When you were fixated on the wrestlers pounding each others' barely-contained pecs into glowing mush on TV, did you ever wonder what might be behind that tough exterior?
Like The Undertaker, Sting, Triple H? It's hard to believe but behind the sweat and Y-fronts is a human!
Here's what they look like when they're not swinging in the ring:
8. The Undertaker
Mark Calaway, famed for his Tombstone Piledriver, has been undertaking wrestlers for over two decades.
7. Triple H...
...Because a single H was never gonna be enough. The 14-time WWE World Heavyweight Champion, a.k.a. Paul Michael Levesque, has flattened all the legends numerous times. He even awarded himself the interestingly poetic name "Cerebral Assassin."
6. Bret Hart
Hart has one of the muscliest legacies in the ring, not only for wearing electric pink, but for revolutionizing the industry through athletic performances. During his 1978 - 2000 career he stacked up 32 titles.
5. "Stone Cold" Steve Austin
In the iconic WrestleMania 13 match against Bret Hart in 1997, Austin said:
“I’m laying in a pool of blood. This is the greatest feeling in the world.”
In the match, Hart cracked Austin's head open with a table. Austin then choked Hart with a cable, before getting slammed in the head with a bell. He passed out from loss of blood.
That says it all really.
Steve Borden definitely wins the award for best face — his trademark battle paint making him instantly recognizable. Borden used to lurk in the rafters of the arenas, waiting to strike, like a poised scorpion.
Incredibly, he now speaks at Christian events.
3. The Rock
The strongest part of the wrestling game of Dwayne Johnson has to be that eyebrow. It could floor a man in seconds.
Now semi-retired as a wrestler, his brows have flexed in almost 30 films, with the eighth installment of Fast and Furious on the horizon.
2. John Cena
Not just a pretty face, Cena is also a part-time rapper and hip-hop musician. This contributes to the street smart character he evokes in the ring. He boasts the fourth-highest number of days as the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Could you tell if you met this guy on the street?
1. Shawn Michaels
One of the most charismatic stars in a pantheon of eccentrics, Michaels had his own ring-entry song: "Sexy Boy." Not only is he sexy, he's the proud owner of the best Royal Rumble record in history.
Ok, he's not in this one, but I think it represents him wonderfully: