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The Dark Side Of Pro Wrestling: 15 Wrestlers Still Living In The Past

One of the more difficult aspects of pro wrestling is transitioning to everyday life after your career ends. The spotlight is intoxicating and borderline addicting for performers not ready for their time to be over. There’s nothing like the rush of thousands of people reacting to your every move with millions more watching at home. Evolution is a must and sadly wrestlers are sent out of the door following the process of aging taking place or their body no longer allowing them to compete in a physically demanding business. Not everyone can easily go with the flow and some talents struggle with leaving the industry.

There are many unfortunate stories of wrestling personalities continuing to try to keep their name in the news in the current climate. Some of these former stars continue to wrestle on smaller shows despite not having the physical tools to perform at a high level anymore. This can lead to embarrassing one’s legacy as they risk their health for another pop from a high school gym and a small paycheck. There are also the talents that use their voice to create internet headlines, making controversial quotes by burying the new generation of stars. Both parties fail to adapt to the landscape of the business changing and it becomes a sad story.

It is hard not to pity someone that once had it all and ended up being bitter or desperate to continue their time in the spotlight. We’ll look at these stories here of the few wrestlers that are still stuck in the prior days of wrestling. Many want to continue to believe that they are still stars worth being on television and others just want to diminish the new stars as a way to prove their era was better. This is the dark side of pro wrestling and these are fifteen of the once popular wrestling performers that are unfortunately stuck in the past.

15 Bill Goldberg

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14 Vader

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13 Marty Jannetty

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12 Hacksaw Jim Duggan

11 Al Snow

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10 Greg Valentine

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9 The Nasty Boys

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8 Vince Russo

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7 Jim Cornette

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6 Raven

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5 Hulk Hogan

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4 Scott Steiner

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3 Honky Tonk Man

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2 Sabu

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1 Ric Flair

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One wrestler that adamantly denies the concept of aging is Ric Flair. The 67 year old still thinks he is in his 30s and would still be wrestling in the ring if WWE allowed him. Flair takes bumps and tries to get involved in physical action during segments involving his daughter Charlotte. His partying and wild life is still alive and well, as he has a very active life on the road. Flair is often viewed as embarrassing for the way he behaves in public but he embraces who he is and won’t change at this stage in life. Instead of trying to have a normal life in his later years, Flair refuses to stop living in the past and it has led to many ugly incidents.

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