The perception had by a plethora of wrestling fans and also by some who work within the wrestling business is that World Wrestling Entertainment is only interested in acquiring talent who possess what is often referred to as a “cookie-cutter” physical appearance. Unless a wrestler looks like Superstars such as John Cena, Roman Reigns or Randy Orton, that person likely will linger in the midcard minus the occasional appearance in a main event against a top babyface, a program that more often than not will end with the individual who is “chubby” doing the job at the end of the feud.
That was not always the case in North American professional wrestling. Wrestlers such as Harley Race, Big Van Vader, King Kong Bundy, Bam Bam Bigelow and many others before and after them were seen as some of the most-feared performers in wrestling, and none of those men ever had superhero physiques nor did they look like athletes who spent hours lifting weights at a gym on a daily basis. They got over with fans because of their stellar work inside of the ring and also because of the way that they were booked by promoters and by storyline writers.
In all fairness to the current WWE product, there are still some wrestlers who have been given opportunities to make connections with fans despite the fact that they are carrying what some would refer to as a little extra weight in their midsections. A popular movement in the WWE Universe this spring has been the “Give Divas a Chance” mantra that has made the rounds on social media websites such as Twitter and Instagram. While that is a fine statement that wrestling fans should get behind, those who follow the brand of entertainment should also hope that the company also does not shy away from pushing performers who have unique looks.
8 Kevin Owens
6 Awesome Kong
5 Triple H
4 Damien Sandow
3 Bray Wyatt
2 The Big Show
1 Brock Lesnar
Part of the allure of what Brock Lesnar brings to matches is that he is a massive human being who also possesses world class athleticism. That he has sometimes had a little extra weight in his midsection did not at all negatively affect his work inside of rings nor did it keep fans from taking “The Beast” as a serious and legitimate athlete. Lesnar may not always be as cut as are in-ring rivals such as John Cena and recently Seth Rollins, but the former Ultimate Fighting Championship World Heavyweight Championship will never have to worry about such things so long as he can still send opponents to “Suplex City.”
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