5 WWE Superstars who are very different from their personas outside the ring
There is a famous bit of wisdom in the professional wrestling business that suggests the most successful wrestling personas tend to be rooted in the real-life personalities of the performers at hand, with the volume turned way up. Steve Austin, in particular, has commented in a variety of interviews on how the beer-drinking, rebellious Stone Cold character he eventually espoused and found the greatest success of his career in, was rooted in being an extension of who he is as an actual person.
Being yourself doesn't necessarily work for everyone, though. The Undertaker, for example, built a career out of playing an undead character. While the Biker version of the gimmick that he took on during the Attitude Era may have better reflected his true self, he's most famous for playing a character that he could play better than anyone else and make his own with his creative input. There are several WWE Superstars who have, similarly, found their niches by performing as characters that are not necessarily representative of who they really are.
This article takes a look at five current Superstars who are very different from their on-screen personas with WWE.
#5 Samoa Joe
Samoa Joe has spent most of his WWE tenure to date playing a very serious, stern heel character with an edge. The man's Coquina Clutch finisher is very much representative of the wrestler as a no-nonsense, deadly chokehold that comes across as realistic and legitimately dangerous. Joe has functioned well within the WWE framework as a tenacious pit bull in early rivalries when he went after stars like Brock Lesnar and Seth Rollins, as well as those feuds he has taken to a more personal level, like his issue with AJ Styles last year, that saw him coming after the Phenomenal one's family.
In reality, Joe is hardly the cold, joyless machine that he portrays on TV. Outside interviews, as well as his appearance on Xavier Woods's Up Up Down Down, have demonstrated a carefree, if not an outright more playful side of the man. He has a positive reputation among his colleagues, too. Rather than the overly serious menace that his performances for WWE would have you think of, Joe is much more affable in real life, which can explain his long tenure in the wrestling business, and being well received as a veteran presence in WWE at this latter stage of his career.