The majority of wrestlers to make a living in the business are in great shape. It is an unwritten rule that you have to be able to keep up with your peers and put out the best performance for the fans every time out. There are a few wrestlers with deceptive physiques, but most are jacked and clearly spend a great deal of time in the gym. The lifestyle of a wrestler in their peak is to hit the gym as often as possible. This allows them to wrestle actively and make a great deal of money in the WWE.
Most of the stars to leave WWE see a decline in their look due to no longer hitting the weight rack everyday like they normally would while employed with the WWE. However, some are motivated to continue working to maintain their physique or, in some cases, actually improve it.
We have witnessed stories of wrestlers using their years after the WWE on working even harder and getting in the best shape of their life for the next chapter. This can allow them to continue wresting, enter another athletic field or just provide happiness and well being. We’ll look at fifteen of the former WWE stars that are currently in better shape than their peak.
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Batista's physiques was always a very important part of his look, as Batista had the largest arms in the WWE. Most of the WWE Superstars were pretty jacked, but Batista may have been a little too jacked. It reached the point where Batista looked rather odd with rampant rumors of him being one of the heavier enhancement users in the business.
Batista looks much better today outside of the wrestling business. A decision to enter the acting business has made him a bigger star. Batista landed a role as Drax the Destroyer"in the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise and it completely changed his career.
His workout regimen is still intense with him now looking better than ever. Nowadays, Batista looks like a regular built human rather than an unnatural cyborg.
14 Lance Storm
Lance Storm will go down as one of the most underrated wrestling technicians of his time. ECW, WCW and WWE could all count on Storm to hold his end of the bargain by delivering a good match every time he went out to the ring. Storm sadly was never blessed with the charisma to compete with the top all-around performers in the business.
Along with a tremendous in-ring work ethic, his workout regimen was no joke. He always made sure to look like an athlete and it paid off when he became a fixture in the big three promotions of the time. Aside from shaving his head, not much has changed in the current look of Storm. The semi-retired star has worked out even harder to improve on his physique. Storm’s rare matches show he is in incredible shape right now and can still go despite his age.
WWE struck gold when discovering Lita. Her association with Matt and Jeff Hardy during the Attitude Era helped Lita connect with the fan base and Lita went on to become one of the greatest female stars in company history. Things weren’t always great for Lita in the WWE however. The controversy surrounding her cheating on Matt Hardy with Edge harmed her career to a degree.
A less enjoyable character change and scrutiny from the WWE Universe saw her final years as an active performer in the WWE end on a sour note. Lita claimed she barely ate and was stressed all the time. The time away from the ring helped her get back in peak shape and aided in freeing her mind from negativity. Lita is now in the best shape of her life. WWE hired her back for a role as a panelist and various other roles for the WWE Network, but she can probably work more matches if she wants to judging by her tremendous look.
The WWE productions documenting historical moments and comparisons between wrestlers have not been kind to Sid. It is almost forgotten that Sid main evented two WrestleMania events and achieved many accolades over his career. Sid is one of the rare men to hold both the WWE and WCW World Championship belts during the Monday Night Wars.
His large size and impressive physique made him stand out from the rest of the roster. In fact, it made up for his glaring weaknesses in the ring and on the microphone. Sid suffered a heartbreaking leg injury towards the end of his WCW career that made us all assume his career would be over from then on. Hard work in the gym not only saw Sid return to infrequent wrestling events on the independent wrestling scene, but physically, the big man is still looking great which is remarkable considering he's 55 years old.
11 Kevin Nash
Another big man to find a way to improve on his physique in recent years is Kevin Nash. The strength of Nash has always been his size and physical gifts, which made him a star during the Monday Night Wars. Nash entered the WWE Hall of Fame in 2015 and makes rare appearances on the independent wrestling scene and at the occasional WWE show.
Still, Big Sexy works harder than ever in the gym despite his older age and it is paying off. Nash has posted recent photos on social media showing his body is in better shape than ever. His physique is absolutely stunning for a 57 year old man. Knowing the mentality of Nash, there’s a chance he wants to have one more match in the WWE to earn another big paycheck.
10 CM Punk
CM Punk's bitter departure from the WWE saw him leave around the time he was in the worst shape of his wrestling career. Health issues and injuries lingered along with the overall miserable experience he had in the WWE and it showed physically. Punk made the shocking decision to join the UFC, starting his career in Mixed Martial Arts shortly after departing from the WWE.
Fans were shocked at Punk’s trek into UFC, considering the shape he was in at the end of his wrestling career. Punk put out a terrible performance in his first UFC fight against Mickey Gall, but there’s no denying how great he looked. Despite everything working against him in the octagon, Punk is currently in the best physical shape of his life. His MMA career may not be working, but the extra gym activity is definitely benefiting him.
9 Diamond Dallas Page
DDP’s unlikely rise up the ranks of WCW is one nobody could have predicted. His physique paled in comparison to the likes of Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage and Lex Luger. Factor in that DDP was already one of the older guys on the roster after a late start to his career and everything seemed like it should have worked against him. In a rare turn of events, the fans rallying in the corner of Page is what forced WCW to push him to the moon.
