Famous 21st Century Wrestlers

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 1 Dwayne Johnson

Dwayne Johnson
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Famous As: Actor, Professional wrestler
Birthdate: May 2, 1972
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hayward, California, United States

A renowned former wrestler with numerous titles under his belt, Dwayne Johnson initially wanted to be a football player but an injury turned him towards wrestling. He soon entered the world of acting, experienced phenomenal success in television and films and became the highest earning male actor in the world.

 2 John Cena

John Cena
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Famous As: Wrestler, Actor
Birthdate: April 23, 1977
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: West Newbury, Massachusetts, United States

One of the biggest WWE stars of all time, John Cena has bagged 25 championships, with 16 reigns as a world champion since his professional career began two decades back. Apart from wrestling, Cena has also carved a career as an actor and rapper. His significant projects include films The Marine, Trainwreck and Sisters and rap album You Can't See Me.

 3 Roman Reigns

Roman Reigns
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Famous As: Professional Wrestler
Birthdate: May 25, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Pensacola, Florida, United States

The current WWE Universal Champion, Roman Reigns, is one of the most popular WWE superstars of the current generation. After battling leukemia for 11 years, Reigns announced that he would take an indefinite break to receive treatment. He made a comeback in 2019 and went on to reestablish his position as a popular champion.

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 4 The Undertaker

The Undertaker
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Famous As: Professional Wrestler
Birthdate: March 24, 1965
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States

Widely regarded as one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time, The Undertaker is currently signed to WWE. In a career spanning over three decades, he has clinched the world heavyweight championship seven times. He has appeared in a few films and TV shows as well. In 2004, he was inducted into the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame.

 5 Ronda Rousey

Ronda Rousey
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Famous As: Professional Wrestler
Birthdate: February 1, 1987
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Riverside, California, United States

A professional WWE wrestler, Ronda Rousey was the first UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion and also the first woman to be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame. Earlier, she became the first US woman to win an Olympic medal in judo. Amongst the greatest female MMA fighter, Ronda has also appeared in films like The Expendables 3 and Furious 7.

 6 Hulk Hogan

Hulk Hogan
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Famous As: Professional Wrestler
Birthdate: August 11, 1953
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Augusta, Georgia, United States

Former American professional wrestler, Hulk Hogan, is one of the best-known wrestlers in the world. He had a very successful career from the 1970s to the 2010s and won many championships. He has also acted in several movies. However, he has been accused of being a racist and a homophobic and a leaked sex tape involving him created quite a stir.

 7 Paige

Paige
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Famous As: Professional Wrestler
Birthdate: August 17, 1992
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Norwich, Norfolk, England
Retired wrestler Saraya-Jade Bevis, better known as Paige, has won the Divas Championship twice and was also its the youngest winner. She was also the first NXT Women's Champion. Paige later appeared on shows such as Total Divas and Tough Enough, and films such as Santa's Little Helper
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 8 Sasha Banks

Sasha Banks
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Famous As: Professional Wrestler
Birthdate: January 26, 1992
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Fairfield, California, United States

One of the most popular female WWE wrestlers of the current generation, Sasha Banks was named the top black wrestler in a list titled BW 500 in 2020. A celebrated wrestler, she was involved in the first Iron Woman match, first women's WWE pay-per-view event, and first women's Hell in a Cell match.

 9 Steve Austin

Steve Austin
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Famous As: Professional Wrestler, Actor, TV Host
Birthdate: December 18, 1964
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Victoria, Texas, United States

Steve Austin, popularly known as Stone Cold Steve Austin, is an American television host, actor, producer, and retired professional wrestler. He is one of the most popular and influential WWE wrestlers of all time. He played an important role in popularizing WWE's Attitude Era, during which he was the face of the company.

 10 Randy Orton

Randy Orton
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Famous As: Professional Wrestler, Actor
Birthdate: April 1, 1980
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Knoxville, Tennessee, United States

Randy Orton is an American professional wrestler. Widely regarded as one of the greatest professional wrestlers ever, Orton has 14 world championship victories under his belt, only behind Ric Flair and John Cena. His bad boy image and distinctive wrestling style have inspired several young wrestlers all over the world.

 11 Seth Rollins

Seth Rollins
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Famous As: Professional wrestler
Birthdate: May 28, 1986
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Davenport, Iowa, United States
Colby Lopez, better known as "Seth Rollins," previously wrestled in ROH as "Tyler Black." He is a two-time World Heavyweight Champion. He competed as part of The Shield in the Survivor Series and is the only wrestler to win all three top WWE titles: the WWE, Universal, and NXT Championships.

