Pro wrestling is one of the most popular forms of entertainment in the world today. Millions tune in every Monday night to watch their favorite superstars thrash opponents. No matter whether you are a fan of WWE, AEW, or AJPW, pro wrestling captivates all alike. This is one of the many reasons fans rush to Google to know about the origins of their favorite superstars as well as their life history. That being said, here are WWE personalities you probably didn’t know were adopted.
WWE was a lot wilder during the Ruthless Aggression Era and one of the storylines the company introduced at the time involved Vince McMahon and his illegitimate son, Hornswoggle. Fans who grew up during RA might recall the classic segment between Triple H and Vince.
Having said that, Hornswoggle (real name Dylan Postl) posted a heartfelt note for his step-mom on Mother’s Day last year. He revealed he asked his step-mom to legally adopt him after raising him for the last 25 years, which she did.
The world’s most dangerous man was a legit badass in and out of the ring. Shamrock became a household name in Pancreas, UFC and WWE and he did it a decade before Brock Lesnar stepped inside the octagon.
As a young boy, Shamrock was kicked out of the house by his stepfather after he moved in with his mother. Shamrock lived in a car before ending up at Shamrock's Boys' Home where Bob Shamrock adopted young Ken legally, and that's where Shamrock's last name comes from.
Ted DiBiase is widely considered to be one of the greatest heels of all time. DiBiase played a cocky heel who would flex his riches in front of fans and opponents alike. The Million Dollar Man was one of the most convincing heels of his generation.
He was adopted at an early age by the legendary "Iron" Mike DiBiase and followed in his adoptive father’s footsteps. Unfortunately, his father would never see his success as he passed away from a heart attack inside the ring when Ted was just 15 years old.
Ric Flair is widely considered to be one of the greatest performers of all time. Flair was one hell of a storyteller inside the ring and his feuds with the likes of Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat and Terry Funk are considered pro wrestling masterclass.
He was adopted by the Fliehr family thanks to the efforts of the Tennessee Children's Home Society — widely believed to be involved in the kidnapping of young children. His adoptive family was extremely supportive of his endeavors and the rest, as they say, is history.
Vince McMahon may be the most powerful man in pro wrestling, but he had a rough childhood growing up. His biological father, Vince McMahon Sr., abandoned his family when Vince was just a child and didn’t return until he was 12 years old.
In the meantime, Vince was passed around from one stepfather to another. One of them was Vinnie Lupton who, according to Vince, was extremely abusive and gave the future chairman of WWE a tough time growing up.