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15 Forgotten 90s Wrestlers: Where Are They Now?

The 90s was the era for wrestling which brought back legitimacy and popularity in a sport which had been rocked earlier by the revelation that everything is “scripted” when WWE’s Chairman Vince McMaho

The 90s was the era for wrestling which brought back legitimacy and popularity in a sport which had been rocked earlier by the revelation that everything is “scripted” when WWE’s Chairman Vince McMahon confessed so in court. Be it the beginning of the Monday Night Wars which made for some of the best entertainment product of the time, or the inflow of some amazing wrestling into the product because of solid booking and more talents willing to join the profession of wresting, the wrestling promotions found new ground in the 90’s when people were more willing to divulge into something different than the regular American sports.

Wrestling found some popularity starting from the 80’s which hosted the first ever WrestleMania and the infamous Hulk Hogan vs Andre the Giant match-up along with more businessmen buying into small promotions to compete with the rising WWE. Also there was a major inflow of talent coming in the 90’s, as many got inspired by the events of the earlier decade to try their hand in wrestling which was becoming more popular by the day. And with so many wrestling promotions gathering ground, as McMahon’s WWE, Jim Cornette’s WCW and Paul Heyman’s ECW all got their own fans who expected the absolute best from the workers.

Many wresters were groomed and trained by these promotions in an attempt at making their own “superstars” and because of the strong booking and less restrictions to the product at the time, many wrestlers excelled at getting popular while some became icons as well. On the other hand, many others who found success in that decade would fall from grace after the turn of the century, as they would soon be forgotten by the wrestling community. These wrestlers would have to look for work in low-key promotions or go for others career options, as they seemed to diminish along with the 90s.

33 2 COLD SCORPIO (THEN)

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32 2 COLD SCORPIO (NOW)

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31 AHMED JOHNSON (THEN)

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30 AHMED JOHNSON (NOW)

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29 HAKU (THEN)

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28 HAKU (NOW)

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27 MARTY JANNETTY (THEN)

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26 MARTY JANNETTY (NOW)

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25 MARC MERO (THEN)

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24 MARC MERO (NOW)

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23 THE GODFATHER (THEN)

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22 THE GODFATHER (NOW)

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21 JUSTIN CREDIBLE (THEN)

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20 JUSTIN CREDIBLE (NOW)

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As ECW was sinking further down its hole, Credible returned back to the WWE with the turn of the century, immediately forming a stable with X-Pac and Albert known as “The X-Factor”. Credible then sided with Heyman to join The Alliance, and was on the B-Shows before the Alliance lost to Team WWE. After that, Credible did manage to win the Hardcore Championship 8 times in his career, but was featured on shows like “Heat” and mostly jobbing in RAW shows. He was released by the WWE and went onto wrestle for ROH and TNA in the next years, while also working in the Indy circuit. Credible returned for a short stint at WWE in 2006 to put over their ECW Brand. He would later go onto wrestle for “Pro Wrestling Syndicate” as well as appearing for ECW-based reunions in the later years. Credible was inducted in the New England Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2009, as he would go onto wrestle for some events for TNA as well as Chikara in the next years. Credible wrestled his last match against Tommy Dreamer at a Pro Wrestling Syndicate Event last year, and insists that he’s happy with life after retirement and continues to appear in Wrestling events, confessing that he can’t let go of his love that easily.

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18 KONNAN (THEN)

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Known as the “Mexican Hulk Hogan”, Konnan saw immense popularity in the 90’s where he was a vocal part of the uprise of WCW as a solid mid-carder as well as a prominent member of the NWO. He would first try his luck at the WWE who hired him because of his growing popularity as one of the top rising talents, as they hired him with much anticipation and then completely ruined him by giving him an awful gimmick of a cyborg who would shoot sparkles into the crowd. Konnan was given many characters and names in his WWE and each one failed miserably, leading him to be released. He rejoined the WCW in 1996 where he impressed everyone by winning the US Title soon after joining, and then would shoot into fame by joining the NWO. Known as “K-Dog” during his time, he would go onto win the WCW Television Championship and later side with NWO Wolfpac. He would later also be a part of “The Filthy Animals” with Rey Mysterio as they won the WCW Tag Team Titles together. Konnan would be seldomly used as horrible booking took over WCW, and would leave soon after.

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16 KONNAN (NOW)

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After leaving WCW, Konnan would go onto wrestle for many promotions before joining TNA in 2002. He would later create a crew with B.G James and Ron Killings known as “3Live Kru” as they won the vacant NWA World Tag Team Championship together. This stable would be together for quite a bit inspite of some topsy-turvy turns, before Konnan went onto creating “The Latin American Xchange” with Apollo and Homicide. This heel stable would ambush and dominate other stables in the promotion, as LAX would go onto exchange the Tag Titles back and forth with other teams. But a bitter ending came to his TNA career as they didn’t support him as he was diagnosed with cancer and needed to go with a hip replacement surgery, as he left TNA for AAA after it. Konnan would help AAA reach new levels and would take control of things soon enough, becoming the manager of their top stable “La Legion Extranjera” as well as having a creative hand in the production of it. Konnan would also go onto join Lucha Underground in 2014 and appeared as the manager of Prince Puma in the first episode, as well as introducing more exciting talent to the promotion. In February 2016, Konnan stated that he lost his creative position in AAA but still works as a consultant, but is definitely a vocal cord for both AAA and LU, helping them grow in stature.

