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5 WWE Wrestlers who were police officers prior to wrestling 

Professional wrestlers’ life away from the arena are frequently a mystery. A wrestler’s background prior to fame and money is rarely examined, even though viewers regularly witness their athletic prowess and larger-than-life characters on display. But did you know that several of these wrestlers also worked as police officers, protecting their neighborhoods? They roamed the streets as police officers, charged with upholding the law and defending the public, before entering the bright lights of the wrestling world. 

These wrestlers demonstrated that they were tough off the mat as well as on it. Here are five popular wrestlers who, at one point, wore badges and guns instead of ring gear and title belts. Their experiences demonstrate that success isn’t always easy to achieve but that persistence and hard effort can yield surprising results.

Kevin Nash

The World Championship Wrestling and WWE are where Kevin Nash made his name as a professional wrestler and actor. Nash worked as a military police officer in the American Army before beginning his career in wrestling. Nash made his professional wrestling debut in 1990 for WCW as Master Blaster Steel in the ring. Later, in 1993, he joined WWE, where he rose to popularity as Diesel, Shawn Michaels’ bodyguard. Nash achieved the Triple Crown by winning the WWE Championship, Intercontinental Championship, and Tag Team Championship while using the ring name Diesel. With his intimidating 6’10” frame and strong ring presence, he was a powerhouse to be contended with. 

Rico Constantino

Rico Constantino switched to a career in professional wrestling from a career in police enforcement. He spent nine years as a police officer in Las Vegas before leaving to pursue wrestling. In 2002, WWE hired Constantino, who made his SmackDown debut in July. At first, Constantino served as the tag team Billy and Chuck’s stylist and manager. Later, he made the switch to ring combat, displaying his colorful personality and distinguishing maneuvers like the High Kick and Spinning Heel Kick.

Lacey Evans 

Lacey Evans has an outstanding background as a professional wrestler, police officer, and marine. Evans enlisted in the US Marine Corps at the age of 19, serving five years as a military police officer. She then spent three years as a police officer in Parris Island, South Carolina, before quitting to focus on wrestling. In 2014, Evans joined WWE and made his NXT brand debut as a nationalistic villain. She was well-known as a wrestler for her military-inspired persona and distinguishing maneuvers like the Woman’s Right and the Sharpshooter. 

Ray Traylor: The Big Boss Man

The Big Boss Man, also known as Ray Traylor, switched from a career in police enforcement to professional wrestling. He signed on with World Championship Wrestling (WCW), going under the names “The Boss” and “Big Bubba Rogers”. Upon joining the World Wrestling Federation, he earned the nickname “The Big Boss Man.” He was known for his Sidewalk Slam and Boss Man Slam movements. His most memorable WWE event occurred in 1999 during a feud with The Undertaker that culminated in The Big Boss Man losing in a Hell in a Cell match at WrestleMania 15. Due to health reasons, Traylor ended his career in wrestling in 2003. He passed away in 2004.

The Great Khali

Former Punjab Police officer Dalip Singh Rana, popularly known as The Great Khali, began his career as a professional wrestler in 1993. When Rana signed with All Pro Wrestling (APW) in the United States in 2000, his professional wrestling career got underway. Later, he joined WWE and adopted the moniker “The Great Khali.”

The 7’1″ towering height and iconic maneuvers like the Khali Chop and Punjabi Plunge made The Great Khali famous. He got into famous fights with Batista, The Undertaker, and John Cena. The World Heavyweight Championship win by The Great Khali in 2007—which he held for more than two months before losing to Batista—was one of The Great Khali’s most memorable moments in the WWE.

NameInitial Career
The Great KhaliOfficer with Punjab Police
The Big Boss ManPolice Officer
Lacey EvansUS Marine Corps
Rico ConstantinoLas Vegas Police Force 
Kevin NashMilitary Police Officer

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