The evolution of many top pro wrestlers and WWE superstars is quite a fascinating thing. If you've been a wrestling fan for many years or have consistently followed certain WWE superstars for many years, you now that their evolution as they reach the top not only involves a growth in skill and personality, but it involves a huge change in look as well.
When superstars get started off, they aren't too sure as to what the best look for them is. For many superstars, they simply go with the flow, while other superstars tend to experiment with different hairstyles, different hair colours, etc.
In fact, it can even simply have to do with their body and the way they've changed physically due to the commitment they put in with their work outs. Either way, WWE recently did a "then and now" photoshoot - a brilliant concept which featured many top WWE stars posing with what looks like their older-self standing side-by-side. The concept itself is quite fascinating, but enough with that. Now we take a look at 15 WWE superstars and their incredible "Then & Now" photographs.
#15. Daniel Bryan
Very few superstars have undergone the type of change that Daniel Bryan has. Despite being a veteran when debtuing with WWE, he was treated as a rookie and he certainly had the look of a rookie as well.
There's little doubt that growing a beard helped with his marketability and in 2019, he remains as hot as ever, having come off an incredible heel reign as WWE Champion.
Carmella has really come a long way since her NXT debut. Being a part of Enzo & Cass, she was viewed as an essential third member, until she was forced to part ways and have a singles career.
Being the only one of the three left employeed in WWE, her career grows stronger every year.
#13. Kofi Kingston
When it's all said and done, few can claim to have the kind of career that Kofi Kingston has had. With a journey that's gone over a decade at this point, Kingston's evolution from the Jamaican sensation to the WWE Champion has been an incredible story, one that fans have been happy to share.
Here, you can see the 2019 Kofi Kingston posing alongside the 2008-09 Jamaican edition of himself.
#12. Alexa Bliss
Alexa Bliss is proof that you don't need to be successful in NXT to be a huge star on the main roster. Gathering accolade after accolade, there are very few women on the roster who have accomplished more than The Goddess has.
In the photo, you can see a 2019 Alexa Bliss posing alongside the Alexa Bliss that debuted as a pixie-happy girl with relatively no personality. What an evolution it's been.
#11. Xavier Woods
Xavier Woods at first would never strike you as the kind of guy who would make it as big as he did. A simple gamer nerd from the south, Xavier Woods has lived his dream in the WWE and taken it to a new level with The New Day. When he was a part of NXT and early in the main roster.
It's safe to say that his progression in terms of how he looks has improved significantly.
#10. Drew McIntyre
Is it safe to say that Drew McIntyre has had one of the best appearance changes in wrestling over the last few years? He was The chosen one in his early years with the company but he clearly wasn't ready and he quickly fell down the pecking order.
In 2019, he remains a strong member of the RAW roster and looks to continue his upward journey. His change in appearance has helped him greatly.
#9. Becky Lynch
Becky Lynch has one of the best NXT-to-main roster stories ever. Nobody would have expected in 2014 and 2015 that one of the NXT women who were rising up the ranks would main event WrestleMania within half a decade or so.
But to her credit, she's scratched and clawed all the way to the pinnacle of WWE and she rightfully can be called the face of the Women's division in WWE. Her appearance change helped her greatly too, though it took some time to show.
#8. Seth Rollins
The photo above really shows what a jarring change Seth Rollins has gone through over the years. His blonde streak was important to him when he was a heel, but as a babyface, he let his hair dye into its natural colour.
Nothing needs to be said about his progression. From NXT Champion to The Shield to MITB winner to WWE Champion to Tag Team and Intercontinental Champion and finally Universal Champion, Seth Rollins has already done it all.
Bayley too made an incredible character progression, particularly in NXT herself. While her main roster career had two rough years between 2017 to 2019, her rejuvination has proved that she didn't just peak at NXT.
Her look on the right is what she maintained when she was "Davina Rose" on the indies and was just starting off in WWE. It's safe to say that it's a good progression she made.
#6. Roman Reigns
The Big Dog looks as though he has changed the least, but it's clear with the Samoan Tribal tattoos and the extra mass he put on that he possesses an even better look than before. To be fair, he had a good look even back then, but his "look" is reportedly what made Vince McMahon want to push him as the next face of WWE.
He is considered to be the face of WWE today.
#5. Charlotte Flair
You'll always hear wrestlers singing their praises about Charlotte Flair. It's well-deserved, especially because she is one of the fastest to ever pick up pro wrestling, with many comparing her to Kurt Angle in terms of how quickly he adapted.
Charlotte had the trouble of always having her father's shadow cast over her, but with nearly ten Women's Championships and a WrestleMania main event, Charlotte Flair has already cemented herself as potentially the greatest woman to ever wrestle in WWE.
#4. The Miz
The Miz low-key accumulated a legendary career. With longevity in WWE like few others, The Miz turned himself from locker room zero to a locker room leader of sorts. Having almost every possible accolade to his name, The Miz has truly earned the respect of the WWE Universe.
He's had quite a few appearance changes over the years and he made it all work like a true professional.
#3. The Usos
The Usos, over the last many years, have turned from a bland Samoan tag team to one of the greatest tag teams of this generation. It's one of those cases where they really took their time to find their stride but post-2016, they reached a whole new level.
Their appearance change has a lot to do with it as they abandoned their facepaint gimmick and added a new edge to their personalities.
#2. Sasha Banks
Sasha Banks saw rapid progression within NXT itself but her look simply kept evolving. Her Boss character requires constant change and reinvention and the way she carries herself certainly makes her live up to her name.
The change in look in the photo above makes it very clear as to how she added layers of personality to herself.
#1. Big E
There was a time when Big E was all serious and wouldn't do much talking. Thank goodness that's not the case anymore. The New Day helped him find an incredible side of his personality and it shined bright on television, making them the hottest trio in wrestling at one point.
While Big E might still be as jacked, his expression and mannerisms are a world apart.