DDP actually found a way to get into peak shape at the age of 60. The DDP Yoga program is a workout system he invented and has delivered great results for many high profile names. Scott Hall and Jake Roberts credit the program in more ways than one, as some they it saved their lives. However, Page’s body reaching such a high level at an older age was the first real sign of evidence that he knew what he is talking about with his yoga program.
8 Kelly Kelly
It is almost unfair to compare Kelly Kelly to the rest of the names on the list due to her young age, but she really took it to another level after leaving the WWE. Kelly was signed to the company at just 18 years old. WWE wanted to utilize her looks in hopes of her becoming one of the top female stars.
Kelly was a noteworthy member of the Divas Division for many years but failed to develop enough momentum to be a top star. Her decision to leave WWE at the age of 25 saw Kelly attempt to pursue a future in other fields. She continued to improve her look and somehow manages to look even better after her WWE life. Kelly is currently a star on the WAGS reality television show, looking at her life as the wife of NHL player Sheldon Souray.
7 Al Snow
Al Snow's career stands out mostly for his time in both ECW and WWE with his beloved mannequin head. Fans loved his gimmick and it led to him holding a job in the industry to this very day. Snow always appeared to be in great shape as a wrestler but started to commit more time to improving his look after his in-ring career.
TNA currently employees Snow as a backstage agent and producer, while Snow also trains wrestlers looking to enter the business. Snow is in better shape than ever, once again taking independent wrestling bookings and why not, as Snow looks more than capable of performing in the ring today. Physically, his massive arms make him look like a different person from his Attitude Era days.
6 Billy Gunn
Billy Gunn was a constant on WWE television for about a decade, as the company typically used him as a mid-carder or tag team performer. Gunn definitely achieved his most noteworthy success as a member of The New Age Outlaws alongside Road Dogg in D-Generation X. His physique always impressed, but he's got even more jacked than fans remembered as gets up there in age.
Sadly, his desire to have massive arms led to Gunn getting fired from his trainer position in the WWE due to a violation of the Wellness Policy test by using performance enhancement drugs. Gunn competes in power-lifting competitions and works harder than ever in the gym. The addition of PEDs dampened that. Still, Gunn remains one of the best conditioned veterans on the independent wrestling scene trying to make a living outside of the big company.
5 The Rock
The global success of The Rock becoming arguably the biggest box office star in the world today is absolutely incredible for his longtime wrestling fans to witness. Anyone who watched The Rock cut promos during Attitude Era programs could tell he had the acting chops and charisma that could excel in any form of entertainment. Not only has he become the highest paid actor in the world, but The Rock is also the most jacked star in Hollywood.
The Rock spends almost all of his free time in-between movie shoots working out to maintain his great shape. Many refer to him as the hardest working man in show business today. Very few top names take as many roles as he does and he still makes sure to remain in peak condition. The Rock looks absolutely outstanding and he shows it off during his rare WWE appearances.
4 Torrie Wilson
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Torrie Wilson was basically hired and employed for many years in the wrestling industry for her great look. Think about that when you realize she has become even more impressive following her departure from the WWE. Wilson exceled in the roles of managing and putting on silly matches meant to show off the physical attributes of the women in the WWE. She even admits she was not a good wrestler and hated the physical contact of being in a match.
Wilson left WWE due to lingering injuries, but that didn’t mean she was going to give up her great physique. Torrie entered the world of fitness and has perfected the art of working out to the point where she currently looks better than ever before. Her workout tips are shared on social media and they clearly work effectively when you take one look at a recent Torrie photo.
3 Stevie Richards
Stevie Richards' career in the WWE never lived up to its potential. His best days came with the Right to Censor faction as he would lead an arrogant, self-righteous group trying to shut down many risqué things going down during the Attitude Era with his tremendous heel work. Following that ending, Richards struggled to get consistent television time and was basically a background player.
Richards used his time outside of the WWE to work harder, getting into the best shape of his life. His overall look was always impressive, but he now stands out among the rest of his peers. Richards has implemented DDP Yoga into his already successful workout rotation and it is paying off in a big way. WWE was rumored to have interest in Richards returning earlier this year due to his look, but they could not come to an agreement.
2 Booker T
Booker T has retired from active in-ring competition after many years of high level success in both WCW and WWE. Booker's conditioning was among the best in the industry, allowing his athleticism to shine. Once his career came to an end, the WWE offered him a chance to have a role in the company appearing at PPVs and TV shows to be a part of the broadcasting team on kick-off pre-shows.
Most broadcasters don’t look like Booker T. The 51 year old still hits the gym and has an incredible physique. Booker still looks youthful living a great active life. Aside from his WWE responsibilities, Booker runs his own school in Houston and makes independent wrestling appearances. At his peak condition. Booker appears good enough to make a return to the ring if WWE ever decides they need another match out of him.
1 Shawn Michaels
The most astonishing look of a former WWE star today has to be Shawn Michaels. The Heartbreak Kid always looked like an athlete, but was never the most jacked guy in the room. That changed when he made a shocking appearance at WrestleMania 32. Michaels came to the ring in his ring gear along with Steve Austin and Mick Foley to beat down The League of Nations for a nostalgic moment.
Everyone was in awe looking at Michaels, as his physique was unlike anything we remembered. Michaels stated he worked extra hard for the appearance and continues to work out consistently, despite retiring over six years ago. The fact that he looks better than he did during his prime years has fans clamoring for at least one more match from HBK.
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