family, people, as they would, wanted to know more about the bearded man mountain, especially as he started gaining some prominence. But they had to make do with knowing he has a wife and two kids, and that’s about it.
He does have Twitter, and as you’d expect he has hundreds of thousands of followers, but doesn’t give them anything other than wrestling talk and information. He’s also rarely seen out and about aside from when he’s honoring his wrestling commitments.
8 Mark Henry
Mark Henry’s great when he’s in beast mode, when he’s in character and doing his stuff in the ring and at wrestling events. He’s been known to take pictures with fans, get up close and personal with them and interact with them, partake in interviews, etc... He just seems like a genuine guy when he’s doing what he does best.
But away the cameras, away from the glitz and glamor of wrestling events, Mark wants to keep things very private and he wants people to respect his privacy. He’s even admonished a young fan once who asked for his picture, telling him exactly that, to have some respect for his privacy. There have been numerous similar instances over the years, where if he’s not on the job, he just doesn’t want anyone to know anything about what he’s up to.
We know a ton of stuff about Sean Waltman, but a lot of that was due to his information being leaked. He has also divulged quite a lot about his tumultuous childhood and younger days and his struggles since, probably because he wanted to offer an explanation for his addiction issues, and perhaps because it was quite therapeutic to get everything off his chest. But he doesn’t really offer people information about himself – only after certain things have occurred. Take his relationship with Chyna as another example – he only came out and revealed certain aspects of that relationship when Chyna started speaking first and was dragging X-Pac’s buddy, Triple H’s name through the mud.
Incidentally, he wants people to respect his privacy. Perhaps his personal problems had something to do with that, because he’s also partaken in a number of other – let’s say questionable – antics that have had people raising their eyebrows.
6 Sasha Banks
Sasha Banks has earned quite a bit of fame and has accomplished a lot at a very young age, in terms of wrestling. Despite only being 25 years old, she's already a three-time Women's Champion and was the NXT Women's Champion at just 23. However, despite all her in-ring success, Sasha doesn't seem to be quite so inviting when it comes to her personal life. Yes, she has social media accounts, but she rarely divulges much personal information. She did announce when she was getting married, but that was probably to prevent fans from approaching her.
Sasha has been known to be very standoff-ish when approached by fans outside of wrestling events. There's nothing wrong with being private, but there has to be some balance in being private and accommodating loyal fans.
Kane’s kind of like The Undertaker in terms of the way he goes about things out of the ring. It’s remarkable to think that he’s managed to maintain this level of privacy after two and a half decades in the ring, even after he’d risen to become of wrestling’s all-time greats. You’d have thought that with his whole in-ring persona, the number of crazy and notable storylines he’s been involved in over the years, and the titles he’s accumulated, we’d know a lot more about Glenn Jacobs.
We know he has a wife and kids, worked as an insurer, and we know about his political views. He says he’s contemplating running as a Republican for the Knox County mayoral seat in 2018; in politics, any little bit of information can be used against you, so perhaps that’s one of the reasons for him being a very private person, or perhaps I’m looking too much into it and he’s just a private guy.
4 Shane McMahon
With Shane being the boss’s son and all that and having a prominent role in WWE – which he’s had on and off over the years – and with him being a very successful businessman, it’s the logical thing to do to keep your private life private. When you’ve held the positions that he’s held, anything can be used against you, so it’s important to keep things strictly business-related. He’s a pretty astute man, so perhaps that’s his reason for being to private, or it may be something to do with Vince – who’s led a very colorful life – asking him to say quiet. Whatever the reason may be, we don’t know much about the man who’s regarded to be one of the most powerful men in the world, aside from his wrestling and accomplishments in the business world.
He did at one point sit down with Mick Foley and revealed some aspects of his life and what it was like to be a McMahon, but that’s about it.
3 Dean Ambrose
Dean Ambrose doesn’t try to hide the fact that he’s a very private man. He’s actually revealed that he likes to keep his private life very private, but even if he hadn’t said that, it wouldn’t take a genius to realize a bit of privacy’s what he’s after.
In today’s day and age where wrestlers use social media to their advantage, to connect with fans and give them an insight into their lives, Dean hasn’t jumped on the social media bandwagon, and his social media presence is non-existent. Add in the fact that he doesn’t like things getting too personal during interviews, and that he resides in Vegas when his employers are based in Stamford, Connecticut, and it begins to paint a picture of a very private person who likes to keep to himself.
2 Charlotte Flair
Charlotte’s another one who’s come from a legendary wrestling family – made legendary by The Nature Boy himself, Ric Flair. Ric was quite a loud boisterous character, but The Queen is definitely more reserved, although it has to be said that she’s steadily growing into the role of being the most prominent female wrestler around.
Because of Charlotte’s family, we know quite a bit about her, but she does like to keep her personal life private. Perhaps that’s because there hasn’t really been anything to shout about – sounds harsh, but from what we know, it’s true! – in her personal life; it seems as if there’s only been doom and gloom - the failed relationships, marriages, trouble with the law, her brother dying – all are not stuff you really want to shout about or want people to know about.
1 Brock Lesnar and Sable
Having Brock and Sable as the number one entry on this list was a no-brainer. It’s probably more Brock than Sable who likes to keep things private, but it seems as though Brock’s converted Sable around to his way of thinking.
Brock’s very uncomfortable talking about any aspect of his private life that doesn’t involve his passion for hunting. We know quite a bit about that, we know he wrestles in order have a huge bank balance, and know some things about his family dynamic, but apart from that, we really don’t know much.
He doesn’t reveal much and absolutely hates it when fans ask for pictures and invade his privacy. Just look at pics of him with fans and you can see that he looks physically uncomfortable, like he just wants to bolt and get the hell out that situation.
Brock loves his privacy so much, he even lives in a secluded part of Canada, on a farm, so he can be devoid of human interactions – apart from his family of course.