It is hard to pick the most interesting origin story in WWE because they are all so fascinating. Fans like a good story, but a mask can make it even more effective! This is the way to go if you want to have a loyal fan base. We do not know what it is about masks that make them so attractive to fans, but we know that they work. Even though the mask plays a big part in the charm of a wrestler, we can’t help but speculate about what they look like without it. Wonder no more because we have the answers for you!
Introduced in 1995, it was hard to ignore Goldust. After all, his bedazzled and fab costume made it hard not to pay him any attention. His rivals say that he was something of a “sick freak.” Fans also called him the Bizarre One. It goes without saying that the WWE Universe is just not the same without him.
WWE has not been shy when it comes to gimmicks. When it comes to the funny ones, we daresay that Curry Man is definitely in the top three. What makes it so crazy is the fact that Christopher Daniels or “The Fallen Angel” was actually the person behind the mask. Who would have guessed such a thing?
It is safe to say that El Torito is not the most popular wrestler in the United States. However, he is considered a superstar down south! Even though the Mexican athlete was not tall, it was hard to deny that he was still very athletic. If you ask us, he is even more impressive than other people on the list.
There are plenty of WWE superstars that every single fan seems to admire. Jeff Hardy is a wrestler who deserves his fame and adoration! For one thing, he does not perform his gimmicks halfheartedly. Can you guess how much time he must have spent on putting on his face? It must have taken a long time!
This wrestler has earned a lot of fans thanks to his flying techniques and good looks. There are many things to say about Psychosis, but we have to admit that his bravery is the one that has impressed us the most. After all, there are not many wrestlers that can say they have fought Ray Mysterio without fear.
All right, Vader did not wear a spooky mask like the other athletes on the list. However, he used to leave us in awe regardless. Do not let his size fool you. Even though he is massive, he was still very athletic and had the coolest flying moves we have ever seen. It is no wonder he had so many fans back in the day!
Even though his Japanese fans adored him, Ultimo Dragon did not really make it big in the United States. It looked like his gimmick simply did not work on the American crowd. Even if this was the case, Vince McMahon decided to take a chance on the wrestler. Years after that, he showed us his true face.
Even though the Boogeyman did not wear a leather mask, he wore a ton of makeup. In fact, some people have said that it is difficult to figure out his real identity. You will be glad to know that we know exactly who he was. Behind the full face of makeup would be none other than Martin Wright.
You might not know this, but it was not only one person who played Sin Cara in the past. Even though the character has been portrayed by various wrestlers over the years, the man in the photo had been the first person to do this. At the moment, he is played by Jorge Arias, who is also known as Hunico.
The guy assigned to play Kalisto bears a lot in common with other masked wrestlers. We mean this in the sense that he has always tried to hide his identity! It was a good thing that the truth has come out about this. Take a look at the image below, which is the leaked photo of the unmasked wrestler.
Wrestling fans also call Abyss “The Monster.” This was one wrestler who was a beast inside the ring. It is interesting to note that he did not take off his mask in his previous matches. Despite everything, this was not enough for his fans to figure out his real identity. Here is the man behind the mask, everyone.
Are you ready for a classic? When we talk about luchadors, we daresay that things would not have been the same if it had not been for Mil Mascaras. Considered a pioneer, he paved the path for the next set of masked wrestlers. This is not only true in WWE but in other organizations as well.
We do not know about you, but some wrestlers would rather put on makeup instead of donning a mask. Mantaur is in a league of his own, however. His mask is totally bizarre and capable of giving nightmares. Despite this, his unmasked face has come out in the end. It turns out that his real name is Jim Cornette.
How awesome is it that Suicide has been played not only be one but a couple of actors? Even though this had been the house, it is not up for debate which of the wrestlers had been the most famous one. After all, the correct answer to that question would have to be none other than T.J. Perkins.
Back in the ‘90s, another classic pro wrestler would be Glacier. Back then, he made a name for himself as a powerful guy with a “cold heart.” Even though no one really saw his face when he was on the ring, people saw the man behind the mask once he retired from the world of wrestling. What do you think?
The Cruiserweight division of WCW started to get even more exciting with the arrival of Juventud Guerrera. It is hard to deny the fact that he was once an entertaining luchador to watch. Why do we say that? Well, he had been the sort of guy who was willing to do everything if it meant amusing the fans!
The Great Muta
If you have not checked out Japanese wrestling, it is definitely worth checking out. One of the biggest Japanese wrestlers out there would be the Great Muta. He was nothing short of a legend when he was still active in the scene. His real identity only came out once he decided to hang up his figurative glove.
