When you see a wrestler from the Attitude Era at your local wrestling promotion out of shape, balding and with a limp, it's an extremely sad sight. You want to go buy a t-shirt, but you don't want to talk to them because the saying "Never meet your heroes" would come true. They know that they haven't kept in good shape and, in all honesty, they probably really don't care. They know they are a big enough name to where they will get booked on a show for a meet and greet regardless of if they have their trademark six pack or their amazing hair anymore. They are okay with not looking great and taking the money, as they have likely become complacent. On the flip side of that, there are wrestlers who have been doing this for 30 years and still have an amazing physique and aren't afraid to let you know about it. In this list, we will be counting down 8 WCW wrestlers who have stayed in shape and 7 who haven't.
14 Have: Rey Mysterio
Rey Mysterio has always been known as a little dog in a big yard and his height and weight have always played a factor in his success in the wrestling industry. While often bullied in WCW for looking like a child in a mask, he was always in good shape and never lost himself, even when going to WWE. His cruiserweight matches in 1996 with Eddie Guerrero, Dean Malenko and Juventud Guerrera are the stuff of legend and should be brought up when you talk about the greatest matches in the history of WCW. Even though he doesn't look like it, he has been wrestling for over 24 years and his ability to stay in shape that whole time is quite impressive. Recently, he has resurfaced on television as a part of Lucha Underground and continues to amaze fans at the age of 41.
13 Haven't: The Rock 'n' Roll Express
In 1996, The Rock 'n' Roll Express returned to WCW after formerly working with them while they were still under the NWA moniker. Along with teams like The Steiners, The Road Warriors and The Rockers, The Rock 'n' Roll Express pioneered tag team wrestling and helped make it what it is today. While already close to their 40s when they returned to WCW in 1996, they were still in relatively good shape, which cannot be said today. A great example of what happens if you don't stop while your ahead, both Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson are out of shape, overweight and no longer athletic in 2016. They still work the Indies and are constantly having matches, which is impressive, but they are no longer necessary in an era where wrestling is all about being in top physical condition.
12 Have: Lance Storm
Hailing from Calgary (pause for dramatic effect), Alberta, Canada, Lance Storm was one of the few bright spots during the final days of WCW. Always known for his crisp in-ring style, he could have good matches with almost anybody and is known as one of the better technical wrestlers in the world. While he did hold championships in the WWE following the Invasion, he later left the WWE and went into a soft retirement in 2007. He would wrestle multiple times for Ring of Honor, but never fully came out of retirement. Despite that, he's always kept in good shape, continues to wrestle occasionally and can be thanked for training a large crop of talent (WWE's Oney Lorcan, Tyler Breeze, Mickie James, Taya Valkyrie) at his "Storm Wrestling Academy."
11 Haven't: David Flair
Son to Ric Flair and brother to Charlotte, David Flair is one of the worst second generation performers in the history of wrestling. He wasn't a good wrestler, not good on the mic and was never really interesting. He was only wrestling in WCW because of his father and could never really step out of his enormous shadow. When WCW closed, he was sent to WWE's developmental system for a short time before being released and never going back to wrestling again. With that being said, he was never in amazing shape, as he just looked like an average guy who didn't belong in a wrestling ring. However, today, he kind of looks like Seth Rogen and Kevin James had a baby who was adopted by Ric Flair. Was there ever any hope for him to become a good wrestler? We don't know, but we do know is that he's barely recognizable these days.
10 Have: Dustin Rhodes
The son of Dusty Rhodes has had a lot of ups and downs in his career and many consider one of those downs to be his 2000 WCW run as "Seven." Recently fired from WWE, Dustin Rhodes wanted to reinvent himself and he became a horror movie-esque villain who would stalk children. Yes, part of his gimmick was that he would stalk children. This was during his drug problem and he had gained considerable amount of weight. When he returned to the WWE in 2006, and again 2010, he was considerably smaller and has been very open about his drug problems and how he has been clean since 2008. Currently, he has said that he is happy in his current role as a comedic veteran and doesn't plan on leaving WWE anytime soon.
9 Haven't: Ahmed Johnson
Once poised to be one of the top stars of the Attitude Era, due to multiple injuries and a lack talent, Ahmed Johnson never ending up being more than a midcarder. Following his release from WWE in February of 1998, he took a short hiatus and returned to wrestling in 1999 when he debuted in WCW as Big T. He was noticeably larger, but still had an impressive physique and went on to have one of the worst feuds in WCW history over the letter T. You can't make that kind of stuff up. Following the death of WCW in 2001, he wrestled in Texas until 2003 before officially retiring. He now appears at wrestling conventions and if he didn't have a big sign behind him that said "Get a Picture with Ahmed Johnson," he wouldn't be recognizable.
8 Have: Sting
Most likely the most well known wrestler who never worked for WWE (while WCW was still around), Sting is an absolute wrestling legend. Debuting in the late 80s as a part of The BladeRunners with The Ultimate Warrior, the two split paths and Sting chose WCW, while Warrior chose WWE. Never too far from the main event picture, Sting was a star for the company for the duration of his run there until they shut the doors. He was with them until the bitter end and even featured in the main event of the final episode of WCW Monday Nitro. 15 years later, Sting finally made his was to WWE and was a pre-order bonus in WWE 2k15. He engaged in a rivalry with Triple H that culminated in a lackluster match at WrestleMania 31, but the one thing that remained was that Sting looked like he did in 2001 and that takes a special kind of dedication.
