It is always fascinating to learn about the origin stories of wrestlers. When you pair it with a mask, it is hard to go wrong. You can expect fans to eat up such a winning combination. Even though the masks usually add an air of mystery, we can’t deny that we all feel curious about what lies underneath as well. After all, it is in our very nature to desire the knowledge of what they look like beneath it. Join us as we check out what these pro wrestlers look like when they are unmasked!
How can you possibly forget Goldust? You will be memorable if you were that bedazzled and glamorous! Aside from that, people also used the nickname “The Bizarre One” to refer to him. He entered the scene in 1995. Some of his rivals said that he was a “sick freak.” Needless to say, he was a big part of WWE.
We do not know about you, but Curry Man had one of the funniest gimmicks in WWE. The costume was crazy enough as it was, but what made it even more ridiculous was the person wearing it. To be honest, it was quite the trip to see Christopher Daniels or “The Fallen Angel” put it on!
It is true that El Torito did not become very famous in the United States, but he was huge in his home country. The Mexican wrestler is the shortest person on the list, but you just can’t deny how athletic he is. In fact, we admire him all the more for his strength for this very reason.
When it comes to admired WWE superstars, it is hard to go wrong with Jeff Hardy. He gets a lot of love for his work, and we daresay that he deserves all of it. We do not think that anyone puts in the same amount of effort into the gimmicks. Besides, all the makeup he wears is enough to make us respect him.
What do you think Psychosis is best known for? We think that the answer to that question would either be his cool moves or his good looks. Oh, there is another possible answer to this question. He definitely deserves kudos for the fact that he was willing to fight Rey Mysterio back in the day! How cool is that?
Fair enough, Vader does not really wear a scary mask like many of the people on the list. Despite this, he has always impressed the members of the audience every single time that he goes on the stage. Even though he was huge, he was truly athletic and had great moves to show off. He was truly iconic.
Even though Ultimo Dragon was big in Japan, the gimmick did not fly in the United States of America. The cultural difference definitely had a role here. What is important to us is the fact that Vince McMahon had faith in him. After some time, the wrestler decided to show us what he really looked like.
Instead of going for a leather mask, the Boogeyman decided to go for a face of makeup instead. For the longest time, fans had a difficult time trying to figure out who he really is. The wait is over, folks. It turns out that Martin Wright is the person that we have been looking for the entire time!
In case you did not know, Sin Cara was actually played by different wrestlers over the years. However, the man that you are looking at below had the honor of being the first person to play the persona. We think that it is one of the coolest ring names we have ever heard of as well! In Spanish, it means faceless.
When it comes to wrestling, part of the fun is trying to figure out who the person behind the mask is. Kalisto tried everything in his power to hide his identity for the longest time. We bet that you have also been curious about this! Well, feast your eyes on this photo of him that has been leaked online.
Fans also use “The Monster” when they are talking about Abyss. This wrestler was nothing short of a beast when it is show time. What makes it even more interesting is the fact that he always kept his face covered during his matches. However, there are fans who were able to find out who this man really is.
What a classic, am I right? Mil Mascaras is one of the first luchadors who made it big. We think that it is only right to say that he has paved the way for a new kind of masked wrestlers. This is not only true for WWE but in other organizations in this sport as well!
There are wrestlers who go for makeup, but there are also those that don masks instead. Well, Mantaur decided to do his own thing. What a bizarre mask! How can you even look at it and not get nightmares? Despite the mystery that surrounded him, he showed us his face in the end. His name is Jim Cornette.
Yet again, we have another wrestling persona that only got even more interesting thanks to the fact that he was played by a couple of wrestlers. When it comes to Suicide, however, there is one guy that comes to mind right away. T.J. Perkins has to be the most popular wrestler to put this mask over his face.
During the ‘90s, Glacier was active in the wrestling scene. He earned a reputation for his incredible strength as well as his “cold heart.” Even though he did not show his face in his matches, the truth came out when he retired. It was only then that he revealed his true identity! Isn’t that the neatest thing ever?
The Cruiserweight division only got better and better with the arrival of Juventud Guerrera to the WCW. It might be an understatement to call this luchador entertaining. Let us just say that he was surely one of those pro wrestlers who knew how to give the fans what they wanted and could put on a great show!
The Great Muta
How can you call yourself a wrestling fan if you do not know the Great Muta? This Japanese wrestler is truly iconic. We can’t remember ever feeling disappointed in him. When he finally decided to put up the figurative glove, he unmasked and told everyone who he really was. His real name happens to be Keiji Muto.
