Then and Now: Here's how WWE superstars John Cena, Undertaker, Triple H transformed in 10 years

Updated: Dec 23, 2019, 12:25 | Shawn.Dsouza
  • The Undertaker, WWE

    The Undertaker: The 54-year-old WWE legend is known by many monickers such as Deadman, The Phenom, Lord of Darkness and American Bada**. Originally known as Mark Callaway, he made his official debut at Survivor Series in 1990. Undertaker regarded as one of the greatest WWE wrestlers of all time and is famously known for his Streak at WrestleMania which is currently at 24-2. While Brock Lesnar broke his streak making it 21-1, the other wrestler to defeat Taker is Roman Reigns. Undertaker is a three-time World Heavyweight Champion and four-time WWE champion.

  • John Cena, WWE

    John Cena: The 42-year-old Cena is one of the biggest names and greatest wrestlers ever in WWE and has been the face of the company for over a decade. Primarily, Cena was known under the monicker The Prototype. Nicknamed as Chain Gang Leader, Doctor of Thuganomics, and Leader of Cenation, John Cena made his WWE debut in June 2002 in a match against Kurt Angle. Cena has been in the main event of WWE's flagship WrestleMania on 5 occasions. His biggest achievement among many is that he is a record-tying 16-time WWE world champion - 13 WWE titles, 3 World Heavyweight titles). Besides WWE, John Cena has also carved a niche for himself in Hollywood and acted in hit films such as Daddy's Home, Trainwreck, and Bumblebee. He will next be seen in Fast and Furious 9.

  • Triple H, WWE

    Triple H: The 50-year-old WWE COO and wrestling superstar has made a name for himself and managed to climb up the food chain in the past two decades. Originally known as Paul Levesque, he made his WWE debut in 1995 as Hunter Hearst Helmsley and Reginald DuPont Helmsley and has been a co-founder of one of the biggest WWE factions D-Generation X along with Shawn Michaels. Triple H has been in the main event a whopping seven WrestleManias and is a 14-time WWE world champion, second only to John Cena. Triple H is also a five-time Intercontinental champ, three-time tag team champ and two-time Royal Rumble winner. He is also known as The King of Kings and The Cerebral Assassin. Triple H is married to WWE CBO Stephanie McMahon.

  • Batista, WWE

    Batista: The 50-year-old former WWE superstar is also a mixed martial artist. Originally known as Dave Bautista, he has the nickname The Animal. Batista made his WWE debut in 2002 and has also been part of a famous WWE faction called Evolution alongside Ric Flair, Triple H and Randy Orton. Batista is a six-time WWE World champion and also headlined WrestleMania 21. Batista is also a four-time tag team champion and two-time Royal Rumble winner. Batista is currently a Hollywood actor and is part of top-grossers such as Avengers: Endgame, Guardians of the Galaxy, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Avengers: Infinity War and Blade Runner 2049.

  • Randy Orton, WWE

    Randy Orton: The 39-year-old WWE superstar is a third-generation wrestler and son of Cowboy Bob Orton and made his debut in 2002. Randy Orton has many nicknames such as The Viper and Legend Killer. Orton is a 13-time WWE world champion only behind John Cena, Ric Flair and Triple H. Randy Orton is also the second youngest WWE champion behind Brock Lesnar. Orton has also won the Intercontinental title, WWE tag team titles and United States title. He is also a two-time Royal Rumble winner.

  • Edge, WWE

    Edge: The 46-year-old former WWE superstar is easily one of the most decorated wrestlers in the company ever. Originally known as Adam Copeland, he made his debut in 1996 but and later formed the faction The Brood with Gangrel and Christian. Edge and Christian are one of the biggest tag teams in WWE history. Edge is an 11-time WWE world champion, five-time Intercontinental champion, U.S. champ, 14-time tag team champion and a Royal Rumble winner. In 2019, rumours have it hat Edge reportedly signed a new contract with WWE, although nothing has been confirmed

  • Kane, WWE

    Kane: Billed as The Undertaker's brother by WWE storylines, Kane has been one of the most vital figures in the history of the company. Originally known as Glenn Jacobs began professional wrestling in 1992, creating ain iconic persona which will last through decades. Shockingly, Kane has won the WWE championship just twice. Kane is an eleven-time tag team champion, two-time Intercontinental champ among other achievements. Kane also formed an alliance with many superstars to become iconic tag teams - The Brothers of Destruction with Undertaker, Kane and X-Pac, Team Hell No with Daniel Bryan, Kane and Big Show. Jacobs also ran for Mayor of Knox County, Tennessee in 2017 and won. Kane has also acted in the movie See No Evil and its sequel.

  • Jeff Hardy, WWE

    Jeff Hardy: The WWE tag team wrestler has also been one of the most iconic wrestlers in the past two decades. Jeff Hardy and his brother Matt Hardy together debuted as a tag team duo as The Hardy Boyz in 1998. Their stable carved a niche in tag team along with other teams such as Edge and Christian, Dudley Boyz. Jeff Hardy made his debut in 1994. After many years, Jeff Hardy became WWE champion in 2009. He has won the WWE championships thrice as well as the U.S. and European titles once each. Together with Matt Hardy, Jeff is an eight-time WWE tag team champion.

  • Matt Hardy, WWE

    Matt Hardy: Jeff's elder brother Matt Hardy, who made his wrestling debut in 1995, is equally a famous figure in WWE. Matt Hardy is a nine-time tag team champion in WWE besides other accomplishments such as the United States title, European title, Hardcore title and Cruiserweight title. Matt Hardy who was in a relationship with former WWE superstar Lita, also had a great storyline with her and Edge. His most memorable moment in WWE was The Hardy Boyz surprise return at WrestleMania 33 to win the Raw tag team titles.

