Retirement has the opportunity to be the best time of your life. But that definitely isn't the case for some of the wrestlers on our list. Such as Kamala whose battle with diabetes has been harder than anything he ever had to face in the ring. And at least up until this point, has seen him having both of his legs amputated. Or Brian Knobbs who learned the hard way what happens to his body when he stops exercising, but not eating and drinking. But as the One Man Gang makes it abundantly clear, these aren't the only 2 former wrestlers who have struggled with their weight.
Tammy Sytch's post-ring career can perhaps best be defined by her time in handcuffs and in the "other" film industry, and X-Pac is lucky to be alive after spending months in the hospital following an attempt on his own life. And as for Shawn Michaels, while he may be keeping himself clean, we absolutely need to apologize now. Because you haven't seen his recent haircut, you're about to get some childhood memories ruined. And if you have, the reminder is still not going to be any less shocking. Though at least he hasn't had to deny rumors that he wants to sleep with his daughter, unlike his former tag-team partner Marty Jannetty. Don't worry though, our list today isn't all doom and gloom as there are also 8 examples of wrestlers who are doing retirement the right way.
Even if part of what is helping them along is finding success in other careers. Such as Dwayne Johnson, whose movies you may have seen or Diamond Dallas Page who is changing lives with his yoga. Sid Vicious and Kevin Nash also both don't have any need to enter a WWE ring anytime soon, but as you'll see, they definitely still are in good enough shape to drop some jaws!
These are the 8 Retired Wrestlers From The '90s Who Look Great (And 8 Who've Seen Better Days).
16 Great: Sid Vicious
There are some wrestlers who have their entire career built around the idea that they would one day become a champion. That wasn't the driving force that kept Sid Vicious going at night though. In fact, when he was asked to describe how it felt to be champion, he replied "When I first started the business, I was told I would never be champion. The belt was always put on people who could draw. So I never expected to become a 15-time champion or anything...(the championship) just became an extra thing in your bag to carry around... you're never in the business to become champion, you're in the business to do your part - whatever the promoter tells you your part is."
While we don't know if Vicious was able to create any memorable moments for you with a belt around his waist (or competing for one in a match), it definitely spoke to the level of confidence that the various organizations would have in him as a performer; whether justified or not. And while Vicious may not have to be representing himself in the wrestling ring anymore, this photo we have of him definitely makes it look like he'd be able to do just fine! (Source: WrestlingInc).
15 Better Days: Brian Knobbs
Brian Knobbs of The Nasty Boys was never exactly a small fellow. But he definitely let his weight get out of control when he entered into retirement and didn't have to spend as much of his week running around a wrestling ring. But many people start to get nervous when they see former athletes embrace the larger side of life, as it's often a sign of serious health problems.
One of the people who is particularly close to Brian and would have definitely been impacted had he not made it, was the fellow wrestler Gangrel.
Thankfully for Knobbs, he's managed to lose a little bit of weight from the photo we've selected on the right, leading Gangrel to say “I didn’t think Brian Knobbs could but he did. Have you seen Brian lately? He’s like super lean (and) he turned his life around because he was in really bad health too. He was real sick in and out of the hospital (and) he’s doing well (and now) he looks good. I think anyone can do anything after all those years (and) it’s just how much you want to live or die or not—I mean, if you’re done living then go keep drinking.” Here's hoping that Knobbs will be able to keep on track and not end up passing away at too early of an age! (Source: 411Mania).
14 Great: Diamond Dallas Page
Diamond Dallas Page definitely helped make a lot of people happy who got to watch him in the ring and is perhaps responsible for some of your favourite moments in the ring. But he's having perhaps an even bigger impact in the world with his post-ring career as a Yoga Instructor. His yoga, DDP Yoga, has been known to make a huge difference for the people who engage in it, including former WWE legend, Jake "The Snake" Roberts.
Page has also impacted people who may have never watched him in the ring, due in part to the fact that he was selected to appear on the reality show Shark Tank back in 2014. When talking in an interview about the impact he's had, he recalled a story "I’m flying on a plane three months ago, and behind me to the left, I get a tap on my shoulder. It’s a woman about 50 pounds overweight, she hands me a napkin with something written on it. She said, “I do DDP Yoga, I love it, it’s changing my life. I know I don’t look like it now, but I’m down 20 pounds and it’s coming off. I just want to thank you.” (Source: DowntownMagazineNYC).
