WWE's hometown heroes

Jersey Shore

Long before Snooki and The Situation hit the tanning beds, Jersey Shore was home to many stars of sports-entertainment, including current announcer and former “Tough Enough” contestant Josh Mathews.

Watch Josh Mathews discuss his days on "Tough Enough"

At WrestleMania 2, King Kong Bundy challenged Hulk Hogan for the WWE Championship inside a steel cage. Although Bundy grew up in a Jersey suburb outside Philadelphia, he was born in Atlantic City, Jersey’s own mini-Vegas and host city to WrestleMania IV and V.

Watch Bundy and Hogan collide inside the blue-barred steel cage

Diamond Dallas Page was born in the seaside enclave of Point Pleasant, which is just more than 11 miles south of Asbury Park. The former WCW Champion remained on the Shore during his formative years, attending both Point Pleasant Boro High School and St. Joseph’s in nearby Toms River. ECW’s Balls Mahoney was billed as hailing from Nutley, N.J. (an actual town), but was actually born in Spring Lake Heights, N.J. — only two train stops away from Point Pleasant on New Jersey Transit’s North Jersey Coast Line.

Perhaps the competitor most closely associated with Jersey is former WrestleMania main eventer Bam Bam Bigelow. The Beast from the East famously hailed from Asbury Park, the same beachside town that spawned rock icon Bruce Springsteen. But “The Boss” never made an impact like the former ECW Champion who once crashed through the canvas with Tazz on his back during a match in Asbury Park.

Watch ECW chaos unfold in Jersey

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