Throughout the majority of the history of professional wrestling, the sport has been a big man’s game. Larger than life athletes always seemed to dominate the world of sports entertainment. It didn’t matter HOW wrestlers were big. It only matters that they were big. If they were seven-feet-tall, that was great. If they weighed 500 pounds, that was awesome. Seven-feet-tall AND 500 pounds? Even better!
That being said, some wrestlers have been able to look amazing at massive sizes. They were able to add muscles upon muscles to build a real-life Herculean frame. Other guys…well, other guys were just fat, opting to utilize their girth to their advantage without having to focus on the bodybuilding aspect of the sport.
Nowadays, both of these types of performers are few and far between. As Bret “The Hitman” Hart so eloquently put it on his podcast, The Sharp Shooter, “Where’s the big guys? Where are the King Kong Bundys? Who’s hiding all the King Kong Bundys in the world? Where did they go?”
We’re just going to look at these wrestlers on a strictly cosmetic basis. That means we’re going to look at some of the best wrestlers of all time who happened to look terrible. This also means that we’re going to look at some truly awful guys who just so happened to have tremendous looks.
Here are 10 men over 300 pounds who looked incredible and 10 men over 300 pounds who looked awful.
20 Awful – Yokozuna
Despite being 100% Samoan and hailing from the same family as Rikishi, Yokozuna was billed as a legendary Japanese sumo wrestler. The portrayal of a different race aside, the fake career choice made sense. When he first started wrestling for the WWE in 1992, Yoko was billed at 505 pounds. When he won the WWE Championship the following year, he had put on over 60 pounds. Despite his humungous frame, Yokozuna was able to hold his own with the likes of Bret Hart. In his prime, he could move as well as men a quarter his size. While teaming with Owen Hart in 1995, he was billed as weighing 640 pounds and lost the speed and impressive skill set that he once possessed. Sadly, his weight problems persisted throughout his career. His last pay-per-view appearances, the legendary debacle known as Heroes of Wrestling, saw him weighing a dangerous 760 pounds.
19 Great – Sid
I seriously believe that if Vince McMahon himself was going to build himself his ideal wrestler, he would look exactly like Sid. The former world champion was not only tall, but he had an unbelievable build as well. Not to mention, in his prime, he had some of the best traps the business has ever seen. He also some seriously great luscious, blonde locks. It was unsurprising that whether he was Vicious, Sycho, or out for Justice, that Sid got shot after shot at the main event. In fact, he is one of only a handful of people to close both WWE and WCW’s showcase pay-per-views as he headlined two WrestleManias and one Starrcade. Along with his borderline absurd amount of intensity, this can be attributed more to his physique than his in-ring prowess.
18 Awful – Big Daddy V
As a card-carrying member of the Mabel/Viscera/Big Daddy V Fan Club, this one pains me to say. Out of all of the professional wrestlers to ever exist, Nelson Fraizer never had the best physique. He was, however, able to make the most out of his 487-pound frame throughout his 20-year long career. Although he never won the big one, Mabel’s 1995 saw him challenge Diesel, another big man, for the WWE Championship at that year’s SummerSlam. Usually opting for a more flowy wardrobe, it wasn’t until his time as Big Daddy V on WWE’s version of ECW in 2007 did we see exactly what he was hiding all of those years. When he traded in the velvet pyjamas for black leggings and some strategically placed suspenders, the WWE Universe saw just how massive (and surprisingly tattooed) the former King of the Ring was.
17 Great – Kane
If you’re debut as a character who is supposed to be the brother (well, half-brother) of The Undertaker, it would make sense for you to be in as good of shape as the Dead Man. Despite having already wrestled under two gimmicks in the WWE, Glenn Jacobs was the obvious choice for this role. Thankfully, creative didn’t hold his failures as Isaac Yankem and “Diesel” against him and gave him another shot. Both taller and heavier than his kayfabe sibling, Kane has had one of the greatest careers in all of wrestling. He was even jacked during his early years. A mainstay on television since 1995, the Devil’s Favorite Demon has accomplished just about everything one can. He’s a multi-time Tag Team Champion, and won the WWE Championship, World Heavyweight Championship, and Intercontinental Championship. All accolades that without a doubt put him in every “Best Big Man” conversation.