13 Better Days: The Honky Tonk Man
The Honky Tonk Man, real name Wayne Farris, may have made a name for himself in the WCW and WWF, but he definitely put in the long hours of work before his name started popping up everywhere. "I had the name about two or three years before. People don't understand this but I had a whole career before I ever went to WWE. It was like, "Oh, this is a new guy. He's starting out.' I had 14 years in the wrestling business before I ever went there," said Harris when describing his career."
We are sure that means he also suffered through countless potential setbacks and injuries when he was trying to make a name for himself if it took him over a decade to get on the radar of the "big guys". And while Farris doesn't look the best, at least in this photo that we've selected for you on the right, he did manage to keep wrestling all up until 2016. When describing the latter part of his career, Farris stated "I'm just so fortunate to still be doing what I do. I love what I do. To be able to come out and entertain the fans where ever I go. That's what it's all about. That's all I care about now. Entertain the fans, have fun, make sure they have fun and get their money's worth out of me and that's it." (Source: WrestlingInc).
12 Great: Trish Stratus
Trish Stratus' life away from the ring may require less travel and wear and tear on her body, but it definitely isn't easy, as Trish is the mother to two little ones! Trish definitely seems happy to not be wrestling anymore, something she attributes to the awareness she had during her career that this wasn't going to be something she could do for, forever "I recognized there was a limited shelf life. I mean, as a fan, you watch it and you just know — there’s a point where you watch it and you go, that guy should just go away. I think I knew at 30 that 30 was a good time to leave. There’s all that hot business, and I didn’t want to be that hot chick that looks good for a 30-year-old."
Though there is no question that Trish can definitely still turn the heat up when it comes to her appearance!
Something she also credits to the fact that she avoided the partying lifestyle, "I had a very healthy background coming from the fitness world. I knew that my body was my instrument and that’s what allowed me to continue doing what I was doing, I just literally did not go out, I didn’t go out and do the bar thing. I just went out and I did my job. I’m here to work." (Source: SeaScoops).
11 Better Days: Tammy Sytch
The WWE is definitely familiar with the idea of putting their divas out in the ring wearing little to no clothing. And while some people may believe that Tammy Sytch received some negativity from the company for her decision to appear in an adult film after her time in the career ended, that wasn't the case "The company did not say one thing negative to me. I mean, I still talk to people in the company to this day about various things that I won't discuss on here, but not once has anybody given my s--t, from the company. They're not going to tell somebody, 'you can't do this and make a living to pay your bills'. I mean, nobody would do that."
She also explained the decision more, "Before we even film that one, they were starting to throw ideas at me for another one. I'm like, 'no, this is just a one-time thing for me. It's not becoming my regular job.' Do you know what I mean. To me, all it was was just a job, a payday. It's not something I aspire to do" Sytch's life outside of wrestling has also unfortunately been marked by several arrests, including multiple DUI's which you may agree is one of the most selfish things someone can do. Let's just hope that the rest of her life can be spent without her finding herself in more legal trouble. (Source: WrestlingInc).
10 Great: Mick Foley
Mick Foley has definitely put together an amazing career. The real question is, how much of it can he remember? Foley should definitely be feeling great about how he is looking during his retirement. In particular when he decides to keep his hair short and prevent his beard from looking too bushy. Foley is a tremendous storyteller, as shown through his autobiographies, and is taking that talent to the road with his new tour, titled 20 Years of Hell. Which, of course, will include Foley talk about his infamous HiaC bump.
When asked how he feels about how famous that bump is, he replied “Part of my show is about dealing with the aftermath and the fallout from that match, and feeling for many years like I was Bill Murray in an airing of ‘Groundhog Day’ that never ends, and ultimately coming to embrace it. I’ve realized there are far worse things that you could be remembered for than a match 20 years ago." We are sure that when Mick agreed to take the tumbles that he did in that infamous match with The Undertaker, that he didn't think he'd be talking about it decades later. Though as some of the wrestlers on the negative side of our list shows, he's definitely right about how there could be worse things! (Source: Mandatory).
