Some former wrestling stars have aged exceptionally well, like Trish Stratus and Torrie Wilson, who possibly look better now than they did when they were still in the WWE. But time has not been kind to every former wrestler. For every Trish Stratus there is a Tammy Lynn Sytch, and for every Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (who seems to be aging in reverse), there is a Scott Hall (who, well, looks like he’s aged about forty years since he retired).
If there’s one thing to take away from this list, it’s that women age better than men, because out of fifteen entries, only 6 are female. And with some of the men, Father Time didn’t just catch up to them; it lifted them off the ground, spun them upside down, and slammed them to the mat with a devastating piledriver that would make even The Undertaker wince.
In a decade or two, it will be interesting to see which current wrestlers aged well and which did not. Will John Cena go the way of Hulk Hogan and turn into a leathery, deflated middle-aged man? (At the very least we know he’ll have better hair than the Hulkster.) Will the Bella Twins lose their good looks and turn out less like the Klimaszewski twins and more like Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito from the film Twins? We’ll just have to wait and see. Until then, here are 15 former wrestling stars who lost their looks.
15 15. Lex Luger
14 14. Missy Hyatt
Referred to as the undisputed first lady of wrestling ever since she beat Madusa of the Dangerous Alliance in a bikini contest in 1992, Missy Hyatt was once considered one of the greatest beauties of the WCW. That was a long time ago, however. Hyatt, now 52 years old (although she could easily pass off as someone ten years older), is virtually unrecognizable after extensive plastic surgery. She was arrested in March of 2016 in her hometown of Tallahassee, Florida, for grand theft, and her mug shot revealed a woman who has aged far beyond her years and looks nothing like she did when she was fawned over by fans and wrestlers alike in the WCW in the '80s and '90s.
13 13. Triple H
12 12. Wendi Richter
Before there was Trish Stratus, there was Wendi Richter, who younger wrestling fans might have a hard time placing. Okay, so she might not have looked quite as good as Stratus in a bikini, but she did do a steamy photo shoot in a leopard print bikini way back in the day that still ranks up there with some of the hottest photos ever taken of a female wrestler.
11 11. Dynamite Kid
It’s almost impossible to look at Tom Billington today and see the Dynamite Kid, his wrestling persona from the mid '70s to the mid '90s. In his heyday, Dynamite was one of the more muscular wrestlers in the WWF, weighing 228 lbs. at a compact 5’8”.
10 10. Jazz
Sporting bulging biceps and six-pack abs, Jazz had one of the more muscular physiques amongst Divas in the early 2000s. While most wrestling fans probably prefer the more conventional Diva hotties, like Torrie Wilson or Trish Stratus, there’s no denying that Jazz had an impressive body in her prime. But, as Robert Frost might say, “Nothing gold can stay.” During a recent appearance at the Hardcore Roadtrip show in Canada, Jazz looked noticeably less muscular than when she was in the WWF/WWE. Still, it’s nothing compared to the kind of weight that some of her fellow male wrestlers put on after they retired.
9 9. Ahmed Johnson
At more than 300 lbs., former pro football player Ahmed Johnson was one of the biggest wrestlers in the WWF in the mid-90s. He was so big, in fact, that he made guys like Farooq (who was no slouch himself at roughly 270 lbs.) almost look normal… almost. But all that muscle turned to fat after Johnson retired, as the now-53-year-old looks nothing like his former linebacker self. His physical transformation was never more evident than when he posed for a picture with a life-size cutout of himself from the 1990s. If you didn’t know any better, you’d think that they were completely different people.
8 8. Hulk Hogan
As one of the most recognizable wrestlers of all time, Hulk Hogan needs no introduction. Part of what made him so famous was his gigantic frame. Living up to his nickname, during his wrestling days the Hulkster stood in at 6’8” (he’s now roughly three inches shorter as a result of several injuries to repair his back) and weighed well over 300 lbs., much of which was pure muscle.
7 7. Bret Hart
6 6. Dawn Marie
Dawn Marie once wrestled aside such hotties as Torrie Wilson and Nidia, and she was every bit as hot as them. Unlike Torrie Wilson, however, who is now a fitness model and self-professed “health advocate,” since being let go from the WWE in 2005, Marie has not been able to maintain her famous figure. Who can blame her, though? After all, she’s now in her mid-40s and is the mother of two young children.
5 5. Shawn Michaels
Shawn Michaels seems to have gone the way of Brett Favre, in that he’s grown a beard and adopted the persona of a Ted Nugent outdoorsman-type since retiring. Along with Bret Hart and Scott Hall, Michaels, who understandably did not wrestle under his given name (Hickenbottom), was one of the most popular figures in the WWF in the 1990s, which culminated with his World Heavyweight Championship win in 2002.
4 4. Scott Hall
3 3. Chyna
Chyna went through several physical transformations throughout her career. Her face and other body parts that shall remain nameless were noticeably altered in the midst of her wrestling days as a result of plastic surgery. After retiring, her image continued to change, as we can only assume that she continued to go under the knife. Due to substance abuse problems, Chyna, whose real name was Joan Laurer, appeared more and more disheveled in public appearances, and she continued to lose her signature looks which made her so famous in the 1990s and 2000s.
2 2. Ric Flair
As a wrestling fan, it’s hard to think of Ric Flair and not picture the tanned, blonde haired, cocky young wrestler from the '70s and '80s, screaming “Woo!” at the top of his lungs into the camera. But that was ages ago. Now in his late 60s, Flair, a sixteen-time world champion, is showing the signs of aging—actually, he’s been showing the signs of aging for quite some time now, with his leathery red skin and his granddad bod.
1 1. Sunny
When she was in the midst of her wrestling career, Tammy Lynn Sytch, better known simply as Tammy or Sunny, was one of the hottest Divas in the WWF. And not only was she one of the hottest, but she also holds the distinction of being considered the first true Diva. Due to alleged drugs problems and an ongoing backstage feud with fellow Diva Sable, Sunny was released from the organization in 1998, at which point she made the move to Extreme Champion Wrestling and eventually WCW. Again, however, allegations of drug abuse prompted her premature departure from the major organizations, and she was forced to wrestle in independent circuits, where she’s been since 2000. Along with her reputation, recent ring appearances have shown that Sunny has also lost her looks, which made her so popular in the 1990s.
Ironically, Sunny’s waited until after she lost her looks to make her foray into the adult entertainment industry. Earlier this year, it was reported that she had signed with Vivid Entertainment to make a film classily titled Sunny: In Through The Backdoor. However, her XXX career might be put on hold, as she recently pleaded guilty to three DUI charges and could be facing jail time.
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