In the past, one of the greatest mysteries in WWE was the identity of Imposter Kane. Fans were confused since they did not have any idea who this guy was. Luckily, the case has since been closed. It turned out that the red, creepy mask had been hiding none other than Drew Hankinson all this time.
Man, we would not believe you if you told us that you do not have any recollection of Shark Boy. Before he joined TNA in 1999, he was active in the independent scene. We can understand the admiration that other people have for him. It is difficult to forget him thanks to his cool moves and funny costume!
Do you remember the 3-Minute Warning? It was a tag team duo that was composed of Rosey as well as Umaga. Together, these two men made up one of the best and most terrifying duos that WWE has ever seen. Rosey actually made waves when he started to destroy all of his opponents. He was truly a legend!
The Ultimate Warrior
Without the Ultimate Warrior, things in the wrestling world would have been very different than it is now. It is not a stretch to claim that this man changed the scene forever! Before he took on the persona of the Ultimate Warrior, this man was known as James Hellwig. We will forever mourn his sad death.
Do we even have to explain who Rey Mysterio is? You might not have been a wrestling fan, but we bet that you have at least heard of his name in the past. WWE worked very hard to keep his identity a secret from all of us. Despite its best efforts, people eventually discovered the right photo and figured it all out.
When Mick Foley started to play Mankind, he took on the concept of a creepy mask to a whole new level. While this persona will always be an icon, let us not forget the fact that Foley has also played other ones such as Cactus Jack and Dude Love. He has been called “Three Faces of Foley” for this very reason.
The Pegasus Kid
Are you wondering who the guy in the photo below is? Well, the answer to your question is Chris Benoit. He was able to enter the world of wrestling by competing in Japan. His career ended up spanning a total of 22 years. However, things ended on a terrible note for him. His death was truly disturbing.
We will forever remember the iconic Hulk Hogan. However, there was a time when he also donned a mask and went by the moniker Mr. America. Before he participated in WrestleMania XIX, he had to wear the mask. He turned out to be a lot more popular without it and decided to take it off after that.
One of the most famous wrestlers out there, the Undertaker has tried other personas such as Deadman, The American Badass, and The Last Outlaw. Maybe you are familiar with them, but do you know that he donned a mask in the ‘90s? It is interesting to see a new side to someone that we all know and love.
First of all, we want to clarify that we did not misspell that title. John Cena was once fired after his fight with the Nexus. WWE eventually got him back, but they had a simple rule for him to follow. He was no longer John Cena but Juan Cena! This also meant that he needed to wear a mask.
Jericho, who also went by the moniker Super Liger, got his start in New Japan Pro Wrestling. However, this mask did not really do a single thing for him and his career. In the end, he decided to forget about it and just go barefaced. We are willing to bet that this is the first time that you have seen him like this.
Do you want to know who El Generico really is? It turns out that he is none other Sami Zayn before he joined WWE Raw. Like a couple of wrestlers on our list, he started to wrestle under the cover of a mask. As time went on, he decided to simply ditch it and show everyone his face!
Over the years of his career, Blue Blazer always had a mask on. Do you remember the time when he was deemed the superhero of the World Wrestling Federation? We definitely do. However, he met his untimely end because of a gimmick that went a little too far. We will never forget you, Blue Blazer.
The American Dragon
Who would have thought that there are a lot of wrestlers in WWE that started out in new Japan Pro Wrestling? The American Dragon is another example of this. Behind the mask was a man called Daniel Bryan. It did not take him long before he impressed the world as the World Heavyweight Champion.
We think that it is only appropriate to say that Finn Balor helped usher in a new generation of wrestlers. Without him, we would not have so much variety in the current wrestling scene. He first made waves in Japan, where he appeared as himself or under the guise of the Demon King. What a cool guy!
The Road Warriors
When it comes to tag team groups, one of the most infamous duos would have to be the Road Warriors. If you ask us, they had the perfect costume and face paint to go with their terrifying reputation. They dominated the scene and served as the inspiration for the set of wrestlers that followed them.
Jushin Thunder Liger
It is hard to believe that Jushin Thunder Liger has finally retired after 30 long years in the industry. This famous wrestler started out in 1990 and retired on January 4, 2020. Even though he is no longer active in the wrestling scene, there is no way that we would forget his amazing influence on the sport.
