20 Wrestling Superstars, Before and After They Found Fame

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We tend to imagine wrestling stars as being chiseled and muscle-bound all their lives. After all, no one wants to believe their favorite brawler was once a weedy adolescent. Yet, wrestlers go through the same stages as everyone else, and – thankfully for us – these 20 stars’ most awkward, embarrassing and shameful years have all been caught on camera.

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20. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is coolness personified, but judging by this picture the star hit something of an awkward patch in the ’90s. The hair, the chain, the turtleneck: all these things are bad enough, but the fanny pack really takes the cake.

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19. Mick Foley

Who would have guessed that this fresh-faced teen would grow up to win the WWF World Championship three times? In this yearbook photograph from New York’s Ward Melville High, Mick Foley looks nothing short of a pushover.