Really, now. Who ever saw John Cena coming? When he debuted on SmackDown in June 2002, he was just a beefy guy in purple trunks. Within a year of his introduction, he transformed into the battle-rapping, chain-wielding “Doctor of Thuganomics.” Now, he’s the biggest star in WWE — but he’s also the most polarizing.
Fans love him or hate him. There’s no middle ground, and that’s the power of John Cena. Whatever you think of The Champ, there’s no denying his actions impact everything and everyone around him. Sure, he has his detractors, and they’re vocal, but Cena is still easily the...
First introduced to TV audiences as one of the seven strangers on "The Real World: Back to New York," The Miz parlayed his reality TV fame into a legitimate WWE career.
And for those who think he's a fluke, just ask him. He'll tell you he's not ... and he's right.
Miz's first taste of WWE cred came alongside John Morrison, as the duo won the WWE Tag Team Championships and the attention of WWE fans on their WWE.com web series, "The Dirt Sheet." The team was split up thanks to the 2009...
The energy contained within one Kofi Kingston could power a major city for several years.
A Ghanaian grappler with a beaming smile, Kingston's boundless enthusiasm is only rivaled by his limitless athleticism, which he displays fearlessly every time he steps in the ring to the delight of the entire WWE Universe. In fact, the only people who don't like Kofi Kingston are the Superstars he faces each week - and that's only because they can rarely catch him. The leader of the Boom Squad's dazzling aerials only belie what is actually a truly fierce fighter, who can curtail the smiles to...
With a red-hot temper that matches his fiery head of hair, Sheamus never backs down from a fight, and has never been in one he didn't think he could win.
Hailing from Dublin, Sheamus brings to the ring a ferocious offensive style that harkens to his noble and heroic Celtic ancestors. Whether by upbringing or by birthright, this modern-day Celtic Warrior was fated for combat, and when he emerged in ECW in 2009, he quickly made WWE his battleground.
After journeying from The Land of the Extreme to Monday Night Raw in October 2009, Sheamus ravenously sunk his teeth...
It's not surprising that CM Punk cites the radical "Rowdy" Roddy Piper as a childhood influence. After all, Punk is the embodiment of the anti-establishment, whose skill at igniting verbal "pipe bombs" is rivaled only by Hot Rod himself.
Punk even looks the part of rebel with his too-numerous-to-count tattoos and body piercings. Yet, he waxes way more philosophical than his exterior might suggest, and has shown a diverse set of interests that include ghost hunting, G. I. Joe and the "Straight Edge" movement, a subculture that rejects the use of drugs, alcohol and a dependency...
Randy Orton was born a WWE Superstar.
From the moment he was hatched, The Viper walked among the ring's most revered figures, even calling one of them "dad." His father is WWE Hall of Famer "Cowboy" Bob Orton, his uncle Barry "Barry O" Orton and his grandfather, the late "The Big O," Bob Orton Sr., all among the most fierce and rugged grapplers of their generations.
Most kids remember their first ball game or school play; Randy's childhood memories include sitting in the kitchen of his family's St. Louis home with "Rowdy" Roddy Piper and Greg "The Hammer" Valentine, and...
Reminiscent of such goliaths as Andre the Giant and Big John Studd, Big Show is a feared competitor who intimidates opponents with his size and stare alone. The World's Largest Athlete's measurements are astounding. He weighs 441 pounds, stands a mighty seven feet tall, wears a 22 EEEEE size shoe and boasts a 64-inch chest. It's no surprise then that his in-ring debut left a crater-sized impression on the likes of Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair in WCW, where the young giant captured the WCW Championship on two occasions, along with the WCW Tag Team Championship.
In 1999, Show emerged as...
If the measure of a man is what he does with power, then measuring the capabilities of a Superstar as commanding as Ryback may prove difficult.
Crushing his opponents with palpable intensity, the 6-foot-3, 291-pound monster has the strength and focus of an android that was designed to annihilate. Ryback approaches every challenge with brute force and a no-nonsense demeanor that exudes supreme confidence in his own abilities. He doesn't just possess the skills to destroy a rival at any time - he carries himself as if that result is never in doubt.
Dolph Ziggler is the kind of guy that makes other guys clutch their girlfriends a little closer. Not that it would help - the guy is slimier than his slicked-back blond hair.
An accomplished amateur wrestler, Ziggler set school records for wins at St. Edward's High School in Ohio, and again at Kent State University before parlaying his skills into a WWE contract. In 2008, this braggart first introduced himself to the WWE Universe by glad-handing every Superstar on Raw. Successfully introduced to just about everyone on the roster, Ziggler really made a name for himself after the 2009 Draft moved him to SmackDown, where he perfected his unctuous image and proved his mettle in high-profile contests against the likes of Rey Mysterio and John Morrison. In 2010, he defeated Kofi Kingston for his first big win, the Intercontinental Championship with shrill girlfriend-turned-"business associate" Vickie Guerrero attached to his side.