Hulk Hogan, Shawn Michaels, Bret Hart, The Rock, Booker T, and so many more. Those are just a few names of wrestlers who stepped into the ring of WWE and made huge impacts. With their catchphrases, signature moves, skill, and heart, these WWE stars have made the world of wrestling more than just an entertainment platform. They’ve turned it into a religion, or something along those lines. Let’s see what some of the biggest WWE stars are up to now.
Paul Michael Levesque, AKA Triple H, made his Wrestmania debut back in 1996 but was defeated by the late, Ultimate Warrior. However that one loss is nothing to Triple H, he would go on to become one of the most successful WWE wrestlers of all time. After winning his first ever WWF Championship and the start of a storyline marriage with Stephanie McMahon, Triple H quickly became a focus of the main event scene. With 25 championships to his name and legally marrying Stephanie McMahon in 2003, Triple H has a greater behind the scenes role at WWE.
Unlike many on this list, Kevin Nash is well known for his work on WCW. Nash did wrestle in the WWE in the early 90’s under the alias Diesel – where he was even a headliner at Wrestlemania XI. However once he transitioned to WCW, Nash then founded the supergroup the NWO (New World Order,) alongside Scott Hall and Hulk Hogan. Nowadays most of us know Nash thanks to his work in Hollywood, so far he’s appeared in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze, The Longest Yard, Magic Mike, John Wick, and Magic Mike XXL.
Robert Booker Tio Huffman, AKA Booker T, holds 35 championships with WCW, WWF/E, and TNA. And as far as the WCW are concerned, Booker T is their most decorated wrestler. In fact, one WWE veteran said this of him, “[He’s] the best acquisition that WWE got when they bought WCW.” Moreover Booker is just one of four men to achieve the WWE and the WCW Triple Crowns. Wrestler Kurt Angle said of him, “He’s done it all… he legitimately is one of the top five best of all time.” The WWE Hall of Famer is now a commentator – “Can you dig it, Sucka?”
“The Heartbreak Kid” is thought to be the greatest in-ring talent ever. It doesn’t matter that he’s a four time world champion, what matters is that “Sexy Boy” knew how to work the crowd and don’t forget about that Sweet Chin Music finishing move. Of course we’ll always remember the “Montreal Screw Job” and his famous feud with Bret Hart. You can’t say the name Shawn Michaels without bringing up the The Hitman Hart. Currently Michaels is retired and works for the WWE as an ambassador and trainer.
For 40 years, “The Nature Boy” dominated the wrestling world. Considered THE greatest professional wrestler of all time, Ric Flair starred in the WWE, NWA, TNA and the WCW. Moreover, he’s been privileged to earn the Wrestler of the Year award six times. And how could we forget, he’s been inducted to the WWE Hall of Fame twice! Something that only Flair has ever achieved (in 2008 for his individual work and in 2012 for his group work, The Four Horseman). Charlotte Flair (Flair’s daughter) is actually also a professional wrestler and they often team up in a villainous nature. Yes, Flair may have retired in 2006 but he’s back!
Folks, we’ve just reached my all time favorite wrestler, Bret “The Hitman” Hart – The Best There Is, the Best There Was, the Best There Ever Will Be. 1978 is when Hart made his first ever ring appearance and his career spanned five decades. From 1970’s to the 2010’s, Hart held the championship a total of 32 times. In short, Sky Sports said it best, “[Hart’s legacy is] one of, if not the greatest, to have ever graced the squared circle”. Following the “Montreal Screwjob” in November 1997, Hart went to the WCW but was forced to retire in October 2000 due to a severe concussion. The WWE Hall of Famer briefly came back in 2010 to 2011.
Jacqueline DeLois Moore first started out as a road manager for WCW and TNA, before she hit the big time with the WWE. Thanks to her partnership with the Pretty Mean Sisters, Jacqueline would go on to become one of the most successful female wrestlers of the Attitude era. I mean she is only the third woman to ever (in WWE history) win its Cruiserweight Championship. After leaving the WWE in 2004, she once again worked at TNA as a road manager. In 2016, she was inducted to the WWE Hall of Fame.
During the late 90’s, Bill Goldberg was the face of the WCW. When it came to singles competition, Goldberg held a long undefeated streak from 1997 to 1998 – his streak was only just surpassed by Asuka in 2017. Once WCW closed up shop, Goldberg joined the WWE from 2003 to 2004 but he just came back in 2016. And yes, we know the photo below makes it look like Goldberg hasn’t aged a day nor has he lost an ounce of muscle – what can we say, the guy’s a beast.
