The Ultimate Warrior
Paul Levesque, who debuted as a WWE superstar in the mid-1990s under the ring name Hunter Hearst Helmsley, rose through the ranks to become one of his generation’s most recognizable wrestlers — Triple H.
The wrestler from Greenwich, Connecticut, has “pedigreed” his way through the ring over the years to become one of the company’s most influential personalities. Triple H has been the Executive Vice-President of Talent, Live Events, and Creative since marrying Vince McMahon’s daughter Stephanie.
The Great Khali
When the Great Khali made his WWE debut in the early 2000s, many predicted that he would become one of the most powerful wrestlers. The 7’1″ behemoth, whose true name is Dalip Singh Rana and who was a police officer in his native India, was an intimidating presence throughout his early wrestling career.
Khali, on the other hand, has gradually pulled away from his in-ring activities, becoming a support role for wrestlers like Jinder Mahal. Since 2002, he has been married to Harminder Kaur, with whom he has one child.
Bret “The Hitman” Hart began his career as part of a successful tag team with fellow Canadian wrestler Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart before going on to become one of the most popular WWE superstars of the early 1990s.
However, his stint with the business was cut short by the notorious “Montreal Screwjob,” in which he was tricked out of the WWE Heavyweight Championship by Vince McMahon. Hart has had many health issues outside of wrestling, including a stroke in 2002 and beating prostate cancer in 2016.
In many respects, the Big Show continued on the late Andre the Giant’s legacy by becoming the enormous, towering wrestler that WWE has sorely lacked over the years. Despite a poor record at Wrestlemania, Paul Wight has won the WWE Championship twice and a variety of other championships.
Big Show’s most recent attempt has seen him star in his own comedy, The Big Show Show, on Netflix. We hope that goes better for him than his wrestling career did.
Tugboat may not be as well-known as Stone Cold Steve Austin or The Undertaker, but he had an outstanding gimmick throughout his WWE tenure. Fred Ottman, who dressed like a sailor, was a member of the popular tag team The Natural Disasters.
The 63-year-old former wrestler has been a safety manager since retiring in 2001. Something of an ironic career choice since he spent so many years trying to smash his opponents to dust, but we’re happy for him. Outside of work, Fred enjoys coaching two minor league teams for which his sons play.
The Ultimate Warrior
There was a time when James Brian Hellwig, often known as The Ultimate Warrior in the wrestling world, was regarded as the pinnacle of what WWE had to offer. Although his tenure with the organization was limited, Warrior left an indelible mark, anchoring the company’s most important events.
Hellwig died in 2014, only a day after making his final WWE appearance. Since 2015, the WWE Hall of Fame event has included the presentation of the Warrior Award, named after Hellwig’s role. No one will ever forget his character and the enormous impact on the industry.
Rey Mysterio may be smaller than many of his peers, but throughout the course of his long career, he has consistently punched far above his weight. Oscar Gutierrez has seldom taken off his mask since his WWE debut in the early 2000s.
Mysterio’s WWE contract expired in 2015, and he opted to wrestle elsewhere. However, the cruiserweight champion has since returned to Vince McMahon’s organization, and his son Dominic Gutierrez appears to be following in his father’s footsteps. We’ll see what happens in the future for the Guiterrez family.
Ric Flair, the guy who popularized the three-letter term “woo,” has had a wild career. The Nature Boy became a WWE hit after winning the 1992 Royal Rumble, having previously established himself as a popular wrestler even before the inaugural Wrestlemania.
Flair has since enjoyed a tremendous career with WCW. While he is no longer active in the ring, his daughter Charlotte has proudly carried on the Flair name and is one of the most formidable female wrestlers on the current WWE roster.
“Macho Man” Randy Savage
“Macho Man” Randy Savage, unquestionably one of the most legendary WWE superstars of all time, never had a boring moment in his lengthy career. One of the most important aspects of Savage’s in-ring image was his stormy relationship with valet Elizabeth. He was a proud heel who was nevertheless liked by the fans.
Aside from wrestling, Savage has acted in films and television series such as Baywatch and Ready to Rumble. Unfortunately, Macho Man died in 2011 after being engaged in a terrible vehicle accident. However, his memory will definitely live on in the wrestling world.
Tammy Lynn Sytch, also known as Sunny among wrestling fans, has had a rough career over the previous two decades. Having originally gained prominence in the 1990s, the WWE diva was eventually forced to retire from the spotlight owing to her battles with illegal narcotics.
