Big Show isn’t the only WWE star who’s changed his look…
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More like “Small Show” now. The 45-year-old Big Show is getting in shape for his WrestleMania match against basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal in April – and we do mean shape! Check out his sixpack! But do you remember these Superstars and their original in-ring appearances?
Current WWE champ Bray Wyatt wasn’t always heavily tattooed with a bushy beard and floral shirt. When he joined season 2 of WWE reality talent show NXT (2010- current) in 2010, he was called Husky Harris (the 29-year- old’s real name is Windham Lawrence Rotunda) and looked like the average college student. A year away from the WWE in 2011 gave him time to re-invent his character and he returned in 2012 as big, bad Bray.
STEVE THE STUNNER
“Stone Cold” Steve Austin was king of the WWE ring in the ’90s, using his in-your-face attitude and Stunner move to beat his opponents. And “The Rattlesnake” had the perfect look: a tough-guy goatee, shaved head and permanent scowl. But before that, the 52-year-old had a totally different look as pretty-boy “Stunning Steve” in the WCW from 1991 to 1995. He was even in a tag team called “The Hollywood Blonds”. Stunningly horrible, right?
SECOND-TIME LUCKY LUKE
Luke Gallows is your typical wrestler: chiselled and built like a tank, covered in tattoos with a bear. Sometimes he wears gloves and has his face painted as part of The Bullet Club tag team (with Karl Anderson), but even that is a world away from his previous WWE incarnation. From 2005 to 2010, the 33-year- old Luke (real name Andrew Hankinson) performed in the ring as Festus Dalton, a character that wrestling websites and experts have called “the most illconceived persona in WWE history”. Festus was a dim-witted oaf from the Deep South who used his impo-sing size to beat up opponents. The character didn’t go down well with fans and Luke’s contract wasn’t renewed in 2010, only for the wrestler to be rehired in 2015 and given a more realistic overhaul for his return.
Big Show’s been bulky his entire WWE career… …but he’s trimmed down a lot now!
Festus was a miss and Luke’s been a hit.
Bray’s changed a lot… and grown a beard.
Steve Austin with a hairstyle? No way!