It's never easy to stay physically fit. With the temptations of junk food, fast food, alcohol and boxset binges, we're all likely to turn down a night at the gym for a night in front of the TV. And that's even more true for the older generation. After retirement, the same sort of livelihood goes just a little bit and exercise might not be quite as often.
For many wrestlers who depart from WWE, life can turn into a retirement-like phase. Away from the 12 months of continuous touring the globe, things start to slow down and that constant gym work becomes a thing of the past. Even if Superstars move to other companies, chances are they won't be competing night after night and therefore, working out does lose a bit of the momentum.
That's not the case for all wrestlers however. In fact, some even get in better shape away from Vince McMahon's company in order to push themselves to that next level. Take a look at Jinder Mahal and see the transition between when he left the company and returned. We've taken a look at ten stars who kept on top of their physical fitness after departing and five who definitely did not.
15 In Shape - Ken Shamrock
Being dubbed the World's Most Dangerous Man isn't a tag you get without a bit of a reputation. And for Shamrock, that tag is very appropriate. Having been hugely over in WWE and massively successful in the world of actual, non storyline fighting, Shamrock has his admirers right across the world.
And it is no surprise that he is still quite terrifying. He's held his own against some of the biggest toughest fighters around the globe and continues to want a piece of anyone who dares challenge him. And as such, he's kept himself in great shape. After all, you wouldn't be able to take his nickname seriously if he was fat and out of shape. Even though he's getting older in age now, Shamrock continues to show up many people half his age and if he was to return to WWE, he wouldn't look out of place.
14 In Shape - Shawn Stasiak
WWE didn't really treat the inhabitants of "Planet Stasiak" very well really when looking back. First off, they called the poor guy Meat. Just imagine if that was your real name. It's probably a worse name to give a wrestler than "Naked Mideon" - at least it was clear that was a joke. Next up came his time with WCW, which was undeniably the highlight of his career.
And what followed was the Invasion. In the eyes of Vince McMahon the thought process probably went.. "How can we make a decent wrestler look stupid now?" and in response, Stasiak proceeded to run into as many walls, shutters and milk floats as he could. But let's not dwell on the past. Stasiak is still in great shape. And he also makes sure that others are also in his life after wrestling career, serving as a chiropractor.
13 Out Of Shape - Ted Dibiase Sr.
The Million Dollar Man was renowned across the wrestling industry as one of the pinnacle members of WWE in the 1980s. And at the time, he was pretty well respected for not looking like a typical wrestler because at the time he was hardly resembling a bodybuilder. Not that he needed to because his words were better than anybody else in the company. And he was very impressive in the ring too.
Nowadays, Dibiase Sr. has let himself go a little bit as time wears on. With wrestling out of the window and more sit down time in his life, fitness has taken a back burner as he heads towards retirement age. For younger readers, you're probably more aware of his son - Ted Dibiase Jr.
12 In Shape - Gillberg
It takes some doing to stay in the shape Gillberg was back in the Attitude Era, but he's still there today. In case you're not familiar with the work of Duane Gill, he was WWE's highly sarcastic parody to Goldberg. Looking back, you could say it was petty, but the ability to mock the opposition was one of the reasons that WWE eventually came out on top in the Monday Night Wars.
Gillberg last year made his return to WWE programming and looked exactly the same as he did 15 years earlier. But let's not forget that Gillberg wasn't just a joke character. In fact, he was the longest reigning Light Heavyweight Champion of all-time. The body shape of Gill gives all of us pale, arguably underweight people the belief that one day, WWE will come calling for us.
11 In Shape - The Rock
Killer workout in before heading down to Anaheim, for #UFC214. Pumped I finally have a day off to go support the fighters & the company tonight. I'll be sitting front row tonight living vicariously thru the fighters since years ago I fantasized about competing in the octagon. Training for years to hopefully, one day become UFC Heavyweight Champion. Then reality smartened me up because remembered, I really really really really never liked being punched in the face. As a matter of fact, I hate it. 😂 Cant wait to see these warriors tonight - men and women - leave it all in the cage. #UFC214 #MyPreFightWorkout #INeedSomeWaffles
We're sorry to be really obvious but The Rock is fitter, stronger and more terrifying today than he ever was as a full-time wrestler. It's pointless to waste time listing who Dwayne Johnson is and his history in wrestling, because you, me and your grandma' know exactly who The Great One is.
It's commendable that anyone can stay in such incredible shape when they also have to balance being arguably the most in demand actor in the world. Starring in everything from San Andreas to Moana, The Rock is the biggest name ever to be involved in the wrestling industry. And today, he's in better shape than he has ever been in. It's no surprise Vinny Mac is desperate for him to make any sort of return to wrestling when he has a spare five minutes.
10 Out Of Shape - The Iron Sheik
Being in tip top physical shape was never really a priority of The Iron Sheik throughout his wrestling career. But since giving the Camel Clutch a rest, he's only gone and got bigger. But you have to say, Sheik isn't the kind of person who really cares about his shape. Anyone who's had the pleasure of seeing his Twitter feed knows that well, he doesn't really care about anything.
Now in his mid-70s, Sheik spends much of his time typing in CAPS LOCK and abusing Hulk Hogan. Of course, this is all balanced with telling people he will make them humble. Sheik was the subject of a documentary back in 2014 in which his size was pretty noticeable. But at his age, he's entitled to giving the gym a miss.
9 In Shape - Chuck Palumbo
There's more to Chuck Palumbo than his stint as one half of the horrific pairing of Billy & Chuck. Palumbo was always underrated and probably underutilised throughout his time in WWE, because he was a seriously talented individual. One of the bigger guys on the roster, the issue tended to be that he just couldn't secure a proper push and in truth, he was one of those that the fans didn't notice that much. Whether with the FBI, Billy Gunn or solo, his run didn't improve after the Invasion.