 12 Chyna

Chyna
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Famous As: Professional Wrestler
Birthdate: December 27, 1969
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Rochester, New York, United States
Died: April 17, 2016

Chyna was a professional wrestler, pornographic actress, bodybuilder, and glamour model. The first woman to take part in WWF's Royal Rumble match, Chyna set an important precedent as a powerful and dominant wrestler to the future female wrestlers. With victories over many popular male wrestlers, she was deemed the most dominant female wrestler of all time.

 13 Vincent McMahon

Vincent McMahon
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Famous As: CEO of WWE
Birthdate: August 24, 1945
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Pinehurst, North Carolina, United States

Vincent Kennedy McMahon is a professional wrestling promoter, currently serving as WWE's chairman and CEO. Often regarded as the most influential person in the history of professional wrestling, McMahon is credited with popularizing WWE. Also a well-known philanthropist, McMahon donated more than $8 million in 2008, giving grants to the Sacred Heart University, Fishburne Military School, and East Carolina University.

 14 Bill Goldberg

Bill Goldberg
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Famous As: Professional Wrestler
Birthdate: December 27, 1966
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States

Professional wrestler and former football player. Bill Goldberg, is currently signed to WWE on a part-time deal. A very popular figure in the late 1990s/early 2000s, he has wrestled for many promotions and is best known for his stint with World Championship Wrestling (WCW). Also an actor, he has appeared in numerous films and TV shows.  

 15 Kane

Kane
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Famous As: Professional wrestler
Birthdate: April 26, 1967
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Torrejón de Ardoz

Kane is an American wrestler, actor, businessman, politician, and author. Apart from being the Mayor of Knox County, Tennessee, Kane is also one of the most popular WWE wrestlers of all time. He played an important role in popularizing WWE's Attitude Era throughout the late-1990s and early-2000s. He is regarded by some as the best wrestler of his generation.

 16 Chris Jericho

Chris Jericho
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Famous As: Professional wrestler
Birthdate: November 9, 1970
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Manhasset, New York, United States

Chris Jericho is a professional wrestler, entrepreneur, actor, and musician. Widely regarded as one of the greatest pro wrestlers ever, Jericho is also one of the most recognized WWE superstars in the history of the wrestling promotion. Apart from wrestling, Jericho is a also famous singer, currently serving as the lead singer for Fozzy, a heavy metal band.

 17 Daniel Cormier

Daniel Cormier
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: March 20, 1979
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Lafayette, Louisiana, United States

Daniel Cormier is a retired professional mixed martial artist and amateur wrestler who is a former  King of the Cage Heavyweight Champion. He began wrestling while still in school and attended Colby Community College, where he continued to wrestle. He then turned professional and also ventured into mixed martial arts. He has also made a few media appearances. 

 18 Daniel Bryan

Daniel Bryan
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Famous As: Professional Wrestler
Birthdate: May 22, 1981
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Aberdeen, Washington, United States

Daniel Bryan is a professional wrestler. He is one of the most recognized WWE wrestlers of the current generation and is credited with starting the Yes Movement. A self-proclaimed vegan-turned-vegetarian, Daniel Bryan was honored with PETA's Libby Award under the Most Animal-Friendly Athlete category. Bryan is also a self-described environmentalist.

 19 Alexa Bliss

Alexa Bliss
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Famous As: Professional Wrestler
Birthdate: August 9, 1991
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio, United States
WWE wrestler Alexa Bliss began her career with the Arnold Classic professional bodybuilding event. She later became the first woman to earn the SmackDown Women's Championship title twice. She is also the first woman to win both the Raw and SmackDown Women's titles and the second Women's Triple Crown Champion.

 20 Eddie Guerrero

Eddie Guerrero
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Famous As: Professional wrestler
Birthdate: October 9, 1967
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: El Paso, Texas, United States
Died: November 13, 2005

Eddie Guerrero was an American professional wrestler. At the time of his death at age 38, Guerrero left a legacy and impact as one of the most beloved wrestlers and an inspiration to several future wrestlers. Considered one of the greatest in-ring performers ever, Guerrero was renowned for his technical skills and ability to entertain the audience with his gimmicks.

