Big, small, fat, skinny, lean or hefty– if you’re good at wrestling, have the talent, the on-screen presence, the persona and charisma that will attract the fans, it really doesn’t matter what you look like or what your body shape is. Having said that, it certainly helps to be in good physical shape. There’s something about the massive guys, the mass monsters, the guys with rippling muscles, that just draws in the crowds and the TV audiences.
These massive individuals resemble real-life superheroes to a lot of fans – supermen in the ring, an image which is just enhanced when they combine their size with their athletic wrestling capabilities. Who wouldn’t want to see a guy that is 280-plus pounds of muscle in some cases jumping off the top rope flying through the air like a bird? It defies belief what some of these wrestlers can do, but it does happen, only in the world of wrestling.
A lot of these guys have always been big, but others transformed themselves into mass monsters, the result of hard work, blood, sweat, tears and sacrifice and pumping iron in the gym. These are 15 of the biggest, most muscular dudes in wrestling history, the guys with the most jacked physiques.
15 The Rock
Now of course, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has to feature on this list. He’s known for having one of the best physiques, not just in wrestling, but on the planet, which, combined with his big personality and just all-round larger-than-life persona, has made him a superstar in both the wrestling and movie industries.
His rigorous workout and hardcore bodybuilding regime has also made him a favorite in the fitness world and bodybuilding industry, where many up-and-coming pros look to him for inspiration. Keep an eye on his Twitter page and watch his training videos on social media for inspiration. Today his posters adorn the walls of many gyms around the world; he’s revered in the bodybuilding industry – quite an accomplishment considering he’s never stepped onto a bodybuilding stage.
14 Brock Lesnar
This guy still has a jacked physique, one of the biggest and most ripped in wrestling – and now in MMA too, of course.
Lesnar’s always been an athlete. From a young age, he’s been involved in football and wrestling. His sporting prowess has improved over the years as he’s moved through the professional wrestling ranks to gain a bigger profile in the industry, and as a result, his body’s grown with his profile and fan following.
Today, with experience in football, wrestling and MMA, Lesnar has a ton of experience and training under his belt and knows he has to hit the weights hard to keep standing in the two industries. He’s leaned out a tad since he got involved in MMA, but will always be known in wrestling for his hulking physique.
13 Triple H
In his prime, Triple H had one of the best physiques in the business – he still does, but at the height of his time in the ring, Levesque was jacked beyond belief.
Levesque has always been a huge wrestling fan and at a young age was infatuated with how certain wrestlers looked in the ring. He started lifting weights and began bodybuilding to look like his in-ring heroes, and very soon he was hooked on the iron game. He actually competed in a number of teenage bodybuilding shows before going on to manage a Gold's Gym franchise in Nashua, New Hampshire.
Bodybuilding and fitness have always been an integral part of the Triple H persona, and it certainly worked to his advantage in the ring.
When you’re talking about jacked athletes in wrestling, look back over the years and there have been quite a few, but if you’re talking freaky size and pure muscle mass, one name stands out and that’s Batista’s.
Batista built a wrestling physique he knew would capture the fans’ imagination and just continued to pack on more size during the course of his career.
He started out early, and took to bodybuilding as a means of a distraction from his life which was going downhill in his late teens. He entered the wrestling industry in 2000, lean and ripped, still big, just a more aesthetically pleasing physique in terms of muscle symmetry and proportion. As the years rolled by, Batista got bigger and bigger, and five years later, dwarfed his former self, entering the ring with over 300 pounds of muscle packed onto his 6-foot-6 frame.
11 David Otunga
Otunga has one of the most impressive physiques in the business. He could give any pro bodybuilder a run for his money, but has never felt the need to step on the bodybuilding stage and has never competed – he’s a bodybuilder simply because that’s what he loves to do.
He’s a massive bodybuilding fan and credits his hero – Arnold Schwarzenegger – for inspiring him to begin weightlifting. If Arnie judged Otunga’s physique today, he’d no doubt be mightily impressed. Otunga’s not just a mass monster; he’s built his body proportionately, and that’s what bodybuilding’s all about.
Together, Otunga and his wife – singer and actress Jennifer Hudson – certainly have everything worked out; they’re a power couple alright, and Otunga’s used his powerful physique to stay busy after his in-ring career has slowly fizzled.
10 John Cena
John Cena’s certainly jacked and loves nothing more than punishing his body in the gym. He’s maintained and developed his physique since he entered the industry in 1999, a testimony to his dedication and passion for wrestling and fitness.
Cena’s another wrestler who was once a bodybuilder. Before getting involved with wrestling, Cena was a pretty decent amateur bodybuilder and spent his time competing and stepping on stage.
Cena’s not only jacked, he’s as strong as an ox too – you don’t get one over Big Show or the Great Khali without having an insane amount of strength. He also displays his strength in his workout videos and regularly posts content on social media of himself lifting a mind-boggling amount of weight. He’s jacked beyond belief.
9 Rocky Johnson
Like father, like son, as being jacked seems to run in the Johnson family. Although a lot of you might not have been around to see Johnson’s in-ring career, he’s since made plenty of appearances at various WWE events since he called it quits in 1991 – it doesn’t take a genius to figure out who his son is.
The young Dwayne Johnson got into bodybuilding to keep himself out of trouble as a youngster, but he certainly had someone to show him the way around the gym, and looking at Rocky Johnson, it’s evident Dwayne has great genetics.
Rocky Johnson was massive during his in-ring wrestling career – one of the biggest guys on the scene – and used his imposing physique to great results during an illustrious career that lasted just under 30 years; the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree where the Johnson family is concerned.