Known for his time as apart of The Eliminators tag team and dating a mop, Perry Saturn was also an integral part of "The Flock" with Raven. While very eccentric and often times odd, Saturn was a great wrestler and knew how to hold his own in the ring. Following his quite frankly lackluster tenure in the WWE as a part of The Radicalz he continued to wrestle on the indies until he retired in 2004. During that time off, he began to let himself go and looks like a shell of his former self. When he returned to light in ring action in 2011, he was nothing like we remembered him to be in ECW, WCW or WWF. In late 2016, we found out that he had suffered a traumatic brain injury in the 90s, which is likely part of the reason for his reduced look.
7 Have: Booker T
The five-time World Champion was a mainstay in WCW and, much like Sting, was there until their very last show. His impressive physique was a large part of the reason Vince McMahon allowed him to be both WCW and US champion during the Invasion angle. A mainstay in wrestling since then, Booker T retired from in ring competition to become an announcer, but was still involved in a trio of matches with Cody Rhodes in 2011. This is when we learned that he hasn't stopped working out, even though he's been out of the ring for a multitude of years. Booker now runs a wrestling promotion (Reality of Wrestling) and is the owner and trainer of the ROW training school with his brother, Stevie Ray, while also still appearing on WWE television.
6 Haven't: Vampiro
Formally a part of The Dark Carnival with The Great Muta, Vampiro was a very talented wrestler that just never got the break he deserved. His time in Mexico before going to WCW showed that he could be a star (one of their biggest at the time) and his ghostly transformation when he debuted for WCW set him up for success. Sadly, he suffered from very poor booking in his rivalry with Sting, which featured Sting getting set on fire and getting sent off the Nitro stage. Once he joined up with the Insane Clown Posse, it was obvious that Vampiro wasn't going to do anything in WCW and he left in 2001 after they were bought out by Vince McMahon. He was featured in the first (and last) season of WSX and had already started physically breaking down by that time. Fast forward to last year with Lucha Underground and he looks like shell of his former self. While still maintaining that mystique that made him famous, Vampiro is not the same man he was in 1998.
5 Have: Goldberg
Arguably the biggest star created by WCW, Goldberg was a force to be reckoned with during his hugely over winning streak to begin his WCW career. He sat out his contract following the buy out of WCW in 2001m but two years later returned to wrestling for another run with WWE. Following a terrible match in 2004 with Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania XX, he left wrestling altogether until earlier this year when he was announced as a pre-order bonus for WWE 2k17. Goldberg was always known for his incredible physique which he developed while in the NFL and kept throughout his time in WCW, and he had the strength to match. During his time away from wrestling, he trained in various forms of MMA and, apart from his greying goatee, he looks like he used to.
4 Haven't: Big Show
Big Show had one of the most hyped debuts in WCW history and was even billed as Andre The Giant's son when he first started. While obviously not the fittest man in the world, he was relatively skinny and in shape for someone over seven feet tall. In his early days with the company, he could easily keep up and do things off the top rope, which is no longer case today. While his weight is a case of peaks and valleys, where he currently weighs is a valley. While more in shape than he was in 2006, he is not the same man he was in 1996 and will likely be collecting a legends contract check following his match with Shaquille O'Neal at WrestleMania 33.
3 Have: Diamond Dallas Page
You like expected to see the man that revolutionized wrestlers doing yoga on this list. For a man that started wrestling when he was near 40, Diamond Dallas Page was always in great shape and never had that post-WWE slump that many wrestlers had. After creating DDP Yoga in 1998 because of an injury to his back, DDP decided to spread the knowledge of DDP Yoga and hasn't looked back since. His return at the 2015 Royal Rumble proved that, even though he was almost 60 years old at the time, he could still go with the best of them. We can also thank DDP and his yoga program for turning around the lives of Jake "The Snake" Roberts and Scott Hall, who were both terribly out of shape and headed down a very bad road due to various personal demons.
2 Haven't: Raven
Raven is one of the biggest "what if?" stories in WCW history, as he was one of the biggest heels in the company but never got to a main event level. He was never known for having an 8 pack and calves that could rival a horse, but he at least looked like he was in shape. Nowadays, he doesn't look like the same guy that led The Flock. Following his run in WCW and WWE, he went to TNA and decided that he didn't need to stay in shape because he would always be wearing a shirt, he stopped dying his hair, he started to age heavily and he started to gain a large gut. Even though his promos were still great, he just wasn't the same Raven anymore.
1 Have: Scott Hall
One third of the reason that WCW had a small chance of beating WWE in the infamous Monday Night Wars, Scott Hall was dealing with issues concerning drugs and alcohol in the late 90s. When he debuted in 1996 for WCW, he looked and acted like a star and by the time he left WWE following the invasion and debuted for TNA, he was a shell of his once great self. Following a short stint in TNA, Hall would remain off television for a fairly long time before re-emerging due to DDP and the help of his yoga program. He was able to take a back bodydrop during WrestleMania 31, which shows that he has kicked his former habits and is working towards a new life. He's recently posted some photos that show him in terrific shape and we hope he continues in this vein!
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