 21 Stephanie McMahon

Stephanie McMahon
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Famous As: Chief brand officer of WWE
Birthdate: September 24, 1976
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hartford, Connecticut, United States

Stephanie McMahon is an American businesswoman. As the chief brand officer of WWE, McMahon contributes immensely to the development of the entertainment company. Also a popular wrestling personality, she often appears on WWE's SmackDown and Raw brands. She is considered one of the most powerful women in wrestling business around the world.

 22 Big Show

Big Show
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Famous As: WWE Wrestler, Actor
Birthdate: February 8, 1972
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Aiken, South Carolina

Big Show is a professional wrestler. Known for his large frame and athleticism, Show is one of the most popular WWE wrestlers of all time. He has won several world championships in WWE. Big Show's large frame is attributed to a condition called acromegaly, which he used to his advantage and established himself in the wrestling world.

 23 Becky Lynch

Becky Lynch
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Famous As: Professional Wrestler
Birthdate: January 30, 1987
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Limerick, Ireland
Becky Lynch is a four-time WWE champion and was named sixth on Twitter’s 2019 Top Female Athletes Worldwide list. She initially wrestled as "Rebecca Knox", teaming up with her brother. She became the only woman to hold both the Raw Women's Championship and the SmackDown Women's Championship simultaneously.

 24 Roddy Piper

Roddy Piper
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Famous As: Wrestler
Birthdate: April 17, 1954
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Saskatoon, Canada
Died: July 31, 2015

Canadian professional wrestler, amateur boxer, and actor, Roddy Piper, is best remembered for his work with the World Wrestling Federation (WWF).  He headlined multiple PPV events and hosted the popular WWF interview segment Piper's Pit. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005. He also appeared in a few films and TV shows.

 25 David Arquette

David Arquette
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Famous As: Actor, Wrestler
Birthdate: September 8, 1971
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bentonville, Virginia, United States

Born into the illustrious Arquette family, David Arquette is a multitalented personality. As an actor, he grabbed limelight with the Scream film series and other films like Never Been Kissed, Bone Tomahawk and the web series Cleaners. Apart from acting, he has also ventured into direction, production and screen writing. Arquette has also won WCW World Heavyweight Championship’ title in 2000.

 26 Shawn Michaels

Shawn Michaels
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Famous As: Professional wrestler
Birthdate: July 22, 1965
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Arizona, United States

Retired professional wrestler, actor, and television presenter, Shawn Michaels, is regarded as one of the greatest professional wrestlers in history. He is a four-time world champion and two-time Royal Rumble winner. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame twice. Besides wrestling, he has appeared in a few films and TV shows.

 27 Charlotte Flair

Charlotte Flair
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Famous As: Wrestler
Birthdate: April 5, 1986
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
Charlotte Flair, daughter of wrestler Ric Flair, is also known as “Nature Girl.” Apart from winning the 2014 NXT Women's Championship, she has also won the Raw Women's Championship four times and the SmackDown Women's Championship five times. She was also the first lady to headline a WWE pay-per-view event.

 28 Braun Strowman

Braun Strowman
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Famous As: Professional Wrestler
Birthdate: September 6, 1983
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sherrills Ford, North Carolina, United States

Braun Strowman is a professional wrestler currently signed to WWE. An influential wrestler, Strowman was ranked sixth in the PWI 500 list published in 2018. A former strongman, Strowman depends on brute strength to gain an upper hand against his opponents. During his strongman career, Strowman had won the 2012 Arnold Strongman Classic.

 29 Rocky Johnson

Rocky Johnson
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Famous As: Professional wrestler
Birthdate: August 24, 1944
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Amherst, Canada
Died: January 15, 2020

The father of former WWE wrestler and actor Dwayne Johnson, Rocky Johnson was a popular Canadian professional wrestler. He was the first black wrestler to win the Georgia Heavyweight Championship. He inspired several popular wrestlers, such as The Rock. He is also credited with helping wrestlers like Hulk Hogan establish themselves in the wrestling world.

 30 Randy Savage

Randy Savage
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Famous As: Professional Wrestler
Birthdate: November 15, 1952
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio, United States
Died: May 20, 2011
Macho Man Randy Savage, the WWF and WCW legend, had won 29 championships with 11 titles. Fans loved him for his over-the-top wrestling outfits, his catch phrase, "Oooh yeah!,” and his entrance music, Pomp and Circumstance. He was also a talented rapper and had appeared in many films and series. 