Shane Helms is the person who got to portray this wrestler that was loved by so many fans. He was a Hardcore Champion and a WWE Tag-Team Champion at the same time. Not a lot of people can claim to be these two things! Isn’t it weird to look at him when he does not have the mask on?
You probably remember Kane without the mask, but things were not always like this. The truth was that he only ditched the mask in 2003. At the start of his career, he wore a mask that can scare even the most courageous among us. If we could have it our way, he would have simply kept it on!
The Lucha Underground villain is called either Mil Muertes or the Big Boss. For 217 days, he held onto the title of the Champion. This is actually the second-longest record in history! Ricky Banderas is the name of the guy who brought this baddie to life. He has also been called El Mesias in the past.
It would be a disservice not to mention Rosemary when it comes to face paints. In reality, she is a woman by the name of Letkeman. We know that it is pretty strange to see her without the face paint. Our tip is for you to follow her on Instagram. This way, you will get accustomed to it in no time at all.
Doink The Clown
A lot of people were not prepared when Doink the Clown was introduced in 1992. Matt Osborne was the one who got to play him. People had nightmares because of this character. People used to think that it was a silly character until the persona started to get more disturbing and bizarre with the passage of time.
Even though Sting did not wear a mask as far as we know, he definitely wore face paint. The big WWE star did not only use black and white over the years, however. There was a time when he put on face paint in order to pay tribute to the Joker. Let us just say that fans were not thrilled to hear this.
‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage
How can we ever forget Randy “Macho Man” Savage? There is no one like him in the industry, plain and simple. With his cool moves and huge personality, his small physique did not matter. We also love his style. His sunglasses and funky bandana eventually became a part of what we love about him.
Mr. Wrestling II
While Mr. Wrestling II started wrestling in 1956, he only really made it big in the early ‘70s. This was around the same time that a character called Johnny Walker was introduced. Back then, he had to compete with a mask. He was successful and was one of the most popular American wrestlers of the time. Sadly, he passed away early this year.
How awesome is it that CM Punk is a mixed martial artist on top of being a pro wrestler? Phillip Jack Brooks is his real name. He eventually left wrestling so that he can focus on MMA. He once said that he did not plan to return, but he eventually ate his words because he made a masked comeback!
Most wrestling fans will know Del Wilkes under the ring name, the Patriot. His career did not last long and only spanned seven years. Despite this, he was a huge hit among viewers. His main gimmick is that he got to fight wrestlers who were deemed anti-American. He still wrestles even though he is now 58.
Bret ‘Hitman’ Hart
In the 1970s, Bret “The Hitman” Hart entered the world of wrestling. He continued to do so until the 2000s. Even though he is not exactly the most popular WWE wrestler out there, you can’t deny that he has left his mark on the wrestling world. His metallic sunglasses only added a macho charm to his looks!
Did you know that the real name of Gangrel is David heath? He used to be feared back in the ‘90s. We can understand why that is the case from his photos alone. His appearance must be the main reason for his popularity. However, his fellow wrestlers have said that he does not really act that way in real life.
It is now time for us to talk about the greatest wrestlers in the industry! We all have our favorites, so it was hard to choose. Among other things, we will talk about their stage presence, skills, and finishing moves. Do you think that your favorite wrestler is going to be here?
In the ‘90s, Big Show was actually introduced as a competitor of Andre the Giant and Hulk Hogan. It is hard to believe, but people used to underestimate his skills. Why on earth would they do that? At any rate, a lot of fans were impressed by his size. Other wrestlers feared him for this very reason.
Better known as Kelly Kelly, Barbara Jean has also worked as a model, reality TV star, and actress. For 11 years, she stayed active in the wrestling scene and has competed for a number of titles in the past. Thanks to her beauty, fans loved her more. Take a look at this photo to see what they were on about.
Now 53 years old, Bill Goldberg does not look like the most approachable guy. People loved him for his amazing energy and ability to hype the viewers. His finishing move is called Jackhammer and Spear and feared across the wrestling world. He is also said to be a lot nicer than the guy he plays in the ring.
This gorgeous lady is sometimes called the “Ninth Wonder of the World.” Wrestling fans adored her and were impressed by her skills. She can be thought of as a pioneer when it comes to female wrestlers. We can totally see why she is considered to be one of the best wrestlers that the world has ever seen.
If you like hardcore wrestling, you have to thank the Sheik for that. The Syrian wrestler made it possible for this style to become more popular. For 48 years, he was one of the most popular people in the industry. He was amazing at holding down his opponents and using ropes for the sake of leverage.
