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15 Forgotten Wrestlers Of The New Generation Era: Where Are They Now?

The New Generation Era - when the WWE tried to put BOTH Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart as the twin-faces of their company, which resulted in some fantastic matches but a bitter and long real-life rivalry between the two. So the New Generation Era kickstarted some years after Vince McMahon had revealed that his product was indeed scripted and not real, after which he’d be tangled in another lawsuit where his main man Hulk Hogan testified to Vince giving the wrestlers performance-enhancing drugs. After the Hulkster had left the company, it introduced its “new generation,” which is definitely underrated.

The New Generation era gave birth to some of the greatest of all time in the likes of Shawn Michaels, The Undertaker, The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin, who all gained prominence in the era and went on to build upon their legacies. But sadly this era is remembered most for the top wrestlers and the mid-carders, while other stars from the era are often forgotten. While the stars in the new generation era in the likes of Diesel, Razor Ramon and the legendary rivalry of Hart and Michaels are remembered, some of the guys who helped create the strong foundation of WWE have long been forgotten by fans.

The wrestlers who helped with the mid-card of the division during the era and those who sometimes main-evented shows faded into the darkness after it was over, and with the WWE becoming more and more cutthroat because of its Monday Night Wars against WCW, many superstars found themselves out of the company soon after the New Gen era was over. They mostly shifted to other promotions, while some ventured into different fields of employment altogether and were soon after forgotten.

30 Adam Bomb (then)

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Adam Bomb had quite the bizarre gimmick to his character, as he’d be a survivor of the Three Mile Island Nuclear Meltdown incident, with his ring name being a pun to the “atom bomb”. Bomb would be in the tag team scene with Harvey Wippleman as his manager and made a strong showcase in his PPV debut at Survivor Series 1993 where he was the last remaining member of his team, and lost after being rolled up by Marty Jannetty. Bomb would also be the final entrant of the 1994 Royal Rumble match, but didn’t last that long. He soon turned face and started throwing rubber missiles at the audience after walking to the ring and soon fell down the order and competed exclusively on WWE Superstars.

29 Adam Bomb (now)

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After being released by the WWE in 1995, Bomb joined WCW where he was a part of the stable which looked like the Mortal Kombat video game characters. His prominent time in WCW would be as part of KroniK with Brian Adams as he won the WCW Tag Team Titles along with him. He remained a main-stay in the tag team division until WCW was purchased by the WWE, but he and Adams were brought in by the WWE as they double-chokeslammed the Undertaker and faced the Brothers of Destruction in a match at Unforgiven 2001 as well. He and Adams went onto make some appearances in Japan, before having to retire because of injuries. Since then, Bomb had back surgery in 2006 and lives a life outside wrestling in Scottsdale, Arizona right now and was part of the class-action lawsuit by wrestlers this year, accusing the WWE of dealing him with brain injuries as any mention by the WWE of him seems unlikely as he lives an isolated life outside wrestling and sporadically makes appearances on wrestling podcasts and shows.

28 Barry Horowitz (then)

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After having a failed 1st attempt at WWE, Barry Horowitz returned to the company again in 1991 when he was used to put talent over. As the New Generation era came creeping in, Horowitz’s status was more of a jobber as he would job to random mid-carders and never win any matches. But Horowitz’s charisma made him different than any regular jobber and he would constantly perform very well and gain the audience’s appreciation. Horowitz would finally win a match in 1995, prompting Jim Ross to shout “Horowitz wins! Horowitz wins! Horowitz wins!” in disbelief as he would start feuding with the Bodydonnas. But soon his glory would be over, as he’d again be used as a jobber to the stars till 1997 when he was released by the company.

