People usually don’t get better looking with age (sorry to break it to you; it’s just a fact of life). Aesthetically speaking, we’re typically at our best in our 20s, after surviving the awkward puberty years when we were covered in acne and hair and looked like one of the in between images on the “March of Progress” chart. It’s also around this time that we reach our physical prime, when it seems as though we can eat just about whatever we want, exercise a couple times a week, and still look great. But it’s all downhill after our 20s, as we proceed to lose muscle and gain fat, and lose hair from the top of our head and gain it where it’s not wanted.
But there are some exceptions to the rule of nature, those lucky few who don’t age as quickly or dramatically as the rest of us. Some, in fact, even manage to look better as they get older, resisting the moribund grip of Father Time and entering middle age with grace, dignity, and sometimes even a six-pack.
Here are 15 wrestlers who look even better now than when they were in their prime.
16 Kristal Marshall
In our opinion, Kristal Marshall’s beauty was criminally underrated during her brief time in the WWE, which began in 2005 after she finished in fourth place but impressed the organization enough that they offered her a development deal.
At the time, she was just in her early 20s, struggling to find a role that suited her within the industry, but now she’s 32 and hotter than ever after becoming a fitness competitor and model. She’s got the face of Halle Berry with the physique of a professional bikini competitor (Ms. Bikini America 2008, in fact—yes, that’s a thing). Marshall’s beauty continues to be underrated to this day, as despite regularly posting pictures flaunting her incredible body, she only has 6,000 followers on Instagram.
She dated fellow wrestler Bobby Lashley for years before separating in 2010, and together they have an 8-year-old son, Myles.
15 Al Snow
Most wrestlers (or people in general) go from being physically fit in their youth to unfit in their old age. It’s a natural part of life. Just look at guys like Scott Hall, Ric Flair, or Lex Luger, who were once lauded for their physiques but have since let themselves go.
Al Snow, on the other hand, is doing things in reverse. During his wrestling days, he wasn’t exactly a physical specimen, with less of a six-pack and more of a keg. But now that he’s in his 50s (53 to be exact), he appears to be in the best shape of his life.
In the last few years, he has been posting pictures of himself working out on social media, and from the looks of it, not only has he lost fat, but he’s gain a considerable amount of muscle, as well. Perhaps he should consider rejoining the WWE as a Benjamin Button-type character.
13 Triple H
There was a time there when it looked like Triple H might be headed in the direction of fellow aging wrestlers, like Scott Hall or Ric Flair, who drastically let themselves go. In the early 2000s, he began to pack on some serious pounds, looking less like Triple H and more like Triple XL. But, thankfully, he quickly got back in shape and now, at 47 years of age, looks better than ever.
Not surprisingly, he used weight training to help get himself back to his earlier fighting form, telling Muscle & Fitness that he maxes out on bench press at over 400 lbs. and can lift 225 30 times. He probably didn’t decide to get back into shape just to lose weight; chances are he also wanted to be able to keep up with his father-in-law, Vince McMahon, who, if you read on, you’ll see is no slouch in the gym either at 24 years H’s senior.
Since retiring nearly a decade ago, Lita’s physical appearance has softened up quite a bit--and it’s working for her. Playing up her tough girl/tomboy persona, she used to wear dark makeup and don leather pants. Don’t get us wrong, she looked great, and her bad girl look was a big part of the reason why she was so popular in the early 2000s, but we think she looks even better now at the age of 41. Like her former WWE colleague Trish Stratus, who is also 41 and with whom Lita is still best friends, she’s kept in shape after her wrestling days and now looks better than ever.
After retiring from the ring, Lita, born Amy Dumas, focused on her music career, serving as the lead singer of her punk rock band The Luchagors.
11 Jerry Lawler
Jerry Lawler’s mug shot recently circulated throughout the internet after he was arrested for a domestic violence incident with his girlfriend, Lauryn McBride. But hey, at least he looked great in the picture!
Lawler, who’s now a color commentator for the WWE after a long career in the ring, is noticeably thinner than when he was in the prime of his career in the 70s and 80s, when he was smacking around Andy Kaufman on Late Night with David Letterman. It’s a good thing, too, because he suffered a serious heart attack on-air in 2012 during a RAW event in Montreal.
He suffered another setback to his health in 2015, spending several days in the hospital for what was reported to be an intestinal issue, but he has since recovered and returned to his role within the organization (minus that recent speed bump, of course).
10 CM Punk
During an interview with Marc Maron for the WTF Podcast, wrestler-turned-MMA fighter (kind of) CM Punk revealed that, unlike many of his fellow male wrestlers, he’s not a big fan of working out. And it certainly showed, as even though he was one of the most successful wrestlers of his time, he never appeared to be in great shape, which was never more evident than when he was going up against guys like John Cena, Brock Lesnar, or Randy Orton.
But Punk had no choice but to get in shape for his debut fight against Micky Gall in the UFC. And you’ve got to give the guy credit, because he showed up to the weigh-in looking noticeably leaner and more muscular than when he was in the WWE. Unfortunately, his efforts in the gym proved to be for naught, as he lost to Gall in embarrassing fashion in just over 2 minutes.
9 Vince McMahon
Most people are shocked to find out that WWE owner Vince McMahon is 71 years old. That’s right, 71, as in been around since FDR was president 71. But McMahon certainly doesn’t look his age. In 2015, just shy of becoming a septuagenarian, he posed shirtless for Muscle & Fitness with a large chain around his neck, showing off his ridiculously jacked body and bringing new meaning to the term “grandpa bod.”
In the magazine, he reveals that he works out four days a week and is still able to lift heavy. Even more impressive than his age is his body fat, which is just 5% at 240 pounds. There aren’t too many 25 year olds who can boast such numbers, let alone 71 year olds.
