It should go without saying that most wrestlers don’t arrive in the WWE as finished products. Some need to hone their gimmick, others need to sharpen or perfect their skills, and some just don’t have the imposing physique that’s generally associated with professional wrestling. Not that you need to be as big as Andre the Giant or John Cena to hold your own in the ring; just ask current WWE competitor Gentleman Jack Gallagher, who is billed at 5 feet 8 inches and weighs just 167 pounds, but is a technically savvy wrestler, as well as a mixed martial artist. On the contrary, Gallagher’s former foe Adrian Neville was quite frail and nerdy-looking during his time on the independent circuit with the likes of Ring of Honor and Pro Wrestling Guerilla, but has since built himself up into an intimidating specimen…even if he still looks kind of goofy.
Thus, it’s not surprising that we’ve seen some drastic physical transformations from countless wrestlers over the years. Sure, some have unfortunately trended the other way and ended up putting on excess weight or letting muscle mass shrink during their careers or after retirement, but that’s not what we’re here to discuss. We want to examine the wrestlers who went from fat to fit, from strong to ripped, and from being a square to a star. Whether it was due to their physique or their hair, facial hair, wardrobe, or accessory choices, these are 10 WWE wrestlers who pulled off extraordinary body transformations.