27 Barry Horowitz (now)

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Horowitz was quickly signed by WCW, but was also used as a jobber to the stars in the promotion as he got his only notable victory as a DQ win against Barry Darsow. Soon he got sick of the way he was handled by these “top promotions” and left the sinking ship in WCW in 2000 and decided to return to the independent field. Since then, Horowitz has been occasionally making appearances in the Independent scene and has been working as a nutritionist in his own nutrition business “Vitamin Discount Center” in Florida. Horowitz has maintained a stable relationship with WWE, featuring in their “Where are they now?” section and his name was also subject of a song by rapper Action Bronson, though Horowitz indicated that he wasn’t asked for permission for being subjected to it. This great jobber of the New Generation era may have had fans at the time, but is barely remembered by anyone nowadays.

26 Henry O. Godwinn (then)

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Henry O. Godwinn had the most disgusting of gimmicks in the WWE, as he was a pig-farmer who would carry “slop” to the ring and throw it at his opponents. Godwinn’s mostly remembered for all the wrong reasons, for his “Hog-Pen match” against Triple H which would be as disgusting as it actually sounded. Godwinn would later form “The Godwinns” with his “cousin” Phineas Godwinn as they would actually be a hit in the tag-team division at the time. They would win the WWE Tag Team titles twice and have many managers, including Sunny. But Godwinn’s career tilted after he suffered a horrible injury in late 1997, and although he returned to WWE after that, he couldn’t perform that well after that horrible injury and retired in 1999.

25 Henry O. Godwinn (now)

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Godwinn had to stop wrestling for a few years after retiring in 1999, but came back to the WWE in 2006 when he was signed by the WWE to perform in their Deep South Wrestling territory. He was paired with Ray Gordy, as he reformed The Godwinns with Gordy for DSW, but soon Gordy would go to Smackdown and Godwinn would be left hanging. He’d eventually be released in 2007 from his developmental contract, and since then has kept himself out of the ring. He had a horrific car accident in 2011 and suffered two punctured, thirteen broken ribs and a broken leg and in a recent interview stated that he wanted to start a wrestling school in his area. Godwinn was also named as part of the class action lawsuit against WWE for incurring traumatic brain injuries at the promotion, and he could say that he has a reason as the injuries he suffered in the WWE are the reason he can’t compete in the squared circle anymore.

24 Justin Credible (then)

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Justin Credible is probably mostly known for his time in ECW, but he actually started out his professional wrestling career in the WWE as a jobber, before being given a full-time contract later on. He’d be named Aldo Montoya, the “Portuguese Man O’ War” and during the time he was also a good friend of the Kliq. Montoya would have some feuds with the likes of Jeff Jarrett and Ted DiBiase before scoring an upset victory against Jerry “The King” Lawler. He would soon be used as a jobber to the stars, and would want his WWE release because of being booked only twice a month by the company. He was soon released but with the condition that he would not work for WCW, so he went to ECW.

23 Justin Credible (now)

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Credible soon after joined Paul Heyman’s ECW, as he would rebrand himself as Justin Credible as this bald-headed, grungy looking wrestler who loved to get into extreme fights. He would align with his mentor Lance Storm, as they would go onto win the ECW Tag Team titles twice before Credible would get his big opportunity at ECW Cyberslam 2000 where he won the ECW World Heavyweight Championship from Tommy Dreamer. After having a memorable feud with Storm, Montoya left ECW in 2001 seeing the frail condition of the company and formed an alliance with X-Pac. After trying for the tag team titles with X-Pac, Montoya would side with Paul Heyman’s ECW guys to form The Alliance and would mostly appear on the B-shows of WWE. Soon after the Invasion angle ended, he was released again and kept on wrestling for various promotions in the Indy circuit and returned again to WWE in 2006 for a short time during the newly launched ECW brand. He’d soon go back to the Indy circuit, and retired last year when he lost his last match to long-time rival Tommy Dreamer at a Pro Wrestling Syndicate event and should take some deserved rest now, but that can’t be expected by someone like Montoya.

