Retired athletes always are faced with the decision of staying in tip top shape, or letting their body cave in to the ways of retired life. It is no different in the world of wrestling, as professional wrestlers are easily some of the most fit and healthy athletes in the world. After retirement, other interests in their lives have since replaced the constant training and performing they once did regularly.
You may be thinking, of course these wrestlers look different. Most people do not maintain the impressive physique and good looks they once possessed in the prime of their lives. With each year comes more wrinkles, and nobody looks the same as they once did. There have definitely been many accounts of wrestlers who have completely let themselves go after leaving the WWE, with some looking much worse now than they ever did. On the other hand, retired life isn’t always a steady decline. We have seen many retired wrestlers keep their bodies in amazing shape, as they have continued to take their health and training seriously in their daily lives.
Today we will look at some retired wrestlers who look great and some who let themselves go.
As always, feel free to leave any other wrestlers in the comment section below, as we would love to hear your thoughts on this matter.
16 Great: Goldberg
Goldberg had one of the most polarizing wrestling careers in the business, as he was beloved by many but also hated by others. He had a very successful wrestling career, and will go down as one of the most charismatic to ever step in the ring. During his wrestling days, Goldberg was one of the most jacked guys in the ring, and since retiring Goldberg looks great as he has kept his muscles in good condition.
Set to wrestle one last time for the WWE, Goldberg will most likely not have any trouble suffering from ring rust, as he has kept himself in peak condition. At almost 50 years of age, it is easy to say that Goldberg still has one of the best bodies of retired wrestlers in all of the industry.
15 Go: Ahmed Johnson
Ahmed Johnson was a powerhouse in WWE and due to his muscular look, was built to become WWE’s next big star. Injuries derailed his WWE run, and he was released in 1998. He would go to WCW, where his weight issues began to show, as he was named “Big T”. Big T continued to put on weight after retiring from the business, causing his weight to balloon.
Ahmed has definitely lost his extremely muscular build he had back in his wrestling days. Good thing he didn’t let his brain go just as he did his body, as Johnson earned a degree in criminology at Huston–Tillotson University following his retirement from wrestling years ago. At least he seems to be doing well in other aspects of his life. After all, it's not all about looks.
14 Great: Bruno Sammartino
Bruno Sammartino is easily one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time. The Italian born wrestler became very successful in the WWWF, as he had some seriously long title reigns with the promotion. He became the most popular wrestler in America in the 1960s through the early 1980s, as his power moves and great charisma launched him to the top of the wrestling world.
Now, at 81 years old, Bruno obviously doesn't look the same as he did during his wrestling days decades ago, but his body hasn't gone to waste like some of the other older retired wrestlers we have seen. If I were to bet, I think Bruno would come out victorious against most wrestlers who are over the age of 50.
13 Go: Dawn Marie
Dawn Marie was one of the most beautiful wrestlers to ever step into the ring. Whether wrestling with ECW or Smackdown of the WWE, Dawn Marie made all of the fans stop and stare. Now, at age 45, Dawn Marie is not looking like she did during her wrestling days, and sadly she has lost her amazing body to age and retirement. Now granted, a 45-year-old woman shouldn't really look like she did during her 20s, but we have seen women wrestlers such as Trish Stratus, who maybe look even better now than she did during her wrestling days.
Dawn has still tried to stay in the wrestling world with the Wrestlers Rescue in 2012, however Jerry Lynn and James Harris (Kamala) said they never received any money like they thought they would from the promotion.
12 Great: Trish Stratus
Dawn Marie was a great example of a beautiful woman wrestler who couldn't keep her looks the same after retirement, while Trish Stratus has continued to keep her amazing body and looks years after leaving the wrestling business. Easily one of the hottest female wrestlers to ever do it, Stratus is still looking as good as ever at age 40. She has lost her blonde-bombshell look she had in the WWE, and has instead gone to a brunette hair style which looks great.
Her commitment to yoga and keeping her body in good condition has payed off well for the wrestling legend, as she still looks absolutely amazing after retiring from wrestling years ago. She hasn't ruled back a return to the ring, as judging by her looks, she clearly still has the ability to tear the house down.
11 Go: Lex Luger
Lex Luger was a popular wrestler during his days in the WCW and even in the WWE, but people always thought Lex could have done more with his career was ever able to accomplish. During his career, Lex went for a Hulk Hogan type build, as his body was ripped and his muscles were very apparent. Medical problems arose from substance abuse after his retirement in 2005, and the effects the drug use has had on his body is incredibly noticeable.
Lex looks like a shell of the man he once was during his wrestling days. At least he is trying to get his life back on track, as he is now sober and doing everything in his power to live the healthiest life he can.
10 Great: Booker T
Booker T is no longer a wrestler for the WWE, as he is currently a commentator. Even with Booker T being 51 years of age, his body is still looking great, as if he could get into the ring with any of the wrestlers on whom his commentary focuses on. He certainly has not opted for commentating over actual wrestling because he’s lost his physique, that’s for sure, as Booker T is looking absolutely great for his age.
Nobody would blame Booker for losing some of his muscle to retirement, and you got to give a hand to him as he still looks like a beast. Due to his great physique still, I'd say he’d be ready to go if WWE needed him in the ring.
9 Go: Sunny
Sunny was one of the most successful and beloved women wrestlers ever, as she is even considered to be the first “Diva.” Sunny was a total beauty, and arguably one of the best looking wrestlers the WWE had to offer. With the death of her boyfriend Chris Candido, Sunny became depressed and turned to substance abuse to deal with her new feeling of grief. With the increase in substance use, came an increase in weight as well, as she now looks much bigger than she did during her wrestling days.
