Many professional WWE wrestlers have come and gone over the years in the ring. Naturally, over time we go through changes and sometimes for the worst, like your health starts to decline. Numerous wrestlers have trouble maintaining their current weight and meeting the standard of the WWE's perfect physique. It isn't exactly easy try to shred some extra pounds quick once you really pile it on.
On the other hand, wrestlers get paid big bucks to be fighting entertainers. In order to put on a show, you must be able to last the match without getting winded prematurely. Numerous wrestlers have made the mistake of looking the other way when their body fat starts to increase. However, it wasn't a permanent transformation for most of them. Some overweight wrestlers came to the realization that they couldn't continue the previous habits they picked up.
The deemed out-of-shape wrestlers made it a priority to get fit again. They decided to take it upon themselves to return to the ring healthier than before. Various female and male wrestlers had to overcome this obstacle and worked hard to come back looking better. They each found their own gym routine and diet that helped to shape themselves into the physical figure they desired.
Here are 15 wrestlers who gained a lot weight but got back in shape.
15 Scott Hall
Scott Hall rose to fame in the 1990s, having made his name as Razor Ramon in WWE after spending some time in WCW. He is currently retired from wrestling and is 58-years-old. He was in inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2014 for his accomplishments, which include four Intercontinental Championships and various other championships in other wrestling organizations. At one point in his career, he also fought former WWE Champion Bret Hart at Royal Rumble 1993.
Hall has weighed close to 300 pounds throughout his career in wrestling. But, thanks to former wrestler Diamond Dallas Page, Hall has lost a significant amount of weight. Hall stated on Twitter in 2013 that he lost 30 pounds and is down to weighing 268 pounds. He doesn’t plan to stop there and is focused on shredding more fat off.
Goldust has wrestling coursing through his veins, as his father was a WWE Hall of Famer. His dad was known as Dusty Rhodes or “The American Dream”. His half-brother Cody Rhodes once competed in WWE, both under that name and as Stardust, and is now in Impact Wrestling. Goldust has done his family proud by winning 20 championships over his time in the wrestling business. Recently, he formed a tag team duo with R-Truth called the Golden Truth, showing that he's still fit enough to keep up with younger wrestlers despite the fact he's now 47.
In 2013, Goldust stated in an interview that he “feels better than ever after dropping 60 pounds on a no-carb diet.” He was noticeably out of shape when he was using the name Black Reign, but is now in better physical shape compared to the Goldust that was in his prime in the 1990s. Goldust has experienced rock bottom and has bounced back to wrestling healthier than ever.
Glenn Jacobs has made a name for himself since 1992 in the wrestling world. After failing with his first two WWE gimmicks, he broke out as Kane in 1997, where he was billed as the crazed half-brother of the The Undertaker. He also defeated Stone Cold Steve Austin back when he was the WWE World Heavyweight champion in the 2000s. Kane not only has built a prestigious legacy, but he has won 23 championships during his career.
Kane had previously weighed in at around 320 pounds and stands 6'8" — that's four inches shorter than his billed height, but he's still quite tall nonetheless. Over the years you can tell that he converted some of the fat he had to muscle. He is now looking more cut and still possesses that same power that made him the wrestler you didn’t want to mess with. Kane might have been heavier back in the day, but he still knows how to put on a show and is an unforgettable icon in WWE.
12 Triple H
Triple H has been involved in wrestling since 1992. He has dominated his foes countless times and founded the wrestling stable D-Generation X in the late-'90s. Triple H has solidified his name as one of the greats by acquiring 25 championships throughout his career. It comes to no surprise that as his body got older, his physique sort-of started to decline.
In the fall of 2015, Triple H decided to try out Dave Palumbo’s 21-day cleansing diet. He was dedicated to going to DeFranco’s gym in East Rutherford, NJ for midnight workouts. He not only saw results, but he lost 15 pounds in 15 days. At the end of the day, Triple H is a wrestling legend that has overcome more difficult challenges in the ring, as well as his own challenges with his physique.