22 Jean-Pierre LaFitte (then)

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Jean-Pierre LaFitte was one of the prominent tag team guys during the New Generation era, as he was part of “The Quebecers” with Jacques Rougeau as they dressed like Mounties and were quite the annoying heels. They soon went onto win the WWE Tag Team Championships thrice in the space of a year, as the team had to dissemble after his partner retried in 1994. He was then repackaged as Lafitte as a pirate who won an eye patch, and had a brilliant three-month long feud with Bret Hart which culminated in a match at In Your House 3 PPV in 1995. His WWE career apparently came to an end after a conflict with the Kliq, which apparently happened during a match between Lafitte and Nash at a show in Montreal and was originally booked without a clean finish, but Nash (a part of The Kliq) wanted a clean finish. But Lafitte refused to lose clean, and thus it finished as a double count-out and Lafitte’s WWE career was over soon after.

21 Jean-Pierre LaFitte (now)

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Lafitte reunited with Rougeau at WCW and the two created “The Amazing French Canadians” and would have a memorable feud with Harlem Heat. But Lafitte was fired soon after joining the promotion, and went back to the WWE for two years where he wasn’t utilized properly. He would keep on jumping ships to various promotions, as he would have stints at WWE, ECW and WCW in the space of a year with the turn of the century before going onto wrestle at the Indy circuit soon after. He also wrested for TNA for a couple of years, before going-back full-time to the Indy circuit as he travelled around the world wrestling and even defeated Nash in a match at an International Wrestling Syndicate’s show in 2009 as he turned a match into a worked shoot and won it. He announced his retirement from Professional Wrestling in 2011, but came back this year when he wrestled at Valleyfield, Canada and is looking for another stint at WWE, but that looks very unlikely.

20 Bart Gunn (then)

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As one half of The Smoking Guns, Bart Gunn was the kayfabe brother of Billy Gunn and the two won the WWE Tag Team Championships three times in a matter of few years before breaking up and engaging in a brief feud. His most infamous match probably came against Stone Cold Steve Austin in 1996, as he lost the match via a sleeper hold. He was quite the charismatic character at the time, with his time with Billy Gunn being most remembered as he was one of the shining lights of the tag team division for a few years. He then tried to recreate “The Midnight Express” with Bombastic Bob, as the two had limited success. In 1998, Gunn participated in the WWE’s Brawl For All tournament and even won it, but his success had already ran out in the earlier era and lost a match against boxer Eric “Butterbean” Esch at WrestleMania XV. He was soon after released by the WWE.

19 Bart Gunn (now)

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After leaving the WWE, Gunn went to Japan to wrestle for All Japan Pro Wrestling where he competed in the World’s Strongest Tag Determination League, teaming with Johnny Ace and finishing in 4th place. He soon became a part of Ace’s stable, and even won the Tag Team Championships of the promotion. Gunn would then go onto have a short stint at TNA, before wrestling for New Japan Pro Wrestling for a couple of years, as he went onto retire from wrestling in 2004. He then went onto have a MMA career, where he lost 1 match and won 1 in two competed matches. Gunn now works as an electrician at Florida, and in an interview with WWE.com a few years ago stated on how he’s doing well with his life as this under-rated wrestler should’ve gotten more from the WWE and is barely remembered now.

18 Hakushi (then)

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Jinsei Shinzaki was actually quite the formidable wrestler when he arrived in the WWE, as he was labelled as “Hakushi”(White Master) which was a derivation of his Michinoku Pro Wrestling persona. Wrestling as a Buddhist Pilgrim, Hakushi’s gimmick had a case of stereotype written all over it and was built as this strong mid-carder who got victories over some enhancement talent(including Matt Hardy at the time) and mid-carders like Aldo Montoya and the 1-2-3 kid. The High-flying Hakushi soon aligned himself with Kwang, who called themselves as “Shotgun” but soon turned on Kwang and defeated him. Hakushi would then feud with WWE Champion Bret Hart in a series of competitive, brilliant matches. Hakushi was continuously kept in the significant story-lines, before he lost to Justin “Hawk” Bradshaw who “branded” him afterwards. Hakushi left the company after this branding because he was too humiliated(kayfabe) and returned to Japan.