She has struggled to relaunch her career. Then, in 2017, Sytch was arrested, and her WWE contract was promptly canceled. Her most recent incarceration lasted a year before she was freed on February 25, 2020. We hope things will go more smoothly for her.
Fans were captivated by Razor Ramon’s charisma and pure confidence when he first appeared on the WWE scene in the early 1990s. He quickly became a fan favorite, but it wasn’t long before he made the big jump to rival WCW.
Hall, on the other hand, has made multiple WWE appearances throughout the years, reigniting his NWO alliance with the likes of Kevin Nash and X-Pac. In recent years, Hall has struggled with a variety of health challenges, including pneumonia and low blood pressure.
In many respects, Chyna was a one-of-a-kind wrestler who we may never see again. Joan Marie Laurer rose to fame in the late 1990s and quickly became well-known for being the first female to participate in both the King of the Ring and the Royal Rumble.
Despite competing against numerous male wrestlers, Chyna packed up her boots early to pursue her literary career. Laurer’s life, however, was cut short in 2016 due to unfortunate circumstances involving illegal drugs.
Rena Marlette Lesnar, better known by her ring name Sable, was another WWE star who helped pave the path for future female wrestlers to have more powerful positions in the ring. Sable had a series of notable storylines as one of the major female personalities of the WWE Attitude Era before hanging up her boots for good.
Rena has since married current WWE superstar Brock Lesnar and has starred on TV series and films such as Corky Romano and Pacific Blue. We wish her all the best with her new domestic life!
It’s hard to believe Sid Eudy was in charge of Wrestlemania VIII in the early 1990s. Over the years, the person known as Sid Justice, Sycho Sid, and Sid Vicious has competed against Shawn Michaels, The Undertaker, and the Mega Powers, to mention a few.
Sid, who has had great runs in both WWE and WCW, has been in and out of the wrestling industry in recent years, most recently appearing on the 1000th edition of Raw. His most recent match was in 2017.
While he is more known for his interviews skills than his wrestling abilities, Jonathan Coachman has been a noteworthy presence in WWE circles for several decades. After beating Jerry “The King” Lawler for the last Raw berth, “Coach” made an amusing appearance in the 2006 Royal Rumble.
He was out of the scene for a spell after starting work for ESPN, but he returned to WWE in 2018. Coachman is presently an NBC Sports Group football play-by-play commentator. He seems to be enjoying his more relaxing job, so we’re happy for him.
Dennis Knight is a great example of a wrestler who has developed various in-ring personalities throughout the years. Knight competed under the aliases Tex Slazenger and Phineas I. Godwin. Knight is most known for his portrayal of Mideon, a member of The Undertaker’s Ministry of Darkness.
However, towards the turn of the century, Knight was content to stand back and instruct pupils at Steve Keirn’s Pro Wrestling Academy. Knight, on the other hand, has become a chef after retiring from professional wrestling. Hopefully, no one ever mouths off in the kitchen to him.
Skinner has a long history in the wrestling industry, having been a part of The Fabulous Team throughout his tenure with WWE. Steve Keirn, a highly fiery man who understood how to stir a crowd, finally declared his retirement from wrestling.
However, this was just from a competitive standpoint, since he eventually opted to create his own wrestling school. Many future WWE stars were groomed at the academy. Kerin competed in a Battle Royal as part of the 15th Anniversary Raw special in 2007.
Scotty 2 Hotty
Anyone who remembers the WWE Attitude Era will never forget Scotty 2 Hotty. Scott Garland, one half of Too Cool and a close in-ring buddy of Rikiski, was well-known for dancing with Grandmaster Sexay and employing the dance move “The Worm” to build up to his closing move.
Garland trained to be a fireman after retiring from wrestling, but has recently returned to his WWE origins and works extensively at the Performance Center. Apparently fighting fires just wasn’t the same as fighting others in the ring.
In the end, Kelly Kelly’s wrestling career has been shorter than those of other WWE female stars. However, her influence on the firm is undeniable. Barbara Jean Blank has explored various professional pursuits since her stint in the ring ended in 2012.
That is including a handful of TV appearances as well as a cameo in the film Days of Our Lives. Kelly Kelly has also appeared as a cast member on WAGS on E!
The man who began it all. Despite inheriting WWE from his father, Vince McMahon was able to conceal his position as CEO for a while by posing as a commentator. By the time the Attitude Era arrived, Vince had developed into a fully-formed in-ring personality, even preparing to compete.
