Despite the stories of The Undertaker dying 7-8 times only to return to WWE, it may come to a lot of people as a huge surprise (maybe even an emotional trauma) that wrestling is NOT REAL.
The in-ring performers do not have real life rivalries (not usually) against each other and let's face it, nobody in their right mind would want to have a personal beef with someone as massive and scary as Brock Lesnar.
No, Kane didn't roam around with a scary mask back in the day, nor is Dean Ambrose a real-life 'lunatic fringe', going around the city with a cane stick. In wrestling terms, these are gimmicks and are known as 'kayfabe characters' that wrestlers don in order to entertain the audience as good or bad guys.
While in a sector as competitive as WWE, wrestlers tend to work on their characters time and again in order to stay relevant with time, there are some stars who struggled to relate with the wrestling fans initially but finally found their calling in some of the most unique personas that anybody had the imagination to come up with.
Here are the top 4 times WWE wrestlers changed their in-ring gimmick that led them to all the fame and fortune in the world:Rocky Maivia To The Rock
You know that we aren't kidding around when we start our list with “the most electrifying man in the business”, Dwayne Johnson who is not only one of the biggest names in the wrestling world but also a Hollywood icon and his gimmick as The Rock had a major part in propelling him to such heights. His charisma and the ability to come up with the greatest of insults instantly got him his millions and millions of followers.
But before he became 'The Rock', he was 'Rocky Maivia', an over-friendly guy with noodles for his hair (his words, not ours) who was literally hated by the WWE Universe so much that they'd chant “Die Rocky, Die” everytime Maivia stepped inside the ring.Evil Dentist To Kane
The Big Red Machine and The Undertaker's brother Kane was a scary big man with a mask and the physique which was that of a monster. Never the one to spend too much time behind the microphone and not indulging too much in comical backstage cuts was Glen Jacobs thing and it worked for him like a charm.
But before being one half of the Brothers of Destruction, Kane was known as Dr. Isaac Yankem, an evil dentist employed by Jerry 'The King' Lawler in a mid-90s feud with Bret 'The Hitman' Hart. With rotten teeth, curly hair and an awful French beard, Jacobs admittedly hated his character of Dr. Yankem to its core.The Ringmaster To 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin
Beer drinking, limp-walking baldy with an ego probably bigger than WWE as a business, that's the Texas Rattlesnake 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin for you. The leader of the 'Attitude Era', Austin's feuds with Vince McMahon and The Rock continue to be fan favourites and had led WWE to the pinnacle of its weekly viewership.
However, Austin 3:16 wasn't always the egomaniacal badass we remember him to be. Before donning the jeans-shorts and scary knee braces, he used to be known as 'The Ringmaster', a clean shaven wrestler who used to fight in green tights and was hired by Ted DIbiase 'The Million Dollar Man' as the next of kin for his Million Dollar Belt. The Ringmaster was a disaster.The Prototype To John Cena
Probably the closest wrestler to command a reaction as dynamic as The Rock, John Cena has been on top of the food chain in the modern PG era. His brilliant physique combined with his microphone skills and the ability giants like Mark Henry and Big Show on his shoulders for an Attitude Adjustment led him to creating his own Cenation of John Cena fans.
But that wasn't always the case for the Champ. Before coming into WWE, Cena was known as 'The Prototype' which basically meant that he was more of a cyborg. Forced to move like a robot, Cena had to talk like a machine as well. Cena described his 'Prototype' gimmick as “50 percent man, 50 percent machine, 100 percent crap”.