17 Hakushi (now)

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Hakushi returned to Japan to wrestle for New Japan Pro Wrestling, before going onto have short stints at Michinoku Pro Wrestling, Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling and All Japan Pro Wrestling, having the longest stint in the latter where he All Asia Tag Team Championships with Hayabusa. Hakushi has been the president of Michinoku Pro Wrestling since 2003. He is also the co-founder of the Joshi promotion Sendai Girls’ Pro Wrestling along with Joshi wrestler Meiko Satomura. Hakushi returned to the United States in 2001 to wrestle for Chikara’s King of Trios’ Tournament representing his promotion, as his team Michinoku Pro Wrestling defeated Team Minnesota in the first round and even reached the semi-finals, only to lose to F.I.S.T. Following the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake & Tsunami, Hakushi helped the victims of the disasters by travelling around and providing them with food and drinks. He has since been helping wrestlers in his promotion hone their skills to their utmost best and runs his promotion pretty well, but is barely remembered by anyone inspite of being one of the most talented superstars in the WWE during his time there.

16 Ahmed Johnson (then)

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One of the break-through African American wrestlers of the 90s, Ahmed Johnson debuted with a figure of a star and was given a strong push in his early career, as he slammed the mighty Yokozuna in his debut show in the WWE. Johnson would soon make his PPV debut in Survivor Series when he won the Survivor Series Elimination tag match and was one of the surviving members of his team. After hanging out in the main event scene mostly as a tag team partner of other top stars, he got his own singles push when he won the Intercontinental Championship from Goldust. Johnson kept on tagging with Michaels and was supposed to be No #1 contender for the WWE Championship at SummerSlam, but a problem in his kidney kept him out for four months, as he had to relinquish his Intercontinental Title as well. Johnson returned to feud with the Nation of Domination’s leader Farooq, but saw his stock fall with the injury taking away all his momentum and he would be released in 1998.

15 Ahmed Johnson (now)

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Johnson took a sabbatical for a year and went to WCW, as he had gained a lot of weight in the time, so he was labelled as “Mr T”. Johnson then attacked Booker T and formed a team with his brother Stevie Ray called “Harlem Heat 2000”. But they couldn’t really win anything and Johnson would be soon released by the WWE amid weight issues as he was getting more and more overweight by the day. Johnson sporadically wrestled after being released from WCW, as he wrestled his final match in a tag team match for Maximum Pro Wrestling, teaming with Monty Brown to lose to Sabu and Gangrel. After retiring, Johnson would start working for Booker T and Stevie Ray’s Pro Wrestling Alliance Wrestling school, and also returned to college to earn a degree in criminology from Huston-Tillotson University. Johnson was part of the class-action lawsuit against WWE for incurring brain injuries at the promotion, as the real injury(which is still mysterious) suffered during his time at the WWE is what ended his amazing run in the company and disabled him from becoming a big star.

14 Tatanka (then)

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One of the more successful Native American wrestlers in WWE’s history, Tatanka had made a mark in the WWE during the New Generation era as he would be built as this strong mid-carder who was extremely difficult to defeat. In fact, Tatanka would go onto an undefeated of more than a year as he wouldn’t get pinned or submitted and at WrestleMania IX lost the match by count-out, which meant he didn’t win the gold. He was defeated for the first time on WWE TV in October 1993, and would get injured for some months after that. Tatanka would come back to feud with I.R.S, as he later accused Lex Luger of selling out to Ted DiBiase. This resulted in a match between the two, as Tatanka later joined The Million Dollar Corporation, and would be in top level feuds until he left the WWE in 1996 citing family and spiritual issues and even declined a lucrative offer to join WCW.

