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Top 15 Wrestlers Who Started Out As Bodybuilders

The pro wrestling industry is one that is based on looks as much as it is based on physical ability and charisma. Owners, promoters and writing staffs have, for decades, yearned to push performers who have had superhuman physiques that more so resembled comic book figures than professional athletes. The great irony with this method is that there is a long list of former bodybuilders who have entered the pro wrestling world only to then flame out after being pushed to the top of cards for whatever reasons. History has taught that looks alone only mean so much even in pro wrestling.

“Nature Boy” Ric Flair is just one example of a pro wrestler who got over among crowds because of what he was able to do inside of the ring and on the microphone and not because he had such an impressive physique. With that said, even Flair, who is widely perceived by fans and by wrestling insiders as the greatest performer that the industry has ever known, has, at times, been booked to put bodybuilders who became wrestlers over in feuds. One of those individuals would, following his initial feud with Flair, go on to become the face of World Championship Wrestling.

There have, at the other end of the spectrum, been numerous success stories of former bodybuilders making great lives for themselves thanks to the pro wrestling world. That includes a man who was, both during his best days in the WWE on and even after his wrestling career came to an end, a polarizing wrestler who made plenty of enemies in the business during his time. Last but not least is the performer who is currently the top babyface in all of World Wrestling Entertainment even if certain fans do not like to acknowledge that fact, a man who is both booed and cheered in arenas all around the world.

15 Aksana

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14 Nicole Bass

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13 Ivan Putski

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12 Earl Maynard

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11 Tony Atlas

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10 The Great Khali

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9 Jessie Godderz

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8 Kaitlyn

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7 Chyna

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6 Triple H

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5 Batista

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4 Billy Graham

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3 Sting

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2 The Ultimate Warrior

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1 John Cena

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The pro wrestling career of John Cena since he first appeared on WWE television has been fascinating to behold. A former bodybuilder before he entered the pro wrestling world, Cena began as somewhat of a bland babyface in the WWE before he was booked to be a heel rapper. It was during that run that Cena evolved into the most popular character in all of the company, but his storyline turn back to babyface and also the “Super Cena” push that he received backfired among portions of the audience. Some still reject Cena at WWE events even though he has been one of the more consistent performers in the company for years.

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