Having a difficult childhood can be a curse, while sometimes it can also be a blessing. It can break people and it can also motivate them to achieve something big. It takes hard work and determination to defy all the odds. WWE has seen wrestlers, who have risen above the difficult circumstances and have become a household name. These are really inspiring and are testament that anything can be achieved with hard work and determination.
5 such wrestlers who had difficult childhoods and gone on to become superstars are:-
#1 AJ Styles:-
The phenomenal one has made his name across the globe in various wrestling organisations. Before coming to WWE, he was the face TNA for 12 years and also was the heavyweight champion in Japanese pro-wrestling. However, the phenomenal one didn’t have a phenomenal childhood. His had an alcoholic, abusive father. Childhood was not very glittered for him. He became matured at a very young age because he had to take care of himself. He has gone on record and said that he didn’t want to be a wrestler and only joined wrestling school because his friends used to go there. After years of hard work, he has made his name in the industry. Styles made the best of his unhappy childhood.
R-truth grew up in extreme poverty. While he was still a kid, he and his father used to sell marijuana to meet the ends. He dropped out of high school at the age 16, to pursue his career in the music. He supported his career by selling drugs. Later, he was caught and was incarcerated for 13 months. After his release from the prison, he tried for 2 more years to make a career in the music industry. He used to live in a halfway house. After repeated failure, he called his friend and told him that he wanted to start a career in wrestling. He got his debut in 1997 in PWF. He spent the next three years, either practicing, or on the road. Since then, he has had few runs in the WWE. He won the World heavyweight title in TNA and became the first African-American to win the title in their history and fourth in the history of pro-wrestling.
#3 Dean Ambrose:-
Most of the tough years of childhood, were spend by Dean Ambrose in the public housing, in Cincinnati. He had no one and essentially raised himself. He used to watch WCW and WWF videos to entertain himself. He rented those videos as a get away from the sufferings that he was experienced. He always knew that he wanted to become a wrestler. At the age of 16, he dropped out of high-school and joined a wrestling school. His career graph has gone up ever since. He worked as a star in the independent circuit in CZW. In 2011, his dream came true when he was signed for WWE’s developmental system. Now, he is one of the biggest stars of WWE.
He has gone on record and said that he didn’t have very blossomy childhood. His parents had divorced, when he was very young. He has shared about the days his grandfather used to do odds jobs to put food in his mouth. By the age of nine, he had witnessed 3 murders in his front lawn. It would be horrifying for any person, leave alone a child. At the age of thirteen, he started stealing cars for a living. He was interested in bodybuilding and had a very good physique. At a bodybuilding show, Curt Henning scouted him for WCW. After a brief stint with WCW, he was told that he would never be able to become a wrestler. However, his fortunes changed, when he was signed in the WWE’s developmental system. He went on to create a glorious career for himself.
#5 AJ Lee:-
Lee has often described her childhood as living in motels, other people’s houses and other’s cars. She did small odd jobs to support her family and to save money for enrolling in a wrestling school. She went NYU, which she had to leave after six months, due to her family conditions being drastically bad. Life changed for Lee in 2009. In 2009 she invested all her money to fly to WWE, to participate in the tryouts. Fortunately, she was selected and she has never looked back from then. She went on to win the Diva’s championship and has made a name for herself that is known to all.