From Kurt Angle to Ronda Rousey: 4 WWE Superstars who competed at the Olympics
Superstars in World Wrestling Entertainment might be professional wrestlers. However, there are a few of them who are actual wrestlers, having competed in the Olympics.
When it comes to professional wrestlers in World Wrestling Entertainment, they are not really considered wrestlers since most of them perform as actors to entertain the crowd. Notwithstanding, it is not entirely the case all the time.
Some of the WWE Superstars are legit wrestlers, with proper wrestling calibre and having competed in actual wrestling events, including the Olympics. In the same light, we look at four of the top WWE Superstars who competed at the Olympic Games.
Undoubtedly, the first name that comes to mind is Kurt Angle. The former six-time world champion was a freestyle wrestler before entering the pro world. During the 1996 Atalanta Olympics, he competed at the 100kg event, winning the gold medal, and that too with a broken neck. Truly inspiring.
The so-called World's Strongest Man was indeed so in the real world, while he also took part in a couple of Olympics (Barcelona 1992 and Atalanta 1996). Although he failed to win a single medal in the weightlifting category, he did win several accolades in the same at other events.
He is still a rising star in WWE, but he was somewhat inspired by Angle, as he took part in wrestling during the London Olympics 2012. Although he failed to impress, he immediately signed for WWE in 2013 and was a success, as he continues to rise the ranks in the industry.
The former UFC Bantamweight champion and the former WWE Women's Champion was a wrestler before entering the world of the pro. In Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008, she took part in the 63 kg and 70 kg categories, respectively. While she failed to impress in Athens, she managed to win the bronze in Beijing, as she decided to become a Mixed Martial Artist with UFC before trying his successful luck in WWE.
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