He notably won the Royal Rumble in 1999 and has subsequently had a lot of bizarre storylines. McMahon is now one of the wealthiest individuals in sports entertainment, but he has no plans to step down anytime soon.
Rodney Agatup Anoa’i, a member of one of wrestling’s most powerful families, is most known for his in-ring character as sumo wrestler Yokozuna. Yokozuna was the first wrestler of Samoan descent to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, and he headlined both Wrestlemanias IX and X, where he lost both battles.
Anoa’i’s life was tragically cut short in 2000. It is believed that he died of a heart attack while on tour in Europe. He was only 34 years old at the time. The life of a professional wrestler can certainly take its toll on the body.
It’s incredible to imagine that Goldberg was once the hottest product in WCW and yet still managed to make a significant impression in WWE. The spear practitioner went unbeaten for a year between 1997 and 1998 and has since built a reputation for himself in Vince McMahon’s promotion.
He most recently lost to Braun Strowman at Wrestlemania 36, which was held behind closed doors for the first time in the event’s history. Goldberg presently resides in California with his wife and son.
Jacqueline has had her hand in a number of different pots throughout the years, having been a successful wrestler and wrestling manager in equal measure. Jacqueline DeLois Moore was one of the most prominent individuals of the WWE Divas era, and she is notable for being one of the only women to have held the Cruiserweight title.
Since then, she has been welcomed into the WWE Hall of Fame. The former wrestler has previously worked as a trainer on MTV’s reality show Tough Enough.
Stone Cold Steve Austin
There may not be a wrestler who has had a larger influence on WWE than Stone Cold Steve Austin. The Texas Rattlesnake debuted in Vince McMahon’s ring in the mid-1990s and quickly became the most popular character on the roster owing to his freewheeling demeanor.
However, setbacks kept Austin on the sidelines, and he was finally forced to retire from competition entirely. Austin has appeared in films such as The Expendables and has his own podcast, The Steve Austin Show, in addition to wrestling.
The Rock is another wrestler who has achieved extraordinary levels of stardom throughout the years. Dwayne Johnson was a significant character during the Attitude Era, soon becoming The People’s Champion thanks to his larger-than-life demeanor and an endless supply of one-liners.
Most casual fans, though, are aware that Johnson grew too large for his own good and was unable to combine his wrestling career with his newfound celebrity as a Hollywood star. For The Rock, the sky is the limit.
Mick Foley’s reputation as a known hardcore wrestler in a number of organisations reached new heights when he joined WWE.
With a variety of ring personalities including Dude Love, Cactus Jack, and Mankind, Foley always brought a weird, one-of-a-kind flavor to the ring and was never afraid to get himself wounded. Since then, Foley has participated in a number of TV series, including a re-enactment of his role as Mankind in an episode of Boy Meets World.
The Rock’s acting prowess undoubtedly opened the path for other wrestlers to follow in his footsteps.
Dave Bautista, who rose to prominence as one of WWE’s top performers in the early 2000s, went on to shine in Hollywood as Drax the Destroyer in the Guardians of the Galaxy film trilogy, among other roles.
That hasn’t prevented Batista from re-entering the ring on multiple occasions. Despite being embroiled in a few legal squabbles, Batista is still alive and kicking. We’re interested to see if he comes back for more showdowns.
Shawn Michaels has one of the longest-running careers in WWE history, and he has managed to compete at the greatest level for over three decades. The Heartbreak Kid dominated the ring in the mid-1990s, but was forced to sit back for a few years due to reoccurring injuries.
Michaels’ in-ring career was notably ended in a career-ending bout against The Undertaker at Wrestlemania 26. He has been married to his wife Rebecca since 1999, and they have two children.
Despite being the son of a great wrestler, Bob Orton, Randy Orton was able to carve out a reputation for himself, eventually becoming one of the most consistent heels throughout the previous two decades. His final film, RKO, has become a crowd-pleaser at numerous events, and he is still competing to this day.
Orton divorced his ex-wife Samantha Speno in 2013, but married Kimberly Kessler two years later. The WWE superstar has also featured on television series such as Deal or No Deal.
In the last few decades, Edge has been a tremendous fan favorite whose popularity has only grown with each passing year. The Rated-R Superstar appears to have won everything from the Intercontinental Championship to the WWE Championship.
