We all had our favourites for very different reasons; but what happened to the wrestling greats once they climbed out of the ring for the final time? Where are they now?

Sting

Steve Borden

Also dubbed ‘the greatest superstar never to wrestle in a WWE ring,’ this 15 times world champion was well-known for his association with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA). In 2012, Sting was both officially inducted into the TNA Hall of Fame, and attacked by three masked assailants – the ‘Aces and Eights’ – on an episode of Impact Wrestling. In 2014 he appeared in the WWE 2K15 video game, with social media buzzing with news that he may come out of retirement.

Macho Man

Randy Savage

Macho Man held 20 championships during his wrestling career, including the WWF Championship twice, the WCW World Heavyweight Championship four times and the ICW World Heavyweight Championship three times. Sadly, Savage died of a heart attack whilst out driving with his second wife in Florida in 2011. He was only 58.

Bruno Sammartino

Bruno Leopoldo Francesco Sammartino

Sammartino was born in Italy in 1935 and is best known for his work with the WWE. He held the WWF World Heavyweight Championship for over eleven years across two reigns, the first one being the longest single reign
in the promotion’s history. In 2011, he briefly returned to the Pro Wrestling scene as a special guest when he joined a wrestling show held in his honour by the Adriatic Wrestling League. Although critical of the way wrestling is going, Sammartino joined the WWE’s Hall of Fame in 2013 and, like Sting, appears as a character in WWE 2K15.

Undertaker

Mark William Callaway

The Undertaker is one of WWE’s longest tenured performers and holds 21 straight victories at WWE’s annual Wrestlemania Pay Per View. In 2012, The Undertaker returned after a 10-month hiatus to defeat Triple H in an episode of Raw. In 2014 he also confronted, but was defeated by Brock Lesnar. Outside of the ring, The Undertaker invests in real estate, notably The Calahart Building in Colorado – with the name coming from his and his wife’s (Everhart) surnames.

The Rock

Dwayne Johnson

Johnson’s father, grandfather and uncles were all wrestlers, so it was probably no surprise that he entered the profession too. As The Rock, he had 17 championship reigns with WWE before turning his hand to the movies. You may have seen him in The Scorpion King, Tooth Fairy or Fast and Furious 6. More recently, he won Nickleodeon’s Kid’s Choice award for the fifth time in the ‘Favorite Male Butt Kicker’ category for his role in GI Joe: Retaliation. 

Hulk Hogan

Terry Gene Bollega

Hulk Hogan has been described as the most recognised wrestling star worldwide, and the most popular wrestling star of the 1980s. He is a 12-time world champion and the first man to win two consecutive Royal Rumbles. Hogan has both appeared in and released many video games including WWE Legends of Wrestlemania and WWE 2K14.  His daughter Brooke was in a reality series called Brooke Knows Best, and Hogan himself has appeared in over 24 movies and TV shows including Rocky III and Gnomeo and Juliet.

Nature Boy

Ric Flair

Alongside Hulk Hogan, Flair brought wrestling into the mainstream. Also known as ‘the dirtiest player in the game,’ Flair’s wrestling career spans over 40 years. Flair is known to have had feuds with many other wrestlers including Hulk Hogan, Bret Hart and Bruno Sammartino, in addition to dealing with family dramas involving his
son and daughter being arrested for assault. Nowadays he divides his time between appearing in the occasional WWE event and keeping both his – and his kids’ – heads down.

Stone Cold Steve Austin

Steve Austin

Hailed as the biggest star in WWE’s history, Austin’s persona of a disrespectful anti-hero went on to win 21 championships, including being crowned WWF champion six times and the Triple Crown Champion five times. In 2009, Vince McMahon inducted him into the WWE Hall of Fame. In 2011, he hosted WWE’s reality series Tough Enough. Nowadays, in addition to his popular podcasts – the family friendly Steve Austin Show, and not so family friendly Steve Austin Show: Unleashed – he appears in movies such as The Expendables and Grown Ups 2.

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