But he's not let the disappointments of WWE set him back, because he's still as built as he was when he was released back in 2008. And that's probably a big reason behind his rise as a television personality.
8 In Shape - Goldberg
Goldberg's long awaited return to wrestling last year ultimately proved to be a success, with an entertaining run culminating in an enthralling battle against Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania. Much was made of his return to the Championship challenging top of the company but in reality, it was nice in a nostalgia kind of way.
But what was arguably most impressive was the condition Goldberg was in. Having left WWE 12 years earlier, the man with the most impressive streak in wrestling history returned with one of the best old man bods in history. He barely looked different to the last time he was seen in the ring (also against Lesnar), clearly keeping himself busy in the gym during his time away. Had he returned bigger and actually looking his age, the return wouldn't have been so special. But to have him back, looking his best and still able to cut it in the rings was a satisfying few months for all those who were team WCW back in the day.
7 Out Of Shape - Perry Saturn
It seems cruel to include the former Radicalz member but for Saturn, life post WWE has not been a good stint. Things started brightly after his move to the company, as he, Malenko, Guerrero and Benoit all took the company by storm. But after he went berserk on a jobber who dropped him on his head once too many, Saturn was duly punished by being forced to team with a mop. Wrestling's a strange thing sometimes.
Sadly, Saturn's life soon incorporated homelessness, unemployment and drug addiction. For years, even those closest to the former European Champion were unaware of his whereabouts, so it was no surprise when Saturn emerged looking hugely different to his best days. Although he might not be in the best shape physically, to see Saturn emerge from some of his demons was a huge relief to the fans who grew up with him as a hero.
6 In Shape: Al Snow
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What does everybody want? If you ask Al Snow, there's a couple of answers. First, of course everyone wants "head", his mannequin doll that was such a mainstay of his Attitude Era run. The second is to stay in great shape years after his wrestling heyday. And he achieves both no doubt.
Snow, who was famed for his eccentric run in the company, had fans eating out of the palm of his hand thanks to his European Title run, his partnership with Steve Blackman, the Pepper the dog scenario and later, his Tough Enough run. Now aged 54, Snow looks better than he did 20 years ago thanks to keeping himself wrestling and bringing through new talent. He recently left TNA and a return in any form would be best for WWE's business.
5 In Shape - Scott Steiner
Scott Steiner is a freak, pure and simple. He even acknowledges it himself, so hopefully he won't come searching me out for calling him that. Steiner has a number of nicknames, from the "Big Bad Booty Daddy" to the "Genetic Freak", and he's deserving of them all (probably).
His run in WWE in 2003 wasn't great. A decent World Heavyweight Championship rivalry with Triple H was memorable enough but he was soon down to a mid-card role feuding with Test over the services of Stacy Keibler, and he was soon back out of the company after failing to live up to his WCW run. But at the time, he was in phenomenal shape - in fact he was almost superhuman. And more than 13 years since his departure, he remains in great shape which is quite remarkable.
4 Out Of Shape - Rikishi
Let's start by saying Rikishi was never in shape. You'd expect that from a man who was most notable for putting his buttocks in another mans face as probably his biggest draw to the wrestling world. But it's probably right that he's actually got bigger than when he was at the height of the wrestling world. Partnered with Too Cool, Rikishi was always an entertaining character - partly because of his size.
And nowadays, that weight hasn't been shed whatsoever. But what's probably most surprising to the part time wrestling fan is the fact his son's (The Uso's) definitely haven't taken after him in the weight department. In fact, Jimmy and Jey are two of the most slender guys on the roster. But without his size, Rikishi probably wouldn't have made it as far as he did.
3 In Shape - Nathan Jones
The man who was famously removed from a WrestleMania match for not being very good, Nathan Jones did have a lot going his way before his WWE career went downwards. For starters, he was given a big build up as part of the SmackDown brand. And almost immediately, he was put into a program with The Undertaker - no better introduction to the world of wrestling.
But unfortunately for the Australian, things never progressed due to his lack of in-ring ability. He may have had the height but the skills didn't follow and not long after he arrived, he was packing his bags. Not that things have turned out badly for the now 47 year old. He's had bit parts in a number of films, most notably Mad Max: Fury Road, where he showed he's still a complete behemoth.
2 In Shape - Diamond Dallas Page
Is there a better man in the wrestling industry than DDP? His time in WWE was largely disappointing and it really shouldn't have been, considering how much of a draw he was back in WCW. But then again, everyone from Ted Turner's company was treated in pretty much the same way. DDP was always one of the most popular wrestlers whenever either company rolled into town thanks to his charisma, but his look was OK too.
But now, in his 60s, DDP is arguably in the best shape of his entire life. And that's almost entirely down to his innovative DDP Yoga. Keeping him in incredible shape for a man of his age, Dallas has also helped to transform the lives of wrestling legends like Jake Roberts and Scott Hall. And that work, as well as his world leading yoga, helped to see him inducted into the Hall of Fame.
1 Out Of Shape - Ahmed Johnson
It takes some doing to go from one of the biggest bruisers in wrestling in the mid 90s to, well, just one of the biggest some 20 years later. Ahmed Johnson was a big player in the mid to late 90s, with his muscular build and ranting promo's keeping him in WWE for four years. Although success was at a bit of a premium, he did step into the ring with some of the biggest and most successful stars in wrestling history, including The Rock and Shawn Michaels.
A stint with WCW followed before retirement back in 2003 and from then on, things have got a bit bigger... particularly Johnson. He's got no future back with WWE for a few reasons, a legal case and the admittance that he lied about his age throughout his career standing against him. Another reason he might not step back into a WWE ring is because he is in absolutely no physical condition to wrestle.