Sid Justice, Sycho Sid, Sid Vicious, call him whatever you want but just know that Sid was a successful wrestler in both the WWE and the WCW. He did headline the main event of Wrestlemania 13, where he was up against the Undertaker. With Ric Flair, Sid was a member of the Four Horsemen. Back in 2000, Sid severely fractured his leg and was forced to retire for quite some time. Then in 2012, he made a glorious return where he fought Heath Slater and won, unsurprisingly.
The Honky Tonk Man
Wayne Farris, AKA Elvis AKA The Honky Tonk Man, was a popular attraction in both the WWE and the WCW. Farris actually held the Intercontinental Championship for an impressive 64 weeks. After which he lost the title to The Ultimate Warrior at Summerslam. The Honky Tonk Man left the WWE in 2009 but made occasional appearances over the years. Currently he’s more of a family man with his wife Tammy and their two kids.
Dude Love, Cactus Jack and Mankind, whatever the stage name, Mick Foley seems to have done it all. During his wrestling career, he’s worked for the WWF (now WWE), WCW, ECW, TNA, NWA, and GWF, plus a few promotions in Japan. You name it, Foley has wrestled there. The WWE Hall of Famer is a four time world champion and 11 time world tag team champion. Foley has a few successful memoirs that have reached the New York Times best seller list, plus he’s done a bit of TV and film work.
Razor Ramon is known in both the WWE and WCW wrestling worlds. While with the WWE, he became a four time Intercontinental Champion. Although maybe he’s best known for working with the NWO (New World Order) with Hulk Hogan and Kevin Nash. In 2014, he was inducted to the WWE Hall of Fame. During the 90’s, you may recall that he suffered with substance abuse but has been working extremely hard with WCW friend Diamond Dallas Page, in order to stay sober and live a healthy life.
Pretty much everything we could tell you about Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, you already know. Such as, Johnson played college football at the University of Miami before a knee injury ended that career. Moreover he comes from a long line of wrestlers, his grandfather (Peter Maivia) and father (Rocky Johnson). The “People’s Champion” quickly became the face of the WWE as he’s one of the biggest reasons that the industry even stayed relevant into the 21st Century. With 17 championships, the catchphrase master enjoyed a famed career. However what truly propelled Johnson’s career was his acting career – in 2002, he made his first feature film debut with The Scorpion King and the rest is history.
In 1999, John Cena entered the wrestling world with Ultimate Pro Wrestling (UPW). By 2002, he was on the main roster for WWE. For the next two years, his rapper character won over audiences on SmackDown!, but since then he’s portrayed the “goody-two shoes Superman”. For most of 2000 to 2010, Cena was the face of the WWE – many called him one of the greatest WWE wrestlers of all time. I mean, he does have 25 championships to his name. Since 2006, Cena has been acting in various Hollywood films but most noteworthy is that he has actually granted the most wishes in Make-A-Wish history – the man has a huge heart.
Mr. McMahon took over his father’s company in the 80’s and has built it into a powerhouse that just keeps getting better. Not only is he the CEO, majority owner, and chairman of WWE, but he has even dabbled as a commentator, actor, promoter, referee, and even stepped into the ring a few times. Shaun and Stephanie, his two children, have also made names for themselves in the WWE world.
Typically when you talk about wrestling, the name Hulk Hogan instantly comes to mind. Hollywood Hulk Hogan is considered by virtually everyone as the greatest wrestler of all time. And just like some others on this list, Hogan has wrestled for WWE, AWA, NJPW, TNAW, TNA, and the WCW. Outside of wrestling, Hogan has appeared in some film and TV shows, such as Hogan Knows Best.
Stone Cold Steve Austin
Ahh yes, Stone Cold, the vulgar, beer-guzzling antihero we all know and love. Many wrestlers (and even McMahon) have said Stone Cold Steve Austin is the biggest star in WWF/WWE history. They even go on to say that his popularity is more than that of Hulk Hogan. With 19 championships to his name, the Texas Rattlesnake has achieved more than we can even possibly say. While Stone Cold was forced into retirement in 2003 due to consistent knee and neck injuries, the WWE Hall of Famer still makes a few appearances in the ring. “And that’s the bottom line, ’cause Stone Cold said so!”
