Wrestling 26 Athletes Who Became Wrestlers  

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Let's get ready to rumble! When excelling at one sport wasn't enough, these professional athletes became wrestlers. Several famous NFL players, bodybuilders, and MMA fighters later became wrestlers. Some of these players won Olympic medals before becoming wrestlers, while others became wrestlers after being cut from NFL teams. Two famous NBA stars even competed against each other in the ring.

Who is the most famous athlete who became a wrestler? Dennis Rodman tops our list. During a suspension from the NBA, Dennis Rodman participated in several WCW wrestling events. His intro song was "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)" by The Jimi Hendrix Experience. In 1998, Karl Malone teamed up with Diamond Dallas Page to take on Dennis Rodman and Hulk Hogan in a WCW "Bash at the Beach" event.

Before becoming known as "The Rock," Dwayne Johnson was a National Championship college football player with the University of Miami. In 1995, Ken Shamrock won the UFC Superfight Championship. In 1997, he left the UFC for the WWF, but he returned to competing in MMA in 2000. Kurt Angle won a gold medal in heavyweight freestyle wrestling at the 1996 Olympics. He signed a contract with the WWF in 1998.

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Dennis Rodman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 26 Athletes Who Became Wrestlers
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During a suspension from the NBA, Dennis Rodman participated in several WCW wrestling events. His intro song was "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)" by The Jimi Hendrix Experience.

Age: 57

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Trenton, New Jersey, United States of America

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Bulls, Chicago Bulls, San Antonio Spurs, Dallas Mavericks, + more

Also Ranked

#65 on The Best NBA Players of the Decade

#97 on The Best WCW Wrestlers of All Time

#38 on The Best NBA Player Nicknames

#61 on The Top NBA Players Of All Time

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Brock Lesnar is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 26 Athletes Who Became Wrestlers
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In 2000, Brock Lesnar won the NCAA Division I heavyweight wrestling championship. He later joined the WWE.

Age: 41

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Webster, South Dakota, United States of America

Also Ranked

#28 on The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time

#82 on The Best Pro Wrestling Champions

#50 on The Toughest Professional Fighters in History

#40 on The Greatest WWE Superstars of All Time

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Karl Malone is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 26 Athletes Who Became Wrestlers
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In 1998, Karl Malone teamed up with Diamond Dallas Page to take on Dennis Rodman and Hulk Hogan in a WCW "Bash at the Beach" event.

Age: 55

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Summerfield, Louisiana, United States of America

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers, Utah Jazz, Utah Jazz

Also Ranked

#28 on The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time

#9 on The Best NBA Player Nicknames

#20 on The Top NBA Players Of All Time

#1 on The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings

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Lawrence Taylor is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 26 Athletes Who Became Wrestlers
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After retiring from football, Lawrence Taylor took on and defeated Bam Bam Bigelow at WrestleMania XI.

Age: 59

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: USA, Virginia, Williamsburg

Teams: New York Giants, North Carolina Tar Heels football

Also Ranked

#8 on The Best Football Players Ever

#1 on The Greatest Defenders in NFL History

#1 on The Greatest Linebackers of All Time

#87 on The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time

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