Do you remember when WWE fans were first introduced to Imposter Kane? His arrival confused so many fans because no one had any idea who he might be. The secret only came out after a fair amount of time. This was when we found out that the guy wearing the creepy red mask was Drew Hankinson.
It sounds impossible for anyone to forget who Shark Boy was even though it has been quite some time since he first showed up in TNA. If you have ever seen him in action, we are sure that you will remember him forever. Fans adored this persona thanks to his fighting techniques as well as his funny mask.
WWE fans will remember Rosey, who teamed up with Umaga to make up a duo known as 3-Minute Warning. The two of them inspired fear in those who came against them. As you can imagine, it takes a lot to become known for destroying your opponents. It could not have been an easy task, but Rosey made it come true.
The Ultimate Warrior
Things in the wrestling world simply would not have been the same if the Ultimate Warrior had not been around. This is why he will be remembered by fans. Before he started to go by his ring name, he was a man called James Hellwig. Sadly, he died one day after appearing on Monday Night RAW.
When it comes to fame, it is hard to beat this guy. We bet that even people who don’t like wrestling will know him! The identity of Rey Mysterio was a secret that WWE tried to protect as much as it could. Even so, the right photo eventually surfaced and allowed us to know who the man behind the mask was.
Mick Foley brought Mankind to life. If you ask us, he clearly took the scary mask concept to a new level. Mankind might have been a legend, but Foley also played personas such as Dude Love and Cactus Jack. This was the reason some people have started to call him by a certain nickname: “Three Faces of Foley.”
The Pegasus Kid
Chris Benoit had been the man behind the mask. When he played the Pegasus Kid, he was trying to launch his career by working in the Japanese wrestling scene back then. In the end, he spent 22 years as a pro wrestler. The nature of his death was quite disturbing and shocked a lot of fans.
We have no idea how anyone can ever forget Hulk Hogan. When it comes to legends, he is definitely at the top of the list. He wore a mask and used to go by the ring name Mr. America. He wore a mask prior to WrestleMania XIX. However, he went on to be a lot more popular unmasked and forgot about it!
Over the years, the Undertaker also had to take on more personas in the forms of the American Badass, the Last Outlaw, and Deadman. You might have been familiar with these characters already, but a lot of people are unaware of the fact that he used to wear a mask in the ‘90s. Who would have thought, right?
In case you were wondering, we did not misspell that. Allow us to explain what happened here. There was a time when John Cena got fired after he and the Nexus fought. WWE took him back, but he had to wear a mask upon his return! He was reintroduced under the name Juan Cena. The rest is history.
Jericho, like some of the other wrestlers on the list, got his start by participating in New Japan Pro Wrestling. He has used the stage ring Super Liger in the past as well. The mask did not really do anything for him, so he simply ditched it in the end. We bet that this is the first time you have seen him like this!
Who on earth could El Generico be? The answer to that is that he was Sami Zayn before WWE Raw. The wrestler started out by wearing a mask. However, he eventually decided to simply ditch it. Needless to say, he has not looked back since then! He has been without a mask since then, and it works for us.
Over the course of his legendary career, Blue Blazer wore a mask. There was a time when he was known as the superhero of the World Wrestling Federation. He had a lot of gimmicks over the years, but one of them went a little too far. In the end, one such gimmick even led to his demise inside the ring.
The American Dragon
Like some of the other pro wrestlers on the list, the American Dragon got his start by appearing in New Japan Pro Wrestling. After some time, he found his way into WWE. Daniel Bryan is the real name of the American Dragon. He eventually made it big when he became the World Heavyweight Champion.
The wrestling scene ushered in a new generation of wrestlers led by none other than Finn Balor. If you are looking for variety in the ring, you should not look anywhere else! At first, he was a big wrestler in the Japanese scene. This young wrestler either played himself or under the ring name the Demon King.
The Road Warriors
If you ever found yourself in the way of the Road Warriors, we wish you the best of luck. After all, you are going to need it. There was a reason they were considered to be the scariest tag team duo in the industry. The costume and face paint had been enough to scare off their opponents.
Jushin Thunder Liger
In 1990, the world of wrestling was introduced to a man who would become one of the most famous wrestlers in history. That was the year that Jushin Thunder Liger made his debut. Were you also sad to hear him announce that he would quit wrestling on the 4th of January 2020? We sure were.
If you wanted to know the person behind the Hurricane, we would like to introduce you to Shane Helms. He was not only a Hardcore Champion but a WWE Tag-Team Champion as well. Don’t worry, you are not the only one who finds it strange to see him with no mask. Even we feel the same way.
