Time usually isn’t kind to professional wrestlers. Between the years of physical abuse and the hard living that life on the road usually encourages, there are many professional wrestlers that have a tough time keeping in top shape into their later years. The problem only gets worse once they declare retirement. When the cameras go off, the extra pounds tend to come on. The same is true of many people, but it’s somehow especially cruel in the case of professional wrestlers that all those years spent staying in peak physical condition are simply wasted away by time and life.
That’s not always the case, though. Some professional wrestlers manage to stay in ring shape long after they’ve thrown their last suplex. Attribute it to work ethic, good genetics, or maybe even a stubborn refusal to finally retire, but the ability of some of the WWE’s biggest former stars to stay in shape during their twilight years is truly astounding. Of that elite group of aging wonders, there are a few that stand out as the most impressive of them all. They are the top 15 former WWE superstars who simply look incredible for their age.
15 15. Bushwhacker Luke
The Bushwhackers weren’t exactly WWE’s greatest creation. Actually, they weren't their creation at all. The Bushwhacker gimmick was largely a carry-over from the team’s previous characters in other territories. They were a comedy act that just so happened to enter WWE at a time when the company was growing rapidly and a young audience was willing to eat up the idea of two goofballs causing havoc in the tag-team division. Luke never really stood out as a physical miracle during that time, but the guy always had a solid build.
14 14. Diamond Dallas Page
People forget that Diamond Dallas didn’t even really break into the wrestling business until he was almost 40, which is an amazing feat in and of itself. By the time that he exploded in popularity, he was at an age where many wrestlers retire. Part of the reason that Page was able to make such a late run to the top has to do with the fact that the guy was a true workhorse who always managed to stay in shape. That didn’t change when he became popular and it certainly didn’t change when he retired and started his infamous DDP Yoga program.
13 13. Alundra Blayze
12 12. Billy Gunn
11 11. Scott Steiner
When Scott Steiner was first making the rounds as a professional wrestler with his brother Rick, he was immediately identified as the member of the popular tag team that could go on to have an incredible singles career. He had real skills, he had an engaging promo style, and, most importantly for our purposes, the guy looked like a million bucks. Steiner’s singles run didn’t happen back then, however, that wouldn’t come until later on in his WCW career when he decided to turn himself into a walking monument to the power of steroids.
10 10. Tatanka
Tatanka (Christopher Chavis) was once a professional bodybuilder with aspirations to become a professional football player. When no NFL team would pay him enough to justify him quitting his day job, he eventually found his way into professional wrestling. Someone in WWE obviously thought quite highly of him as Tatanka enjoyed a pretty historic undefeated streak upon joining the company. It wasn’t long before the company ran out of ideas for him, however, and not long after that before Tatanka wandered out of wrestling.
9 9. Sid Vicious
Despite the fact that the man couldn’t cut a coherent promo if his life depended on it and he was seemingly made of paper in his later years, Sid Eudy was always one of the most impressive wrestlers in the old days from a sheer physical standpoint. Some have gone so far as to say that if you could build the perfect professional wrestler from scratch, the first draft would look like Sid. You’ve probably seen the videos of some of the devastating injuries that Sid suffered late in his career that unceremoniously ended his time as a professional wrestler.
8 8. Ivory
7 7. Virgil
Virgil has become one of the internet’s favorite jokes since those pictures of him sitting alone at an autograph table emerged online not that long ago. As the berated assistant to the Million Dollar Man, Virgil was actually a pretty great character. As a heel, everyone hated the way he would just obey every order. As a potential face, people were just waiting for him to turn against Ted DiBiase. Regardless of his alignment, Virgil was always in excellent shape.
6 6. Ricky Steamboat
5 5. Sabu
4 4. Kevin Nash
Kevin Nash wasn’t the biggest wrestler anyone had ever seen when he debuted as Diesel in WWE, but there was something about the guy that drew all eyes towards him. He was perfectly cast as the bodyguard of Shawn Michaels. Mostly, that’s because he looked like a guy that would legitimately toss you across the arena if you tried to mess with him. Nash was never exactly an in-ring miracle worker, he had notoriously bad cardio and weak quads, but at least when he was standing still, he remained one of the most physically intimidating wrestlers in America.
3 3. Jim Duggan
There was once an internet rumor that Jim Duggan got his “Hacksaw” nickname because he was able to saw a military jeep in half as part of a strongman show. It’s not true (at least so far as anyone can tell), but it speaks to just how strong Duggan was. He rarely got to show it during his time in WWE due to the fact that Duggan was largely a comedy character, but Hacksaw could go toe-to-toe with the best of his era in terms of pure strength.
2 2. Goldberg
1 1. Bruno Sammartino
Bruno Sammartino is a one-of-a-kind wrestling legend. He was the champion at a time when holding the belt typically meant that you held it for years with the fate of the company on your back. He helped Vince McMahon Sr. keep his promotion thanks to his strongman physique and captivating persona. He’s the very definition of a classic professional wrestling champion. Bruno was widely recognized as perhaps the single strongest man in the early days of professional wrestling. His feats of strength still ring loud today. Still, the man is 81. Surely, he will have traded in those muscles for a well-earned retirement gut, right? Wrong. Bruno Sammartino is in better shape than your average 20-year-old. In this sad world where many wrestlers don’t even make it to 80, Bruno looks like he could still be the champion.
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