Professional wrestlers come in all shapes and sizes. They also come out of shape. Some of the biggest icons in pro wrestling history are just that. Big. But whether it be limitations in physique or cardiovascular hindrances, wrestlers who are not built like bodybuilders tend to have an advantage connecting with the common fan.
Mick Foley was one of the biggest stars of the Attitude Era. Along with his charisma, Foley was able to successfully be marketed as the lovable teddy bear that would fall off of a 16-foot cell.
Dusty Rhodes, while in great wrestling condition, didn’t exactly look like a typical pro wrestler. His large frame and doughy physique made it that much more marvelous that he was able to go one hour with Ric Flair on any given night.
The myriad of body types in pro wrestling proves that maybe there is no such thing as a prototypical pro wrestler.