There are currently a number of Superstars who grew up dreaming of performing for the WWE, and set that goal up for themselves at an early age. Others had no choice but to be involved in the industry thanks to a parent who was previously a wrestler. But there are many names who didn't exactly care for wrestling until they made it to the WWE.
They never envisioned themselves competing in the squared circle until the opportunity came to their door, allowing them to transition into a new life venture. With today's list, we look at 10 WWE Superstars who weren't fans of wrestling!
10 Bobby Lashley
Bobby Lashley had no plans to pursue a career in professional wrestling until he suffered an injury that put an end to his amateur wrestling journey. A year later, he was recruited by the WWE to join OVW and it only took him one year to make it to the main roster.
Growing up as a kid, Lashley didn't follow the WWE but once he gauged interest from the company, Lashley was on board for a new venture as he had all the tools to be a star. It took him some time to truly get acclaimed to the nature of the business as evident by his early struggles on SmackDown.
9 Kurt Angle
After having won an Olympic Gold Medal, Kurt Angle had different options on the table including an offer from ECW. That was very short lived as he was uncomfortable with the product, and not exactly what he expected from professional wrestling.
Angle admitted that he wasn't a fan as a kid nor did he pay any attention to it until years down the line. Upon his arrival to the WWE, Angle was expecting to win every single match given his background in amateur wrestling - so it took him quite some time to adjust although he never looked back since then.
8 Nikki Bella
Prior to their WWE journey, The Bella Twins were modelling for numerous gigs around the world including the World Cup 2006. At the time, they didn't follow wrestling nor did they understand the nature of the business. Upon learning about the 2006 WWE Diva Search, they went for a tryout although the company passed on them at the time.
A year later, they were recruited on a developmental deal where both sisters honed their skills to become one of the top acts in the division. Nikki would go on to become a two-time WWE Diva Champion and one of the most popular female Superstars from the past decade.
7 Brock Lesnar
Brock Lesnar didn't exactly care for the industry throughout his childhood, nor did he envision himself being apart of sports entertainment in any capacity. Following an impressive journey as an amateur wrestler, Lesnar made it to the WWE radar which led to his signature to OVW in 2000. He quickly learned the ropes thanks to his extensive background in wrestling, and made it to WWE programming within a year. Fast forward to 2019, and Lesnar is now among the most accomplished Superstars in history. And while he may not have been a fan of the industry itself at any point, Lesnar became one of the biggest draws of the 2000s.
6 Titus O'Neil
Titus O'Neil is another name who had no interest in professional wrestling. While plenty of Superstars grew up fans of the product, O'Neil had other interests that didn't include the WWE. He was close friends with neighbor Batista, who was at the time one of the biggest stars in the industry, just as O'Neil was wrapping up his football journey. After receiving an invitation from Batista to train at FCW, O'Neil obliged two weeks later and the rest is history. He was immediately signed by the company to development deal as he began learning the ins and outs of the industry.
5 Lacey Evans
Watching Lacey Evans on the mic, one would think that she has been around the business for the longest time. During a podcast with Lillian Garcia, Evans was very open about her introduction to the industry as well as childhood struggles. Having had strict parents as a kid, Evans never watched wrestling nor did she have the time for it. She would only be introduced to the world of professional wrestling as an adult, but it didn't take her too long to learn on the go. Despite not being familiar with the facets of the field, Evans is now among the hottest up and coming Superstars in the WWE.
4 Big Show
Before he became one of the most dominant forces the WWE has ever seen, Big Show dreamed of pursuing a career in basketball. Playing throughout high school and college, it was clear that NBA wouldn't be in his future despite his massive build. But he did catch the eye of Hulk Hogan who recruited him to join WCW at the time, although Big Show wasn't particularly a fan of the wrestling industry. Once he realized the potential he had as a wrestler, Big Show was fully committed to a new chapter of his life and he never looked back again.
3 Alexa Bliss
During the on and off feud with Sasha Banks, Alexa Bliss was accused of not being a fan of professional wrestling. Banks, who's known for being a major fan of the industry since a young age, claims that Bliss was a cheerleader who simply changed path as an adult. In a past interview, Bliss claimed that she attempted to watch wrestling as a kid although her mother wouldn't allow her due to the explicit content throughout the Attitude Era. That hasn't stopped Bliss from achieving major success on the main roster as a three-time Raw Women's Champion and a two-time SmackDown Women's Champion.
Goldberg always had football inspirations going back to an early age. He had never considered a career in wrestling until his retirement from football after failing to stick around in the NFL. Since he wasn't a fan of wrestling, Goldberg never considered choosing such route until he met Sting at Main Event Fitness.
He would develop a friendship with Sting and Lex Luger, which eventually led Goldberg to ink a deal with WCW. Goldberg realized the potential he had as a wrestler given his size and martial arts background, while also following the footsteps of Sting - making for a smooth transition into the industry.
1 Roman Reigns
Coming from a wrestling family, most would assume that the business was in Roman Reigns' blood before he even stepped into the ring. Such wasn't the case since he wasn't a fan of sports entertainment as a kid, and had greater interest in football. His dream would come true as he had a very short run in the NFL and also played in the CFL, and he only chased a wrestling career once his journey on the field was sealed. It has paid off for Reigns given his status as a four time WWE Champion, as well as the first headline of four consecutive WrestleManias.