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What 15 Classic Pro Wrestlers Look Like Today

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I'll admit that I basically wasted my younger days sitting in front of the television.

And for my money, nothing was more entertaining than pro wrestling.

It combined the action of live sports with the charisma and comedy of cartoons, and in the glory days of pro wrestling many of the biggest stars became household names.

But where are they now? Some are still making money off their legendary careers, while others have been forgotten by the public.

1. Jake "The Snake" Roberts

Roberts was one of the most memorable villain or "heel" wrestlers of the Hulk Hogan era.

But after his career in the WWF dried up, Roberts' personal life fell into disrepair.

By 2012, he was publicly battling addiction, and so injured he could barely walk.

He moved in with fellow pro wrestler Diamond Dallas Page and began rehabilitation, celebrating his sobriety at his 2014 Hall of Fame induction.

2. Sting

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Sting (aka Steve Borden) has a pro wrestling career that stretches back to the late '80s, and was still going until just two years ago.

Famous for his makeup and his long stretches in both the WWF/E and WCW, Sting announced his retirement at his Hall of Fame induction in 2016.

3. Ric Flair

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A legend both for his career as a solo wrestler and as one of the Four Horsemen, "The Nature Boy" is recognized as a 16-time world champion.

After discussing his incredible life in the ring for a 30 For 30 documentary, Flair suffered a health scare last year, but thankfully has recovered.

These days, his daughter Charlotte is carrying on the family legacy in the WWE.

4. Mick Foley

Foley's punishing extreme rules matches, and his impressive cast of characters - including Dude Love, Cactus Jack, and Mankind - gave his career lasting appeal.

He's not jumping off of steel cages anymore, but Foley still makes regular appearances in the WWE, and has also made a career as a writer of autobiographies and children's books.

5. Kevin Nash

With 21 title reigns and a major career in both the WWF and WCW, Nash - aka Diesel - was arguably one of the biggest pro wrestlers of the 1990s.

The Hall of Famer is still considered an active WWE "legend," and reunited with his fellow nWo members at WrestleMania 31 in 2015.

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Nash and the nWo in 2015.Bill - DSC09192 / Wikimedia

"Big Sexy" also lived up to his nickname, strutting his stuff as Tarzan in the Magic Mike movies.

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6. Spike Dudley

The most famous third wheel in wrestling, Spike was always close at hand when the Dudley Boyz were in the ring.

While he was never a huge star, Spike joined forces with his "brothers" to become Tag Team Champion multiple times.

These days Spike - aka Matthew Hyson - works as a financial transition specialist.

7. Lex Luger

Luger burst into the WWF in the 1990s, quickly becoming one of the wrestling world's biggest stars.

When his glory started to fade, Luger moved into production, and still works backstage with the WWE to this day.

He's still fondly remembered by fans, but Luger had a troubled personal life.

The wrestler has faced domestic assault allegations, along with arrests for DUI and drug possession.

Nerve damage actually left Luger paralyzed in 2007, and he had to re-learn to walk.

8. Hulk Hogan

No wrestler defined the 1980s like Hulk Hogan, who was both the longest-reigning champion of the decade and the star of Hollywood movies like No Holds Barred.

Hogan's wrestling career has continued basically nonstop since then, with detours like his reality TV show Hogan Knows Best.

But in 2015, the release of a sex tape featuring Hogan - and a racist rant caught on camera - got the Hulkamaniac kicked out of the WWE and its Hall of Fame.

After winning a lengthy court case with the news outlets that published the tape, Hogan was reinstated to the Hall of Fame this year, and officially invited back into the WWE.

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Hogan broke down while discussing his lawsuit verdict on 'Entertainment Tonight'.ET

9. Shawn Michaels

"The Heartbreak Kid" won over fans with his dramatic in-ring style, but was plagued by injuries, including back problems, throughout his career.

A Hall of Fame member, Michaels has been retired from wrestling since 2010, but works as a trainer for WWE's new talent.

10. Kane

While he debuted as an evil dentist character named I. Yankem, Glenn Jacobs quickly rebranded as Kane, the "Big Red Machine."

While Kane has never stopped performing in the WWE, Jacobs has rebranded himself again - this time as a politician.

In August 2018, Jacobs was elected the mayor of Knox County, Tennessee. But he says he has no plans to give up his pro wrestling side job.

11. Ted DiBiase

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As "The Million Dollar Man," DiBiase was famous for waving around $100 bills, insulting his audience, and generally living the high life.

But that character never fit with the real Dibiase. After leaving the WWF, he became a born-again Christian, and today works as a minister.

"I travel all over the United States basically in evangelism," DiBiase said, "speaking in churches, speaking in prisons, speaking in rehab centers wherever I can basically sharing my story of redemption and the turnaround in my life."

12. Gene Okerlund

Believe it or not, announcer "Mean" Gene Okerlund is still doing exactly what he was more than 30 years ago.

Famous for his backstage interviews of the WWF superstars, Okerlund has never stopped doing in-ring announcing, and even returned to Raw in January of 2018.

13. Bret Hart

The Hitman's incredible skill in the ring helped win plenty of fans for the WWF in the 1990s. But he had a dramatic break with the company after being cheated out of his title in the infamous "Montreal Screwjob."

Hart suffered a stroke after a motorcycle accident in 2002, and had surgery in 2016 to treat prostate cancer, but is currently in good health.

14. Brutus Beecake

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It's hard to take "The Barber" and his hair-cutting gimmick seriously today, but Ed Leslie had memorable feuds with legends like Hulk Hogan.

Beefcake is still attending conventions and performing in the ring, but is officially "retired" and working as a wrestling teacher.

15. Razor Ramon

Scott Hall was a mutiple-time Intercontinental Champion, but struggled outside of the ring.

Hall battled drug addiction, and even overdosed on opiates in 2011.

Like Jake "The Snake" Roberts, he enlisted the help of fellow wrestler Diamond Dallas Page.

Through rehab, and his DDP Yoga program, Ramon was able to shape up in time for his Hall of Fame ceremony in 2013.

How many of these wrestlers do you remember?

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