The WWE is great at making superstars out of nobodies, and it can skyrocket a wrestler’s popularity to unheard-of heights. But many wrestlers don’t want that kind of fame—they want the notoriety and money that comes with being a professional wrestler, sure, but they don’t enjoy the press conferences, the events, the social media, the outside-the-ring TV shows and shenanigans.
The WWE forces their wrestlers to create social media accounts, to connect with their fan bases. But many wrestlers don’t even post to their Twitter or Instagram or Facebook accounts. They’d rather live off the grid, away from society and their fans, frequently as family people, husbands, wives, and lesser-known members of civilization.
There’s nothing wrong with staying true to your humble roots, even when you’re famous. Here are 20 WWE stars who live off the grid.
20 Charlotte Flair
Even though she might belong to one of the biggest names in wrestling history, Charlotte Flair isn’t nearly as outgoing and limelight-seeking as her notorious father, Ric. She know that she owes all of her success to her father, but she has worked hard to become an amazing wrestler in her own right. Outside of the WWE, she’s a humble, quiet person who lives at the gym, or at home with her boyfriend Andrae, in North Carolina.
19 Dean Ambrose
Dean Ambrose is one of the most heavily pushed wrestlers today, but he lives a quiet life outside of the ring, and is considered somewhat of an enigma. He’s had a few appearances on Total Divas because of Renee Young’s presence, but the former Shield member doesn’t post to his social media accounts, and he lives a life of privacy away from fans.
18 Randy Orton
One of the biggest names in modern wrestling, Randy Orton is a 14-time world champion and came to infamy alongside the likes of John Cena (one of the biggest spotlight seekers). He’s never felt the need to overplay his fame on the internet, even though his RKO finishing move is hugely popular. He prefers to live off the grid as a married man, spending time with his kids and second wife, Kimberly Kessler.
17 Sasha Banks
Sasha Banks is another lively character on TV, who comes across as larger than life and maybe a bit arrogant. But outside the WWE, the 4-time women’s champion lives a much less glamorous lifestyle. She only lets the WWE Universe see what she wants them to see. She even kept her marriage to WWE costume designer Sarath Ton (known as Kid Mikaze) a secret for a long time. She’s a fan of K-pop music and the anime Sailor Moon.
16 Seth Rollins
Seth Rollins is probably the biggest superstar in the WWE today, as he often becomes the focus of every storyline. But his superstar act hasn’t changed the way he lives outside of the arena, where he’s hardly seen in public and prefers to be locked in his house playing video games. The Iowa native hasn’t really adjusted to a life on the big screen, and he’s refused to let society dictate how he deals with fame. He also doesn’t get in trouble outside the ring, which is a huge plus for the WWE.
15 Daniel Bryan
Probably the most famous “off the grid” wrestler in the WWE is Daniel Bryan. The humble man is hugely popular and likable, but he comes from a small town called Aberdeen, Washington, which has a population of just 17,000. His late father was a logger, his mother was a therapist, and he loves being around nature and growing vegetables. He was also vegan for three years, though now he occasionally (begrudgingly) adds eggs or meat to his diet as he developed soy intolerance.
14 The Undertaker
Many people think that if it wasn’t for his wife, Michelle McCool, people wouldn’t even know The Undertaker existed outside of the WWE. What do we really know about his public life? He’s notoriously guarded about his life, which adds to the mystery and mythos of his character. He’s been by Vince McMahon’s side pretty much since the beginning, and the 54-year-old doesn’t do corporate or media appearances. He lives a peaceful live in Austin, Texas with his wife, and occasionally makes WWE appearances, though Mark Calaway has been semi-retired for a decade now.
13 Brock Lesnar
Another famous wrestler in the ring—one of the most popular in the world, and one of the biggest draws—is Brock Lesnar. He helped transform WrestleMania into a phenomenon, and frequently breaks pay-per-view records. But outside of the ring, he spends his time in Saskatchewan, Canada, with his wife, hunting and farming and surrounded by animals in his hometown. He truly lives a more “off the grid” lifestyle than nearly any other wrestler.
12 Brie Bella
Unlike her twin sister Nikki Bella, who always seems like she’s in the spotlight (such as when she was partnered with John Cena), Brie Bella appreciates the simpler things in life. Part of that is because she’s married to Daniel Bryan, a notorious loner. She drives a Honda Fit with her husband, though she makes appearances on Total Bella, which is all the fame she needs. With their daughter Birdie (and now trying for a second child), the couple has their hands full. She’s now retired and is a vegetarian.