Mark Calaway, AKA The Undertaker, is one of the most puzzling, mysterious characters in the wrestling world. Ever since the Phenom defeated Jake “The Snake” Roberts at Wrestlemania VIII, he’s been headlining events from that moment on. We have to mention that The Streak has an impressive record of 21 consecutive victories at Wrestlemania – something not many wrestlers can say. Sadly that run came to an end at Wrestlemania XXX, where he eventually, and annoyingly, lost to Brock Lesnar. What’s even more sad, after almost 30 years in the game, The Undertaker announced at Wrestlemania 33 that he was leaving the ring for good.
He wasn’t called The Snake for no reason, Jack Roberts literally brought snakes with him into the ring. We cannot imagine going up against him and his python Damien. Roberts had two stints in the WWE, but also wrestled for the NWA, ECW, WCW, and TNAW. The WWE Hall of Famer is remembered for his dark charisma, using psychology in the ring, and his DDT finishing move (which the WWE named the “coolest” maneuver of all time). In 2012, Roberts leaned on his friend, wrestler Diamond Dallas Page, to overcome his substance abuse.
In today’s modern era, Big Show is pretty much the equivalent to Andre the Giant. Ever since the Attitude Era, Paul Donald Wright II has been around, although he’s permanently tied to RAW now. Are we glad the McMahon’s signed him on in 1999 because he has 23 championships under his belt. Outside of wrestling, Big Show is an actor who has appeared in The Waterboy, Star Trek: Enterprise, Psych, and Burn Notice.
13 time world champion Randy Orton is a third-generation professional wrestler – his grandfather Bob Orton, Sr., his father “Cowboy” Bob Orton, and his uncle Barry Orton. “The Legend Killer” is firmly set on disrespecting and physically attacking WWE Hall of Famers and other wrestling veterans. At 24, Orton became the youngest world champion in the WWE history after he winning the World Heavyweight Championship. Currently he’s still with the WWE but on SmackDown.
The now 38 year old got her start with the Nitro Girls in WCW back in 1999. However she quickly took on a much more prominent position with the company and became the manager, Miss Hancock. Once with the WWE, she had a hand in the Invasion storyline and managed a few wrestlers. “The Legs of WCW/WWE” will always be remembered for her unusually long legs, which Dancing with the Stars judge Bruno Tonioli said was, “The Weapon of Mass Seduction”. In 2006, Super Stacy retired and has focused her sights on acting and modeling.
Barbara Jean Blank-Souray, AKA Kelly Kelly, was just 19 when she started her career at WWE in 2006. By 2012, she had retired and had only won the WWE Divas Championship once. Since retiring, Kelly Kelly has worked with WWE as an ambassador. Outside of wrestling, she is also an actress with roles in WAGs and Days of Our Lives.
Adam Joseph Copeland, AKA Edge, started wrestling in 1992 but his WWE career began in 1996 and only ended in 2015. His 19 year career brought him 31 championships titled and seven World Heavyweight Championship titles (which is more than any other wrestler). Since retiring, Edge is working as an actor having appeared in Deal or No Deal, The Flash, and Vikings. 2012 is when he was inducted to the WWE Hall of Fame, but that’s not all. His wife, Beth Phoenix, was also inducted to the Hall of Fame recently, meaning that they are the only married couple to hold this honor.
As the Chief Brand Officer (CBO) of WWE and the on-screen commissioner of WWE brand Raw, Stephanie McMahon has certainly made a name for herself. But I mean, it does run in the family now doesn’t it? And let’s not forget that McMahon is married to wrestler and executive Triple H. It seems that Stephanie and Triple H have a beautiful and strong relationship on and off screen, and they also have three daughters together. Apparently it’s rumored that McMahon is writing a tell-all memoir set for release in 2020.
Ever wondered who the most beloved Diva in WWE history? Well you’re looking at her. Canadian Patricia Anne Stratigeas, AKA Trish Stratus, started out as a fitness model before moving to the WWF and then WWE. As her skills and popularity grew, Stratus was named a one time WWE Hardcore Champion, a three time “WWE Babe of the Year” and was voted “Diva of the Decade”. The WWE Hall of Fame inductee retired in 2006 and now appears on magazine covers, works with charity, and is the host of various award and TV shows.