Edge made a surprising comeback in 2020, despite all of his injury setbacks and being away of the wrestling scene for over a decade. He made a dramatic comeback at the Royal Rumble that year before beating Randy Orton in a Last Man Standing battle at Wrestlemania 36.
Lita originally appeared on the scene as the Hardy Boyz’ valet, then progressed to become one of the top WWE Divas before becoming a great wrestler in her own right.
Amy Dumas has demonstrated that she has many strings to her bow despite putting up her wrestling boots in 2006, with many fans mourning her backflips and “twists of fate.” She has not only worked as an analyst, but she has also been the main vocalist of The Luchagors, a punk band.
When it comes to wrestling, there is no disputing that Alundra Blayze is a legend. Actual name Debrah Ann Miceli, was the first woman to be crowned Pro Wrestling Illustrated’s Rookie of the Year in 1988.
While her wrestling career ended, Blayze had some little success as an actress, appearing in films such as Death Match and Shootfighter II. In more recent times, she streamed her second husband’s wedding on social media.
Over the years, the guy who perfected the “Spinaroonie” has become a popular favorite. Bookie T rose to prominence as a WCW standout alongside his brother Stevie Ray as the tag team Harlem Heat before making the easy move to WWE.
Booker T is the most acclaimed wrestler in WCW history, and in 2013, he was welcomed into the WWE Hall of Fame. Huffman now works as a commentator as well as a pre-show panelist. Can you dig it, sucka?
Stacy Keibler was arguably one of the most renowned WWE Divas in her time, known for her long legs as well as her unyielding demeanor. She ended up appearing on a number of TV series, most notably on the 100th episode of How I Met Your Mother and What About Brian.
Keibler has also served as the presenter of the reality show Supermarket Superstar. The former WWE star married Jared Pobre in 2014, and the pair has two children together. Though she may not be wrestling anymore, she is definitely still kicking ass.
Chris Benoit was unquestionably a gifted wrestler. The Canadian superstar, who worked for both WCW and WWE, reached the peak of sports entertainment when he won the World Heavyweight Championship at Wrestlemania XX, defeating Triple H and Shawn Michaels in a three-way main event.
In 2007, the wrestling world was startled by the devastating news surrounding Benoit and his family’s demise. It was, without a question, one of the darkest periods in wrestling history, but it eventually made the sport safer by encouraging less direct chair blows to the head.
Trish Stratus is unquestionably one of Canada’s best wrestling exports. Stratus began her career as a valet for Test and Prince Albert before going on to become one of WWE’s most successful female wrestlers. She also made history by being the WWE’s youngest ever Hall of Fame inductee.
Aside from wrestling, Stratus has been on television countless times and has established a name as a fitness model. She has owned and operated her own yoga studio since 2008. She’s still staying in shape despite being outside of the ring.
Brian James debuted in the WWE arena as The Roadie and hasn’t changed his character much throughout the years. He was Road Dogg, most recognized for making one of the greatest ring entrances in WWE history.
He was a key member of D-Generation X, forming one half of the popular tag team The New Age Outlaws with Billy Gunn. Despite no longer competing in the ring, Road Dogg continues to work for WWE behind the scenes, mostly as a producer.
Brian Adams, best known as Crush in the ring, was a popular performer for both WWE and WCW throughout the years. Adams was a WWE celebrity at the same time as “Macho Man” Randy Savage and The Ultimate Warrior, and he continued to work for Vince’s company until the late ’90s.
After retiring from wrestling, Crush sought a career in boxing, but was forced to retire owing to repeated injuries. He died in 2007 while he was only 43 years old.
Big Boss Man
Big Boss Man appears to have had two unique runs as a WWE wrestler. He initially entered the ring and wrestled against the great wrestling superstars of the late 1980s, dressed in traditional cop garb and with a baton.
After a nearly ten-year absence, Boss Man resurfaced to WWE during the Attitude Era, dressed in SWAT gear and behaving meaner than ever. Twelve years after his death, he was admitted into the Hall of Fame.
There haven’t been many WWE stars that started out as Olympic athletes, but Mark Henry is one of them. Billed as “The Strongest Man in the World,” Henry rose to prominence in the WWE in the mid-1990s, eventually becoming a crucial part of the Nation of Domination alongside wrestlers like as The Rock, Farooq, and D’Lo Brown.
He finally left the supergroup to forge his own identity. Henry has won the WWE World Heavyweight Championship since then and was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2018.