16 Awful – Rikishi
Back when he was a slimmer, trimmer Headshrinker, nobody thought much about Fatu. He was a capable, wrestler who had a successful tag team with his cousin Samu. He was able to maintain a long career within the WWE that saw him go through a variety of gimmick and weight changes. Thankfully, WWE was able to use the big man’s *CLEARS THROAT* "assets" to his advantage. After ditching the terrible Sultan character and ballooning up to over 400 pounds, Rikishi was able to focus less on Middle Eastern politics and more on rubbing his butt in people’s faces. He was never the most in shape man to grace the squared circle, but once he was let loose and allowed to have some fun, Rikishi was one of the most entertaining wrestlers of the Attitude Era. Seriously, the massive Samoan had one of the most over moves in all of wrestling, and all he did was hike up his drawers and shake his rear.
15 Great – Matt Morgan
He wasn’t given the nickname “The Blueprint” for nothing. Matt Morgan is a physical freak. After trying out for the second season of Tough Enough, Morgan was quickly signed to a developmental contract. This had to have been one of the easiest decisions WWE had ever made. The dude is legit 7-feet-tall and was only in his mid-20s at the time. Sadly, his main roster career was nothing special. After a disappointing run as part of Team Lesnar, Morgan was repacked with a god awful stuttering gimmick. When you have a guy as huge as Morgan and have a physique as good as the big man, there is no reason to put a gimmick on him that makes him look like a fool. TNA was able to utilize the genetically jacked Morgan a bit better than WWE. As the DNA of TNA, he was a two-time Tag Team Champion.
14 Awful – Cheex
If you thought Rikishi looked rough then have a gander at Cheex. The character was as if somebody only saw Rikishi’s backside and decided it didn’t get enough attention. He had all of the Samoan’s signature look, but without any of his impressive skills. His wardrobe really drove this point home. Adorned with a black t-shirt and some of the most hiney-hugging of briefs, Cheex certainly earned his moniker. Cheex is so massive that, during a dark match before TNA’s first ever show, he broke the ring ropes while bouncing off of them. Which is kind of surprising, considering how he couldn't run very fast. His only televised appearance was during TNA’s second show, where he (literally) squashed his opponent. This was, of course, after he had to take a break and catch his breath while walking down the aisle.
13 Great – The Great Khali
Remember in the intro when I said that there will be some entries on this list who look great but are the dirt worst when it comes to wrestling? Well, that’s because I knew I couldn’t put this article together without writing about everyone’s favorite Punjabi Playboy! For being a man standing over 7-feet and weighing close to 350 pounds, The Great Khali was in amazing shape. Heck, everyone who saw him return at the 2017 Battleground pay-per-view can attest that he still looks awesome. Just by looking at the behemoth, it is no surprise that he was a former WWE World Heavyweight Champion (and part of The Longest Yard’s title-holding cadre). Okay, that’s enough sucking up to him. Once it came to putting on an actual match, Khali was abysmal. A one in a generation performer, the man slogged his way through his entire eight-year WWE career.
12 Awful – Bastion Booger
The Booger Man, my brother’s favorite 1990s, fat-guy, mid-carder (personally, I’m a Mantaur guy), actually had a great deal of success in the 1980s while wrestling for Stampede Wrestling in Calgary. There, he won both their International Tag Team Championship and North American Heavyweight Championship on multiple occasions. When he got to the WWE, the only accolade he was awarded was a Slammy in 1994 for, “Most Likely to See Jenny Craig.” As Bastion Booger, he was fat, ugly, and smelly. When you are given a gimmick that incorporates all three of these features, maybe you should take a long, hard look at yourself. His career in the WWE didn’t last long. Most notably, he lost a feud to another super heavyweight, Bam Bam Bigelow, who was much more talented and athletic.
