WCW seemingly always had new stables created on a monthly basis during its heyday. For most of its history, it was a hallmark of the company, with some of their biggest stars being utilized in a collective of wrestlers. Additionally, stables were also implemented to help get younger talent over, with the ability to put them in a storyline involving numerous other wrestlers at the same time. Some legendary talent such as Hogan, Savage and Nash took part in WCW stables, but also involved were many other notable, but less popular wrestlers, who have been forgotten about in the present day.
Again, at its apex, stables were littered all over the WCW roster. Members would change on a week-to-week basis at times. It was chaotic to say the least, but it fit with the WCW aesthetic, which was liable to have anything happen at any given time. It's difficult to think of many members of the roster who weren't members of a collective at one point, so let's take a look at some of the generally overlooked members of WCW stables, and see what they've been up to recently.
Ranked below are 15 forgotten members of WCW stables, and what they're doing now.
15 Paul Roma - Four Horsemen
In some ways, it's curious that Roma didn't become more of a star in any wrestling promotion. He had a great look, and was generally solid in the ring. Haphazard booking around him in his earlier probably solidified him as a utility option at best, but he probably should have gotten further than he did. Still, he was a member of legendary Four Horsemen in WCW during 1993 (which was going through a shakeup at the time), which not many can lay claim to.
Roma would retire from full-time active competition in 1998, but made sporadic Indy appearances well into the 2000s. Today, Roma runs a wrestling training school in Connecticut, which seems like an overall good use of his talent. Hopefully the wrestlers he's training won't have to be placed in as many meaningless tag teams as he was during his time in WWE.
14 Scott Norton - nWo
Norton was a powerhouse of a wrestler who often performed above his sheer skill level. He joined the nWo in 1996 (along with seemingly everyone else), and really was a bigger asset to the group than many gave him credit for. Along with obviously wrestling stateside, he had a huge presence in Japan, and also joined their version of the nWo faction. He is one of only several American competitors to hold New Japan's IWGP Heavyweight Title, which is a prestigious honor to say the least.
While semi-retired today, Norton has made appearances for NJPW and American Indy promotions in 2017. Obviously he's not working on the same schedule he once did, but even hovering around the age of 60, he's able to still get in the ring on occasion and perform adequately. One of the more underrated wrestlers of his time, actually.
13 Bobby Eaton - The Dangerous Alliance
One of the greatest pure wrestlers in the history of WCW and the NWA as a whole, Eaton had many different stylistic eras to his career. After breaking off of The Midnight Express in the early-'90s, he became a member of The Dangerous Alliance, headed by one Paul E. Dangerously, otherwise known today as Paul Heyman. It was a vital step in re-establishing Eaton as a singles wrestler after years of tag success.
Eaton is now retired, having wrestled his last match in 2015, after roughly 15 years on the Indy circuit in the United States. Fittingly, it was against Ricky Morton, who was a rival of his during his time with The Midnight Express. It was a well-deserved retirement for Eaton.
12 Horace Hogan - nWo
When you happen to be the nephew of the biggest draw in the history of the business, you're going to find some quick avenues for success. Horace was the nephew of Hulk Hogan, which alone granted him the opportunity to have an extended run in WCW. Predictably, he joined the nWo in 1998, and he was involved in some notable storylines during this time. His in-ring work was only so-s0, but again, because of nepotism he was able to get opportunity that most others would kill for.
After leaving in 2000, he bounced around the Indy circuit, and tried his hand at a developmental deal with WWE, which ultimately failed to get him on the main roster. Horace now has a family, and is pretty much retired entirely from the business at this point.
11 Kendall Windham - The West Texas Rednecks
The overall less-successful brother of Barry Windham, Kendall was a journeyman wrestler until he was able to land a deal with WCW in the late-'90s, being slotted into The West Texas Rednecks stable that included his brother, along with a notable star in Curt Hennig. The stable was lukewarm at best, and while Kendall wasn't a detriment in the ring, it was obvious why he wasn't able to receive a contract earlier in his career from WCW.
He's been retired from in-ring action since 2002, and now lives in Florida running a security business along with Barry. It's a somewhat predictable result in his post-wrestling life. Unfortunately, his mediocre in-ring skill and poor booking surrounding the Rednecks stable made for a quiet exit from the company, and he never resurfaced anywhere else.
10 The Disciple - nWo
Ed Leslie has been able to milk his association with Hulk Hogan for the entirety of his wrestling career, and that, aside from his Brutus Beefcake gimmick in the WWE, really the only reason anybody has ever heard of him. He's played a variety of terrible gimmicks over the years, mostly to the request by Hogan to bookers to give him something to do. One of his last efforts in WCW was that of The Disciple, which acted as Hogan's bodyguard in the nWo.
Since leaving WCW, Leslie has participated in a plethora of minor wrestling related things. He's wrestled on Hogan's personal tour, had a one-off in celebrity boxing, and made a variety of one-off appearances at nostalgia-based shows. The Disciple may have been one of his more tolerable gimmicks, but it couldn't change the fact that Leslie was simply a bad wrestler, who has since become a punchline in the wrestling world.
9 Lash LeRoux - Misfits In Action
At one time, it seemed like LeRoux was going to become an upper-tier cruiserweight in the WCW landscape. But by the time the year 2000 rolled around, he placed in the extremely contrived and ineffective Misfits In Action stable; one of WCW's most cringeworthy latter era experiments. It pretty much killed the momentum that he had built up over his first couple of years.
LeRoux would try and fail with a developmental deal from WWE after the folding of WCW, only to go on to TNA for a few years in the infancy of the promotion. Since retiring from the ring, he's become a full-time cartoonist and illustrator, and had even had some of his work published during his active wrestling career.