13 Tatanka (now)

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Tatanka did wrestle for some Independent promotions a year after leaving the WWE, as he kept on making appearances for Indy promotions for the year. But he would again go into isolation, before making his return to the WWE almost a decade after he had initially left it, as he returned in 2005 to face Eugene in the “Eugene Invitational” and later returned to full-time schedule. Tatanka would mostly be in the tag team matches, and in his last months was going through a horrible losing streak which forced him to leave the company, but not before ending the streak by defeating Jimmy Wang Yang. Since then, Tatanka has made wrestled some matches in the Independent circuit and is currently signed to the WWE with a Legends’ contract, as he also appeared in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle at WrestleMania 32 and was among the last to be eliminated, but going by the reactions for the legend, no-one really remembers him anymore.

12 Savio Vega (then)

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Savio Vega debuted in the WWE in a rather weird manner, as he got the gimmick of Kwang the Ninja but this got him nowhere because of the absurdity of it all. He was later repackaged as this bad-ass Puerto Rican wrestler and got pushed well, as he reached the finals of the 1995 King of the Ring. Vega would be built as a strong mid-carder in the following years, as he even won the Million Dollar Championship during his feud with Ted DiBiase. Vega would later go onto join The Nation of Domination, as he would also go onto injure Intercontinental Champion Rocky Malvia and even challenged The Undertaker for the WWE Title but was disqualified. Vega would later be expelled from the Nation, and go onto form his own stable “Los Boricuas” as they feuded with “The Disciples of Apocalypse” a white biker gang in “gang wars”. This was the fall for Vega, he’d be released soon after the terrible gang wars came to an end.

11 Savio Vega (now)

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Vega would go and wrestle for the International Wrestling Association promotion after WWE, and had a huge role in the promotion. He was billed as the co-owner of the IWA even though he had no share in the company, as he would be a manager more than a wrestler. He’d have his own catchphrase which translated to “My Way Or The Highway” in which he threatened to fire wrestlers and used his authority gimmick to reward himself with titles and everything. Vega would be a huge part of the promotion for a number of years, before he left in 2011 indefinitely and went to wrestle for TNA. He had a short time in TNA, and became a part of many interpromotional angles in the next years as he’d also wrestle for the World Wrestling League later on. Savio continues to wrestle even at the age of 52, as he’s trying to help low-key promotions get mainstream recognition as the former WWE superstar didn’t really get the recognition he deserves and is long forgotten right now.

10 Irwin R. Schyster (then)

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Irwin R. Schyster was one of the more calculative heels of the New Generation era, as IRS continuously harassed wrestlers and fans and told them to “pay their taxes”. He was given quite a push in his first months in the company, defeating Greg “The Hammer” Valentine in his PPV debut and also made it to the finals of the 1991 King of the Ring. He later formed a team with Ted DiBiase called Money Inc. and the two were extremely successful as a tag team, as they went onto win the WWE Tag Team Titles together three times. IRS soon returned to singles competitor after DiBiase became a commentator, as he would challenge for Razor Ramon’s Intercontinental Championship but fail to capture it. Schyster then again reunited with former partner DiBiase in his Million Dollar Corporation and had some short-lived feuds before leaving the WWE in 1995.

9 Irwin R. Schyster (now)

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IRS would go to WCW where he was named as Michael Wallstreet and soon joined the nWo after being offered a position by Ted DiBiase. He was mostly in the lower mid-card during his time there and wrestled a few prominent matches during his time in the stable, the biggest being against Jeff Jarrett at nWo Souled Out but was later fired from the nWo. Schyster would then go into the tag team division and left WCW in the spring of 2000. After leaving WCW, he went to wrestle for All Japan Pro Wrestling for a couple of years before retiring from wrestling and he and his wife started a security company. Schyster was rehired by the WWE in 2006 as a road agent and has made some sporadic appearances for WWE TV ever since, with the latest coming in 2014’s “Old School” episode of Raw when he told Big E to “pay his taxes”. IRS has also seen his sons Bray Wyatt and Bo Dallas find a permanent place in the WWE and even though his son’s might be recognized by every WWE fan, his character has been forgotten long enough by the WWE fans.