11 Great – The Undertaker
Anybody trying to argue against the fact that The Undertaker is the greatest big man of all time has a long, hard road ahead of them. Not only has the Dead Man had one of the most prolific wrestling careers, but he is also one of the most imposing figures to rock a leather duster. Since debuting for the WWE in 1990, ‘Taker always had a great build, but for the first decade and a half of his tenure, he usually kept things covered up. It wasn’t until he dropped the American Badass gimmick and returned to being the Prince of Darkness did we see just how ripped Mean Mark was. This was even more evident when he won the 2007 Royal Rumble match. After vanquishing Shawn Michaels, the Phenom took down the straps of his singlet and revealed too many abs for a 42-year-old to have. He hasn’t looked that great the past few years, but we’ll give Big Evil a pass for having such a stellar life inside the ring.
10 Awful – Abdullah The Butcher
Remember, during the Attitude Era, when D-X dressed up as the Nation of Domination and Triple H as the Rock asked X-Pac as Mark Henry, “How do you get your pecs to go all the way around to your back?” Well, that’s also a question people have been asking about Abdullah the Butcher since he started wrestling in 1958. To make up for his utter lack of muscularity, Abbey quickly adopted a hardcore fighting style that was actually pretty novel for the time. The six-foot and 360 pound Butcher has drawn blood all over the world, becoming one of the most fearsome big men of all time. Backstage rumors have been circulating for years that the Madman from the Sudan’s weight, in combination with the years of damage on his body has left him unable to perform simple tasks like bending over and tying his boots.
9 Great – Braun Strowman
When Braun Strowman first debuted in 2015 on the Raw after SummerSlam, it was crazy to see someone who cast a shadow over both Rowan and Harper. He was a much appreciated addition to the Wyatt Family, and although he was ridiculously green throughout his first year on the roster, he was able to grow into his own character. The 6-foot-eight and 385 pound former Black Sheep has one of the best looks we’ve ever seen inside a wrestling ring. With a real-life Strongman background, he’s even able to back it up. The Monster Among Men is still only three years into the world of professional wrestling and seems to have all of the upside in the world. I wouldn’t be surprised if his career eventually rivals a lot of the greats on featured on this list.
8 Awful – Loch Ness
Known as Giant Haystacks for the majority of his career, Martin Ruane was one of the most massive men to ever compete in sports entertainment. Not only did he weigh close to 700 pounds, but the big man also stood around 6-foot-11-inches. After wrestling as Luke Masters for a few years, he would earn the name Giant Haystacks because he was much larger than the famous American wrestler, Haystacks Calhoun. Under his new moniker, he would go on to have a lengthy feud that spanned three decades with the legendary British babyface, Big Daddy. Most fans this side of the pond remember Haystacks as Loch Ness, a member of WCW’s anti-Hulk Hogan stable, the Dungeon of Doom. It is uncertain if the rope that he used as a belt was out of fashion or necessity. I’m willing to bet it was the latter.
7 Great – Nathan Jones
WWE seemed to have huge plans for Nathan Jones when they signed him to a contract in 2002. He was the center of some great vignettes that not only played up his past as a convicted criminal but also his sheer mass as well. The promos showed footage of Jones’ career as a strongman in Australia and his time doing media circuits where talk show hosts and news reporters marveled at his size. They worked well too! I remember being pumped for the debut of the gigantic newcomer who was ready to set the world ablaze. However, once he debuted, it was a total bust. After showing that he had very little wrestling talent, he was pulled from a WrestleMania match that would have seen him team with the Undertaker to take on A-Train and Big Show. After his wrestling career didn’t pan out, Jones has put his size to good use, appearing in movies like Troy and Mad Max: Fury Road.
6 Awful – Giant Baba
Giant Baba is proof that if you own your own wrestling promotion, you can push yourself to the moon, no questions asked. The 6-foot-10 Japanese grappler spent his entire career in some of the slowest, most plodding matches against legends like the Great Kabuki, Bruiser Brody, and Bruno Sammartino. Despite being a giant, he had a look that left a lot to be desired. Looking like he never worked out his arms, Giant Baba had some of the smallest biceps and triceps you’d ever see on a professional wrestler. The dude looked more like a T-Rex than an athlete. All of his shortcomings aside, he was one of the most over wrestlers in history. Not only were his tag teams with Antonio Inoki and Jumbo Tsuruta legendary, but, after founding All Japan Pro Wrestling in 1972, Baba went on to become a three-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion.