 31 Yoel Romero

Yoel Romero
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Famous As: Mixed Martial Artist
Birthdate: April 30, 1977
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Pinar del Río, Cuba

Widely considered one of the most athletic competitors ever in the history of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), Yoel Romero is often compared with the greats of the sport. A former freestyle wrestler, Romero earned Cuba a silver medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics.

 32 Edge (Wrestler)

Edge (Wrestler)
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Famous As: Professional wrestler
Birthdate: October 30, 1973
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Orangeville, Canada
Canadian wrestler Edge is a seven-time World Heavyweight champion. He competed in the 2020 Royal Rumble match after a 9-year hiatus due to neck injuries. He has appeared as Dwight Hendrickson in Haven and as Ketill Flatnose in Vikings. He was also part of the film Highlander: Endgame.

 33 AJ Lee

AJ Lee
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Famous As: Professional Wrestler, Writer
Birthdate: March 19, 1987
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Union City, New Jersey, United States
April Jeanette Mendez, better known by her ring name AJ Lee, is best known for her stint with WWE. She is a three-time Divas champion and won the Slammy Award for Diva of the Year twice. She has also written a bestselling memoir and is also quite popular on Instagram.

 34 Shane McMahon

Shane McMahon
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: January 15, 1970
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Gaithersburg, Maryland, United States
Entrepreneur and wrestler Shane McMahon is the son of WWE CEO Vince McMahon and wrestling performer and politician Linda McMahon. Shane heads Ideanomics as its vice-chairman and is a minority owner of WWE. He was previously the CEO of YOU On Demand. He has won several titles as a wrestler.

 35 Mike Mizanin

Mike Mizanin
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Famous As: Professional Wrestler
Birthdate: October 8, 1980
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Parma, Ohio, United States

Mike Mizanin, popularly known as The Miz, is an American actor, media personality, and professional wrestler. Over the years, he has been an important wrestler for WWE. He has held several WWE championships, such as the Intercontinental Championship, United States Championship, and Tag Team Championship. As an actor, he is popular for playing Jake Carter in the Marine film series.

 36 Jeff Hardy

Jeff Hardy
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Famous As: Professional Wrestler
Birthdate: August 31, 1977
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cameron, North Carolina, United States

Jeff Hardy is a professional wrestler. Best known for his tag team partnership with real-life brother Matt in WWE, Hardy has also achieved success as a singles wrestler. He is popular for his daredevil stunts and is often described as a death-defying and high-flying performer. Also a musician, Jeff Hardy is credited with forming a rock band called PeroxWhy?gen.

 37 Bayley

Bayley
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Famous As: Professional wrestler
Birthdate: June 15, 1989
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Newark, California, United States

Bayley is an American professional wrestler. Currently, she is one of the most important female members of WWE. She has won several WWE championship titles, such as Raw Women's Championship and SmackDown Women's Championship. Renowned for her tag team partnership with Sasha Banks, Bayley has also won the WWE Women's Tag Team Championship along with Banks.

 38 CM Punk

CM Punk
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: October 26, 1978
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

CM Punk is an American retired professional wrestler and mixed martial artist. CM Punk is one of the first independent wrestlers to have achieved tremendous success in WWE; his success served as a precedent for other independent wrestlers. Over the years, CM Punk has influenced and inspired popular wrestlers like Seth Rollins, Adam Cole, and Rhea Ripley.

 39 Oscar Gutierrez

Oscar Gutierrez
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Famous As: Professional Wrestler
Birthdate: December 11, 1974
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chula Vista, California, United States
Wrestler Oscar Gutierrez, better known by his stage name, Rey Mysterio, was trained by Rey Misterio, Sr. He was initially known as “La Lagartija Verde" and "The Green Lizard.” He popularized his signature high-flying lucha libre style and the 619 Kick. He currently plays for the SmackDown brand, under WWE

 40 Dolph Ziggler

Dolph Ziggler
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Famous As: Professional wrestler
Birthdate: July 27, 1980
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Wrestler Nicholas Theodore Nemeth, better known by his WWE ring name, Dolph Ziggler, is currently associated with the SmackDown brand. He is also the current SmackDown Tag Team Champion, along with Robert Roode. He has experimented with stand-up comedy, too, and has hosted the improv show Flying Chuck.