  • Beth Phoenix, WWE

    Beth Phoenix: Famously known as The Glamazon, Beth Phoenix made her wrestling debut in 2001. After appearing as Trish Stratus' ally, she went on to create a strong persona for herself becoming a four-time WWE champion. After departing from WWE in 2012, Phoenix made her return to the company in 2017 and teamed up with friend Natalya and was also part of the Women's Royal Rumble. Beth Phoenix is also the youngest wrestler ever to be inducted in the WWE Hall of Fame. She is married to former WWE superstar Edge and is currently a commentator on WWE NXT.

  • Natalya, WWE

    Natalya: She is the daughter of Jim Neidhart and the niece of WWE legend Bret Hart. Natalya, who made her wrestling debut in 2000, is a two-time WWE women's champion. Natalya, over the decade, has become one of the pioneers in the WWE women's division and is the most experienced WWE female superstar in history. Natalya is married to former wrestler Tyson Kidd and often appears on the television show Total Divas.

  • The Miz, WWE

    The Miz: The A-Lister who is always 'awesome', The Miz, first appeared on reality television prior to entering the WWE. Originally known as Michael Mizanin, he made his wrestling debut in 2003. Miz entered WWE in 2006 and ever since has managed to create a name for himself, no matter what - be it his teaming up with John Morrison, R-Truth, his talk show Miz TV and even headlined WrestleMania 27 defeating John Cena for the WWE title. The Miz has appeared in The Marine 3 followed by 3 other sequels. The Miz is married to fellow superstar Maryse. The Miz has won the Intercontinental title a staggering 8 times, while he is a seven-time tag team champion and a 2-time U.S. champion.

  • Kofi Kingston, WWE

    Kofi Kingston: The Jamaican born WWE superstar has come a long way from when he made his debut in the company in 2008. Initially wrestling in singles, Kofi Kingston went on to win the Intercontinental title four times, the U.S. title three times. Kofi Kingston then aligned himself with Big E and Xavier Woods to form one of the most renowned tag team factions The New Day. Kofi Kingston is also a nine-time tag team champion overall. Their title reign of 483 days as champs is a record. Kofi Kingston won his first WWE title at WrestleMania 35. He is the current SmackDown tag-team champion.

  • Sheamus, WWE

    Sheamus: The Irish-born WWE superstar can easily be called one of those wrestlers who have been a force to reckon with in the ring. Originally known as Stephen Farrelly, he made his wrestling debut in 2002. Sheamus went on to become a WWE champion four-times as well as winning the U.S. title twice. Sheamus teamed up with Cesaro as tag team faction The Bar and together won five tag team titles. Sheamus also won the King of the Ring.

  • Dolph Ziggler, WWE

    Dolph Ziggler: known as Nicholas Nemeth, he made his wrestling debut in 2004 and his early career in WWE was as Nicky, part of the Spirit Squad. In 2008, he returned as Dolph Ziggler and went on to win the WWE world title and U.S. titles twice, the Intercontinental championship six times. Ziggler is also a three-time tag team champion.

  • Drew McIntyre, WWE

    Drew McIntyre: The Scottish-born WWE superstar has been wrestling since 2001. Originally known as Andrew Galloway, he made his WWE debut in 2006 until 2012 and won the Intercontinental title during his time. McIntyre then went on to wrestle at NXT and became the NXT champion there. Upon his return to WWE in 2017, Drew McIntyre has won the Raw tag team titles twice. McIntyre is billed as one of the best talents in WWE currently.

  • R-Truth, WWE

    R-Truth: Known as Ronnie Aaron Killings, the WWE superstar has been wrestling over 20 years since 1997. R-Truth really knows how to get the WWE Universe going with his smooth dance moves and agility. He first wrestled for WWE in 2002, but it was after his return in 2008 where he hit a note with the crowd and the management alike. R-Truth has won both the United States title and the Hardcore title twice. Bur after the 24/7 title was introduced in May 2019,  R-Truth has won the title a record 24-times.

  • Shelton Benjamin, WWE

    Shelton Benjamin: The 44-year-old Shelton Benjamin made his wrestling debut in 2000. He is known for joining Kurt Angle and Charlie Haas in Team Angle.  Benjamin is a three-time Intercontinental champion, a two-time tag team champion and a one-time U.S. champion.

  • Zack Ryder, WWE

    Zack Ryder: The WWE superstar began wrestling in 2004. Originally known as Matthew Cardona, he is famous for his fun elements and vibrant persona in WWE. Zack Ryder and Curt Hawkins began their WWE career as Edge's henchmen called Edgeheads forming La Familia. Ryder is a one-time Intercontinental and United States champion besides winning the Raw tag team championship twice.

  • Curt Hawkins, WWE

    Curt Hawkins: Originally known as Brian Myers, the WWE supertar began wrestling in 2004. His first appearance in WWE was alongside Zack Ryder known as Major Brothers and La Familia, who would help Edge in his matches. Hawkins then  worked with NXT until 2014 when he left. Upon his return to WWE in 2016, he was known for his long losing streak before he teamed up again with Zack Ryder to win the Raw tag team titles twice.

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Take a look at how your favourite WWE superstars including John Cena, Triple H, The Undertaker, Randy Orton, Batista, Edge and many others have changed in the past decade from 2009 to 2019. Pictures Courtesy/ WWE