9 Better Days: One Man Gang
George Gray, aka the One Man Gang had many moments in his career that we're sure he would look back fondly on. Even if he currently looks like getting back into the ring would be a struggle. One of the moments that he would always remember is getting to go toe to toe with one of the greatest of all-time, Andre The Giant “I went out in the ring… and this is Andre the Giant so every time he hits me and I’m flying all over the place. After the match he calls me back and sits me down and he said boss I’m already over. I came in here to get you over. So I don’t want you flying around like that. I want to have a regular match with you. I was kinda like this is Andre the Giant, he doesn’t have to do that.”
He also got to face off against Hogan, "Really you can’t describe it… one of those experiences. The noise was so loud in the ring when his music hit and he actually made his entrance. The noise was just so loud it was deafening. You really couldn’t even call spots in the ring, the people were so loud." (Source: ProWrestling).
8 Great: Kevin Nash
Kevin Nash's career in Hollywood may not be quite as legendary as Dwayne Johnson, but he's still put together a solid career. This is definitely due in part to the attitude that Nash has towards acting, “I take every role, whether it’s a line or more, and try to make it my own,” said Nash. “All these people talk about the secret to acting. To me, it’s once you find the character, like Engleheart in ‘The Longest Yard.’ I could turn that character on morning, noon, and night. That’s the key–finding the character.”
And to be fair, his character in The Longest Yard is pretty awesome.
Though that movie would be enjoyable even if Nash had been left on the sidelines. Perhaps an even more exciting opportunity for Nash as an actor came when he landed a reoccurring role on the television series Living the Dream. Nash will be taking his experience of the wrestling ring to the movie screen with the made for TV movie The Swerve that is described by IMDb as, "A grieving young man teams with a grifting heel to follow in his famous father's footsteps and con his way into the colorful and gritty world of professional wrestling." (Source: SI, IMDb).
7 Better Days: Kamala
Kamala's career outside of wrestling has seen him have a significant struggle with diabetes that has seen both of his legs get amputated, which you can imagine may be even more difficult for someone who relied on his athleticism to form his identity and career. Kamala also seemingly nearly passed away back in November 2017 when a family member took to social media to report, "FB friends and family please for my stepfather aka Kamala James Harris had emergency surgery this morning around 3am they didn't think he would make it out of surgery but God. He's on life support. His buddy Coco B Wear is here."
It's fantastic to hear that Coco B Wear was also there to show support. It was later discovered that Kamala received surgery due to having fluid found around his lungs and heart. Thankfully the fact that Kamala is still alive in 2018 should indicate that at the very least he was able to survive this particular health scare. Though we aren't too sure if Kamala or his family would be able to look back at his career when he was still able to run around and throw some wicked kicks in the ring without it being extra painful considering the state that he is in now. (Source: EOnline).
6 Great: Steve Austin
Steve Austin definitely knew how to raise a little bit of hell whenever he was called upon. But part of his "character" was the fact that Austin would love slamming back some cold ones. Something that you may think could have left him with a body in retirement that looked a little worse for wear. Because as Brian Knobbs shows on this list, alcohol can definitely have a significant ramification on your life and your overall fitness if you aren't able to take care of yourself.
But if we are going to use this relatively recent photo for reference, it definitely looks like the Texas Rattlesnake is still looking great. While we are sure Austin has no interest in returning to a wrestling ring on a full-time basis, we are sure he also must love to hear the reaction from the crowd when that glass breaks and he starts strutting towards the ring for a special guest appearance. There are many amazing athletes in the WWE who know how to get the crowd riled up, but there is perhaps nobody who has been quite as successful in it as Austin. Even if those "What" chants did get pretty annoying after a while!
5 Better Days: Marty Jannetty
Marty Jannetty's career outside of the wrestling hasn't just had its struggles when it comes to keeping up his appearance. A Facebook post of Jannetty's ended up going viral where he indicated he wanted to have a relationship with his daughter, "If you loves me as much as I loves you, you will give your opinion,,just did DNA (2 weeks ago)..she's NOT my daughter..we both held out of [getting close] because you don't do that..but now that we ain't???? From a guys side...but..she's been daughter.. I want to too, but can't get past that.."