 41 Jimmy Uso

Jimmy Uso
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Famous As: Wrestler
Birthdate: August 22, 1985
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: San Francisco, California
Jimmy Uso, a member of the Samoan Anoaʻi family of wrestlers and son of former WWE legend Rikishi, is part of the wrestling duo The Usos, which includes his twin brother, Jey Uso. The twins compete for the SmackDown brand of WWE and have won several tag team championships.

 42 Dave Bautista

Dave Bautista
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Famous As: Professional Wrestler, Actor
Birthdate: January 18, 1969
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States

Former professional wrestler, Dave Bautista, is a four time World Heavyweight Champion and two time WWE Champion. The WWE legend has also ventured in the entertainment industry and proved his acting capabilities with blockbuster movies like Guardians of the Galaxy film series and Avengers: Infinity War. His other notable films include House of the Rising Sun and Blade Runner 2049.

 43 Cain Velasquez

Cain Velasquez
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Famous As: Professional wrestler
Birthdate: July 28, 1982
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Salinas, California, United States
Wrestler and MMA fighter Caín Velasquez is a two-time UFC Heavyweight Champion. He is known for his signature fighting style, known as swarming, which involves moving forward to allow little room to opponents. He was released from his contract with WWE owing to budget constraints due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 44 Jesse Ventura

Jesse Ventura
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Famous As: Politician, Wrestler
Birthdate: July 15, 1951
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

WWE legend Jesse Ventura, known by his ring name “The Body,” also served as the mayor of Brooklyn from 1991 to 1995 and as the governor of Minnesota from 1999 to 2003. He had previously served the U.S. Navy. He has also appeared in films and written several books.

 45 Mick Foley

Mick Foley
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Famous As: Actor, Wrestler
Birthdate: June 7, 1965
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bloomington, Indiana, United States

Mick Foley is an American author, actor, and retired professional wrestler. Widely considered one of the greatest WWE wrestlers of all time, Foley played an important role in popularizing WWE's Attitude Era during the late-1990s. Also a well-known humanitarian, Foley's philanthropic work is centered around children; he often participates in Make-a-Wish Foundation events and makes surprise visits to children’s hospitals.

 46 Nia Jax

Nia Jax
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Famous As: Professional Wrestler
Birthdate: May 29, 1984
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

Nia Jax is a professional wrestler signed to World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). A former WWE Raw Women's Champion, Nia Jax has been an important member of WWE's women's division since 2018. Nicknamed The Irresistible Force because of her speed and size, Jax has often been criticized for causing unintentional injuries to her colleagues while performing risky moves on the ring.

 47 Amy Dumas (Lita)

Amy Dumas (Lita)
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Famous As: Professional Wrestler
Birthdate: April 14, 1975
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Fort Lauderdale

 Amy Dumas (Lita) is an animal welfare activist, singer, and retired professional wrestler. Beginning her career as a wrestler, she was a full-time wrestler with WWE for a few years. After her retirement, she embarked on her second career as a singer and founded the punk rock band, The Luchagors. She is a dedicated animal lover as well.

 48 Brie Bella

Brie Bella
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Famous As: Professional wrestler, TV personality
Birthdate: November 21, 1983
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: San Diego, California, United States

Brie Bella is an American entrepreneur, TV personality, and retired professional wrestler. One half of the popular wrestling duo The Bella Twins, Brie Bella often appeared in WWE alongside her twin sister, Nikki Bella. Brie Bella became one of the main wrestlers who helped develop the Women's Revolution movement in WWE.

 49 Chael Sonnen

Chael Sonnen
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Famous As: Mixed Martial Artist
Birthdate: April 3, 1977
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: West Linn, Oregon, United States

Chael Sonnen is a retired mixed martial artist. He is also a submission grappling promoter and mixed martial arts (MMA) analyst. He began his mixed martial arts career in 1997 and soon became a top contender in both the light heavyweight and middleweight divisions of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). He has also made a few film appearances. 

 50 Shinsuke Nakamura

Shinsuke Nakamura
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Famous As: Japanese Pro Wrestler & MMA
Birthdate: February 24, 1980
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Mineyama, Kyoto, Japan

Shinsuke Nakamura is a Japanese wrestler best known for appearing in World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) where he has won several championships, such as the Intercontinental Championship, United States Championship, and SmackDown Tag Team Championship. In 2016, Pro Wrestling Illustrated magazine named him the Most Popular Wrestler of the Year. He is also known for his association with New Japan Pro-Wrestling