1997 is when Glenn Jacobs emerged onto the scene and he did so in the most glorious fashion. It’s the pay-per-view Bad Blood, the Undertaker is up against Shawn Michaels in the very first Hell in a Cell match. The Undertaker thinks he has the win in the bag, all of a sudden the lights go red, and a red masked villain is shown. The masked villain has a similar stature to that of the Undertaker – he enters the ring, picks up the Undertaker, and performs his own signature move on him, the tombstone piledriver. And that my friends, is how Kane was introduced as the Undertaker’s half-brother, and the start of a sibling rivalry took place. Over time, Kane’s appearance has changed but his skill has only grown. After 10 months of inactivity, Kane returned to the ring in October 2017.
Rena Marlette Greek, AKA WWE Diva Sable, is more than just a wrestler, she’s also a model and actress. Just before the Attitude Era kicked off, Sable entered the ring and often butted heads with Luna Vachon and Jacqueline. Moreover, she became the second wrestler to have won the envious Women’s Championship. After a rivalry with Torrie Wilson, Sable retired in 2004 to focus on her family. Sable had her first daughter, Mariah, from her first marriage, however sadly her husband died in a drunk driving accident. Currently, Sable is married to the current WWE wrestler Brock Lesnar. Together, this duo have two sons together.
Six time world champion Bautista was signed to the WWE from 2000 to 2010 and also from 2013 to 2014. Impressively, he still holds the record for the longest reign as the World Heavyweight Champion at 282 days. Nowadays, Bautista is starring some of Hollywood’s biggest flicks, such as Riddick, Spectre, Blade Runner 2049, and the Guardians of the Galaxy films. Bautista also went back to his mixed martial arts roots in 2012 when he signed with Classic Entertainment & Sports.
Amy Christine Dumas, AKA Lita, got her start in Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) before she went to WWE in 1999. The four time WWE Women’s Champion is best remembered for being a member of the Xtreme trio, alongside Jeff and Matt Hardy. In 2006, Lita retired and became a professional musician with her punk rock band, The Luchagors. She also hosts her own radio show, Amy’s Discoria, and has appeared in various television shows.
30 year old Jeffrey Logan Sciullo, AKA Elias, wrestles under the RAW brand currently of the WWE. From 2008 to 2013, he worked exclusively with the independent circuit before getting signed to the WWE and working in the NXT ring. Only in August 2017 did he make his RAW debut, and he’s got a bit of a beef with John Cena. Many say he’s a rising star in the WWE world.
Dustin Patrick Runnels, or as he’s best known Goldust, made his debut in the WWF (now WWE) back on September 21, 1990. Guys, that makes him THE longest active WWE performer! Goldust has been wrestling on and off for 27 years now. He’s also worked for WCW and TNA, and has 20 total championships to his name.
Granted, Alexa Bliss has changed up her wardrobe now. It’s a bit more Harley Quinn and less cheerleader. Aside from her style, Bliss signed to WWE in 2013 and currently performs under the RAW brand. The 26 year old is a SmackDown Women’s Champion and is actually the first competitor to even hold that title twice. In fact, her ongoing second reign as the Raw Women’s Champion is tHE longest in the title’s history, with 164+ days.
Japanese pro wrestler Kanako Urai, AKA Asuka, is a former NXT Women’s Champion, with a reign of 510 days. And yes, that is the longest of ~any~ WWE’s post-national expansion era. Heck, WWE even consider her the “longest undefeated streak in WWE history”. Asuka also works as a freelance graphic designer and video game journalist.
1996 is when Kurt Angle first stepped into the ring, and the rest as they say, is history. The International Sports Hall of Famer has won 13 world championships and 21 total championships in his career with WWF/WWE, Japan and TNA. John Cena said this about his legacy, “He is, without question, the most gifted all-around performer we have ever had step into a ring. There will never be another like him.” Currently he’s the RAW General Manager.
In 2004, Dolph Ziggler signed a development contract with WWE and was then sent to Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW). Shortly after, he was brought to the RAW brand where he wrestled under the name Nemeth. However only when he joined the main roster of WWE in 2018, did he become Dolph Ziggler. The 37 year old has a successful singles competition record and has also held WWE’s World Heavyweight Championship twice. On January 28, 2018, he came back to the Royal Rumble but was eliminated by Finn Bálor.