It’s odd to watch The Undertaker go down to the ring without Paul Bearer by his side. The enigmatic figure was fond of lugging an urn to ringside and cheering on the ‘Taker with his eerie demeanor.
Bearer eventually misled The Undertaker by bringing in his in-ring brother Kane in 1997, sparking an epic “sibling” feud. He shed a startling 200 pounds after undergoing gastric bypass surgery at one point.
Bearer died in 2013 as a result of a heart attack. He was 58 years old at the time.
Jeff Hardy, one half of the legendary Hardy Boyz, has been ripping up the WWE ring for almost 20 years. Many consider him and his brother Matt to be completely responsible for immortalizing the TLC (Tables, Ladders, and Chairs) contests.
Their many bouts with The Dudley Boys, Edge and Christian, and others have been among the most noteworthy of the previous few decades. Jeff Hardy has recently been a part of the band PeroxWhy?Gen.
While Jeff Hardy is known for his “Swanton bomb,” Matt Hardy has built a name for himself in the ring with his “twist of destiny” finishing move.
A few years after establishing themselves as one of WWE’s most feared tag teams, Matt was determined to establish himself as a singles competitor, with his in-ring persona becoming increasingly eccentric. In more recent times, Matt Hardy has left WWE to join the federation’s newest rival, AEW.
Sean Waltman’s wrestling career has taken him on an extraordinary trip. Wrestling fans will remember him fondly as the 1-2-3 child, a quick, athletic combatant whose little weight didn’t prevent him from entertaining anytime he entered the ring.
Of course, Waltman’s career skyrocketed once he joined DX as the famed X-Pac. Waltman has recently gone through some personal heartbreak, but he appears to have rebounded back, making regular guest appearances on WWE events.
When Olympic gold winner Kurt Angle joined the WWE roster in the late 1990s, fans were eager to see what he could do. Despite starting his career with a well-known undefeated run, Angle quickly became a real villain, with fans thrilled to shout “you suck” everytime he entered the arena.
Angle headlined Wrestlemania XIX in only a few years. Angle’s Wrestlemania 35 battle against Baron Corbin was advertised as his farewell match. Angle was released by WWE in 2020 as part of budget cutbacks.
Few wrestlers can claim to have had the type of longevity that Chris Jericho has. The guy from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, has worked for every major wrestling promotion, so it was only natural that he’d end up as a WWE superstar.
Y2J quickly became a fan favorite, winning nearly everything over his two decades with Vince McMahon’s business. However, in 2018, Jericho joined with All Elite Wrestling, becoming the company’s greatest star in the process. Jericho is the narrator of Dark Side of the Ring Season 2.
Former UFC fighter Ken Shamrock, dubbed “the world’s most dangerous guy,” first appeared in the WWE ring as a special guest referee at Wrestlemania 13. He was in charge of the notorious Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Bret Hart submission match.
Shamrock, on the other hand, became a full-fledged WWE celebrity in a matter of months, becoming the 1998 King of the Ring as well as a legendary Intercontinental Champion. Shamrock revealed in 2019 that he will be launching his own bare-knuckle fighting business, Valor.
When he defeated his brother Bret in the first bout of Wrestlemania X, the late, great Owen Hart gave him a run for his money. A few months later, the rising star won King of the Ring, trouncing Doink the Clown, Tatanka, The 1-2-3 Kid, and Razor Ramon.
Despite having won so much throughout his WWE tenure, Hart’s career and life would end tragically. Hart died in 1999 as a result of a botched entry into the ring.
Some wrestlers are just perfectly suited to wrestling as part of a tag team, and Rick Steiner is undoubtedly one of them. During his stint with WCW, Steiner won the World Tag Team Championship an incredible eight times (seven times with his brother Scott and once with Kenny Kaos).
He also fared well on the WWE tag team circuit. Rick, on the other hand, retired from wrestling to work in real estate. It may be a different type of match, but we’re sure Rick is still bringing everything to the mat.
Billy Kidman was the WCW’s poster boy in many respects during the 1990s. Kidman built a large fan base and won multiple titles as a member of several teams, including The Filthy Animals, The New Blood, and Raven’s Flock. Kidman eventually joined WWE, although she didn’t have much of an influence.
Despite this, he remains under contract with Vince’s firm and works extensively as a producer. Billy Kidman: The Shooting Star, his autobiography, was published in 2014. Now that he’s become an author as well as a wrestler, we wonder where life will take him next!