Jannetty thankfully later denied the post saying he was hacked, but you can imagine that was still a very awkward conversation that he had to have with his daughter. And while the post was deleted, it definitely doesn't stop the amount of attention that Jannetty gets. "I'm still getting bombarded with emails and messages about this and fans at live events ask me questions about it. In fact, every damn body seems to have their own podcast now and wants me to go on there to talk about that disgusting post. Of course, I would never think anything like that - it's messed up." If the hacker wanted to make life a lot more uncomfortable for Jannetty, they definitely succeeded. (Source: WrestlingInc).
4 Great: Dwayne Johnson
There shouldn't really be too big of a surprise that Dwayne Johnson has managed to keep himself in tremendous shape. After all, whether he was kicking ass in the ring or on the big screen, he definitely needed to make sure he was staying active. And considering one of the movies he has in his future is Baywatch 2, you can rest assured that his beach body isn't going to be going away anytime soon. But for Dwayne Johnson, there is never really a "bad" time of the year for him to have to whip off his shirt. Maybe after Thanksgiving dinner?
Which means that at this point the real question is, how much money do you think it would take for Dwayne Johnson to willingly put on pounds of fat for a role? We've seen some of the best actors in the world do it - such as Christian Bale - and manage to bounce back to their muscular self. And there should be no question that it's a task that if Johnson ever puts in front of him, that he wouldn't slay. Perhaps he is just waiting for the right script to come across his desk to really blow him away!
3 Better Days: Shawn Michaels
One of the most defining features that a person can have is their hair. That is definitely the case for Shawn Michaels who seemingly always been known with some longer locks on the top of his head. But people were definitely stunned, and not in a good way when Michaels elected to take a trip to the barbershop. Coming away with the 'abomination' that you see on the right. Users on Twitter were also quick to voice their displeasure, including one person stating "Shawn Michaels has cut off his ponytail and has short hair. Nothing is real anymore. Is this real life?"
While Shawn has every right to do what he chooses with his hair and nobody should have the right to be so vocal that they literally stopped him from engaging in this behaviour, he had to know that people were going to be pretty opinionated with their opinion on it. Which also means that it may have also been the most nerve wracking moment of the barber's life! And to be fair, it's not like it was the barber who made the mistake here, as the mistake was really made when Shawn woke up that morning and decided to go for his haircut. (Source: WWE).
2 Great: Torrie Wilson
Torrie Wilson knows that there were many different factors that helped her succeed in the WWE. Though she would be the first one to admit that it may be her body that really helped her turn a corner in the company. In particular, when Heff himself decided that he'd love to see her a little more openly and booked her for a shoot with the famous bunny. When talking about the experience of working with Hefner, Wilson stated "It definitely helped my popularity while I was with the WWE. It was a huge opportunity for me and kind of brought me to the next level."
It was an experience that Wilson not only did once, but twice as she appeared in the May 2003 issue and again in March 2004; with Sable joining alongside her for the latter. And while Wilson may no longer be leaving little to the imagination in the ring, with her looking the way she does, we're sure Playboy would still be more than happy to call her up for another run! Wilson's time in the ring ended in part as well due to her suffering a significant back injury, "There was no way I was going to risk hurting myself again knowing how it felt to be so crippled. I just sat back and really thought long and hard and said, “You know what, I don’t think I want to do this anymore.” And they completely understood. They were great about it." (Source: WrestlingInc, BaltimoreSun).
1 Better Days: X-Pac
X-Pac and the rest of D-Generation X were definitely known to push the rules and engage in some pretty rebellious behaviour. But away from the ring, X-Pac has definitely had some demons. This includes making an attempt on his own life that would have been successful if not for his girlfriend, Alicia, "I got in a heated argument that turned into physicality with my girlfriend [Alicia Webb]. I ended up striking her back. I always told myself that I would [never] hit a woman. So when I did that, I was overcome with guilt and shame. I had no tools to handle it. The only thing I could think of was take a whole bottle of [meds] or what was left of the bottle. It was probably around 400 milligrams of [meds]...."
He went on to say, "I hung myself from the roof of my apartment. It was the darkest moment of my life, or one of them, to get me to do that. It was a lot of build up that I didn't know how to deal with," but was found in time by Alicia. X-Pac spent several months recovering from the attack in a psychiatric hospital. While suicide was absolutely not the correct thing to do in this situation, beating a woman is also pretty repulsive. (Source: Forum.BodyBuilding).