After Randy Orton took down Chris Benoit, he made history as the youngest person to win the World Heavyweight champion in 2004. He has seen a lot of success by challenging and winning against many icons in the industry. It is pretty neat to find out that he is actually a third-generation pro wrestler!
Who would have thought that Trish Stratus would be the youngest person to enter the Hall of Fame? With her smooth maneuvers, we can see why she was given this honor. There are people who would say that she is only good-looking, but she has proven these naysayers wrong again and again over the years.
Hunter Hearst Helmsley, also known as Triple H, is responsible for some of the greatest WWE moments out there. He made it look like it was easy to take down opponents and entertain the crowd! At 50 years old, he is currently the Executive Vice President of Global Talent Strategy & Development of WWE.
Amy Christine Dumas, also known as Lita, is a very accomplished woman. Now 45 years old, she was a pro wrestler from 2000 to 2007. In 2014, she entered the Hall of Fame as well. After she gave up on wrestling, she decided to channel her energy into a singing career. She remains single to this day.
Andre the Giant
Andre the Giant is easily one of the most popular wrestlers to have walked the earth. The French pro wrestler is said to be “The Eighth Wonder of the World.” For 15 years, he remained invincible until Hulk Hogan put an end to his very long streak at Wrestlemania III. Despite this, his legacy lives on to this day.
It is hard not to be impressed by the Rock when it feels like he can do just about anything. He was great at beating opponents and bringing the crowd to life. Even though he no longer shows up on the ring, you can still watch him on the big screen and the small screen. After all, he is now a bigshot actor!
‘The Heartbreak Kid’ Shawn Michaels
Another famous pro wrestler that was popular in the late ’90s, would be Shawn Michaels. He brought the viewers “inside the ring” with him so that they can experience all the things that he did. Sadly, his career was doomed when he earned a back injury. His substance abuse problem did not help either.
‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin
There is no way that we can ever forget “Stone Cold” Steve Austin. He dominated the wrestling scene from 1989 up to 2003. In the past, he was very underestimated in WCW and was even fired! While he retired 15 years ago, the spotlight still stayed on him the entire time. He now runs a beer business.
This talented pro wrestler is actually a mixed martial artist as well. At the age of 43, he continues to wrestle with WWE. Lesner was once the youngest WWE champion and impressed people left and right. He was lauded for his perseverance, signature move, and ability to go toe to toe with the biggest stars.
Under the ring name The Miz, Michael Gregory Mizanin won the hearts of fans with his intense passion and talents. It is hard to believe that he was once thought to be a “wannabe” wrestler. Luckily for us, he did not give up on his goal until he became the famous and celebrated wrestler that he now is.
Kazuchika Okada also goes by the name the “Rainmaker.” He is easily one of the greatest pro wrestlers in the Japanese scene at the moment. This international star has been dominating the sport for over two years now. He is still so young at 32 years old, and we can’t wait to see what the future holds for him.
In 1999, the world got to see Dave Bautista make his debut in the world of pro wrestling. It was a quick ascent to stardom for him because he was undeniably talented in the ring. Fans loved him for serving us some of the most incredible wrestling moments out there. His athleticism is very impressive as well.
You do not need to be a rocket scientist to know that WWE won’t be the same if it did not have Vince McMahon in it. The brusque man enjoyed a successful wrestling career in the past. He was able to pull off finishers that had elements of moves by other wrestlers. Right now, he serves as both the WWE CEO and chairman.
The Great Khali
At 7 feet and 1 inch, The Great Khali is one of the tallest people in the wrestling world. He was born Dalip Singh Rana and served in the Punjab State Police before he launched a wrestling career. In 2015, he announced his retirement. You can imagine how shocked fans were when he made a comeback two years later. Aside from wrestling, he also serves as a TV personality in India and the United States.
Did you know that Jacqueline is the third woman who snagged the WWE Cruiserweight Championship title? Born Jacqueline DeLois Moore, she entered the Hall of Fame. Like her fellow wrestlers, she has also been in video games and TV shows. She is a pro wrestling manager now that she is 56 years old. She does not look her age whatsoever!
Robert Booker Tio Huffman, also known as Booker T, has held the world championship title 6 times. He has 21 other titles to his name as well. After he quit wrestling in 2013, he started a new career as a pro wrestling color commentator and promoter for WWE. As you can see, he has not really left the scene either! This talented man used to be one of the most famous African-American wrestlers out there.