5 current top WWE Superstars who initially didn't want to become wrestlers

SmackDown Women's Champion Charlotte Flair (left) and Randy Orton (right)
SmackDown Women's Champion Charlotte Flair (left) and Randy Orton (right)

#4. WWE legend Randy Orton

Randy Orton is one of the greatest superstars in WWE history. The 14-time world champion joined Vince McMahon's company in 2001 and has been an active professional wrestler for more than two decades. However, being an in-ring performer was not Orton's first career option. Instead, it was his last.

Before becoming a WWE Superstar, The Viper enlisted with the United States Marines. Nevertheless, he received a bad conduct discharge in 1999. Later that same year, Orton began working at a gas station. He then started thinking about following in his father's footsteps and becoming a professional wrestler.

In an interview with the Kurt Angle Show, the 41-year-old revealed that wrestling was his last career option at the time after already exhausting all his other options.

"I came home one day, and I was like, 'Dad, I’m working mid-night at this gas station. I’m gonna be 20 next year, I wanna try and be a professional wrestler. I wanna give it a shot.' (...) I didn’t realise back then how much hard work some of these guys that I know now, consider close friends, how hard these guys have worked to get what they are. I just had to ask my dad to pick up the phone (...) They flew me up and were giving me a… it was like a $250 a week contract to start to train to become a professional wrestler. So it was really I exhausted all my options that I allowed myself to have at that point in life," he said.

Despite this, Orton has become a legend in the wrestling industry. He is currently active on Monday Night RAW.

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