8 Stevie Ray - nWo
He's most notable for being one half of Harlem Heat, where he dominated the WCW tag scene with Booker T in the '90s. After the team folded however, which saw Booker departing for a singles career, Stevie Ray was a member of the nWo in their Black & White variation on the stable. While that version didn't produce the most noteworthy results, he did stay in the stable for over a year.
Since retiring from in-ring activity in 2002, Ray has opened a wrestling academy with Booker in Houston, and also reunited with him on a one-off match in 2015 at Booker's own wrestling promotion. Currently, he also hosts a talk radio show on a weekly basis, "Straight Shooting With Stevie Ray," which he debuted in 2016.
7 Lodi - Raven's Flock
Raven's Flock needed to round out its core of wrestlers in the late-'90s, and Lodi was one of the pieces to that equation. He was pretty green when he came to WCW, having only had a year or so of training beforehand. Lodi played the role of a comedic character well, and formed a tag team along with Lenny Lane called The West Hollywood Blonds, that showcased homosexual leanings. All in all, he played his lower mid-card character well, to the best of his ability.
After leaving WCW in 2000, Lodi would continue with his wrestling career on a regular basis, with a variety of promotions. In September of this year, he announced to a live wrestling audience in South Carolina that neck injuries may have forced him into permanent retirement. He's also worked as a personal fitness trainer in North Carolina.
6 The Harris Brothers - nWo
Don and Ron Harris acted as bodyguards for the short-lived and ill-advised NWO 2000 in the latter years of WCW. Almost miraculously, they won the Tag Titles on three separate occasions, but that can also be attributed to WCW having no plan for any of its talent at that point. They also did significant work in WWE, and while they weren't stars by any means, they were solid workers who could reasonably portray a variety of gimmicks.
In the proceeding years, Don worked backstage for TNA as production manager, and Ron was employed for a Christian music label. Both now work for marketing company Aroluxe, which was hired by TNA in 2016, seeing their personal and wrestling careers come full circle in a way.
5 The Barbarian - The Dungeon Of Doom
Often overlooked in the modern day, The Barbarian was one of the most watched heels of the 90s with both WWE and WCW. He could wrestle effectively as a singles or tag competitor, and though he never was a standout star (he never won a title in either promotion), he was always reliable and versatile to boot. He was a part of The Dungeon Of Doom in the mid-90s, and also briefly for The First Family, run by manager Jimmy Hart.
The Barbarian stayed on the Indy circuit in the U.S. for years following WCW's closure. He's wrestled in everything from NWA affiliates to Chikara, and has always remained a definable personality for anybody who remembers 90s wrestling. He also owns a construction business in North Carolina when he's not on the road and in the ring. A surefire powerhouse that contributed well for both major promotions, which is definitely a rarity.
4 The Great Muta - nWo
Nothing short of wrestling royalty in Japan, Muta took advantage of the talent exchange that WCW had with NJPW during the late-'80s and early-'90s, and became a part of the J-Tex Corporation in 1989. He won the NWA Television Title, and was a regular part of the active roster at the time, which wasn't used to an influx of Japanese talent.
He would depart back to NJPW a short time later, where he went on to have one of the most stories careers in Japanese wrestling. He still worked shows for WCW on occasion, and split time admirably between both companies. Recently, he's been involved with Wrestle-1 in Japan as an active wrestler, and currently serves as the Representative Director for the promotion.
3 Sick Boy - Raven's Flock
Another peripheral member of Raven's Flock that was needed to boost the enrolment in the group, Sick Boy never amounted to much in WCW, or the wrestling business at large. He was merely a mean to an end of getting the Flock over by sheer numbers. His in-ring work was nothing special at all, and he wasn't able to sustain any kind of following during his three years with WCW.
He's bounced around the Indy circuit for the past 15 years or so now, and actually reunited with Lodi as members of the Flock. At least his brief association with the popular stable resulted in some kind of longevity, even if its taking place in less-than desirable promotions in the U.S.
2 Brian Adams - nWo
Coming off of a long run with WWE where he saw moderate success as Crush, Adams joined the nWo in 1998, and was just another in a long line of mid-card wrestlers to do so. He would actually stay with the stable longer than many others did, lasting roughly an entire year, but ultimately was placed in the Kronik tag team to round out his WCW career. He would retire from the run in 2003, after injuries to the spine forced him to.
Sadly, Adams passed away in 2007 from ingesting a combination of painkillers and other drugs. He was just 43-years-old, and it was another unfortunate loss to the wrestling world, which was suffering from far too many around that time period. Adams is one of the more notable wrestlers of the '90s, just due to his consistent appearance on both WWE and WCW throughout the decade.
1 Bret Hart - nWo
Nobody is ever going to argue that Hart's WCW run was as effective as his prime WWE one, and for good reason. While injuries had a large hand to play in the regression of Hart's abilities, booking and hamstringing him with bad gimmicks had an equal part as well. Putting him in the nWo 2000 gimmick was one of the worst swerves that WCW tried to throw at its audience, and it pretty much buried Hart until he left the company. He didn't belong in such a tired and ineffective stable, and it was abundantly clear to anyone who was watching.
Since his retirement in late-2000, Hart has reconciled with WWE (that is, if you believe the Montreal Screwjob was a shoot), started a podcast, made a bevy of appearances in many wrestling-related events. He's maintained a consistent presence in the business, and likely will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.
Without a doubt, The Hitman is one of the marquee figures in wrestling history. It's just a shame that he had to be subjected to WCW's awful booking during their dying days.
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