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Top 15 Wrestlers You Didn't Know Started Wrestling At A Young Age

The professional wrestling industry has been somewhat of a fallback option for athletes who have been unable to make it in their desired professions. There are numerous examples of football players who were not able to have lengthy careers playing in the National Football League who eventually made their way to World Wrestling Entertainment. Roman Reigns failed to catch on in the NFL and in the Canadian Football League before he first ventured into pro wrestling, and he has won the WWE World Heavyweight Championship on multiple occasions. Baron Corbin, another former football player, will look to follow in Reigns' path.

Not every pro wrestler who makes it on the WWE roster just happened to fall backwards into the industry. Many, in fact, had dreams during their younger years of becoming stars either in the WWE or for other promotions such as World Championship Wrestling. While some of us who were fans of wrestling as youths pretended to have matches either in our backyards or on wrestling mats, these individuals were learning the business as teenagers. Some, even, won championships in promotions before they turned 20-years-old, and those experiences helped prepare them for what they would experience working in the WWE.

The list of wrestlers who started out at a young age goes all the way back to generations ago before there is even video of that person wrestling. It includes wrestlers who made their names during what was known as The Attitude Era. Last but not least are the wrestlers who started out at a young age and who will hopefully carry the WWE banner well past 2016 and into the future. Just think: somewhere out there is a teenager who is dreaming of becoming a star in the business and who will one day hold the WWE Championship. Keep at it, young one, and dare to dream big.

15 Mae Young 

via nytimes.com

14 Sean Waltman 

via bleacherreport.com

13 Tyson Kidd 

via reddit.com

12 Dean Ambrose 

via twitter.com

11 Seth Rollins 

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10 Mick Foley 

via adamswrestling.blogspot.com

9 William Regal 

via eireplusalba.wordpress.com

8 Jeff Hardy 

via pinterest.com

7 Shawn Michaels 

via mostlywrestlingstuff.tumblr.com

6 Becky Lynch 

via catch-arena.com

5 CM Punk 

via pinterest.com

4 Jay Briscoe 

via cagesideseats.com

3 Mark Briscoe

via bleacherreport.com

2 Paige 

via pinterest.com

1 Rey Mysterio 

via cinefis.com.ar

Even back during his first year in WCW, it was discussed that Rey Mysterio began wrestling as a young teenager. Mysterio had his first match when he was 14-years-old and it only took him a few years to get involved in AAA. From there, Mysterio received a chance to work in ECW. Mysterio was involved in multiple tremendous matches during his short stint in ECW before he made a debut in WCW in June 1996. Fans who only saw Mysterio work in the WWE need to go back and watch the matches that he had back in 1995 and 1996 before he became an international superstar.

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