38 year old Mickie Laree James-Aldis first started out in the WWE in 1999 as a valet on the independent circuit. After training in camps, James worked at NWA:TNA and gained national attention. She’s also the only woman to have featured in the Clockwork Orange House of Fun matches. 2005 is when she entered the WWE and is also the only woman in the WWE to hold WWE Women’s, WWE Divas, and TNA Knockouts Championships in wrestling history.
Currently The Miz is the WWE Intercontinental Champion in his eighth reign and he is under the Raw brand. Apart from wrestling, Michael Gregory Mizanin is also an actor and media personality.
The now 40 year old first began in the WWF and has also worked for TNA, ROH, and many companies on the independent circuit. With six world championships, 18 Triple Crown Championships, and his ninth Grand Slam Champion in WWE history. Hardy is involved with motocross, music, painting, and various other artistic endeavors. He’s also in the band PeroxWhy?Gen.
Second generation professional wrestler Charlotte Flair is up next. In case you didn’t know, she’s the daughter of Ric Flair, the two time Hall of Famer. As a teen, she appeared alongside her dad in WCW before moving to NXT and in 2015, she joined WWE’s main roster. She’s a six-time champion and is also the only wrestler to three current active WWE women’s titles, including the NXT Women’s, Raw Women’s, and SmackDown Women’s championships, plus the retired Divas Championship.
To date, 22 year old Tessa Blanchard has wrestled for WWE, GFW and Lucha Underground. While she didn’t have much success in the WWE ring, losing to Alexa Bliss, Nia Jax, and Carmella. In 2016, Blanchard made her Japanese debut for the World Wonder Ring Stardom.
The “Latino Heat” expert Eddie Guerrero performed in Mexico and Japan, and while in the U.S. with ECW, WCW, and WWF/WWE. “I Lie! I Cheat! I Steal!” was the catchphrase we all loved to hear in the ring. He even wrote an autobiography with a similar name, Cheating Death, Stealing Life. Due to heart failure, Eddie passed away in 2005. He was posthumously inducted to the WWE, AAA, Wrestling Observer Newsletter, and Hardcore halls of fame.
2005 is when CM Punk signed with the WWE, and since then he’s won the WWE Championship twice, the WWE World Heavyweight Championship three times. Moreover he is won the ECW and ROH World Championships once each. Whether he’s playing a hero or a villain, the crowd love him. In 2014, Phillip Jack Brooks retired worked as a mixed martial arts and was even signed by the UFC.
In 2000, Brock Lesnar joined the WWE family. By 2002, Lesnar was the WWE (Undisputed) Championship just five months after he made his debut at age 25. Eventually he joined the NFL and was the defensive tackle for the Minnesota Vikings. However after getting cut, he returned to wrestling. Lesnar is also an MMA fighter.
Allen Neal Jones, AKA AJ Styles, has long been thought to be “one of the world’s best professional wrestlers.” After his debut in 1988, Styles worked in independent promotions before moving to WCW, then TNA from 2002 to 2013 where he was dubbed Mr. TNA. In 2010, he became the first TNA-contracted wrestler to rank number one on the annual Pro Wrestling Illustrated (PWI) PWI 500 list. 2016 is when he stepped foot in the rings of the WWE and is currently the WWE Champion in his second reign.
Canadian pro wrestler Bobby Roode (Robert Francis Roode Jr.) is best recognized for his 12-year run with TNA from 2004 to 2016. With a successful tag-team relationship with James Storm, the duo are six-time TNA World Tag Team Champions and are also the longest reigning champions in TNA history. Moreover once Roode defeated Storm, he became the TNA World Heavyweight Champion and is also the longest reigning Heavyweight Champion in the company’s history; he held the title for 256 days. From 1998 until 2004 he worked with WWE however in 2016, he entered the NXT spotlight.
Twin brothers Jey and Jimmy Uso wrestle for the Smackdown brand and are currently the SmackDown Tag Team Champions in their third reign, a record setter. As members of the renowned Anoaʻi family (which includes Roman Reigns, The Rock, Umaga, and Yokozuna), wrestling is literally in their blood. 2009 is when they entered the ring and became the FCW Florida Tag Team Champions, by the following year, they were on the main roster.
Englishman Pete Dunne started training to become a wrestler at just age 12 and just two years later, he made his professional debut. After working exclusively in the United Kingdom, Dunne hopped across the pond and is currently the WWE United Kingdom Champion in his first reign.