In 2003, Kane lost his mask. You might be surprised to hear that he actually launched his career by hiding his face, but it was the truth. People used to shiver at the mere sight of it. In our opinion, it was wrong to have unmasked him. The Big Red Machine or the Demon From Hell has always been terrifying.
Also known as the Big Boss, this Lucha Underground baddie was the Champion for an amazing total of 217 days. Yes, it means that Mil Muertes has the record for the second-longest amount of time holding the title. Ricky Banderas, who is also called El Mesias, was the Mexican wrestler who brought him to life.
It would not feel right if we did not mention Rosemary while discussing face paints! Her real name happens to be Holly Letkeman. You are probably weirded out by the sight of her bare face, but you should know that you are not the only one who feels that way. Follow her on Instagram to get used to it!
Doink The Clown
In 1992, Doink the Clown entered the scene and terrified every single one of us. Matt Osborne was the name of the wrestler who brought him to life. We are sure that some people had nightmares about his persona. At first, the idea seemed silly to most people. It changed when it started to get more bizarre!
Even though Sting did not really wear a mask, he did wear face paint. There were times when this WWE star stuck to a black and white color scheme. However, let us not forget the time that he used face paint to make a Joker tribute. Sadly, fans did not seem all that happy about the decision that he made.
‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage
If the name Randy Poffo does not ring a bell, perhaps Randy “Macho Man” Savage will. He was as cool as WWF pro wrestlers go. Even though he had a pretty small physique, he did not let it get in the way of competing with other powerful wrestlers. He was almost always wearing his bandana and sunglasses.
Mr. Wrestling II
Can you believe that Mr. Wrestling II has been active since 1956? However, his Johnny Walker persona was only introduced in the early ‘70s. He competed with a mask, but he proved to be a hit among fans. He used to be one of the top five wrestlers in the United States when it comes to popularity. It is said that President Jimmy Carter was a fan of his! Sadly, the ultimate champion died earlier this year.
We are impressed to find out that CM Punk is not just a pro wrestler, but he is a mixed martial artist as well. Philip Jack Brooks went by his ring name but decided to leave the world of wrestling so that he can focus on MMA instead. He has since been recorded saying that he has no desire to go back to wrestling. He might have said that, but he eventually made a comeback to WWE. This time, he had to wear a mask.
Del Wilkes is a retired pro wrestler who used to go by the name the Patriot in the ring. Even though he only had seven years in the industry, he was a huge hit among fans. Let us just say that his gimmick worked. He often had to fight anti-American wrestlers! He is now 58 years old and occasionally wrestles.
Bret ‘Hitman’ Hart
Even though Bret Hart got his start in the wrestling world in the early ‘70s, he did not get popular until 2000. The Hitman might not as successful as other wrestlers out there, but it is clear that he has a significant role in the industry. Every now and then, he would put on iconic metallic sunglasses as well.
David Heath, who used to go by the ring name Gangrel, was one of the scariest men in WWE back in the ‘90s. We can see why this was the case. His appearance definitely played a part in his fame. However, other wrestlers have reported that he was really a “chill” wrestler, contrary to what he looked like.
It might sound like it is easy to rank wrestlers, but it is harder than it looks. After all, there are so many things that we need to consider before we can arrive at a list. We need to check their abilities, skills, finishing moves, and ‘wow’ factor. Find out if your favorite wrestler has made the cut for us!
To kick off the list, we have Big Show right here. This wrestling superstar was introduced to compete with the likes of Andre the Giant and Hulk Hogan during the ‘90s. People downplayed his true talent back then. Thanks to his massive size, he was easily one of the most feared wrestlers in the industry.
Barbara Jean Blank is better known as Kelly Kelly. Aside from wrestling, she has worked as an actress, model, and reality TV personality as well. She has since spent 11 years in the world of wrestling and has competed for a number of titles recently. Thanks to her good looks, she has earned quite a following.
Even though Bill Goldberg is now 53 years old, he continues to wrestle on a part-time basis. He looked pretty scary, to tell you the truth. With his unbelievable energy, he never failed to get the crowd on its feet. Jackhammer and Spear, his famous finishing move, is terrifying for the damage that it can cause!
If you grew up in the ‘90s, there is no way that you do not remember Chyna. She first joined WWF and was called the “Ninth Wonder of the World.” Needless to say, she had a huge impact on the world of female pro wrestling. Let us not forget that on top of her incredible strength, she is gorgeous as well!
Credited as a pioneer of hardcore wrestling, the Sheik is a Syrian wrestler that laid out the foundations of this style. Over the course of his long career, he remained famous and never failed to impress us. He is known for the way he gripped his opponents into submission even once the referee has finished counting down. He also used the ropes for leverage, which has since been adopted by more wrestlers.
