It’s hard not to find a wrestler that time hasn’t been kind to. The majority of wrestlers we all grew up loving tend to age quite quickly — but many fans would like to think that their life is so different than the average person. How? Well, many wrestlers often stress that they didn’t exactly grow up in loving family households, began experimenting with drugs, found themselves in abusive relationships — the female wrestlers at least — all whilst beginning to feel this urge to commit suicide.
Taking all of these things away from wrestlers, suicide is probably one of the most common things killing these athletes; that just goes to show how messed up their lives must have been. But is their wrestling career contributing to these feelings? Because, quite frankly, the amount of wrestlers that have some sort of messed up past couldn’t even be counted on two hands. The list goes on and on. With all that being said, this is probably why these 15 wrestlers have aged terribly over the years, but do you agree?
15 Gene Snitsky
Gene Snitsky was never really a looker for the ladies, was he? He more or less has always possessed, well, let’s just say he’s always been unique in the looks department. But as the wrestler became older — but certainly not wiser — his looks really started to worsen, and when looking at some recent photos of him, it’s clear that Gene just never had those genes that would see him age gracefully. If it wasn’t for wrestling, many have wondered what Gene would be up to — he certainly wouldn’t qualify as a model, let’s just put it like that. But at least he has his wrestling career to fall back to; it’s making him a lot of money to do things that don’t really concern his looks, which Snitsky is definitely thankful for, I would like to assume.
At first, the whole Boogeyman persona and his appearance in the WWE was kind of cool, right? He had all this red paint over his face, infamously claiming it was blood, and who can forget those worms he would put in his mouth, pretending as if he was going to eat them? Gross. Well, with all of that being said, The Boogeyman definitely hasn’t been ageing that well — at least when you compare him with other wrestlers that have recently hit their early 50s. Boogeyman, real name Martin Wright, most likely has been covering his face with all those creative designs to hide how much he has aged over the years. I don’t know if it’s wrestling or just life that has been hard on him, but Martin certainly doesn’t look like someone who just turned 51.
13 Mark Henry
Some WWE fans have famously claimed that Mark Henry resembles Rick Ross so much, they could pass off as twins. Well, it would make sense considering that both stars are not ageing as well as one may have thought. Henry, who made his wrestling debut in 2002, has faced a constant battle with his weight, which has heavily contributed to the fact that he looks much older than 45 years old. I’m sure that if Mark was able to lose a couple of pounds, currently weighing a stunning 400 pounds, he could make a complete transition from someone who is overweight and ageing ridiculously fast to someone who has managed to get his life in check and is living a healthier life. After all, eating healthy can make quite the difference to one’s appearance.
12 Scott Steiner
There’s not much that you can expect from a man who has been wrestling since 1986. Scott Steiner, who is a University of Michigan graduate, is ageing fast — and yes, I’ve gotta keep in mind that he is 53-years-old, but still, there are wrestlers out there pushing 60 and look nowhere near as old as Scott. Fans seem to agree, but it may be down to the fact that Scott already started developing a full head of white hair in his early 40s — and the beard would soon follow. His body, on the other hand, is still being kept in great shape, so that’s a positive, I guess. Still, Scott must be fuming when thinking about all those years that he didn’t use a moisturizer, because if you look at recent photos of the 53-year-old, you’d see how much he has aged over the course of just 10 years. Womp.
11 The Great Khali
Everyone used to love The Great Khali. Yeah, he wasn’t the nicest in the ring, but his height alone just drew people's interest, including mine. There’s definitely something in his genes that has not only seen him pass the height of 7 ft 1 inch, but also aged considerably fast. Khali, real name Dalip Rana, is only 43-years-old, and even when he first made his debut in the WWE back in 2000, he was already looking much older than the 27-year-old man he was at the time. But they do say that men who are taller than most, particular those who are pushing past 7 ft, usually age a lot faster than shorter people. Don’t quote me on this, but if you look at all the tall people you’ve met in your life — that is if you’ve ever come across someone taller than 7 ft — they’re probably ageing just as bad as Khali is.
10 Necro Butcher
Necro Butcher — well, where do we start? Since this post is entirely based on appearance and looks, Necro always gave people the impression he had terrible hygiene. He often showed up wearing a dirty pair of denim shorts with a stained shirt, and while nobody knows whether or not this was him being in character to play the role of Necro Butcher, or whether this was who he truly was. Either way, the bad choice of clothing and the fact that Necro, real name Dylan Summers, has aged horrendously over the years, gives me every reason to believe that Necro was just someone who never really cared about his looks, often showing up to the ring with the frizziest hair one’s eyes have ever seen. Oh, and that horrendous beard.
Kamala was a funny one. Though he has officially retired from the business, during his time as part of the WWE, Kamala definitely made a name for himself for being the clown of all the wrestlers he would be facing in a match. The wrestling star, whose real name is James Harris, often turned up to a match without his shirt, displaying two stars on his chest and a half moon on his growing stomach. The whole thing was just really bizarre — oh, and don’t forget that Rey Mysterio-inspired mask he would always wear. Well, fortunately for fans, you guys should be glad you didn’t have to see what Kamala was hiding underneath that mask because it certainly wasn’t pleasant.
8 The Undertaker
The Undertaker has contributed so much to the WWE. There’s no way someone can deny that this man is a legend in the field of wrestling. But with the positive also comes the negative — his appearance. Undertaker, real name Mark Calaway, is definitely not ageing gracefully — and one can assume that it’s all down to the fact that he’s had a rather difficult life, or at least so he claims. And you should also keep in mind that this man has been wrestling since 1984. Since Calaway usually wears one of those large hats on his head, you can’t really see how bad he has aged over the years, but believe when I say, whoever is responsible for Mark’s current looks clearly doesn’t like him very much.
