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Real Meanings Behind These 8 WWE Superstars Tattoos

AJ Styles

AJ Styles has one of the most eye-catching tattoos in the WWE, with the letters 'AJ' printed in large type on his right torso, along with multiple dates underneath. 

You may have surmised that the dates refer to major milestones in his life, most notably the birthdays of his four children, but you may not be aware that the initials are missing in case he forgets his own name or is an arrogant jerk. Ajay Jones, Avery Jones, Albey Jones, and Anney Jones are the initials of his children's names.

When asked about it by WWE, Styles said:

"I’ve always liked tattoos. I wanted it to mean something when I finally got one. At the grand old age of 32, I decided, I want my kids’ initials and birthdays."


The 'Rated-R Superstar' has a number of tattoos, each of which represents a different period in his career. He earlier stated that he wanted a story to tell on his body when his wrestling career finished. 

The cross on Edge's left forearm is the most obvious example of this, as it is a throwback to his early WWE days as a member of the infamous Brood. His right bicep contains several stars and a couple of bandana-wearing skulls; according to him this is an homage to old school, classic tattoos, and embodies his persona as "the Guns N' Roses of wrestling".

Finally, he got his red and black sun shoulder tattoo to cover an earlier tattoo of a muscular shark from the TV show Street Sharks, but it also depicts looking forward to brighter days when he was recovering from a neck injury.

Bray Wyatt

This is a much more recent entry from a man who has had a fantastic career turnaround in recent months. 

Bray Wyatt and his alter-ego The Fiend are the talk of the town. Wyatt, who is perhaps the most over wrestler in the world right now, went to a Canadian tattoo artist known for his eye-catching designs to get this done on the back of his left leg a few months before his Firefly Fun House segments aired. 

While Wyatt has yet to openly explain the purpose behind this nightmare fuel, the sleuths over at Reddit Squared Circle may have figured it out.

This appears to be an irezumi-inspired depiction of a Nue, a fabled Japanese creature frequently referred to as a Japanese chimera, according to the mainstream consensus. A Nue features a monkey's face, tiger's legs, and the front half of a snake for a tail. 

Nue's are reportedly wicked monsters, and "the few times that humans and Nue have crossed paths, the effects have been disastrous," according to an ominous warning from The Fiend.

Randy Orton

Have you ever wondered what the 13-time world champion's tribal tattoo on his back means? 

It's been with him since OVW, so it's got to be something unique, right?! 

According to Orton, his distinctive ink, which is displayed every week thanks to his signature position, means...nothing. Ah. Randy does, however, have a few important markings in addition to the skulls and tribal symbols. 

"Be sober, be cautious; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour," reads a Bible verse on the Viper's right arm, which has a unique relationship with his heart.

He also has a few of family-related tats, including his wife Kim's name on his finger and his daughter's name, 'Alanna,' alongside a red rose on his left arm, about which he said: 

"I have a rose here, the only color on all of my pieces, for my daughter Alana, with her birthdate in Roman numerals, and that's the centerpiece, that's what it all comes down to - that rose right there on my arm for my daughter."

Big Show

The tiger that hangs on Big Show's right arm has a fascinating backstory... 

According to the big guy himself, he was on a big cat safari photographing the animals in their natural habitat with an antique film camera when a massive tiger peered right down the lens at him. 

On an episode of Superstar Ink, Show describes the experience as a mix of terror, excitement, and heart-pounding adrenaline as he had a moment with this tiger in its natural habitat. 

After having the images produced (remember when that was a thing?! ), Show felt that if people were getting tattoos for various reasons, then this experience deserved to be immortalized in some way.

Braun Strowman 

Braun Strowman is a dreadful individual. He has a lot of joy flipping ambulances, tearing down Titantrons, and throwing Portaloos around. Along with his strongman background, that's all he needs to justify the 'Country Strong' tattoo on his left bicep. 

Regardless, why is there a dorky Superman logo on the 'Monster Among Men's' right arm? 

It turns out that 2018's Superstar of the Year received it on the spur of the moment when he was only 17 years old. This wasn't some strange foreshadowing of the giant he is now, but rather the young Strowman pointing to the first thing he saw on the tattooist's wall.

Even more ridiculous is the fact that initially it didn't have all the ink that surrounds it today and instead was just a small 'S' on it's own. Braun recognised that it needed a little bit extra, saying, "I’m glad I got more done to it because it’d look like a zit on my arm nowadays!"

Rey Mysterio

From the '619' on his left forearm for the area code of the city where he grew up, to 'MEXICAN' across his stomach for his background, to the names of his children on his biceps, you could definitely produce a top 10 list just about all the tattoos Rey Mysterio has. 

As a Roman Catholic, Mysterio has various religious tattoos, the most noteworthy of which are multiple crosses adorning his body, one of which is tied to rosaries on his chest.

The tattoos devoted to the late, great Eddie Guerrero, on the other hand, are the most moving. The tattoo 'Guerrero Latino' on Rey's left arm is an apparent reference to his best friend, but Mysterio also has a cross on his left arm with a tombstone reading 'EG' in the center to keep Eddie close at all times. 

"That's a very personal, very intimate, and very meaningful thing to me." On a recent episode of Superstar Ink, Mysterio discussed why Guerrero is so important to him and the wrestling world.

Romain Reigns

The recognizable tribal tattoo that runs the length of Roman Reigns' right arm pays homage to his ancestors. The stunning masterpiece took 17 hours to create and follows his Samoan family's tattoo tradition, which includes The Rock, The Usos, and Peter Maivia. 

While the sleeve represents power for Reigns, the turtle on his wrist is the most intriguing aspect of his lengthy tattoo. A Polynesian turtle with a flower on top (which in Samoan culture represents family, wellness, longevity, and serenity) is dedicated to his daughter Joelle.

The turtle is an homage to her as well as a constant reminder to Reigns, who told Corey Graves on Superstar Ink that the most important title he can have when he dies is that he was a good parent, and Roman describes her as the best thing that ever happened to him and the driving force in his life.


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