WWE legend who won string of championships now unrecognisable with normal job

A WWE legend who won a string of titles through the 1990s is now unrecognisable after ditching hardcore matches for a blue collar job.

Spike Dudley, an eight-time WWF (now WWE) Hardcore champion who fought with the likes of The Undertaker, William Regal and Rey Mysterio, is far from in-ring action now.

After years of brutal chair shots, high-flying risks and teaming with Hall of Fame duo D-Von and Bubba Ray Dudley, Spike, now 52, is working as a financial advisor under his real name, Matt Hyson.

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Spike's time in the ring featured a stint as WWF's European Champion as well as teaming with Tazz to secure the WWF Tag Team Championships.

But his "most hardcore moments", which are endlessly littered in the recommended playlists of wrestling fans globally, are long behind him.

His final in-ring encounter was in 2015 and, almost a decade later, it would seem Matt is happy to retire his wrestling moniker for life with his wife and two children, The Sun reported.

Speaking of his new role, which is far away from the squared circle, Spike said: "I work with a financial investment company, and my role is when people die, their assets and their accounts have to get transitioned.

"So my job is getting the assets to where they have to go. It fits my personality, I find it very fulfilling."

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Spike was a key member of WWE's 'Attitude Era' and 'Ruthless Aggression' follow-up, taking bin lid shots to the head from The Deadman and being slammed into the canvas repeatedly by Brock Lesnar.

The wrestler turned financial adviser claimed the wrestling industry was quite similar to his new line of work.

He said: "Every job has a lot of similarities, whether it's corporate working in a suit, working a McDonald's, or whether you are a wrestler.

"There is a hierarchy, there is a food chain, you have to learn how to play the game."

His well-remembered matches and fan favourite moments, including the time he was dumped out of the ring and through a table, were not going to last forever.

He admitted as much in an interview with Chris Van Vilet in 2020, saying there was "more to life" than leaping from ladders and taking beatings.

Spike says it was his wife who convinced him to retire instead of heading down the "rabbit hole" and holding out for more moments in a "great career" he has since retired from.

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