That’s Rose amazing. Wrestling is a sport that can be very hard on a wrestler’s body. With so much wear and tear over the years, mainly caused by the work that comes from being on the road, the wrestlers are going to wind up doing some serious damage to their bodies. Things can change once they get off of the road and start to take care of themselves a bit more, which can make for some interesting switches. That seems to be the case with a former WWE star, who is now almost unrecognizable only a few years after leaving the company.

Former WWE star Adam Rose has posted a picture of himself to Instagram, comparing his build from 2014 to the 2019 version, which shows a noticeable change. Rose now weighs 258lbs, having put on nearly 60lbs of muscle and mass since leaving the ring. Rose retired from wrestling earlier this year, with his final match taking place on July 28. His WWE career saw him wrestle at a much smaller weight, though Rose says that a change in his diet and weight training “religiously” has allowed him to put on so much size, which he says he intends to keep.

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My weight gain has caused some interest so let me explain.. Before coming to the #WWE I weighed 236 lbs.. when I performed as #LeoKrugar my weight was around 225 lbs.. When I made the transition to #Adamrose, I was asked to refrain from weight training, so the character would not look like a #prowrestler at all, and also to get as far away from the Krugar character as possible. My weight as Adam was around 201 lbs.. unfortunately as everyone now knows while in the WWE I developed a drug addiction which lead to me losing considerable weight and getting sick. At my worst I weighed in at 176 lbs in the WWE.. I was living on a smoothie a day and barely ate.. After a long stint in rehab, thanks to the WWE, I was able to clean up and get my life back together.. Currently I weigh 258 lbs and feel good. I weight train religiously and eat food again.. probably too much food.. but I enjoy it so not gonna stop. I'm happy and on a much better track.. thank you.. #nxt #aew #powerlifting #weightlifting #bodybuilding #swoledaddy #jacked #happy #FatBoyHappy

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This is still great. Check out Rose at his best:

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Opinion: I actually didn’t recognize Rose when I first saw the photos, which were such a jarring change of pace. Rose never was an overly big guy when he was wrestling and now he is a near monster by comparison. It is one of the most jarring changes I’ve ever seen in a wrestler outside of some horrible health situation, so it was a bit to take at once. That being said, if Rose is happy and healthy, then good for him and hopefully he is happier now than he was when he was in WWE. It never seemed to be a solid fit for him, but maybe getting out of the ring is what he needed.

What did you think of Rose? Did WWE miss the boat with him? Let us know in the comments below.

Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at kbwrestlingreviews.com, or check out his- Amazon author page with 30 wrestling books. His latest book is KB’s Complete 2004 Monday Night Raw Reviews.

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