WCW showcased some of the biggest stars in wrestling history during their attempt to compete with WWE. Many established legends like Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Sting and Randy Savage spent a lot of time in the company. It gave us a glimpse of future legends like Chris Jericho, Eddie Guerrero and Rey Mysterio despite not utilizing them to the best of their abilities. The legacies of countless wrestlers improved thanks to their bodies of work in WCW. However, there are many forgotten names that lost their way following the end of the company.
Vince McMahon deciding to purchase WCW changed the landscape of the industry for quite some time going forward. Many wrestlers that would have been able to make great money in the Monday Night Wars era would get lost in the shuffle. WWE was the only place to make a great living until recent years with the popularity of social media allowing new young performers to shine on their own. The wrestlers to not get a shot with WWE or fail there following WCW dying would struggle immensely to continue making a comfortable living in wrestling. We'll look at some of the former WCW stars to disappear from the industry over the years.
15 Rick Steiner
The Steiner Brothers were arguably the best tag team in WCW history. Both brothers brought great teamwork together and always appeared to be on the same page. Scott ended up becoming the bigger singles star when they finally broke up in 1998. The new role in the New World Order allowed Scott to showcase his main event potential.
14 Kimberly Page
The gorgeous Kimberly Page was one of the few ladies to become a popular star in WCW. As the real-life wife of WCW star Diamond Dallas Page, she became part of the show working as his manager. Kimberly eventually branched out to create the Nitro Girls as the unofficial cheerleaders of WCW participating in dance numbers a few times per show.
13 Van Hammer
Van Hammer spent the better part of a decade with WCW. They took a break from each other a few times during that time, but he always returned after the short time away. The biggest of his pushes took place in the early 90s when WCW wanted to make him a top star based off his look. However, the lack of talent and in-ring skills always held him back.
12 Horace Hogan
Hulk Hogan’s popularity and success in the wrestling industry gave him a ridiculous amount of power. Many of his friends like Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake, Big Boss Man and Hacksaw Jim Duggan joined WCW thanks to Hogan joining the roster. Hogan developed enough power to get his relatives hired later in his WCW run when Horace Hogan was signed.
11 Lenny Lane
The career of Lenny Lane has him remembered as one of the lower card acts of WCW during its decline. Lane worked as a Cruiserweight in 1998 before getting paired with Lodi as a tag team under the Vince Russo era. Russo wanted them to portray a gay couple that fans would mock and make fun since offensive and tacky television which was accepted at the time.
10 Ernest Miller
Ernest “The Cat” Miller originally joined WCW to team with Glacier by utilizing his background in martial arts. Eric Bischoff had a passion for martial arts and was always partial to wrestlers with similar backgrounds. Miller eventually evolved into a charismatic character that received more opportunity in the final few years of WCW when bigger names left.
9 Bobby Eaton
The in-ring work of Bobby Eaton was extremely underrated during his time in WCW. Eaton never received a major run and rarely got television time towards the end of the middle of the 90s when WCW started to heat up. However, most of the wrestlers and many experts agreed he was one of the best in-ring performers in the world.
8 Evan Karagias
Evan Karagias was one of the three members of the entertaining WCW group 3 Count. Shane Helms and Shannon Moore went on to achieve more success in WWE making Karagias the forgotten man of the trio. The talent of Karagias didn’t reach the level of Helms or Moore making it obvious why WWE didn’t have any interest in him.
7 Chuck Palumbo
The career of Chuck Palumbo likely would have been more successful if WCW never went out of business. Palumbo was one of the young stars with potential that WCW wanted to build around when in need of new talent in its final year. WCW even had him score victories over Diamond Dallas Page and Lex Luger at various points to prove he was ready for a top spot.
Scott Steiner’s success as a singles character led to him becoming a ladies man on WCW television. Many ladies known as his “freaks” would appear with him at ringside. There was chemistry with one specific woman leading to Midajah becoming his full-time manager towards the end of WCW. Midajah was at Steiner’s side when he won the WCW Championship.
5 Scotty Riggs
The career of Scotty Riggs is best remembered for his time in the American Males tag team with Buff Bagwell. They won the WCW Tag Team Championship at their peak but failed to maintain popularity during their biggest push. It led to WCW splitting them up by putting Bagwell in the New World Order as the bigger star for the rest of his career.
4 Prince Iaukea
Prince Iaukea had a few different roles in WCW as a member of the Cruiserweight Division and mid-card picture. The first character was rather generic, and fans never gravitated towards him. Iaukea didn’t have the talent or personality of the other young stars rising in WCW. It was obvious that he needed a change, but Vince Russo was unfortunately the one to make the change for him.
3 Perry Saturn
The disappearance of Perry Saturn was a real story that went on for a few years. Many wrestlers requested any information on the whereabouts of Saturn as he was unseen for a long time. Saturn sadly went homeless and was going through a bitter drug addiction. It wasn’t until recently that Saturn resurfaced trying to get his life back together.
2 Bryan Clark
Bryan Clark made the jump from WWE to WCW in the 90s during the Monday Night Wars. WWE gave him the horrible Adam Bomb character that went nowhere. WCW decided to give him another weird character of Wrath meant to mimic the Mortal Kombat style of characters that Eric Bischoff wanted in the company. Wrath worked with Mortis and Glacier for most of his first year in WCW.
1 Steve “Mongo” McMichael
Former NFL player Steve “Mongo” McMichael made the jump to wrestling by signing a full-time contract with WCW. This wasn’t an experiment like with other athletes as McMichael legitimately wanted to make wrestling his career. Mongo joined the Four Horsemen and had a solid run for about three years on the roster. TNA brought him in for his final wrestling appearance in 2008 as a special guest referee.
McMichael has stayed away from wrestling for the most part aside from the TNA appearance which was done due to the show taking place in his stomping grounds of Chicago. The most public thing he has done is run for mayor of Romeoville, Illinois before falling short in 2012. Mongo got more than enough out of his wrestling career during his time in WCW and is staying away from it now.
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