Many WWE wrestlers don’t use their real names and here are what some of them are called outside of the business

Wrestlers have to take up different names simply because they run a gimmick. Most WWE stars don’t wrestle under their real names, and it makes sense given that the company wants to try something different.

Mark Calaway, The Undertaker, would not have the same feel and effect if he used his real name for his persona.

Kane and the Undertaker
Kane and The Undertaker teamed up to be called the Brothers of Destruction (WWE)

The same goes for his WWE brother Kane, who has a real name of Glenn Jacobs outside of the ring. Many WWE stars from the past had to take up gimmicked names to provide an extra edge to their character.

Current WWE stars also often use different names but those aren’t as extreme as X-Pac or Mankind.

Real names of WWE stars from the past

After touching upon The Undertaker and Kane, it is best if we bring up another legend from that era, Stone Cold Steve Austin.

Austin was given the extra “Stone Cold” during his time in WWE but the Texas Rattlesnake was born with the real name of Steven James Anderson.

Stone Cold Steve Austin vs The Rock
Stone Cold Steve Austin (L) faces off against the Rock (Credit: YouTube)

Mankind has a real name of Mick Foley and the wrestling legend used other names too such as Cactus Jack and Dude Love.

The Rock was called as Rocky Maivia but his real name is Dwayne Douglas Johnson, a name he has used in his movie appearances. Shawn Michaels, another WWE legend, has a name of Michael Shawn Hickenbottom.

Triple H, who is still featuring in WWE, had the Hunter name in the promotion but carried a real name of Paul Michael Levesque. Edge, who is a legend and recently made his return, has a real name of Adam Joseph Copeland.

Triple H and Shawn Michaels came out to celebrate Hunter's 25 years in WWE
Triple H and Shawn Michaels came out to celebrate Hunter’s 25 years in WWE (WWE)

The Ultimate Warrior was really named James Brian Hellwig while Yokozuna was part of the Anoaʻi family and has a real name of Agatupu Rodney Anoaʻi.

Female wrestlers during the Attitude Era also had to take up different names. Trish Stratus has a real name of Patricia Anne Stratigeas while Lita is actually named Amy Dumas.

Real names of current WWE stars

Getting into the current roster of WWE stars, Roman Reigns is also part of the Anoa’i family and has a real name of Leati Joseph Anoa’i. Drew McIntyre has a real name of Andrew McLean Galloway while Seth Rollins carries a real name of Colby Lopez.

Daniel Bryan is actually called Bryan Llyod Danielson while Sheamus has a real name of Stephen Farrelly.

Sheamus and Seth Rollins do not use their real names in WWE
Sheamus in action against Seth Rollins at Survivor Series 2020 (WWE)

Kofi Kingston also uses just part of his real name which is Kofi Nahaje Sarkodie-Mensah while fellow New Day member Big E is called Ettore Ewen and Xavier Woods is Austin Watson.

Baron Corbin has a real name of Thomas Pestock while Braun Strowman is called Adam Scherr outside WWE.

As for the women, most of them use fake names. Sasha Banks has a real name of Mercedes Justine Kaestner-Varnado while Bayley has a real name of Pamela Rose Martinez.

Sasha Banks faces Bayley at Hell in a Cell
Sasha Banks faced Bayley at Hell in a Cell (WWE)

Alexa Bliss uses part of her real name as she is Alexis Kaufman while Carmella is actually called Leah van Dale.

Mandy Rose also uses part of her real name in her WWE character as she is called Amanda Rose Saccomanno while Lana has a name of Catherine Joy Perry.

Asuka is one of the greatest female WWE stars and her real name is Kanako Urai. Becky Lynch, another top talent in WWE has a real name of Rebecca Quin while Charlotte Flair, Ric’s daughter, is called Ashley Elizabeth Fliehr in real-life.

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