8 Scott Steiner
Scott Steiner’s a genetic freak, and at his biggest, resembled a mutant in the ring.
“The Big Poppa Pump” wasn’t always a mass monster. When he started out in the industry, he was still in good shape, but as the years progressed, he just continued to grow and grow; fans were stupefied when he returned for his second stint with WWE in in 2002. He shed that layer of puppy fat and unveiled a physique of massive proportions and all-round muscularity.
He certainly amped up his time in the gym and has plenty to show for it, and today he’s one of the most recognizable figures to have graced the industry. What’s remarkable is that he’s still wrestling and is still incredibly jacked; add some hardcore training to freaky genetics – and possibly some other stuff – and this is what you get.
7 Lex Luger
Luger already possessed a jacked physique before he entered the wrestling industry in 1985.He was big and built due to year of taking hard knocks on the football field, and this translated to success in the wrestling world.
Luger always took care of his body and was what’s known as a fitness junkie. In the mid-'90s, he actually considered quitting wrestling to focus on his passion because he was finding it hard to take care of himself and maintain his physique in the grueling world of wrestling. He joined Vince’s World Bodybuilding Federation, but that organization went bust just as soon as it started. Aside from that, he owned two gyms in Georgia, and was considering leaving the wrestling industry to take care of them. Who knows what Luger would have looked like had he put all of his energy into his body? Having said that, he still balanced his time well, and had one of the most jacked physiques in wrestling.
6 "Ravishing" Rick Rude
Ravishing" Rick Rude emerged on the scene in the early 1980s with the Memphis-based Continental Wrestling Association. He started out portraying an arrogant, cocky guy who loved nothing more than to stand in the middle of the ring and flex his muscles for all to see. I guess if you’ve got it, why not flaunt it, right?
Today, guys like Batista have come a long way in the industry, but back in the 80s and 90s, bodybuilding was a different sport altogether. It was more about aesthetics, not just who’s the biggest. Ravishing" Rick Rude certainly had the aesthetics and was one of the most jacked guys in the wrestling industry at that time. Lean and ripped, Rick Rude certainly was ravishing to many people.
5 The Ultimate Warrior
James Brian Hellwig, The Ultimate Warrior, certainly had what many people would deem to be the ultimate physique. His jacked body just added to his star appeal and made him a firm fan favorite during his in-ring days.
The Warrior loved to punish his body in the gym, pounding away for hours on end, lifting an incredible amount of weight in an effort to attain the ultimate physique. He may have felt that he surpassed his goal because at the still young age of 26, he was already massive and had one of the biggest bodies in the business.
The Warrior actually stepped on stage as a bodybuilder during his pre-wrestling days. If he had remained in the industry, there’s no doubting the fact that he would’ve won titles, but we’re all glad he made the transition and displayed his body in the wrestling industry.
Sting began bodybuilding at an early age and embarked on a journey to attain a jacked physique. Low and behold he achieved it, and may have even surpassed his goal because during his in-ring days, he was certainly jacked and had one of the best physiques in the business.
Sting and The Ultimate Warrior’s early days lifting weights resulted in the duo’s careers taking similar paths. They competed on stage in bodybuilding competitions, then received an offer to move across to wrestling at the same time. They formed the Powerteam USA wrestling team with a couple of other bodybuilders and began wrestling on the California wrestling scene. That was that and the rest is history; Sting’s career soon took off and today’s he’s recognized as one of the biggest stars in the industry.
3 Hulk Hogan
In an article about jacked physiques, Hulk Hogan has to feature on this list. Hogan was one of the guys who started it all, and made the fans realize that big guys weren’t these boring muscle men who were only good for one thing – lifting weights. He combined his jacked physique with his personality, persona, charisma – all of which came together and made him one hell of a successful figure in the industry and paved the way for him to achieve legendary status.
The Hulk had a hulking body pre-wrestling, and it was actually this that initially got him noticed. Those hours spent pounding the iron certainly paid off, and we all know what ensued after that; Hulkamania gripped the industry, propelling Hulk Hogan to superstar status.
2 Billy Graham
Billy Graham was one of the original muscle men of the industry and paved the way for plenty of other jacked guys – including Hulk Hogan – to follow in his footsteps. Graham began bodybuilding way back in the early 1960s, and built an amazing physique. He actually competed and stood on stage with the best – including Arnold Schwarzenegger – and won a lot of titles in both bodybuilding and strongman competitions. This combination of bodybuilding and strongman training meant that Graham didn’t only have the aesthetics, he had the strength too – something that made him a force with which to be reckoned in the wrestling industry.
Graham certainly had one of the most jacked physiques of all time. Talking about the big guys, the likes of Batista and John Cena in this modern era is the norm, but back then, Graham was the only guy in wrestling who was 300 lbs+ in the industry and jacked, while also being lean too – what many bodybuilding experts would deem to be the perfect physique.
1 Tony Atlas
Tony Atlas is a former Mr. USA, a distinction he held three times. It's easy to see why the WWE wanted him in their company. They teamed Tony Atlas up with Rocky Johnson to form a tag team of two of the greatest physiques you've ever seen in a wrestling ring. Atlas still maintains his physique somewhat today, as he still has the massive frame and he still has the guns.
Atlas made history along with Rocky Johnson to become the first African Americans to hold gold in the WWE, winning the tag team championships.
Atlas's later run in WWE wasn't so memorable as Saba Simba, but one thing that was always constant was his jacked physique. He was eventually inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2006.