11 Mickie James
Mickie James started wrestling in 1999 and is now married to wrestler Nick Aldis, a.k.a., Magnus. However, wrestling isn’t the only profession she specializes in. She is also an actress, country singer and model. The multi-talented James is signed to the WWE under the SmackDown brand and has been in iconic fights throughout her career. James has won the Women’s Championship belt five times. If that isn’t impressive, she also held both the Women’s Championship belt and the Divas Titles at the same time, the second woman to do so.
In early-2010, James was terminated from her WWE contract. On top of that, she was receiving body-shaming comments from LayCool (Layla El and Michelle McCool) in storyline. They were calling her ‘Piggy James’, because they noticed she was starting to gain weight. James apparently lost enough weight for the WWE to be interested in signing her again, it’s been reported that she signed a multi-year deal in Dec. 2016. She made a surprise comeback during a SmackDown cage match between Alexa Bliss and Becky Lynch in January 2017.
10 Jake "The Snake" Roberts
Jake "The Snake" Roberts is one of the most well-known wrestlers to never have held a major title. His memorable feud with Hulk Hogan in the 1980s was one that divided the audience in two. That is how big an impact Roberts made on the wrestling world. His talent and his unique persona makes him one of the greatest to ever do it, and it helped him get inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2014.
His good friend and fellow WWE and WCW alumnus Diamond Dallas Page helped him lose 70 pounds using his intense DDP Yoga program. Jake the Snake saw the great results after staying committed to the program for around nine months. He started doing one or two yoga sessions a day and changed his eating habits. DDP stated that when he met Roberts, he was over 300 pounds. Even at his current age of 61, Roberts is planning to try to participate in one more Royal Rumble, for himself and the fans.
9 Tammy 'Sunny' Sytch
Sunny hasn’t won any significant championships, but she was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2011 for her contributions as a pioneering WWE Diva. She made her first wrestling appearance in 1993 as Tammy Fytch. Alongside being a wrestler, she also was a wrestling manager. She won Pro Wrestling Illustrated's Manager of the Year award in 1996. Her most recent appearance in the WWE was at WrestleMania XXV on April 5, 2009.
Sunny is 5”4 and weighed around 118 pounds during the peak of her career. In April 2005, her boyfriend, Chris Candido, passed away due to surgery complications. She became depressed and started putting on weight. Despite what she has been through, she became motivated to get back in shape again. After an 11-year hiatus from wrestling, she made her comeback debut to the WWE in December of 2007 for the 15th anniversary of Raw.
8 Big Show
The Big Show has one of the most long-lasting legacies in the WWE. He has wrestled with some of the best that entered the ring. He is a seven-time world champion and has been in the industry for 18+ years. The Big Show spent the majority of his career weighing in at a whopping 500 pounds and towered over most of his opponents.
He mentioned during an interview with Bleacher Report, that he was subconsciously challenged by John Cena to get abs. Cena was kidding around with the Big Show. However, he decided to take Cena up on that. The Big Show decided to hit the gym hard with his trainer known as Dodd. He tweeted a picture of his newly formed six-pack on February 15, 2017.
7 Stephanie McMahon
She is the daughter of WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon, and the younger sister of SmackDown Commissioner Shane McMahon. She started appearing in the WWE in 1999. McMahon briefly dated the late Andrew "Test" Martin in storyline, but ended up marrying Triple H, first in kayfabe, but eventually in real life. They have three daughters together and she stated that they’re not having anymore. Triple H and McMahon also briefly established themselves as a power couple known as The Authority from 2013-2016.
After giving birth, McMahon had some extra baby weight that she wanted to work off. She mentioned in an interview that she would “eat like a champ” during her pregnancy. Rightfully so, she acquired a significant amount of weight in order to have healthy babies. McMahon lost around 80 pounds by staying dedicated to hitting the gym hard and changing up her eating habit. She is now the commissioner of Raw, while her brother Shane is, as mentioned, now the commissioner of SmackDown.
6 CM Punk
He is currently retired from professional wrestling, but he also is a mixed martial artist and comic book writer. CM Punk signed with the UFC in 2014 after walking out of WWE, where he reigned as a two-time WWE Champion. He has made a milestone achievement by holding that belt for 434-days, which is the longest reign in modern history. Another fact about CM Punk is that he follows the straight edge ideology, which means he doesn’t smoke, drink, or do recreational drugs.