You’re looking at the reigning NXT Women’s Champion. Adrienne Reese, AKA Ember Moon, worked on the independent circuit as Athena, she was a regular contestant on Shimmer Women Athletes, Women Superstars Uncensored, Inspire Pro Wrestling, and Anarchy Championship Wrestling (where she’s a former three-time ACW American Joshi Champion).
Alberto Del Rio
40 year old Alberto Del Rio worked as a mixed martial artist and luchador in Mexico and Japan before joining the WWE in 2009. Twice he’s been the WWE Championship and the World Heavyweight Championship, plus he won the 2011 Royal Rumble and the 2011 Money in the Bank ladder match (meaning he’s the only pro to win both in the same year). Currently he wrestles for Impact Wrestling.
Irishman Stephen Farrelly, AKA Sheamus, entered the WWE ring in 2009 and is a four-time world champion. Most noteworthy is that Sheamus won the 2010 King of the Ring tournament, the 2012 Royal Rumble match, and the 2015 Money in the Bank ladder match, which means he’s only the second wrestler (after Edge) to have earned all three accomplishments. Currently he and Cesaro are the Raw Tag Team Champions, and they’re in their fourth reign.
Rob Van Dam
47 year old RVD holds 21 total championships with ECW, WWF/E, and TNA. Rob Van Dam is also the ~only~ wrestler to have held the WWE Championship, the ECW World Championship, and the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. Oh yeah, Van Dam’s record of 4-0 at WrestleMania is currently the longest active undefeated streak. Currently he works in the independent circuit.
“Macho Man” brings out many nostalgic smiles, but back in his heyday, Randy Savage was THE prime antagonist to all of WWE’s top heroes. In his 32 year career, Randy Savage has earned 29 titles and is believed to be one of the greatest professional wrestlers in history. “Oooh yeah!” And let’s not forget his manager and wife, “Miss Elizabeth” Hulette, who was the source of many in-ring battles. Sadly in 2011, Randy Mario Poffo passed away due to cardiac disease.
“Excuse me!” The shrill and shrewd Vickie Guerrero immediately got a response from the crowd as soon as she opened her mouth. As a former Raw and SmackDown General Manager, this self-proclaimed “Queen Diva” used her cunning business savvy to climb the corporate ladders and pull any strings for her friends and business associates. From 2016 to 2018, she made a brief return to the WWE.
The Iron Sheik
In the 80’s, the Iron Sheik took center stage and quickly became the most recognizable villain of his era. Hossein Khosrow Ali Vaziri enraged American fans for the obvious reason, he was from Iran and he was proud of it. However putting all of that aside, no one can forget the night of December 26, 1983, when the Iron Sheik took down WWE Champion Bob Backlund in Madison Square Garden with that terrible Camel Clutch. Plus his rivalry with Hulk Hogan was legendary, it’s what turned Hogan into one of TV’s greatest heroes back then. Currently he’s a bit of an actor and makes periodic wrestling appearances.
Hailing fro England, Saraya-Jade Bevis made her debut at just age 13 in the World Association of Wrestling, which was a a promotion her family ran, under the name Britani Knight. From there she worked in the independent circuit, by 2011 she had signed with WWE. In her debut match on the main roster in 2014, Paige won the Divas Championship and becomethe youngest champion in the title’s history, she was just 21 at the time. The now 25 year old wrestles in the Raw brand as just one-third of the trio Absolution.
Andre the Giant
1987 is the year Andre the Giant went from the world’s most beloved performer to the WWE’s most hated Superstar. Why? He betrayed his longtime ally Hulk Hogan. At the time WWE were honoring Andre with a trophy for his 15-year undefeated streak, but we guess he was jealous that Hogan had just received a trophy to honor his three-year WWE Title reign. Andre also appeared as Fezzik in beloved film The Princess Bride. Sadly he passed away in 1993 at age 46.
“Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff made his debut in 1983 as a narcissistic bad guy. Then he teamed up with Hulk Hogan but after Hogan missed a few of his phone calls, Orndorff turned on his teammate. What then resulted was the biggest betrayal the ring has ever seen and Mr. Wonderful quickly became America’s most hated wrestler. He is known for his work in the WCW and WWF. After an arm injury, Orndorff eventually retired in 2000. The WWE Hall of Fame inductee is 68 and is enjoying a quiet life.
