Professional wrestling consumes a performer’s life. Too many times we’ve seen legends of the squared circle fall victim to early death or a life of poverty after their competing days are over. Too many times we’ve seen larger than life characters fail to accomplish much outside of the ring. When these men hang up the boots, it is often the end of their money making days.
Not every wrestler’s life becomes a tragic story. Some men and women of the ring have been able to find success in other aspects of life. Some may find it hard to believe but professional wrestlers are sometimes able to be just as successful outside of the ring.
Dwayne Johnson decided to hang up his boots at a young age. Despite varying runs in WWE from time to time, the man formerly known as “The Rock” has become one of Hollywood’s most recognizable faces. Johnson is perhaps the most widely known post-wrestling success story. From The Scorpion King to his work in the Fast and Furious franchise, Johnson has quickly become one of the most respected actors in modern film.
Another wrestler of 1990’s fame to jump into acting is Stone Cold Steve Austin. Austin won over the hearts of millions in the 90’s with his roughneck persona and feud with his boss. Everyone could relate to the working man who hated his boss. Austin would see varying success in the movie world having starred in The Expendables, The Condemned and other action films. He’s also taken to reality game shows with his Broken Skull Ranch program and his stint on WWE Tough Enough.
Wrestlers have amazing work ethics in the gym and it shows in their incredible physical statures. It should come as no surprise that one former world champion went on to become a fitness guru. Diamond Dallas Page runs DDPYoga, one of the most successful and effective workout systems on the planet. His company has seen an amazing boom period in recent years and it seems Diamond Dallas Page truly enjoys his work.
When Adam “Edge” Copeland was forced into retirement due to a neck injury that threatened permanent paralysis, he began to focus more on acting. His one off appearance of SyFy’s Haven has become a recurring role and his character is now the Sheriff on the program. Only time will tell how far Copeland goes in the acting world but he seems to be a promising star.
Although Chris Jericho has not announced an official retirement, the wrestler now works on many other projects. Aside from his top rated podcast, Talk is Jericho, Chris also fronts Fozzy. Fozzy is about to release a new studio album titled “Do You Wanna Start A War?” and the band continues to tour. Jericho is also working on a third installment for his memoir book series.
Another legend of the ring who took to writing is Mick Foley. Foley broke new grounds for sports autobiographies by refusing the services of a ghost writer and opting to write his own book. Since his first New York Times’ Best Seller, Foley has continued writing. He also performs stand up comedy and seems to be enjoying his lifestyle choices.
Often times people think that professional wrestlers are doomed to tragic lives. Fortunately, early death is becoming less common for wrestlers and they seem to be finding footing in the world outside of the ring. Life after retirement is always tough, wrestlers just retire early due to injuries. These men have been able to find happiness in and out of the spotlight.