Everyone knows and loves the champions of the WWE, but did you know that nearly all of them had different gimmicks before they became famous? Wrestlers are picked to be champions as they get a bigger fanbase, but before they do that, the WWE comes up with some really weird and strange gimmicks for them so that they can stand out from the rest. With that being said, be prepared to see 20 WWE superstar gimmicks that most of you have forgotten about.
20. Braun Strowman
Braun Strowman is currently known as the Beast Among Men, but he wasn’t always this mean. In fact, the picture on the left shows us that Braun Strowman’s WWE character was actually a goofy guy who loved to joke around and not a villain like he is today.
19. Hulk Hogan
Hulk Hogan is a WWE Hall of Famer, but before everyone knew about him, he was just a WWE character called Terry Boulder. Good thing the WWE decided to get inspired from Marvel’s Incredible Hulk and change Hogan’s character.
18. Roman Reigns
Every WWE fan has heard the name Roman Reigns, but did you know that he was simply called “The Guy” when he first joined the company? Luckily, Roman Reigns decided to go with a better name which made him the face of WWE.
17. Seth Rollins
Seth Rollins might be one of the biggest names in the WWE right now, but this wasn’t always his fighter name. Seth Rollins created a persona when he first joined the WWE and he liked to be called Tyler Black. You will never guess who is next on our list!
Kane is one of the weirdest scariest in the WWE, but he wasn’t always a bad guy. In fact, Kane used to be known as a “The Christmas Creature” and he gave fans gifts and brought smiles to their faces.
15. AJ Styles
Before AJ Styles became one of the biggest stars in the WWE, he used to dress up like a turkey and fight in the ring. Can you believe this? The now-famous AJ Styles had to dress like a turkey in order to get fame.
14. Curt Hawkings and Zack Ryder
You might know these two as the biggest Edge look-a-likes, but they used to have their own gimmick at the start of their career. The two wrestlers who looked like surfers called themselves the “Dudes” and they were supposed to be brothers.
Every WWE fan knows the man in this picture as Konnor. However, this wasn’t always his name because Konnor was actually called “Rattitude” back in his Raw days. We think it’s safe to say that he made the right decision by changing his stage name.
12. John Cena
There’s no doubt in anyone’s minds that John Cena is one of the biggest stars in the WWE. Although, the wrestlers used to be known as “The Prototype” at the beginning his career and he was supposed to be part man, part machine.
11. Randy Savage
We all know Randy Savage as the “Macho Man”, but this wasn’t always the case. The Hall of Famer was known as “The Spider” at the start of his career.
There aren’t that many WWE superstars that make it into Hollywood, but Batista is an exception to that rule. What many people don’t know about this wrestler is that he was called “The Leviathan” at first and he was some kind of a monster.
9. Dolph Ziggler
Even though Dolph Ziggler became a champion of the WWE during recent years, he used to be a simple helping hand to Chave Guerrero. Dolph Ziggler carried Chave’s golf clubs everywhere he went and acted as his manager.
8. Alexa Bliss
Even though Alexa Bliss might be renowned for somehow managing to annoy everyone with her attitude nowadays, she used to be a cheerful girl back in the day and she always had a big smile on her face.
Fans find it really annoying when Vince McMahon writes strange stories for WWE stars and Cesaro is the perfect example of that. Cesaro used to spend his early years in the WWE yodeling on stage. Luckily, Vince McMahon noticed that no one liked this and changed Cesaro’s gimmick.
6. Eric Young
Eric Young is one of the funniest wrestlers in the WWE and there’s no doubt about that. However, did you know that he was initially known as the guy that is scared of fighting? That was his gimmick, to be scared!
5. The Miz
The Miz might be one of the hated stars in the WWE, but this wasn’t always the case. The Miz actually worked hard to get to the point where he is now by hosting all types of Reality TV shows and MTV interviews so that people can get interested in him. Hard work pays off…
4. The Undertaker
Even though The Undertaker might be an iconic WWE star, he used to go by the name of the “Texas Red” at the start of his career.
3. Big Show
Just like The Undertaker, Big Show had an entirely different name when he joined the WWE and he was appropriately named “The Giant”.
2. Booker T
Before Booker T started calling himself the king of the WWE, he was a regular soldier known as “G.I. Bro”. Isn’t this crazy?
1. Triple H
Who doesn’t know who Triple H is? This is one of WWE’s biggest stars and the crazy thing about him is that he used to have a strange gimmick where he was called “Jean-Paul Levesque”.