The likes of The Rock, John Cena and Dave Bautista may have all moved into Hollywood after their professional wrestling careers ended. But some of their peers simply returned to normality once they quit the theater of the ring. So here’s a look at 20 WWE stars who now make a living doing much more ordinary jobs.
40. Spike Dudley
“Little” Spike Dudley was certainly the trippiest wrestler ever to grace the ring. The man born Matthew Hyson would pretend as though he was on LSD whenever he competed. But since leaving the WWE back in the mid-‘00s, the star has acted a little more responsibly. As well as continuing to perform on the independent wrestling circuit, Hyson has also worked as a specialist in the field of financial transitions.
Maven once admitted that his time in the WWE had left him with various health issues such as severe middle and lower back pain. Despite his ailments, the star continued to work in a job that required him to use his muscles after hanging up his wrestling boots. And in order to make ends meet, Maven served as a nightclub bouncer.
38. Marc Mero
Marc Mero found WWE fame in the mid-‘90s when he was crowned the Intercontinental Champion. Sadly, the wrestler was forced to quit the organization due to injury within a few years of his victory. After retiring altogether from the sport in 2006, Mero reinvented himself as a motivational speaker. Drawing upon his own experiences of addiction, he tours community colleges and schools to warn youngsters about the problems of substance abuse.
37. Molly Holly
Molly Holly once rivaled Lita and Trish Stratus as the WWE’s leading lady, but she decided to quit the organization in 2005 after slipping down the pack. Holly continued to perform on the independent wrestling scene before changing career completely. She worked with the one-year substance abuse rehab program known as the Minnesota Teen Challenge and has also helped give back further by helping kids with special needs.
With his warpaint, African mask and loincloth – not to mention shield and spear – Kamala was one of the most formidable-looking wrestlers of the 1980s. Sadly the man born James Harris paid a heavy price for his entertaining antics. The star refused to undergo dialysis treatment for his diabetes in order to continue with his wrestling career. Subsequently, he later had to have both of his legs amputated. To top up his disability check, Harris later began selling wooden handmade chairs.
35. Chris Nowinski
Chris Nowinski was forced to quit the WWE having experienced a number of concussions. And he’s since made it his mission to prevent other sportsmen from suffering the same fate. Nowinski founded the Concussion Legacy Foundation – an organization which uses treatment, research and education to help solve a problem that has plagued the sporting world.
34. Harvey Wippleman
Harvey Wippleman managed the likes of Giant Gonzalez, Bertha Faye and Sid Justice during his colorful wrestling career. But he also occasionally stepped inside the ring himself – most notably becoming the only male winner of the WWF Women’s Championship in 2001. Wippleman – aka Bruno Lauer – remains within the sport; but instead of taking the limelight, he now works backstage as a concierge.
33. AJ Lee
AJ Lee – or April Jeanette Mendez – was crowned Divas Champion on three separate occasions during her triumphant WWE stint. Following her retirement from the ring, the star revealed all about her experiences in a memoir titled Crazy Is My Superpower. And she’s continued to pursue a career in writing by working with Aimee Garcia on a comic book spin-off from Netflix’s wrestling dramedy GLOW.
32. Bart Gunn
A man of many names, Michael Polchlopek competed in the ring as Bart Gunn and Bodacious Bart as well as one-half of tag team The Smoking Gunns. The star had previously worked as an electrician before joining the WWF. And after retiring from the organization, the WWE said that Polchlopek decided to return to the exact same pre-wrestling job.
31. Val Venis
Val Venis was the innuendo-obsessed ripped wrestler who apparently spent his downtime shooting porn. The man behind such a risque persona – Sean Allen Morley – went on to focus on another very adult pursuit after leaving the ring. The ex-wrestler has since become a fervent advocate of the pro-legalization of marijuana movement and also has his own pot dispensary in Arizona.
30. Muhammad Hassan
Mark Copani gave up his degree studies in 2002 to pursue a career as wrestler Muhammad Hassan. But after being controversially booted out of the WWE in 2005 he decided to go back to SUNY Buffalo to finish his education. Copani later worked as a teacher of social studies before landing the role of principal at Fulton Junior High School in New York.
29. Chavo Guerrero Jr.
Chavo Guerrero Jr. followed in the footsteps of his wrestling father Salvador when he joined the WWE in the early ‘00s. And the Texan native has continued to extend his family’s legacy since leaving the ring. Guerrero Jr. has not only appeared as El Mayordomo in Netflix hit GLOW but he’s also helped to train many of its actresses how to pull off their wrestling personas convincingly.
