With the exception of a few lucky people – Halle Berry, Jennifer Aniston, George Clooney, and Brad Pitt, to name a few – almost everybody’s appearance has and will change with the years. Curse you, Father Time! This is especially true with professional wrestlers, who, in addition to bulking up, losing or gaining weight, cutting or growing their hair, and plain old aging, also constantly have their ring attire changed to fit whatever gimmick they are currently representing. Except for Hulk Hogan. He just occasionally changed the color of his shirt, bandana, and sunglasses and maybe grew a little stubble when he wanted to look and act differently. How else can you explain someone like Barry Darsow, who has portrayed the drastically differing characters of Smash, Krusher Khruschev, Repo Man, The Blacktop Bully, and Mr. Hole-in-One? Or Charles Wright, who has been Sir Charles, Papa Shango, Kama Mustafa, and The Godfather throughout his career.
Of course, even with all the alterations that happen with wrestlers, it’s still usually easy to recognize WWE’s most famous faces in photos taken 10, 15, or even 20 years apart. After all, they’re still the same person. This is especially true when it comes to guys like Kurt Angle, who has basically been milking the exact same image for two decades. (We get it, you won a couple Gold Medals and you’re pretty proud of it.) Whether it’s due to changes in their characters, costumes, or physiques, here are 10 early pictures of WWE stars you wouldn’t recognize today.