Sports stars who starred in porn films, from WWE stars Chyna and Sunny to motorsports’ Renee Gracie

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BEING a sports star can be a lucrative career choice.

But then, so can being a porn star – as these former athletes can testify.

They all swapped the competition for a life performing in adult entertainment.

Adult star Renee Gracie revealed she was returning to motorsport – a month after she quit to sell sexy pics online.

And with her £14,000-a-week OnlyFans income the Australian plans to fund her own racing team.

But who else turned to porn?

THE late WWE star was an original member of D-Generation X and a big deal with the organisation during the Attitude Era of the 1990s and early 2000s.

However, it wasn’t enough to keep Chyna satisfied.

She first filmed a sex tape with her ex-boyfriend X-Pac, and that progressed to other things.

Chyna kept making adult films until her death in 2016, but the career switch meant she had to kiss goodbye to her wrestling career.

Tammy Sytch found fame in the WWE as Sunny.

But after stepping away from the ring in the 1990s, she decided to move in the adult film industry.

She has since found another way of topping up her bank account by joining OnlyFans, a website that allows subscribers to receive racy videos and photos for a fee.

It has been reported that Sunny is set to earn around £250,000-per-year for the move.

In 2002, Verona was named Dutch sportswoman of the year.

But the gymnast’s career took a nosedive when she suffered a serious injury.

The downward spiral of events led to Verona being homeless for two years, a legal battle with her father, as well as a stint behind bars for a blackmail conviction in 2011.

However, she found redemption with porn.

“Actually I have no regrets because I was living on the streets … I would still do it, so I don’t have any regrets, not the way I did it, no,” she told CNN.

Olympic hopeful Melo Imai was a star snowboarder.

But after disaster struck on the biggest stage, she quit for adult entertainment.

A spectacular halfpipe wipeout at the Turin Games saw Imai lose faith in her sport.

She revealed: “After the Olympics, I was making as much as a company president, and sometimes I’d go party at a host club and drop $9,000 in a single night.”

Injury forced Romanian gymnast Lexis to consider her career choice.

The five-time national champion gave up the sport at the tender age of 14 and was at a crossroads.

She eventually went to America and became one of the world’s biggest porn stars.

“I had a double breakage in a muscle,” she said.

“Recovery took six months. After being out for half a year, I was mentally done with gymnastics.”

Not all sports stars make money.

Just ask Italian footballer Lovinella, who was playing for Serie D side ASD Caldio Pomigliano.

Frustrated by his salary, he auditioned for a role in an adult movie and got the gig.

He said: “It’s not like being in bed with your partner, so you have to work hard and be stable.”

When he was an up-and-coming baseball star in Japan, Tadano needed to make money fast.

So, the right-handed pitcher opted to star in a gay porn film to make a quick buck.

However, this caused controversy in his homeland and nobody wanted to sign him in his own country.

In 2003 though, he was picked up by the Cleveland Indians.

Bodybuilder Kai was famous for starring alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger and Mickey Rourke in ‘The Iron Generation’.

The film gave viewers a glimpse into the bodybuilding world, including the famous Mr Olympia competition.

But when Greene was strapped for cash, he received an offer from MuscleHunks.com.

He filmed one video for the company, making love to a grapefruit, before counting his earnings and running from the business.

A porn legend, Chambers is famous for 1972 hardcore film, Behind the Green Door, and her 1980 porno Insatiable.

In 1999, she was ranked one of Playboy’s Top 100 Sex Stars of the Century.

But she too has a sporting past.

Chambers was a junior Olympic diver and gymnast before she made the transition to adult films.

She said: “I was always a performer, a junior Olympic diver, a junior Olympic gymnast. My mother always told me I was a show-off”.

For former UFC star War Machine, a move into porn happened naturally.

At the height of his fame he dated adult film star Christy Mack, and fell into the industry.

However, in 2014 he was charged with physically assaulting Mack – breaking 18 bones in her body, rupturing her liver and knocking out her teeth.

He is currently serving life in prison.

Or should we call him Sergio Foster?

Hungarian wrestler Szabo was a national champion and destined to become an Olympian.

That was, until, the Hungarian Wrestling Federation learned he had appeared in several gay films.

Szabo was banned and his dream of appearing at the 2004 Games was over.

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