8 Vladimir Kozlov
At 6’6” and roughly 300 pounds, Russian wrestler Vladimir Kozlov looks like a 1980s film villain come to life.
Kozlov (born Oleg Aleksandrovich Prudius) made his televised debut with WWE in 2006 during an episode of RAW. It would be almost a year and a half before he made his official debut with the organization, entering the ring in what would become his trademark fashion: no music and no lights. Despite his intimidating size and threateningly stoic demeanor, Kozlov was not a very popular villain in the WWE during his brief tenure, which ended not long after it had begun.
He retired from wrestling altogether in 2012 and has been pursuing his acting career ever since. In order to prepare for roles, Kozlov appears to have been hitting the gym pretty hard, and at 37 years old he looks more muscular than ever.
7 Bruno Sammartino
McMahon’s physique at 71 is nothing compared to Bruno Sammartino’s 80-year-old body. During his wrestling days, which began way back in the late 1950s, Italian-born Sammartino was an absolute monster, weighing in at upwards of 280 pounds despite being a modest 5’10”. He was so strong that he once bench-pressed 565 pounds (at the time a world record) without the aid of wrist or elbow wraps, and he showed off by holding the bar against his chest for a two-count before lifting it back up.
Proving that age is just a number, Bruno is just as jacked now as he ever was. In an interview with Muscle & Fitness when he was 77 (ah, to be young again), he said that three days a week he power walks between four and five miles and then does 800 leg raises and leg crunches, and on the days in between he does weights.
6 Stone Cold Steve Austin
As avid wrestling fans will surely remember, before Steve Austin was the “Stone Cold” that you know and love today, he was “Stunning” Steve, sporting long blonde hair and noticeably less facial hair. It wasn’t until he came into his “Stone Cold” persona, which has been described as “a disrespectful, beer-drinking antihero who routinely defied the establishment and his boss,” that his career really took off in the industry. And along with a change to his persona came a change to his look, as he shaved his head, grew some facial hair, and traded in his leopard leotard for a leather vest and blue jeans. Since he retired in the early 2000s, he doesn’t appear to have changed a bit. Not bad considering he’ll be 52 in December.
5 Hulk Hogan
Hulk Hogan was one of the original giants of the industry, both figuratively and literally. At 6’8” and roughly 300 lbs. in his prime, he’s still one of the biggest, most muscular guys to ever step foot in a wrestling ring. The Hulkster, however, never seemed to be too concerned about cardio, as he often looked somewhat pudgy and out of shape when he was wrestling, to the point that it seemed as though he might get winded simply from tearing open his shirt.
Since retiring, Hulk is now several years older (and several million dollars richer, thanks to a successful lawsuit against Gawker), but he also appears to be several pounds lighter, recently posting a picture of himself on social media showing off his bulging six-pack abs, looking like the most jacked grand ever (and one you would not want to mess with).
4 Stacy Keibler
Former WWE Diva Stacy Keibler is only 36 years old, so technically she’s still in the prime years of her life, but her wrestling days are long behind her (believe it or not she’s now been retired from the WWE for roughly a decade). And, somehow, she’s only getting hotter with age.
Once considered the hottest woman in the industry (named WWE Babe of the Year in 2004), Keibler is now a hot mother, married to Future Ads CEO Jared Pobre, with whom she has a two-year-old daughter, Ava Grace Pobre.
Following her pregnancy, she wasted no time getting back to her taught pre-baby figure, saying that she waited just a few weeks before jumping back into her usual workout regime. And she’s in even better shape now than she was before, sporting sexier abs than when she was prancing around the ring in skimpy bikinis while in the prime of her wrestling career.
3 Trish Stratus
Trish Stratus was so beautiful in her WWE prime that you’d think there couldn’t possibly be room for improvement. Somehow, however, with a little help from yoga and some good genetics, she managed to prove Mother Nature wrong by becoming even hotter.
Now in her 40s, the Toronto-born WWE legend who may just be the hottest Diva of all time clearly found the fountain of youth, because she looks even better now than she ever did, still sporting the curvy figure (with a few new curves) that made her so famous in the early 2000s.
Shortly after retiring from the ring, she opened up her own yoga studio in Toronto called Stratusphere. She said of her love for the exercise that it allowed her to “recover quicker” and “be a better performer all around.” We would also add that it made her much, much hotter.
2 Torrie Wilson
Alongside Stratus and Keibler, Wilson is considered one of the hottest WWE Divas of all time. Also like Stratus and Keibler, she has somehow managed to become even hotter as she gets older, now in her 41st year but showing virtually no signs of aging.
She was an avid exerciser during her wrestling days, claiming to have worked out at least four days a week and for several hours a day, combining cardiovascular exercises with weightlifting. And after she retired in 2008, she remained dedicated to fitness, even making a post-wrestling career out of it as a fitness model and self-professed “health advocate.”
Wilson credits her strict diet and fitness regime to her struggles with anorexia and bulimia as an aspiring teen model. After overcoming her eating disorders, she began eating more (six meals a day) and working out obsessively, eventually competing in (and often winning) fitness competitions.
1 Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is having something of a late career renaissance—and in more ways than one. Not only is his acting career booming, having recently been named the highest-paid actor in all of Hollywood, but he’s in better shape than ever, as well.
Johnson, a former college and professional football player, was always in good shape, but at 44 years of age he’s more fit than ever, with a physique that could rival any current wrestler.
His ultra-muscular build is the product of hours of hard work in the gym. His famous workout includes starting each day off with an hour of cardio, followed by an hour and a half of heavy weightlifting. In order to fuel his grueling workout routine, he takes in 8,000 calories a day (that’s right, 8,000!). For comparison’s sake, the US Department of Agriculture recommends that men only consume between 2,000 to 3,000 calories a day.
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