11 Becky Lynch
Becky Lynch is one of the most popular female wrestlers in the industry, and a huge draw, and her childhood dream was always to make it in the wrestling business. Well, she has. In 2019, she’s the biggest female WWE superstar, but despite all that fame she lives a basic lifestyle in Florida. She drives a dirty pickup truck, loves to surf on her days off, and likes to live a peaceful life outside of the humdrum of society.
10 Alexa Bliss
Another one of the most famous WWE stars of today, Alexa Bliss recently separated from her long-time boyfriend and fellow WWE star, Buddy Murphy, and the multi-time women’s champion is one of the biggest names in the business. But she likes to live a tame lifestyle at home, were she owns a pet pig and a couple of dogs, and likes to watch Netflix like any normal person. As you can tell by this Instagram picture, she really looks just like a regular person—not putting out any façade of who she is.
9 Renee Young
Some wrestlers are forced to live in the limelight because the WWE pushes them hard. Such is the case with Renee Young, who was a main cast member on season six of Total Divas, and is a former sportscaster. But she’d rather host her podcast, Regular Girls, which showcases who she is much better. Plus, she lives with notorious lone wolf Dean Ambrose, and the two live off the grid in Nevada, near Las Vegas. They like to attend Vegas Golden Knight hockey games and roam the streets.
8 Ronda Rousey
Before she was a name in the WWE, Ronda Rousey was the biggest name the mixed martial arts history, overshadowing pretty much any male counterpart. She lived the A-lister lifestyle for a while, but that didn’t suit her. Now she lives a quiet life outside the ring with her partner Travis Browne, in Los Angeles. Yes, she’s smack dab in the middle of a crazy city, but she likes to do simple things like grow her own watermelons, take her dog on walks, and more.
7 AJ Styles
AJ Styles first worked on TNA Wrestling before joining New Japan, and then the WWE in 2016. He would go on to win various championships in the WWE, cementing his name as legendary. But despite all the praise and storylines he’s gotten, Styles prefers to live a quiet life like the rest of the people on this list, not seeking out the spotlight whatsoever. He’s a huge video game nerd, enjoying Xbox, and has an amazing retro game collection. He lives in a small town in Georgia, and even has appeared on ESPN and UpUpDownDown to discuss his video game addiction.
6 Mick Foley
Mick Foley was once one of the biggest names in wrestling, before retiring and settling down. Even during his professional life, he was always an enigma, opting to cut every corner during his pro-wrestling time. The same holds true in retirement—he still drives an old red minivan, and doesn’t seem interested in upgrading vehicles, even though he’s certainly rich enough to. He’s totally content with his quiet lifestyle in Garden City, New York, and Long Island during the holidays.
Sable was once the biggest female name in wrestling during the Attitude Era and the Monday Night Wars. But she left the company in 2004 (amidst legal battles and some strained relationships) and now lives with her husband, Brock Lesnar, with her two boys, in Saskatchewan, Canada. She enjoys the private lifestyle just like Brock, and their way of living suits them both perfectly fine. They hate being filmed by paparazzi, though they’re still spotted every once in a while out and about.
4 Trish Stratus
Another legendary female wrestler, Trish Stratus was put into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2013 and “Diva of the Decade,” but those accolades don’t interest her much. She really helped put women’s wrestling on the map, back in the early 2000s, and retired in 2006. She now enjoys doing charity work in her hometown of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and has two children with her high school sweetheart, Ron Fisico, who she married in 2006.
3 Beth Phoenix
Beth Phoenix is originally from Elmira, New York, and she became a multi-time WWE women’s champion and the youngest Hall of Famer a few years ago. She’s still with the WWE these days, but more often as a booth commentator, and is the mother of two daughters alongside another WWE Hall of Famer, Edge. They live off the grid in a small town called Asheville, North Carolina.
2 Stacy Keibler
Stacy Keibler hails from Baltimore, Maryland. She made a name for herself in the WWE and was one of the only ones to stick it out with the company when they went under years ago. She then gained more recognition on Dancing with the Stars, and for dating George Clooney. But now she lives a quiet life off the grid with her husband Jared Pobre, in Atlanta, Georgia. She still visits Los Angeles frequently but prefers to live outside all the noise.
1 AJ Lee
AJ Lee was once at the top of the female division in the WWE, and nobody came close to her popularity. Once CM Punk, her husband, left the WWE on bad terms, AJ Lee went shortly after. She grew up in New Jersey, but now she calls Chicago home. Her husband is from the area, and they both live a quiet life without any sign of making a WWE return. They’re content living away from the busy lifestlye, and Lee now enjoys her time as a writer, and taking part in various charitable causes.
References: hermoments.com, wwe.com, complex.com