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3 Ex-WWE Wrestlers That Became Pastors (Photos)

1. Ivan Koloff

Ivan Koloff was a professional wrestler and a priest from Canada. 

Koloff won WWE World Heavyweight Championship title fights against Sammartino during his stint in the WWE, becoming the first Canadian wrestler to hold the championship. From 1975 to 1983, he competed in the WWE. 

Koloff was a preacher before passing away four years ago in North Carolina, United States, at the age of 74. 

2. Tully Blanchard

Tully Arthur Blanchard is a clergyman and former professional wrestler from the United States. 

Blanchard began his professional wrestling career at his father's promotion, Southwest Championship Wrestling, where he worked in a variety of backstage production and creative roles before signing with WWE thirty years ago. Blanchard was a part of the wrestling group the Four Horsemen and was one of the most popular wrestlers of the 1980s. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame nine years after his retirement. 

Blanchard is now an ordained pastor who oversees a prison ministry that organizes inmate preaching. 

3. Ted DiBiase

Theodore Marvin DiBiase is a former professional wrestler and an American pastor. 

DiBiase won the North American Heavyweight Championship, three Tag Team Championships, and the 1988 King of the Ring tournament during his time with the World Wrestling Entertainment. He briefly worked for WWE as a producer after retiring fourteen years ago as one of the most technical wrestlers and greatest villains in WWE history. 

DiBiase is now a pastor.

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