Recently I had a chat with a friend of mine, the wrestler L A Austin, about his comeback to wresting after a few years out due to an injury, family etc.
His passion for the sport shone through, and that little ticking started in the back of my mind;
Could I, at 31, start training?
Now I, unlike Austin, have zero experience in wrestling. I started traditional jiu-jitsu at about 10 years old and MMA on off for a few years. But I am in need of getting into a shape that isn’t round (unless I’m going for a ginger Yokozuna look, in which case…pass the pies)
So he said it is possible but not easy. Granted, never expected it to be easy, nothing worthwhile in life is.
My intrigue not waining, I pushed forward. A quick Google search found this article on The Sportster about 15 wrestlers that started after the age of 30. Perfect place to start.
So lets begin:
Gene Snitsky – 32 Former American football player (College and Canadian)
Bad News Brown – 34 Former Olympic medalist
Rico Constantino – 40 Military man and professional badass
Steve McMichael – 38 One of the top NFL players
Ernest “The Cat” Miller – 33 Former college footballer and karate competitor
Vic Grimes – 33 Giant of a man
Professor Tanaka – 37 Professional boxer and military man
Brodus Clay – 33 Bodyguard and HUGE guy.
The Boogeyman – 40 Great shape and amazing story
Titus O’Neil – 32 Former college and Arena football player
George “The Animal” Steele – 30 Former college sportsman and unique look
Goldberg – 30 Did that NFL for a bit
Kevin Nash – 31 Giant of a man
Batista – 31 Bodybuilder