8 Vader (then)

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After wrestling for WCW, Vader joined WWE in 1996 when he made his debut in the Royal Rumble match and eliminated many prominent wrestlers before being eliminated himself. Vader would go berserk by his elimination and in the following months kept on attacking WWE officials and wrestlers in a fit of rage, while Jim Cornette rallied for him to not get punished for it. Vader was a wrecking ball who was seemingly impossible to stop, as he headed into SummerSlam as a no #1 competitor for Shawn Michaels WWE Title but lost the match. Vader would then move his sights on the Undertaker, and soon had Paul Bearer as his manager as he also teamed with Mankind to go after the WWE Tag Team Titles, which they failed to win. Vader kept on the title picture but couldn’t seem to win it, and the frustrated big man lashed out in a WWE TV interview when he said some degrading words and was punished by having to job to the stars. This made him leave the WWE soon because he couldn’t take his position anymore.

7 Vader (now)

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Vader went to wrestle for All Japan Pro Wrestling and Pro Wrestling Noah in the next few years, as he wouldn’t manage to have proper stints at either of them and went to TNA in 2003 where he wrestled only a few times. He made a sporadic appearance in WWE in 2005 before going back to the Independent circuit where he kept on wrestling wrestlers way younger than him and showed how fit he was inspite of his horrible personal vices. Vader made more sporadic appearances for WWE in 2012, before he inducted his good friend Stan Hansen into the WWE Hall of Fame earlier this year in the Hall of Fame ceremony. Vader continues to wrestle right now as he only recently wrestled British sensation Will Ospreay in UK, and also made a guest appearance for XWA Wrestling a month back as he continues to wrestle sporadically and do other events to keep his finance ticking and also for his love for wrestling, but sadly he isn’t remembered by others who remember way more big guys than him.

6 Marty Jannetty (then)

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The Other half of “The Rockers”, Marty Jannetty wasn’t even close to how popular his team-mate Shawn Michaels became but had his own groove to himself, as he arrived at the WWE with Michaels as part of the Rockers but soon saw himself heading into singles competition. Upon his second return to the company, Jannetty found his place in the singles division of WWE as he would return to challenge Michaels for the Intercontinental Title and even won it from HBK himself, but would quickly lose it back. After a heated rivalry with Michaels, Jannetty would feud with some of the other mid-carders and later formed a tag team with 1-2-3 Kid as they won the WWE Tag Team Titles from the Quebecers. But a legal case would again push him out of the WWE, as he’d return again in 1995 and formed a team with Leif Cassidy called “The New Rockers” though they were unsuccessful of winning anything Jannetty was finally released in 1996.

5 Marty Jannetty (now)

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Jannetty had a hard few years after leaving the WWE, having to wrestle for low-key promotions and finally found a way back in the WWE because of his best friend Shawn Michaels as Jannetty returned to tag with HBK as part of a one-night only reunion of The Rockers as they defeated La Resistance. Jannetty would be targeted by Kurt Angle later who was feuding with Michaels. Jannetty soon got a WWE contract as he would work with younger talent, mostly by putting them over and stayed in the WWE till 2009 when he was released. Jannetty signed for Chikara in 2011 as a trainer and wrestler as he mostly wrestled in tag team matches against the more younger tag teams, and continues to work for the promotion and trains their talent to reach their full potential. Jannetty was also part of the class action law-suit for incurring brain injuries, as this comes as a shock because of all that WWE has done for him but his jealous, selfish mindset is probably the reason Michaels is the bigger star and he’s long forgotten now.