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14 GANGREL (THEN)

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13 GANGREL (NOW)

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12 STEVE BLACKMAN (THEN)

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11 STEVE BLACKMAN (NOW)

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10 SHANE DOUGLAS (THEN)

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9 SHANE DOUGLAS (NOW)

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8 SID VICIOUS (THEN)

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7 SID VICIOUS (NOW)

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6 KEN SHAMROCK (THEN)

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5 KEN SHAMROCK (NOW)

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Shamrock would indeed return to the UFC Octagon, and try to challenge for the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship against Tito Ortiz. But he’d go on to lose the match, revealing that he was fighting with a torn ACL. Shamrock then became one of the first inductees into the UFC Hall of Fame in 2003 and would continue to compete after recovering from his ACL surgery. Shamrock was announced to be a coach of UFC season three which he did poorly, and in the later years continue to have re-matches against Ortiz. He continued with MMA with other promotions in the years to come, before debuting for Bellator MMA in 2015 as he continues to fight for them.

4 VAL VENIS (THEN)

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Val Venis was given his gimmick of a seductive porn star to get the attention of the ladies who loved him doing his thing with towel before each match. Venis would debut to instantly have an affair with Yamaguchi-San’s(leader of The Kaientai Stable) wife. This almost led him to being castrated by a sword, as he was saved by “a little shrinkage” and his friend John Wayne Bobbitt. He would go onto have affairs with other wrestler’s on-screen wives, feuding with Dustin Runnels(Goldust) after showing him his new porn movie with Terri Runnels. Val would then have a short team run with The Godfather known as “Supply and Demand” before he went onto feud with Ken Shamrock after Val made a film called “Shaving Ryan’s Privates”. This was entertaining enough to get Val over towards the end of the Attitude era, as he won the Intercontinental Championship from Ken. He would later go onto win the European Championship as well and was over for quite a long time, as a solid mid-carder who attracted quite the audience.

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But the turn of the century wasn’t kind of Val, as his character was completely changed as he became a member of the “Right To Censor” stable, where he became a censorship based character which was the complete opposite to his former one. Things would start to go down for him, and even a return of his original gimmick wouldn’t save him from it. He would become Eric Bischoff’s assistant and also win the World Tag Team Titles with Lance Storm, but his relevance would wear off with each passing year. Val would pair up with superstars to create odd-ball tag teams but would continue to be a part of WWE programming till 2009, when he was released after completing a decade of being in the WWE. After his release, Val would go on various tours in New Japan Pro Wrestling and Hulk Hogan’s “Hulkamania: Let the Battle Begin”. Val also worked for TNA for about a year as an adult film producer. Val returned to Canada to wrestle for Championship Wrestling International for a bit. Personally, Venis is an advocate for the legalization of cannabis, and runs his own marijuana business “Health for Life”, a marijuana dispensary in Mesa, Arizona.

2 D'LO BROWN (THEN)

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D’Lo Brown had quite the emphatic debut in the WWE, as he was introduced as a member of Farooq’s “The Nation of Domination” stable which would dominate the WWE for quite sometime. D’Lo would transition out of the stable very well to become a solid mid-carder who had quite the charisma and technical skills to back it up, as he went onto win the European Championship and Intercontinental Championship, becoming one of the rare wrestlers to have held both the titles simultaneously. Things started to go down for him as he botched a move to badly injure wrestler Droz and this effected his momentum. Brown mostly went onto create short-lived, oddball tag teams with other wrestlers and was mostly a part of “Heat” and B-Shows with turn of the century. He would get a last run when he was managed by Teddy Long as part of Long’s group “Thuggin’ and Buggin’ ” and went undefeated for many weeks, before being kicked out by Teddy who replaced him with Rodney Mack. D’Lo would then be released by the company.

1 D'LO BROWN (NOW)

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D’Lo found himself having short stints in various promotions after his release from the WWE, including short stints at TNA and All Japan Pro Wrestling before returning for an even shorter one in WWE in 2006. In 2009, D’Lo would debut for Ring of Honor and wrestle a few matches in the promotion, before having a short run in Chikara where he participated in the 2009 King of Trios Tournament. Later, he went onto wrestle for promotions like Pro Wrestling Noah and Pro Wrestling Syndicate, before rejoining TNA as their lead agent and was responsible for looking after their talent developmental program and acquisitions. D’Lo returned to TNA TV in 2013, where he revealed himself as the Vice President of the Aces & Eights stable and wrestled an I Quit match against Kurt Angle which he lost, and was later let go off by TNA. After being released, he returned to All Japan Pro Wrestling where he continued to wrestle for the rest of the year. D’Lo continues to wrestle on limited dates nowadays, as he held a weekly class for “Future Stars of Wrestling” a year back. He is also a Certified Public Accountant(CPA) and has something to fall back on after wrestling, but his love for the sport doesn’t allow him to let go of it.

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