Glenn Thomas Jacobs couldn’t be further removed from the devilish Kane persona he created for the world of WWE. During his long-running stint in the organization, he also built up an insurance agency with his wife in Knoxville. And after emerging victorious in both the Republican primary and general election of 2018, Jacobs was named as the Mayor of Knox County.
Steve Keirn shot to WWF fame in the early 1990s as the tobacco-chewing alligator hunter Skinner. He’s since helped a whole host of other wrestlers to build a career in the sport as the founder of the Professional Wrestling School of Hard Knocks. Furthermore, Diamond Dallas Page, Dennis Knight and Mike Awesome are just a few of the stars who have benefited from Keirn’s expertise.
26. Trish Stratus
Patricia Anne Stratigeas has pursued various careers since semi-retiring from her role as Trish Stratus in the mid-‘00s. But one of her biggest successes has been as the owner of an eco-friendly yoga studio hailed as the largest in all of Canada. Stratigeas opened up Stratusphere in Toronto in 2008 and it has since picked up a whole host of coveted business awards.
25. John Nord
Would you buy a car from a man who once named himself The Berzerker? John Nord also competed under the equally fearsome moniker of Nord the Barbarian during his long-running wrestling career. After quitting the ring, the former WCW star took a job at an auto dealership run by his brother in their home state of Minnesota.
24. Brutus Beefcake
WWE Hall of Fame inductee Brutus Beefcake may have been nicknamed The Barber, but the wrestler born Edward Harrison Leslie didn’t turn to cutting people’s hair after retiring from the ring. Instead, the ex-WWF World Tag Team Champion took a position with the public transit system to make a living.
23. George Gray
George Gray hasn’t had the best of luck since retiring from the crazy world of wrestling. The man known as One Man Gang lost his entire house to the floods that devastated Louisiana in 2016. And he was forced to retire from his post-wrestling role as a prison guard due to major back problems.
Raymond M. Lloyd has admirably focused on giving something back since quitting the sport that launched him to fame. The man best known as masked wrestler Glacier has used his fame to help promote various charitable organizations engaged in the fight against cancer. But to put food on his own table, Lloyd has also taken a full-time role at a Florida marketing company.
One half of tag team The Natural Disasters, Fred Ottman competed as a wrestler under the guises of Typhoon and Tugboat. Since leaving the ring, Hulk Hogan’s old ally has served as the safety manager in the Florida city of Lakeland. Ottman also kept one foot in the sporting world – coaching both of his two sons’ Little League teams.
20. Gene Snitsky
Gene Snitsky famously once kicked a baby doll out of the ring while taunting fellow wrestler Lita. Let’s hope, then, that the former WWE star takes better care of the people he’s hired to bodyguard. Yes, Snitsky has put his muscles to good use since exiting the sport by protecting the likes of New York Yankees legend Alex Rodriguez.
19. Tonga Fifita
You’d have gone out of your way to avoid Tonga Fifita during his stints in the WCW and WWF. But since leaving the sport, he has become a much more approachable character. He’s had to be, in fact, as Fitita has since gone on to work as a manager at a Toyota garage in Florida.
18. Diamond Dallas Page
Diamond Dallas Page may have left the world of wrestling, but his current day job is still very much a physical one. The one-time WCW champ teaches his very own yoga program – with some of his students including wrestlers both past and present. Page’s brand of yoga reportedly helps to improve joint flexibility and aid weight reduction.
Former WWE women’s title holder Ivory was used to dealing with animals in the ring. And as a result, a canine-inspired career change following her wrestling retirement wasn’t too much of a stretch. The star opened an animal grooming and dog-sitting operation following her departure from the sport in 2007, and she’s also since expanded to a bus service that takes her furry clients on days out.
16. Beulah McGillicutty
Beulah McGillicutty got both male wrestlers and ECW fans’ pulses racing thanks to the racy outfits she wore while portraying Tommy Dreamer’s valet. However, since getting hitched and giving birth to twin daughters, she’s adopted a more toned-down image. McGillcutty is now a published author as well – having written a kids’ book.