He defeated Chris Benoit and became the youngest person to achieve the World Heavyweight Champion title in the SummerSlam competition of 2004. Over the years, Randy Orton challenged and defeated many wrestling icons out there. He is actually a third-generation wrestler and still works for WWE to this day. One of the most fascinating moves that he uses is a finishing move called RKO.
How awesome is it to hear that Trish Stratus was the youngest wrestler to be inducted into the Hall of Fame? With her amazing maneuvers, there is no doubt that she is definitely worthy of such an honor. A lot of people believe that she only ever made it big thanks to her good looks. We are glad that she has proven them wrong!
Fun fact: Triple H is actually short for Hunter Hearst Helmsley. He has definitely given us some of the most amazing moments in WWE over the years. This wrestler has always taken the chance to show us that he is a legend. Now 50 years old, he is now working at WWE as its Executive Vice President of Global Talent Strategy & Development.
She is only 45 years old, but Amy Christine Dumas has already achieved so many things. Under the name Lita, she was a pro wrestler in WWE from 2000 to 2007. In 2014, she was inducted into the Hall of Fame. After her retirement, she decided to try a music career. At the moment, she is a bachelorette.
Andre the Giant
Wrestling fans of all ages must be familiar with Andre the Giant. The French pro wrestler is known as “The Eighth Wonder of the World” for a reason. For 15 years, he remained undefeated for 15 years until Hulk Hogan ended his streak during Wrestlemania III. Even though his streak ended, he is still an icon.
We are starting to doubt the claim that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is a regular guy. It is a given that he is one of the most famous wrestlers in the world. He can hype the crowd like no one else, which always makes for a fun show. At the moment, he is doing big things in Hollywood after transitioning into acting.
‘The Heartbreak Kid’ Shawn Michaels
In the late ‘90s, it was difficult to find someone who was as popular as Shawn Michaels. He was loved for his tendency to bring the crowd “inside the ring” with him and allow fans to experience what he was going through. Sadly, a back injury forced him to quit wrestling. Not only that, but he had a substance abuse problem to boot as well.
‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin
Steve Austin is best known for his beer crushing moments, but let us not forget that he was one of the greats from 1989 until 2003. At first, he was very underestimated while he was at WCW. He was even sacked! He retired from the wrestling world almost 15 years ago and now brews his own beer.
Before Brock Lesnar became a pro wrestler, he was once a mixed martial artist. Now 43 years old, he is still wrestling with WWE. He had a big impact on the industry as the youngest WWE champion. He was praised for his perseverance and a move known as F5. Everyone is always excited to watch him fight!
Michael Gregory Mizanin uses ‘The Miz’ as his ring name. He won the audience over with his passion for wrestling, although he was first thought to be nothing more than a “wannabe” wrestler. We are glad that he worked hard from his debut in 2002 until he became the wrestler that he now is. Good job!
Also called the “Rainmaker,” Kazichika Okada is thought to be the greatest Japanese pro wrestler at the moment. This star has been slaying it in the league for over two years now. He is young at 32 years old, so you can bet that his career is far from over. We wonder what he will get up next time.
In 1999, Dave Bautista started a career in pro wrestling. Look at how far he has come since then! He possesses a talent that very few people can match. Fans enjoy every single time that he has appeared in the ring. Did you know that he stands at 6 feet and 6 inches tall? His athletic prowess is truly unrivaled.
When it comes to WWE, Vince McMahon might just be the biggest name you will ever hear. He tends to be vulgar with the wrestlers, but he has climbed to the top with hard work. His finishing moves have been adapted from other icons and are always impressive. He is now the WWE chairman and CEO.
The Great Khali
The Great Khali must be one of the tallest people in the wrestling world at a height of 7 feet and 1 inch. Before he became a wrestler, he used to be a part of the Punjab State Police force and went by the name Dalip Singh Rana. In 2015, he retired from wrestling but shocked everyone with his WWE comeback in 2017.
The full name of Jacqueline is Jacqueline DeLois Moore. She is the third female wrestler who bagged the WWE Cruiserweight Championship! She was inducted into the Hall of fame in 2016. Like other wrestlers, she has worked on TV shows, video games, and reality shows such as MTV’s Tough Enough. At the moment, she is busy with her job as a pro wrestling manager.
Robert Booker Tio Huffman, better known as Booker T, is now 55 years old. The 6-foot pro wrestler has held 21 titles apart from his six wins at the world championship. In 2013, he retired from wrestling but is now working as a WWE promoter and color commentator. Even though he no longer shows up in the ring, we are sure that wrestling is still a big part of his life.