It is crazy how quickly a person can go from looking great to not even being remotely attractive. People spend thousands of dollars to look good and then in a matter or a year or two, that person could look terrible. Millions of people go to the gym and work their bodies into tip-top shape. Those people spend hours, days, weeks, and sometimes even months, doing push-ups, sit-ups, lifting weights, and running to get their body looking sexy. The amount of time it takes to get that amazing beach bod is crazy! What may be even crazier is how quickly that stellar bod can go back to looking mediocre at best. For the months it took to get it looking great, it may take just a few weeks of laziness and slips in what people eat for the body to take on a rounder, more squishy form.
Now, in the world of wrestling, whether you have huge muscles and a full head of hair, or you are 400 pounds and bald, it does not really matter as fans will always remember what you used to look like. What will come next though is a list of eight wrestlers who look like they have hit the gym and changed their diets drastically, and eight wrestlers who have taken more than a few days off from the gym and may have consumed a bit too much McDonald's over the past five years.
16 WORSE: RIC FLAIR
Ric Flair, who is currently signed to the WWE under its Legends program, is getting up there in age. It is tough to put someone as old (67) as Flair is on this list, only because everyone ages and people who are already old, tend to age faster. Even so, this 16-time World Champion looks worse than he did five years ago. This past half decade has been almost as bad for Flair as 2000-2005 was...go ahead and look at the change.
15 BETTER: JAKE "THE SNAKE" ROBERTS
Jake "The Snake" Roberts changed the business of wrestling. While many other wrestlers had used trash talk and other sorts of attempts to get into their opponents' heads, Roberts was the first to do it intensely. The Snake used very dark charisma in his matches, along with his own unique ring psychology.
14 WORSE: ENZO AMORE
Enzo Amore is an interesting character. The NXT alumnus and tag team partner to Big Cass has made quite an impression on the WWE Universe. Though he has only been on RAW for less than a year, he is already one of the most quoted wrestlers in the company. Even more amazing than that though is that he had no experience when the WWE gave him a chance at the Performance Center.
13 BETTER: Goldust
If this article was about people who have looked different every time they reappeared in a wrestling company, then Goldust would be number one on the list. The second generation star has consistently battled weight problems while at the same time battling addiction. It's safe to say that the former Intercontinental Champion has looked different through all five (yes five) separate stints in the WWE.
12 WORSE: SUNNY
Tammy Lynn (Sunny) Sytch is a WWE Hall of Famer who is widely regarded as the first WWE diva. In her prime, Sunny was quite possibly the most attractive woman to ever be involved in wrestling. Her girl next door charm has endeared her among fans until this day.
11 BETTER: TRIPLE H
Triple H is one of the most successful wrestlers of all time and is shaping up to be regarded just as high in the WWE corporate office. He is currently the Executive Vice President of Talent, Live Events and Creative for WWE. Not only has Trips reshaped the face of the WWE over the past five years, but he has also transformed his body in the process.
10 WORSE: Chris Hero
It's been a hard decline for Chris Hero over the past five years. We don't care how agile he is for his size, Hero has put on so much weight it's a wonder how he even lasted in NXT as long as he did. Hero may have had a chance if the WWE would have debuted him as part of The Shield wearing riot gear, but there is no way he would have been on Vince McMahon's show looking like he does today.
9 BETTER: THE ROCK
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has been famous since he was about 19 years old. He played college football for the 1991 National Champion Miami Hurricanes. After failing at pursuing a professional football career, The Rock signed with the WWE and had a great career in wrestling. The Rock was so successful on WWE programming, that he was able to jump right into Hollywood after wrestling. Johnson has appeared in 32 movies to this date and has at least three more scheduled to be released next year.
8 WORSE: The Undertaker
The Undertaker is without a doubt one of the most iconic figures in wrestling history. His legend grows by the day, and as he goes in and out of retirement, fans can't help but notice that he looks different every time he returns. Ironically the man who is called "The Deadman" looks closer to death with every passing appearance on WWE programming.
7 BETTER: BIG SHOW
6 WORSE: MATT HARDY
Matt Hardy is currently wrestling for the TNA, but he is best known for when he was signed for the WWE. Hardy is a 10-time Tag Team World Champion, and is currently the hottest thing in professional wrestling. Though Hardy is at the top of his game, his weight has always seemed to hit peaks and valleys. A few years back was mocked online as "Fat Hardy", only to lose a ton of weight and become ripped again in 2015.
5 BETTER: AL SNOW
Despite having a career that started in the 1980s, Al Snow is probably the most famous for his stints in ECW and WWE. During that time Snow would run around with a mannequin head named...um head, with the crowds chanting "WE WANT HEAD".
4 WORSE: CHRISTY HEMME
Christy Hemme was the winner of 2004 WWE Diva Search. For winning that, she received $250,000 and a contract with the WWE. As a Diva, she was not very successful and was out of the company by the end of 2005. She has been more popular as a ring announcer and wrestling valet since. After leaving the WWE, Hemme went to the TNA where she wrestled again. Today though, she is just a ring announcer and interviewer for TNA.
3 BETTER: BUBBA RAY DUDLEY
Bubba Ray Dudley is most famous for his stints in WWE, TNA, and ECW. He is most famous for his time with the WWE, but was very successful when competing with the other two companies as well. Dudley is one of the most decorated tag team wrestlers of all time as he is the only person (with D-Von) to hold the ECW, IWGP, NWA, TNA, WCW, WWE, and WWE Tag Team Championships. They were also the first tag team to ever be inducted into TNA Hall of Fame.
2 WORSE: THE SANDMAN
James "The Sandman" Fullington is best known for his work with Extreme Championship Wrestling, but also made appearances for the following companies: World Championship Wrestling, Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, Xtreme Pro Wrestling, and the WWE. The Sandman was able to break an ECW record by holding the ECW World Heavyweight Championship five times.
1 BETTER: VLADIMIR KOZLOV
Oleg Aleksandrovich Prudius, who is better known as Vladimir Kozlov, is a now retired wrestler who is best known for his time with the WWE. He has won the WWE Tag Team Championship once (partnered with Santino Marella). Though he was a professional wrestler, Kozlov is also trained in freestyle wrestling, rugby, football, sambo, kickboxing, judo, jujutsu, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and mixed martial arts.
When Kozlov was working as a wrestler, he was never fat, but he was never ripped like some of the other wrestlers. He had a lot of muscles, but he did not have the strongest looking pectoral and abdominal muscles. Kozlov also did not have any facial hair. Today though, Kozlov has muscles on muscles on muscles. He is jacked beyond belief and has a full beard to go along with those muscles. It looks like he worked his abs for months and the rest of his body matches that. What Vladimir Kozlov has done in retirement is extremely impressive. He looks nothing like he did when he was released by the WWE in 2011.
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