5 Great – The Warlord
The Warlord is the epitome of a wrestler with a great build who just couldn’t deliver in the ring. He was a muscle-bound bodybuilder who had a tremendous statue that he obviously worked hard to obtain, but was just unable to truly learn the ropes and put on a convincing wrestling match. It also didn’t help that he was never able to break away from being a Road Warrior clone. He was bigger, taller, and more muscular than either Hawk or Animal, but had about the third of their talent and an eighth of their charisma. If you go by looks alone, Warlord would have been a megastar. If you’re like me, you really remember the mammoth, face-painted brawler for two things: setting the record for shortest time spent in a Royal Rumble match and being one of the few superstars to lose to Virgil. Of all people… Virgil.
4 Awful – Happy Humphrey
Boy, oh boy, have the looks of mainstream wrestlers changed a lot since the days of Happy Humphrey, who was popular throughout the 1950s and 1960s. It is widely considered that Double H is the heaviest man to ever wrestle a professional match. He spent the bulk of his career tipping the scale over 800-pounds. On one occasion, he allegedly measured at 900 pounds. That’s almost half of a ton! Humphrey was so large (how large was he?), that while weighing in before wrestling matches, homeboy had to use meat scales to get a proper reading. Humphrey’s most notable match came when he wrestled Haystacks Calhoun at an event promoted Vincent J. McMahon at Madison Square Garden. Calhoun, who weighed over 600 pounds, was dwarfed by his larger opponent.
3 Great – Bob Sapp
If you know who Bob Sapp is, it might be for one of two things. It could either be from him having the single dopest entrance in all of MMA history or for his supporting role in the 2005 remake of The Longest Yard along with Kevin Nash, Goldberg, Steve Austin, and the Great Khali. In addition to both of these crowing achievements, Sapp is a six-foot-five-inch, 355-pound mountain of a man. In 2001, he was signed to WCW’s developmental program. However, when WWE bought their competition it threw a wrench into his plans, preventing him from becoming the single greatest professional wrestler of all time. That, and the fact that he wasn’t very good. He has, however, gone on to have a successful career in New Japan. He is the first (and so far, only) African-American to hold the IWGP Heavyweight Champion and battled the likes of Shinsuke Nakamura. I know what you’re thinking, this means The Longest Yard featured five world heavyweight champions.
2 Awful – The Big Show
Given the fact that the Big Show has been wrestling since 1995, it is not surprising that he’s seen a lot of ups and downs throughout his career. This can be said for both in-ring success and his ever fluctuating weight. After achieving a great deal of success early on in his WWE career, Show became pretty complacent. It showed in his matches and his waistband. In 2000, he was sent to Ohio Valley Wrestling to lose the weight he had put on and to improve his overall fitness. This worked for a time being, but by the time he won the ECW World Heavyweight Championship in 2006, Show looked worse than ever. He was out of shape and puffy. During this time, he was definitely closer to his billed 500 pound weight than ever before.
1 Great – The Big Show
For those of you who read the last entry, the one where I said Big Show looked awful, and thought “wait a minute, I’ve seen Big Show recently, and he looks great!” Then, this is the entry for you! It all started with a conversation with John Cena. The Champ was ragging on Show for his appearance and sarcastically said, “A giant with abs. What wouldn’t be marketable at all.” The Giant took that to heart, and within eight months, he dropped 70 pounds. It wasn’t an easy task for the 45-year-old. He dedicated every moment he had outside of the ring to getting in shape. Shedding all of that weight put the Big Show in the best shape he’d been in since his days in WCW over two decades ago. With his career seemingly winding down, let’s hope the multiple time world champion can stay in incredible shape until his says in the squared circle are over.
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