Being that CM Punk signed with UFC, that meant he had to cut weight for fights. However, he was well over 200 pounds 10 days prior to one of his fights. He had to be at precisely 170 pounds to be able to compete in the welterweight match against Mickey Gall for UFC 203. CM Punk made the weight for the fight, but came up short and lost to Gall by rear-naked choke in the first-round.
5 Bubba Ray Dudley
Bubba Ray Dudley, for the majority of his career, has teamed up with Devon Hughes aka D-Von, who is his kayfabe half-brother. His partner, D-Von, is also an ordained minister and they’re known as The Dudley Boyz. They’re one of the most significant and reputable tag team to ever form in the history of the WWE. They have won multiple Tag-Team Championships during their time in the WWE. Bubba Ray Dudley has also won the WWE Hardcore Championship eight times in singles competition.
Bubba Ray Dudley is approximately 6”4 and weighs around 280 pounds. In 2013, at 38-years-old he started noticing that he was packing on some extra weight, and needed to drop it. After a rigorous cardio routine and changing his diet around, he reformed his body. Dudley dropped about a hundred pounds since then and has been trying to drink a gallon of water a day.
4 Awesome Kong/Kharma
For those who don’t know Awesome Kong, or Kharma as she was known in WWE, she was told at the Tough Enough audition that she was "too fat" to be a WWE Diva. Weighing in at 270 pounds and standing at 5”11, she eventually proved the haters wrong. She's a veteran of joshi puroresu, a.k.a. Japanese women's wrestling, and has a take-no-prisoners attitude.
She is a former WWE Diva that lost a substantial amount of weight over time and occasionally jumps back in the ring to make her presence known. She tweeted a picture of herself in 2013, one where many would have to do a double take to recognize her, as she's lost so much weight since her WWE heyday. There is no exact number as to how much weight she actually lost, but it appears that she may now be below the 200-pound mark.
Sting is a legendary wrestler whose legacy has stood the test of time. He is currently signed to the WWE under a Legends contract and had just recently retired, not long after he made his long-awaited WWE debut. He has accumulated 25 total championships during his career in both WCW and Impact Wrestling. He was never really into joining the WWE after they bought out the WCW in 2001. However, he had a change of heart when he made a surprise appearance at the 2014 Survivor Series.
During the 1990s, when Sting won the NWA World Title, he had a noticeably different physique and skill set. He lost a substantial amount of weight and was able to learn how to wrestle better than he did his previous years. The WWE tried to get him to wrestle The Undertaker at WrestleMania XXVII on April 3, 2011, but it fell through and won’t happen anymore since Sting is currently 57-years-old and officially retired.
2 Matt Hardy
Matt Hardy and his brother Jeff rose to fame dominating WWE tag team wrestling matches. Specifically, these were matches that involved smacking chairs over each other’s backs and powerbombing your opponent through a table. Hardy is an 11-time world tag team champion. On Oct. 15, 2010, Hardy was released from his WWE contract, and moved on to Impact Wrestling before his very recent release and move to Ring of Honor.
Hardy had his sights on the Cruiserweight Championship in 2003, and with that in mind, he dropped weight to make it 215 pounds for the match. In November 2007 Hardy had to get his appendix removed. After the surgery, he gained a significant amount of weight due to the abdominal tear he was born with. He isn’t able to workout as much as he would like because of this medical condition. He currently weighs around 234 pounds and, with his brother Jeff, won the Raw's Tag Team titles at WreslteMania 33.
1 Chris Jericho
Chris Jericho is a wrestler, musician, podcaster and writer. He got his start with wrestling in the 1990s, then had productive stints with Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) and World Championship Wrestling (WCW) before joining WWE in 1999. He is a definitely one of the WWE's greats, being that he is a six-time world champion and has a laundry list of other accomplishments.
Jericho stated during an interview with Muscle and Fitness that he lost 15 pounds by doing yoga and has continued to participate in the activity to maintain his body. His billed weight is 227 pounds and he is currently signed to the Raw brand. He just lost his US Title to Kevin Owens at WrestleMania 33.