15. Ted DiBiase
Best known as The Million Dollar Man, Ted DiBiase has swapped revering cold hard cash for worshipping God in one of wrestling’s most surprising career reinventions. After leaving WCW in 1999, the star took on the new role of Christian minister by forming his own Heart of David Ministry.
14. Scotty 2 Hotty
Scotty 2 Hotty – or Scott Taylor – enjoyed 24 years in the wrestling world before finally retiring in 2013. Since then he’s pursued a number of jobs, including those of an EMT, a firefighter and a realtor. In 2016 he returned to the sport that made him famous, however, when Orlando’s WWE Performance Center appointed him as a coach.
13. Rick Steiner
And Scotty 2 Hotty isn’t the only ex-wrestler to try selling houses after leaving the sport. Having obtained his real estate license, Rick Steiner set up his very own eponymous realtor company in Georgia. The one-time WWF and WCW tag-team title holder also assisted in the opening of his sibling Scott’s Shoney’s restaurant.
Dennis Knight competed in the WCW and WWF under various guises – including Mideon and Phineas I. Godwinn. But the man of many names has moved from dishing out moves in the ring to serving food since retiring. You see, after refining his skills at Cafe Ponte in Florida, the star founded a catering firm.
11. Steve Blackman
Steve Blackman briefly enjoyed stints as an MMA equipment salesman and martial arts tutor after hanging up his wrestling boots. However, he appears to have found his calling in the bail bondsman business. And you certainly wouldn’t want to get on the wrong side of a guy with no fewer than half a dozen WWF Hardcore Championships to his name.
Before finding fame as a WWE wrestler, Rico had spent time with the Las Vegas SWAT team and in military training. So it’s perhaps unsurprising to find out that the star has followed another colorful career path since leaving the ring. Rico has since worked as an officer with the U.S. Marshals.
9. Vickie Guerrero
Vickie Guerrero still makes the occasional WWE cameo – there was her 2018 appearance at the Royal Rumble, for example. But the ex-Smackdown GM now spends most of her time working in a considerably quieter environment. That’s because, after saying goodbye to the wrestling world, Guerrero took a job as a medical administrator.
8. Jimmy Wang
Jimmy Wang initially tried exterminating bugs for a living after quitting the WWE. But after finding that the profession wasn’t to his liking, the ex-wrestler decided to pursue something a little more fun. Interestingly, Wang set up his own redneck-themed party bus – on which he once took RAW stars TJ Perkins, Brian Kendrick and Tony Nese out to paint the town red.
7. Eve Torres
And Wang isn’t the only WWE star who’s now making a living ensuring that people have fun, as Eve Torres is now an accomplished party events coordinator. The 2007 Diva Search winner turned to the profession after leaving the wrestling world behind six years later.
6. Paul Burchill
Paul Burchill has enjoyed three very different careers over the years. He first worked in his U.K. homeland as a teacher before relocating to the States – where he enjoyed a spell in the WWE. Then, after leaving the franchise in 2010, he changed direction once again by becoming a firefighter.
5. Trevor Murdoch
Trevor Murdoch first caught people’s attention as a member of TNA and ECW tag team The Dupps before reinventing himself as a hick trucker with attitude in the WWE. The man born William Mueller also opened a restaurant while still competing in the sport. After retiring completely in 2017, however, he landed a fiber optics installation job with a firm specializing in heavy equipment.
4. Shawn Stasiak
As the child of WWF champion Stan “The Man” Stasiak, Shawn Stasiak was perhaps always destined to compete in the wrestling ring. But after becoming disenchanted with his comic persona, he decided to opt for a more serious profession: Stasiak is now reportedly one of the finest chiropractors in America.
3. Simon Dean
Simon Dean enjoyed stints as part of the ECW’s Blue World Order and as the WWE’s conceited fitness guru. But since those days, Dean has become more concerned with getting people into financial rather than physical shape through his role as manager of a branch of the Woodforest National Bank in Louisville, Kentucky.
2. Sean O’Haire
Sean O’Haire is responsible for one of the wrestling world’s most unlikely career transitions. You see, after being let go from the WWF in 2004, the star reinvented himself as a hairdresser. Sadly, though, O’Haire committed suicide ten years later.
1. Barry Buchanan
With his 275-pound, 6’6” frame, Barry Buchanan was one of the wrestling world’s most imposing figures back in the late 1990s. Since leaving WWE, however, the star has worked in the field of law enforcement, and he now serves Georgia’s Carroll County as an investigator.