The WWE was once commonly known as the “land of the giants” as those that possessed a higher vertical and those with more meat on their bones dominated the main event scene. Times have changed as the 218 pound, 5’11” AJ Styles holds the company’s most prestigious prize, the WWE World Championship. The WWE Universal Championship is held by a 266 pound, 6 footer from Marieville, Quebec, Canada, Kevin Owens. Owens has a physique that does little, if anything to intimidate as he has often been chided for being fat.
The WWE has seen a competitor as little as Rey Mysterio at 5’6” hold the WWE Championship as well as the gargantuan Andre the Giant who was billed as being 7’4” tall and 520 pounds hold the then WWF Championship. The WWE has seen a wide array of individuals step foot in its squared circle with heights and weights varying. Some of these individuals have chiseled physiques that wow viewers; others have physiques that look like they have no business being in the sport of professional wrestling. Here, we take a look at the eight best and seven worst physiques in WWE history.
15. BEST: John Cena
The UFC’s poster boy Conor McGregor recently made media rounds when he referred to WWE megastar John Cena as a “40-year-old failed Mr. Olympia”. There was some profanity that McGregor added as well, but since WWE is a PG company, we’ll keep it PG (apologies to the Notorious One). To McGregor’s credit he actually didn’t lie when pointing out Cena’s past bodybuilding failures, regardless of if he came off as disrespectful. But, to get to the Mr. Olympia stage is no small achievement in its own right; rather, it’s a large achievement. Cena has been applauded by his peers as being one of the strongest competitors employed by WWE. Names such as Big Show, Kane and Mark Henry are just a few who have proclaimed that Cena’s strength is extremely impressive. Cena not only looks the part, but is the part.
14. WORST: Bastion Booger
If you thought Bastion Booger had a terrible physique during his then WWF days, you should’ve taken a gander at him once he was out of there! Booger had quite the unique form of ring attire and for reasons you would shake your head left to right as opposed to up and down. Booger had trunks which were attached to be what appeared to be some sort of a suspenders contraption. Except unlike regular suspenders, Booger’s crossed over and then had another horizontal strap go through them. Booger looked a little similar to the iconic Michelin man. Booger was billed at being 6’3” and a massive 401 pounds. Booger tragically lost his life in 2010 at the age of fifty-three as a result of a pulmonary embolism.
13. BEST: Rick Rude
Before WWE crowds marveled at the “Ravishing Russian” Lana, they were introduced to “Ravishing” Rick Rude. For the male population Lana is certainly much easier on the eyes; the female population still wishes they could have their weekly dosage of Rude. Rude had a couple stints with the WWE in both the late eighties and the late nineties. It was in the late nineties where Rude looked particularly impressive. Rude easily had the most defined and impressive six pack of his era and can make a case for having the best six pack of all time within the WWE ranks. Rude didn’t only spend hours sculpting his abdomen as he had Herculean like biceps to accompany them. Rude filled out his frame extremely well and showed that he devoted a number of hours to developing all of his body parts.
12. WORST: Yokozuna
At 6’4” Yokozuna wasn’t massively imposing in the height department, but he easily made up for it in the weight department. WWE billed Yokozuna at 641 pounds, which knowing WWE was exaggerated. Then again it might’ve been closer to accurate then many think as it the time of his demise, Yokozuna weighed a whopping 580 pounds. At times Yokozuna’s physique propelled him to greater heights as he looked so imposing that he was able to become the then WWF Champion. At other times, his physique deterred him massively. This was never more evident then in 1996 where the Anoa’i family member failed to receive medical clearance in a number of states. The mountainous Samoan was released by the WWE due to his prolonging weight issues.