5 WWE Superstars Who Have Made Great Lives for Themselves in Retirement

Sharon GlencrossContributor IMay 22, 2013

5 WWE Superstars Who Have Made Great Lives for Themselves in Retirement

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    Let's face it: The wrestling business has had more than its fair share of sad stories.

    Numerous wrestlers have died young because of drugs and/or alcohol abuse. Many stars, like Tammy "Sunny" Sytch, have been in and out of rehab and even had the occasional trip to jail.

    Others, like Ric Flair and Hulk Hogan, have found their later years afflicted by personal turmoil and tragedy.

    Thankfully, not everyone's story is bleak and depressing. Indeed, the following wrestlers have not only carved out nice lives for themselves post-WWE, but they've also even enhanced their reputations and legacies.

    Let's have a look at their stories...

5. Steve Austin

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    What a great life Steve Austin has made for himself since retiring from wrestling in 2003.

    He hosts his own hit reality show Redneck Island on CMT, which has just been renewed for a third season.

    He's found success in the field of acting. Fun-filled action movies like Recoil, Hunt to Kill, Tactical Force and The Stranger have helped to establish the former WWE champion as a force to be reckoned with in Hollywood. He's essentially becoming a Steven Seagal or Chuck Norris for the 2000s.

    Impressively, he's also managed to stay on good terms with WWE, often taking on an ambassador-like role for the company and appearing at various press events.

    Of course, there has always been discussion about when, or if, he will make his return to the ring. But Austin doesn't seem in a rush to come back. And why should he? His post-WWE life is working out tremendously.

4. Nora Greenwald

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    As WWE.com noted in one of their "Where Are They Now?" articles a while back, Nora "Molly Holly" Greenwald threw herself into charity work upon leaving the company in 2005.

    She went to Guatemala for four months to help the country's poverty-stricken orphans. She has also helped out in various charities in her home state of Minnesota, often visiting schools to give talks about the dangers of drugs and alcohol abuse. 

    There was joy in her personal life, too. In 2010, Greenwald got married to a recovering addict she met while volunteering at a drug rehabilitation center. 

3. Adam "Edge" Copeland

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    Rather than being depressed or bitter about his forced early retirement in 2011, Adam "Edge" Copeland instead chose to embrace his new-found time and freedom.

    Symbolically, one of his first moves was to cut off his famous blond hair. Nothing says you're serious about starting your life over like a drastic new haircut.  

    Getting his acting career off the ground, he starred in the wacky WWE Studios' comedy Bending the Rules and later picked up a recurring role on the hit SyFy show Haven.

    He was also inducted into the 2012 Hall of Fame by real-life best friend Christian, becoming one of the youngest inductees ever at just 38.

    Having remained on good terms with his former employer, Edge still makes the occasional appearance on WWE television, too. 

2. Diamond Dallas Page

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    OK, so Page's WWE run in the early 2000s was forgettable at best.

    But the former WCW champion went on to have a significant influence on America's No. 1 wrestling promotion, thanks to DDP Yoga, his unorthodox, modern style of stretching.

    As an article on WWE.com last year reported, many superstars, including Zack Ryder and Chris Jericho, swear by it, and it's become very popular on the roster.

    Page should also be praised for his recent attempts to help Jake Roberts and Scott Hall, two extremely troubled wrestlers whom most in the business had given up on. It remains to be seen whether either man's sobriety can last, but all of the credit in the world to Page for helping give each man a new lease on life.

1. John Bradshaw Layfield

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    Frankly, former WWE champion JBL didn't have the best reputation in wrestling when he retired in 2006. He was known for being a fearsome bully and someone who frequently hazed younger stars like The Miz (something he has freely admitted to in interviews).

    And the less said about the despicable incident with The Blue Meanie at ECW's One Night Stand pay-per-view in 2005 the better. 

    But in the past few years, he's turned things around remarkably.

    His Seven Summits for Kids campaign, in which the wrestler climbs some of the world's tallest and most dangerous mountains to raise money for impoverished children in Bermuda, has helped establish the commentator as a great humanitarian and all-around nice guy.

    No doubt this is what he'd rather be remembered for. Not hazing young rookies and serving as a locker room enforcer.