Physical appearance is one of the more important aspects of a wrestler’s character. A unique look can make someone stand out for better or worse. All performers will need to make some sort of change through the years to keep things fresh. Chris Jericho cut his long hair and started going with the short hair instead. Kevin Owens saw his career change for the better when ditching the tradition singlet gear for his controversial look of a t-shirt and basketball shorts. Wrestlers make changes all the time, but some of them just happen to fly under the radar.
Many of the relevant stars of the industry today are known for their current looks. The shocking fact is they made a huge change at some point in their careers to get to what we know them for today. These transformations either happened under the radar or the wrestlers have done so much with their current look that it is unbelievable to remember the past. The drastic changes are ones that have been forgotten in the wrestling world today. We’ll glance at them all by breaking down fifteen of the active wrestling stars that you likely weren’t aware dramatically changed their look.
15. Big Show
Big Show’s look has changed many times through the years. Show losing the long hair for a short cut and later going completely bald look was the most glaring change. A more recent one has seen him hit the gym to become a lean, big man. Show recently returned to television after a few months away. His overall look and gear was the same, leading to many fans missing out on how much weight he lost.
Show was announced as less than 400 pounds and appeared to be in the best shape of his career. The big man is likely winding down in the WWE with retirement coming sooner than later. Still, life after wrestling will be important to be in good shape. The positive changes will benefit his life for the better going forward.
14. Matt Hardy
The success of “Broken” Matt Hardy in 2016 has seen him become one of the top wrestling stars of the year. Hardy has done such a great job with the new character that we sort of forget how new it is. The new persona comes with a new wardrobe and altered hairstyle. Hardy quite frankly looks like someone that has completely lost his mind, but it’s working to perfection.
Such drastic changes were a risk for the established star, but it paid off. Fans now chant “Delete” at wrestling shows all over the world. WWE even wants Hardy back when his contract expires at the end of February. Hardy proved the risk of a character and look change can lead to a very positive outcome in a wrestler’s career.
13. Becky Lynch
Becky Lynch was one of the most talented women in NXT from day one, as her vast experience traveling the world showed her potential. Her lack of presence, however, failed to set her apart from her peers. Lynch turning face and dying her hair orange completely changed that perception among fans. Instead of just being a great in-ring performer that looked like everyone else, she was now connecting with her character.
Her loud hair color started to make her stand out physically among the pack. Lynch’s new character showing more of a genuine passionate and kind-hearted spirit also helped to get her to the main roster. Wrestling fans can’t imagine Becky having hair any color hair other than orange these days, but she went most of her NXT tenure without it until the drastic change.
12. Al Snow
ECW fans and WWE Attitude Era fans would agree Al Snow was always in good shape during the prime of his career. The popular late 90s star took the gym seriously, but it has gone to another level in recent years. At the age of 53, Snow is in the best shape of his life. The fact that he is dating someone with a background in fitness has helped improve his physique.
Snow is absolutely jacked and one of the strongest wrestlers currently in the business. The drastic transformation led to TNA having Snow come out of retirement. Instead of just working backstage, Snow now wrestles frequently on Impact and is a full-time on-screen character. Snow has quietly rejuvenated his career and looks completely different than you might remember him.
It is almost impossible to notice the physical changes of Neville due to the fact that he’s rarely on television. The outstanding NXT legend made his way to the main roster and had a solid spot in the lower midcard picture until getting injured shortly before WrestleMania 32. Neville returned in the summer with a new look.
The beard made him look like a new man but the lack of television time makes it tough to spot for the average fan. Neville’s beard grows more and more each week. The talented high-flyer has also seen his physique improve with him gaining a lot of muscle during his time away from television. For whatever reason, WWE refuses to showcase him these days. Maybe they just happen to hate great beards.