Top 10 Wrestlers Who Went From Rags to Riches

2. Batista

He didn’t ask to be born into a rougher part of Washington, D.C. that delivered three early reality checks in the form of homicides committed on his parents’ front lawn. He cannot undo becoming estranged from his parents by age 17 or the assault charges he accrued and probation he served for unleashing his ferocious temper on two unruly patrons at a club where Batista worked as a bouncer.

But rather than let his past pull him down, Batista rose above it by setting a goal of becoming an athlete and entertainer and WWE soon came calling. Batista would be one of the top stars in the industry and has now parlayed that into a blossoming acting career.