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Top 15 Wrestlers Who Let Themselves Go

The professional wrestling industry has long been one that featured a variety of different body types. While muscle-bound figures who looked more like superheroes out of movies and out of comics than they resembled athletes of their times have long dominated the business, the likes of “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes, Vader and other such individuals also managed to get over among fans because of their work inside of rings and also due to their abilities to cut promos and attract attention from audiences whenever they were interviewed during shows.

With that said, wrestlers are no different than top-tier athletes in that they have to be able to perform for long periods of time during matches. Thus, being in good cardiovascular condition is a must for any wrestler regardless of if he has muscles on top of muscles or if he is potentially carrying some excess weight around his stomach. It is when the in-ring work of a performer begins to noticeably suffer that such weight becomes a problem, and there have, in history, been instances where wrestlers have not been able to right the ship in order to get the issue under control.

Not all of the wrestlers who let themselves go during their careers were all-time greats and superstars who were once atop main event cards for promotions such as World Wrestling Entertainment, World Championship Wrestling or Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. Some cost themselves opportunities to make money by being unable to pack on the pounds, while others were able to drop the weight when asked en route to becoming big-time draws in the business. Remember, up-and-coming wrestlers, there is a difference between being a touch overweight and letting yourself go.

Just to be clear, a lot of these wrestlers got themselves back into shape, while some fell completely out of shape entirely. For the ones that got back into shape, we're just looking at a period where they had let themselves go.

15 Big Daddy V

Mabel: pl.wwe.com / Big Daddy V: reddit.com

14 Adrian Adonis

Younger: wrestlenewz.com / Older: pinterest.com

13 Sandman

Younger: ishareimage.com / Older: via wrestlingforum.com

12 Triple H

Younger: wrestlingwithpopculture.com / Older: ign.com

11 Goldust

via forums.2k.com

10 Kevin Steen/Kevin Owens

Younger: omeggakai.blogspot.com / older: ign.com

9 Samoa Joe

Younger: accelerator3359.com / Older: boards.ie

8 Scott Hall

Younger: ign.com / Older: prorasslin.net

7 Jake Roberts

Younger: shitloadsofwrestling.tumblr.com / Older: hisstank.com

6 Chris Harris

Younger: nwa-tna.skyrock.com / Older: ringthedamnbell.wordpress.com

5 Ahmed Johnson

Younger: sporcle.com / Older: forums.wrestlezone.com

4 Yokozuna

Ypounger: bigelow34.proboards.com / Older: wwe.fr

3 Andre the Giant

via 411mania.com

2 Matt Hardy

Younger: imgbuddy.com / Older: pixgood.com

1 Big Show

Younger: wcwworldwide.com / Older: tpwwforums.com

Big Show was deemed to be one of the biggest signings of the “Monday Night Wars” when he made the switch from WCW to the WWE in the 1990s. Some unfavorable booking accompanied with the once-named Giant packing on the pounds after accepting WWE money slowed his push, and things got so out of hand that the WWF sent Big Show to Ohio Valley Wrestling to work on his conditioning. Show, to his credit, did well to get himself back into shape, and he has since had a successful WWE career that has included multiple title runs.

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