Wrestling is one of the most gruesome profession in the world and there’s little debating that. Pro wrestlers start training at a very young age. Some continue to wrestle well into their fifties, case in point: Chris Jericho. Many, however, end up retiring or take semi-retirement before their bodies tell them to do so. The retired or semi-retired lot has to have a way of making income. For these performers, retirement was probably the best decision because they took on a much-more rewarding career path.
Madusa used to work in WWE as Alundra Blayze. Madusa won widespread acclaim for her in-ring prowess. She also gained tons of notoriety for trashing the WWE Women’s Championship on WCW TV years ago. Madusa had an awesome rivalry with Bull Nakano as well.
Madusa ventured into another thrill-seeking sport, monster truck driving, after she left wrestling full time. The former WWE Women’s Champion won many championships in Monster Jam. Moreover, she opened a pet spa in Florida to supplement her income.
Paul Burchill used to wrestle on the lower midcard towards during the Ruthless Aggression era. Burchill started his career in WWE as a henchman for William Regal but underwent a gimmick change in 2006. His final years in WWE saw him compete in WWE’s version of ECW.
Burchill started working as a firefighter toward the end of his wrestling career. "[Firefighting] suited my attributes of being physical, being able to use tools and getting to do cool stuff," he told WWE.com during an interview.
Muhammad Hassan’s run in WWE didn’t last long. His gimmick of a Muslim extremist didn’t age well at all, but it was wildly controversial at the time. Vince McMahon was forced to pull the plug on the whole idea. People were legitimately afraid of him as well.
Muhammad Hassan, real name Marc Copani, parted ways with WWE after a brief stint in 2005. He currently serves as the principal of Fulton Junior High School in Fulton in New York. Talk about a career change following a stint in the WWE!
Christopher Nowinski found himself in WWE after trying his hands at WWE’s Tough Enough. Christopher Nowinski made his WWE debut in 2002 as used his education background as the inspiration behind his gimmick. The character looked down on people because he was a Harvard graduate.
Unfortunately, Nowinski had no choice but to give up his love for pro wrestling due to frequent concussions. He is currently using his experience to make sure that athletes can avoid concussions, and is a reputed figure in the world of sports science.
Glenn Jacobs debuted as Kane way back in 1997. The Devil’s Favorite Demon appeared during Undertaker and Shawn Michael’s critically acclaimed Hell in a Cell match at Badd Blood. Kane broke the cell door and spiked his big brother with a tombstone piledriver.
Outside of wrestling, Jacobs is a highly successful politician. He was recently elected Knox County mayor for a second time. While Jacobs is popular in Knox County, his recent tweets have brought him a lot of criticism from fans and fellow wrestlers.