If you ask a bunch of professional wrestling fans what their favorite wrestling company in history is, a lot of the answers are going to be "World Championship Wrestling." WCW stood in stark contrast to the extravagant, cartoony, product that the WWE was putting out in the 90s. The WCW product was slick and emotional, and was truly wrestling, not sports-entertainment. When WCW was at the top of their game, they not only hung tough with the WWE, but often exceeded them.
Along with the wrestling itself, the characters in WCW were more believable and drove people to attend shows and tapings (for a time). As the years progressed, the cast of characters changed, but the realism of the characters remained the same. Sadly, after WCW was bought, many of the wrestlers never appeared on WWE television, while some of them made small appearances.
Most of the superstars on this list barely wrestled since the company folded, and when they did, it was only for a couple matches at some random indie promotions. So, I'm not expecting any of these guys to look like they did when they were 30. That being said, I think as long as they haven't gained a ton of weight, I'll happily put them on the "stayed in shape" list.
16 Looks Good: Rick Steiner
Remind me never to buy a house in Atlanta. If I do decide to move there, at least remind me to not use Rick Steiner Associates as my agency. I'm sure that they do great work and would find me a great house, but I fear that if I don't give Rick Steiner enough information or do anything that could anger him, he will headbutt me. After he's done headbutting me, he'll probably jump off the house and give me a bulldog.
15 Doesn't Look Great: Terry Funk
14 Looks Great: Scott Hall
13 Doesn't Look Great: Van Hammer
12 Looks Great: Konnan
This is one that I'm actually pretty surprised about. When Konnan was wrestling for WCW, he didn't have the rippling biceps that most promoters look for. He actually had a little bit of a potbelly. But, he worked around this by turning his charisma meter up to ten. I figured that the years would not have been kind to him. Then, I saw him in Lucha Underground and was flabbergasted. He pretty much has the same body, just 15 years older. He's sort of transformed into Hector Salamanca from Breaking Bad with less hair. That's not necessarily a bad thing.
Konnan has managed to still bring back memories of his WCW days just with his look. You can tell that he still has a little bit of his nWo Wolfpac character alive in him. With his obvious love for wrestling, I bet that he'll continue to stay in shape while waiting for another opportunity to entertain the crowd.
11 Doesn't Look Great: Ernest Miller
10 Looks Great: Vader
Since then, Vader has became a born-again Christian and has continued to stay in shape and wrestle sporadically. Recently, Vader and Will Ospreay engaged in a Twitter war and have decided to settle their argument in the ring on August 12th. That'll be interesting.
9 Doesn't Look Great: Raven
This is one that really doesn't surprise me. Similar to Konnan, Raven didn't look like your typical professional wrestler. He wasn't a superhero or larger than life. He relied on his ability to speak well and psychologically get into the minds of his opponents. This is the biggest reason why Raven will never be forgotten. His mic work and his grunge-inspired appearance was what endeared him to fans in the 90's and what is best remembered about him now.
8 Looks Great: Disco Inferno
Here's one that nearly slipped through the cracks. When I was putting this list together, I was thinking too much about the big power players in WCW, and I realized that I wasn't giving too much attention to some of the bit players. Well here we go. We all remember Disco Inferno, right? How can anyone forget the wrestler who dressed like he belonged at a Bee Gees music video shoot?
7 Doesn't Look Great: Bryan Clark
6 Looks Great: Buff Bagwell
Buff Bagwell might be the least popular person on this list (him and Disco Inferno might need to have a match for that prestigious title). However, you can't ignore the fact that Bagwell looks pretty darn good for 46. That's right. He's 46 and looks at least 10 years younger. He also is one of the most tenured WCW superstars on this list; he was with the company from 1991 to its demise in 2001. Since the end of WCW, Bagwell has done some occasional wrestling for TNA and other independent promotions, but his latest claim to fame is being a male escort. That's right, ladies! You can have a night with Buff Bagwell! (*Vomits internally and externally*) One great reason to keep in shape is so that plenty of ladies can pay for the right to spend time with you. Shoot, looks like I'm gonna buy ten gym memberships and ten pounds of kale.
5 Doesn't Look Great: Bobby Eaton
Apparently Bobby Eaton has morphed into Bobby "The Brain" Heenan. Really, Eaton looks like he's trying to join the Bobby Heenan impressions club. He's likely not the first member and probably won't be the last, but he's got the facial features down pat. When Eaton was in his prime thirty years ago, he looked nothing like Heenan, but I guess he decided to evolve once more. Remember those Animorphs books from the early 2000s? If you don't, the premise was that a bunch of kids could touch animals and then morph into them on command. Bobby Eaton is a wrestle-morph. Why couldn't he morph into the Black Scorpion and save that crappy angle?
4 Looks Great: Diamond Dallas Page
Arguably the most fit of any wrestler on this list, Page continues to turn back the hands of time. In case you don't know, he's developed a fitness program called "DDP Yoga" that focuses on flexibility and resistance in order to lose weight and stay in shape. Being a wrestling fan, and wanting to stay fit, I purchased the product last Christmas. It's seven months later and it still continues to kick my ass.
Page seems to be a modern-day terminator. He's 60 years old and has the body of a 30-year-old. His mindset towards fitness is contagious and he truly wants others to succeed as well. It's incredible and inspiring to see him working with Jake Roberts, Scott Hall, and others to motivate them to get healthy. There's no stopping Page from doing this well into his seventies. It looks like the WCW people's champion will continue to feel the bang.
3 Doesn't Look Great: Mike Enos
Mike Enos looks like the guy that teaches you four chords and then just repeats them in a bunch of songs and claims that he's a musical genius. Honestly, this guy looks like he should be a house painter or a plumber. Back in the day, Enos was a strong specimen. He was a big, tough-looking guy who could likely whoop some guys if he wanted too.
2 Looks Great: Kevin Nash
Yet another guy who is aging gracefully, Kevin Nash doesn't look that different from when he was powerbombing Goldberg. He's 56 and if he didn't have gray hair, could be mistaken for 40. This could be attributed to him staying fairly busy in the wrestling world and having to keep his physique strong. Or, it could be because he wants to continue with his film and television career. Whatever the reason is, Kevin Nash has really kept himself lean and mean.
1 Don't Look Great: The Nasty Boys
How can anybody be surprised by this one? Two guys, not known in their prime for being hardbodies, have continued to be aesthetically unpleasing. Brian Knobbs has continued to get wider while the gap between Jerry Sags's front teeth has likely increased as well. Both guys are just over 50, but look like they could be ten years older. You can never question their commitment to their characters. At the end of the day, these two guys were great embodiments of the WCW brand. They weren't the strongest. They weren't the fastest. They didn't look like they were ripped out of the pages of a comic strip. Heck, they weren't even that great in the ring. But, their characters were memorable. They lived their gimmick entirely. Their matches were brawls that embodied exactly what their characters would do in a street fight. Every great WCW wrestler was known for their character, and the Nasty Boys are no exception.
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