4 Sycho Sid (then)

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Sycho Sid was quite the hot property in the 90’s, as he was the muscle who was wanted by almost every promotion and after having two eventful years in the early 90s for the WWE, Sid returned to the company in 1995 to get even bigger status in the company. He was brought in as the bodyguard of Shawn Michaels, as he would often distract the referee and allow Michaels to get the win, but soon they fell off and Sid went his own way. But soon he joined Ted DiBiase’s Million Dollar Corporation, as Sid was the face of the Corporation and a legitimate bad-ass at that too. He was getting slowly pushed to the main-event status, as he defeated Shawn Michaels in the 1996 Survivor Series to win his first WWE Championship. He would keep it for some months before relinquishing it back to Michaels at the Royal Rumble, but soon recaptured it from Bret Hart months later. Sid lost the title at WrestleMania 13 to the Undertaker, and would feud with the Hart Foundation before leaving the WWE amidst injury problems.

3 Sycho Sid (now)

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Sid would go to wrestle for ECW for some-time but soon left because of monetary problems, as he returned back to WCW in 1999 and would join Randy Savage’s “Team Madness” stable. He’d call himself “The Millennium Man” and won the US title from Chris Benoit but lost it in a feud with Goldberg, effectively ending his “streak”. Sid would then be pushed into main-event status, winning the WCW Heavyweight Championship twice in a few months but was stripped of his second title reign because of WCW’s “New Blood” angle. In early January, Sid was in a four corners match and suffered a nearly career-ending injury as he broke his left leg in half, with the injury being too graphic to be shown on TV. He pondered on retiring from wrestling for good, but has since made several sporadic appearances competing in the Independent circuit and even appeared in WWE in 2012 to face Heath Slater with his Sycho Sid character, and is currently in touch with wrestling even though many fans have forgotten him a long time back as compared to the other icons of his era.

2 Lex Luger (then)

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Lex Luger was groomed by Vince McMahon to be his next Hulk Hogan, which was the decision which itself ruined Luger’s career in the WWE. Coming in with the heel “Narcissistic” gimmick, Luger would soon be transformed into “The All-American” Lex Luger who would show his power by body-slamming the mighty Yokozuna after a number of athletes in and outside the WWE had tried and failed. He got his own “LexExpress” bus in which he’d tour around in and greet his fans ahead of his WWE Championship match at SummerSlam against Yokozuna, but backlash from the fans and a bar incident cost him a chance at winning it, as he won the match by countout and couldn’t win the title. Luger would the feud with Anti-American Superstars while getting that odd chances at winning the WWE title which he failed to do, and soon formed a tag team with Davey Boy Smith called “The Allied Powers”. They went over most of the teams but failed to claim the WWE Tag Team Gold from Owen Hart and Yokozuna. Shortly after SummerSlam 1995, Luger(whose contract had expired) left the WWE without letting Vince McMahon know.

1 Lex Luger (now)

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Luger would surprisingly jump ship to WCW after that, as he vowed to end Hulkamania and soon won the WCW Television Title before going onto feud with the New World Order with others who weren’t persuaded by the stable. Luger would then debut his “Total Package” gimmick with a Terminator style entrance and also brought Elizabeth as his manager as he would break the arms of his opponents by placing their hands inside a chair and stomping on it. Luger stayed as a vital part of WCW till it was purchased by the WWE, and later went onto wrestle for some Indy promotions as well as TNA for sporadic events. But his personal terrors were creeping up on him, as he was deeply into drugs and alcohol along with girlfriend Elizabeth as they were often caught fighting and Luger was charged with many offensive counts during the time. Elizabeth died in 2003 with the overdose of drugs with alcohol, and he was charged with many counts of drug possession. Luger’s personal trauma’s forced him to get back on his feet, as he declared himself as a born again Christian in 2006. In 2011 Luger revealed that he was working again with the WWE on their Wellness Policy, as he is currently working to make sure other wrestlers don’t fall to the same vices he did and because of his personal mistakes, he isn’t a big a star like Michaels, Hart and The Undertaker and is quite forgotten because of how separated he has remained from wrestling.

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