Curt Hennig, AKA Mr. Perfect, is a four-time world champion. In fact he held the AWA World Heavyweight Championship for 373 days, which is the seventh-longest reign in history. Although he is considered one of the biggest villains in the WWE, mainly because he never let anyone forget just how good he was at everything. Whether it was basketball, bowling, table tennis, darts, diving, or the WWE ring, he was perfect. Once he even stole Hulk Hogan’s title and destroyed it with a hammer. He said he was the “perfect champion” and that nobody but him deserved to wear the title. Sadly in 2003, at age 44, Hennig passed away.
You know the saying “behind every great man is a great woman”? Well in the 80’s and 90’s in the WCW and WWE world, behind every incredible villain was Sherri Martel. “Sensational” Sherri will always be remembered as a pioneer for women in sports-entertainment. The AWA and WWE Women’s Champion also worked as a manager for “Macho King” Randy Savage, “The Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase, Ric Flair, and Shawn Michaels. Sadly she passed away in 2007.
Canadian wrestler Chris Jericho started off providing comical value, until the Ayatollah of Rock ‘n’ Rolla. That was the night everything changed. Jericho shocked everyone when he defeated “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and The Rock…in the same night and became the first Undisputed Champion in history. Don’t worry, he won’t ever let you forget it. As he continued to win, his attitude changed – he chopped off his long blonde streaks and he began to vocally eliminate his competition (like with Shawn Michaels and CM Punk). Plus he does refer to himself as “The Best in the World at What He Does,” and he might be right, he does have 32 championships under his belt.
“Superstar” Billy Graham
Bleached blond hair, tie-dye, feather boas, and a chiseled physique, we’re of course talking about “Superstar” Billy Graham. In 1977, Graham made history when he ended Bruno Sammartino’s WWE Championship reign, he used his feet on the ropes for leverage. During that era, villains did not keep the title for long, they were quite quickly taken down by the ring’s heroes. However Graham went on to remain WWE Champion for 10 months — a record among the world of villains that still stands to this day. Currently the 74 year old is signed to the WWE under a Legends Contract.
The Million Dollar Man
Theodore Marvin DiBiase Sr., AKA The Million Dollar Man, was a villain in the WWE world. Some even say he might be the greatest villain in wrestling history. Apart from his many WWF wins, he is also the first North American Heavyweight Champion, a three-time Tag Team Champion (with Irwin R. Schyster), and is the 1988 King of the Ring. Just like Billy Graham, he’s currently under the WWE Legends Contract.
The Four Horsemen
Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, Ole Anderson, and Tully Blanchard never played nice and when you went against one, you got the wrath of four. These four were unforgiving to their opponents in their brazen attacks, plus they ridiculed anyone who wasn’t in their limousine riding, jet flying lifestyle. In 2012, all four wrestlers were inducted to the WWE Hall of Fame.
“Rowdy” Roddy Piper
Canadian wrestler Roderick George Toombs, AKA “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, is known for his work in the WWF and WCW from 1984 and 2000. “Rowdy” or “Hot Rod” played off of his Scottish heritage and is remembered for his signature kilt and bagpipe entrance music. Plus Piper is in the history books as probably the greatest wrestling villain of all time. While he was never a world champion, he acquired 34 championships in his 42 year career. Outside of wrestling, he was also an actor. Sadly Piper passed away in 2015.
Over three decades, Sting has held 15 championships in WCW, WWE, and TNA. Although his legacy is far more entwined with WCW as he is considered “The Franchise of WCW”, his time with the WWE is also memorable. In 2016, Steve Borden officially retired from the wrestling world. Currently he’s with the WWE under a Legends contract.
The now 65 year old is known best for his work with WA, JCP, WCW, and WWF. The WWE Hall of Fame inductee was a one-time Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion. He is now an ambassador for NXT.
Let’s see, when Torrie Wilson worked as a fitness competitor, she would also go on to win the Miss Galaxy competition in 1999. Not long after she signed with the WCW and in 2001, she began wrestling for WWF as part of the The Invasion storyline. In 2008, Wilson left the WWE but made appearances from 2009 to 2018. Apart from wrestling, the 42 year old is also an actress and model.
From 2007 to 2015, April Jeanette Mendez Brooks wrestled professionally. AJ Lee rose through the ranks in the WWE thanks to her “mentally unstable” character. She won the Divas Championship a record-tying total of three times and held the record for 406 days. In 2014, Lee got hitched to WWE wrestler CM Punk. Since retiring, she has been focused on writing. In fact her memoir, Crazy Is My Superpower, ended up on the New York Times Best Seller list.