Kane had sorta disappeared for some time from the wrestling industry, and when he came back, he was no longer sporting that bald look he had been rocking for decades, making him already look much older than he was. Looking at recent photos of the 49-year-old, he looks completely different from how most fans would remember him. And sure, he’s getting older and probably grew tired of having to appear shirtless with the bald look on television every week, but it took me a minute to grasp an understanding as to how a man could make that much of a change in a matter of years. Without the bald head, Kane looks much older for some reason, which is ironic because it’s usually said that a full head of hair makes one look younger. Whatever the case may be, Kane still makes his appearances on WWE television every now and then — after all, he has to upkeep appearances if he wants to continue getting a check. It’s not like he has an acting career to fall back on.
6 King Kong Bundy
King Kong Bundy: was I the only person who was obsessed with this wrestler back in the day? It’s a shame that he has retired, but then again, he was already 46 when he decided to call it quits, so why not just relax and enjoy the money he’s made over the years? But for all the die-hard wrestling fans out there, would you agree that King Kong Bundy was one of the horrible ageing wrestlers at the time? Again, when you are overweight, you tend to age faster than someone who lives a lifestyle that includes a rather healthy balanced diet. Keeping this in mind, by the time King Kong Bundy, real name Christopher, decided to retire, he was looking way older than the mid-40s he was in at the time. Now at 58, it is pretty clear that time has not been kind to this former professional athlete. He now resides in New Jersey, and I hope that he still has a little money left from his time in the wrestling industry, after all, he was there for 25 years.
5 The Sandman
The Sandman sorta resembles Scott Steiner in the sense that they are both in the same age group and have both aged horribly. I’m sure the ladies would agree that Sandman has never been a looker — at least someone who the ladies could watch while WrestleMania was on. Sandman, real name James Fullington, is also said to have lived a hard life, so keeping this in mind, it’s understandable why the wrinkles are so evidently visible on his face whenever he pulls one of his many facial expressions. At 53, and having made his debut back in 1989, Fullington has definitely tried to upkeep his relevance in the world of wrestling, but as many have said in the past, he is more known for how bad he has aged these days than the contributions he has made to the wrestling entertainment industry. Do you agree with people’s opinions that The Sandman has not been ageing well?
4 Dean Ambrose
Dean Ambrose sorta reminds us of that one person you remember from high school that just never grew up. You know, the one that is still in the mindset of a teenager, while you are busy juggling jobs but you’re stable enough to know that when you get to a certain point in life, you change and grow up. Now, the impression that Dean gives people may not exactly be how he is in person, but hey — it is what it is. The 30-year-old, who has been wrestling for 12 years, definitely looks older than 30, if the truth has to be told. Again, it all goes back to this idea that Dean is trying to get his youth back despite looking rather cringe-worthy when doing so. The whole Justin Bieber haircut, the leather jacket worn with the black hoodie — it just screams high school for some reason. Dean is neither married nor has children, so maybe when he dresses his age and maybe focuses his attention more on trying to make the years from here on out count as far as his appearance is concerned, he might still have a chance to impress the women enough for one to want to settle down with him.
3 Tamina Snuka
The only woman on this list — and rightfully so. Women in the WWE make every effort possible to avoid ageing and being scrutinized by the fans, who largely consist of men in their mid-20s and above. While many would seek treatments from plastic surgeons to get their face filled with Botox and other injections, it seems as if Tamina Snuka has refrained from all of those shenanigans, choosing to age naturally. And, well, good for her for staying true to herself, but it is evidently clear that time has not been kind on her looks. She’s only been wrestling for seven years, but already looks like someone who has had a rather hard living — like someone who’s been through it all. Perhaps she has been through it all, who knows? Yet at 38, many wouldn’t have thought that Tamina would’ve aged so hard in the course of just seven years. With all that said, you have to applaud her for those incredible muscles she has. Maybe the consistent training is to blame for her ageing so quickly.
2 The Bushwhackers
Anyone remember The Bushwhackers? They were one of the most famous Tag Team partners ever — you probably don’t remember them since they hit their peak in the 60s, working together until 2002 when they disbanded. And while they’ve kept a relatively low profile over the years, recent photos have shown how much they’ve aged since their retirement from wrestling. Sure, you always have to consider the fact that these people wouldn’t look the same way they did 50 years ago, but wow — they are definitely looking like two grandpas these days. Believe it or not, but there are wrestlers out there who still look amazing in their 60s and 70s. Either way, The Bushwhackers were amazing during their time in the WWE, and that’s more or less what everyone will remember them for — not how badly they aged. At least that’s what I’d assume.
1 Hulk Hogan
Tanning! Yes, tanning has greatly contributed to the horrible ageing Hulk Hogan has gone through over the years. While his legendary status in the WWE is still respected, the fact that he often looks like a baked potato is definitely not something he should be proud of. But aside from the tanning, Hulk, real name Terri Bollea, has lived a hard life. He was infamously exposed for making racist remarks against a man who was said to be hooking up with his daughter, Brooke, using the n-word to describe the boy in question, which left his African-American fanbase fuming. And then there was the s*x tape that was put out — the one that Terry didn’t want you to see, so he sued Gawker, a media outlet, for $100 million. He ended up winning the lawsuit with a $15 million bonus. Perhaps he can invest this money in some beauty products that'll help him age a little better.