A multi-faceted personality, Brock Lesnar has had successful careers in the field of wrestling, mixed martial arts, and football. Best known for his wrestling career, Brock is widely considered one of the greatest professional wrestlers ever. Brock, who has had an equally successful MMA career, is the only person in history to hold a WWE world championship and UFC championship.
Olympic gold-medal-winning wrestler Kurt Angle is a 13-time world champion. He became a Triple Crown champion and a Grand Slam champion with WWE before joining TNA. He has been named to the WWE, the TNA, and the International Sports Halls of Fame. He has also participated in Japanese wrestling championships.
Former wrestler and Olympic gold medalist Cael Sanderson, who now coaches the wrestling team of Penn State University, has also coached Iowa State. Born to BYU wrestler Steve Sanderson, he grew up with his three brothers, who are also wrestlers. He became the second wrestler to win four NCAA championships.
Rulon Gardner is an American former Greco-Roman wrestler who won the gold medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics. Gardner went on to win a gold medal at the 2001 World Wrestling Championships and the bronze medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics. Recipient of the James E. Sullivan Award and Jesse Owens Award, Gardner is currently serving as a motivational speaker.
One of the most decorated wrestlers in history, Valentin Yordanov has not only won a gold and a bronze at the Olympics but is also a 7-time World and European Champion. He continued to represent Bulgaria even after moving to the US. He also served as the president of the Bulgarian Wrestling Federation.
Raymond John Leppan, better known by his ring name, Adam Rose, is a retired South African wrestler. He once described himself as the “life of the party” and has also represented NXT and WWE. He was also part of an E:60 documentary titled Behind the Curtain.
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.