Her weight has fluctuated in recent years, but one thing’s for sure, her looks don’t resemble the Sunny we once knew. It's a shame, as Sunny was easily one of the best looking women wrestlers the world of wrestling has known, but she doesn't look nearly the same as she once did.
8 Great: Sid Eudy
Sid Eudy went by many different names over his long wrestling career. From Sycho Sid to Sid Vicious, Eudy was one of the best wrestlers to ever do it. There are only a handful of wrestlers who will be remembered long after their careers are over, but Sid really had such an impactful career, that he will most likely go down as one of the most enthralling wrestlers to ever step on the mat. While he wasn't that good on the mic and he was pretty limited in the ring, his psychotic demeanor really could capture the audience's attention quickly.
Since Sid’s retirement from the world of wrestling in 2012, his body still looks great with the 55-year-old frequently competing in Master's Division bodybuilding contest. I could see Sid making a return to any wrestling promotion, as he still looks to be able to handle himself in one-off matches.
7 Go: Jake "The Snake" Roberts
Jake Roberts was never a total muscle man during his time in wrestling, as his portrayal of his dark character was what really made him successful. Because of his lack of a physique to begin with, his body really went off the rails a few years ago. Jake sadly battled drugs and alcohol abuse during most of his life, which likely added to his body’s breakdown.
Roberts was able to get his life on track, thanks to Diamond Dallas Page after DDP took Roberts into his home, sobered him up and put him on a yoga program. Roberts jumped back the good graces of WWE, going into their Hall of Fame in 2014. His fall and rise is excellently featured in the documentary, The Resurrection of Jake the Snake. Even with being sober now, the toll the years of drugs had on Robert's body is very apparent as he doesn't look like he could ever make a full-time return to wrestling.
6 Great: Stacy Keibler
Stacy Keibler was one of the hottest names in wrestling, and she still looks absolutely amazing at age 37. Known for being one of the best looking female wrestlers of all time, it is very impressive that she looks just as good as she once did during her great wrestling career, as she may possibly look even better now than she did then. Even as a mother now, Keibler has kept her great body in amazing shape since her retirement from wrestling in 2006.
Appearing in ads, sitcoms, and her stint with Dancing with the Stars, catapulted Keibler beyond just wrestling fame. Although she is bigger than wrestling now, she could return today and still give any current female wrestler a run for their money, as her body could get definitely be up to the grind of a professional wrestling match.
5 Go: Mick Foley
Mick Foley is now looking as slim as ever, as he recently showed himself tipping the scales at 255, lighter than he was for most of his wrestling career, but for several years of retirement, Foley was well over 300 pounds. Foley began a DDP Yoga program earlier this year and has lost over 80 pounds by exercising regularly and making heavy changes to his diet.
Foley admitted that his years of punishment in the ring had him in severe pain and he'd try to combat the pain by turning to comfort food. Now Foley combats the pain by walking around with less weight to carry. It's easy to see that recently, Foley has walked with much more of a spring in his step. Hopefully Foley is able to maintain this new look he has.
4 Great: Hulk Hogan
Hulk Hogan is without a doubt one of the greatest professional wrestlers to ever step inside the ring. You really can't walk down the street and not find someone who doesn't know the name "Hulk Hogan." He had everything needed to be an excellent wrestler, as his character, mic skills, and body all had the feel of a superhero that everyone had to come to respect. Even though he has been removed from WWE’s website, they couldn't remove his muscles!
In his wrestling days, Hogan was a beast of a man who looked as though he could lift a car! Now, at 62 years old, Hogan still resembles the man he was decades ago, when he was one of the biggest names in America. While he has had multiple back surgeries, which have actually caused him to shrink, Hogan still takes his fitness seriously as seen by his massive frame.
3 Go: Tazz
During his career, Tazz's physique resembled that of a pitbull. He's not tall, but he had a lot of muscle packed on his body and his legs looked like tree trunks. Unfortunately, neck problems forced Tazz into early retirement by the early 2000s and he found himself doing commentary. He would remain an announcer for the WWE until 2009, when he went to TNA and continued his commentary work there.
Over the years, it's quite obvious that Tazz has focused more on his commentary skills than keeping the same physique he used to. It's unlikely that Tazz will ever have a physique resembling his ECW days, but perhaps recent examples of retired wrestlers shedding weight could be an inspiration for him. It'd be cool to see him look like the human suplex machine again.
2 Great: "Stone Cold" Steve Austin
"Stone Cold" Steve Austin had a great wrestling career, and will always be remembered for his iconic run in the 1990s. Steve Austin has been officially retired for some time now, but what definitely hasn’t retired yet is his body. Still making occasional appearances for the company, it looks as though Stone Cold hasn’t lost a step, at least physically. Austin still takes his body incredibly seriously, as working out was his first priority after tearing his rotator cuff earlier this year.
Being one of the greatest wrestlers of all time, it’s good to see him doing well after his retirement because we sure have seen some wrestlers struggle to transition as well as Austin has after leaving the WWE. While Austin has said he will never wrestle again, it's good to see him in such amazing shape.
1 Go: Scott Hall
Scott Hall was once one of the most popular wrestlers in the world, as he was beloved by millions at the height of his career. Known for his slicked back black hair, for a while Hall looked like a shell of a man he once was, as substance abuse hurt his chances of looking healthy in his retired life. During his time as a member with the nWo, Hall’s personal life slipped, as he began to let drugs and alcohol affect his life in a very negative way. The fall from grace in his wrestling career can be seen in his appearance, as he is now looking much older than his current age of 57.
Hall cleaned himself up with DDP Yoga and sobering up, enough to get back in the good graces of WWE, but there’s no doubting that for many years, Hall was going off the deep end.