The number of people employed by WWE continues to grow with the company needing help in various aspects of the business. Recent years have seen more former stars hold down spots in the company. Talented wrestlers have been able to continue their careers in other aspects of helping WWE. There are quite a few roles where WWE will continue paying someone to help them out even if they no longer wrestle in the ring. Some of the names are known as you see them appear on WWE television to break up fights or contribute to a backstage segment in need of extra bodies or familiar faces.
There are the producers that help the wrestlers put matches together. These former wrestlers use their knowledge to add input to the direction of the current wrestlers and the stories they are telling. Other former stars have joined the company in training roles helping teach the young wrestlers at the Performance Center. WWE even employs some wrestlers to special deals for legends contracts and/or ambassador roles. These performers do appearances and help promote the company while continuing to get paid by WWE. We'll look at some names you may not realize are still getting paid by WWE today.
15 Bob Backlund
Most fans have not had a thought about Bob Backlund since his most recent role on WWE television as the manager of Darren Young. WWE felt Backlund would have been the best person to help get fans interested in the talent of Young with a motivational speaker role. The gimmick led to minimal success and both men found their ways off television faster than expected.
The wrestling career of Sean “X-Pac” Waltman is still going on the independent circuit. X-Pac wrestles all over the world for various promotions that bring him in for the nostalgia act. Things seem to be going great for X-Pac as he is staying clean and having a productive role in wrestling. WWE also has X-Pac on their payroll as an ambassador with a legends contract.
13 John Laurinaitis
Many fans assumed John Laurinaitis was no longer in WWE when he lost his role as the Vice President of Talent Relations. Laurinaitis was one of the most hated men in wrestling for the way he went about hiring and firing talent in WWE. Johnny Ace lost the position in 2012, but he still works for WWE backstage today.
12 Scotty 2 Hotty
Memorable Attitude Era wrestler Scotty 2 Hotty found his way back to WWE in the role of a trainer at the Performance Center. Scotty left the wrestling industry in the 2000s after his WWE in-ring career ended. The new career path saw him become a firefighter for a couple of years before getting the wrestling bug once again.
11 Eve Torres
Eve Torres has maintained a close relationship with WWE after her decision to retire from the ring. The retirement of Torres came right when she was hitting her peak as a great heel character. WWE still valued her and decided to keep her under the contract to be an ambassador for the company. Eve wanted to leave to spend more time with her husband Rener Gracie and start a family.
10 The Boogeyman
A surprising name to land an ambassador role with a legends contract is The Boogeyman. The wrestler to play the character is a close friend of Booker T and landed the initial role thanks to the connection. WWE couldn’t get much juice out of The Boogeyman character, but it still exists today. Boogeyman still appears every now and then when WWE wants someone with a wacky look to take part in an event.
9 Terry Taylor
The wrestling career of Terry Taylor is rather lackluster considering the most memorable run came as The Red Rooster. However, various wrestling promotions employed him in a backstage role. Taylor has worked for WWE, WCW and Impact Wrestling all in important roles. WWE currently has Taylor employed for a special coaching role at the Performance Center.
8 Billy Graham
The relationship between “Superstar” Billy Graham and WWE has seen its ups and downs through the years. Graham was one of the biggest stars of his era with a character before his time. Hulk Hogan and various other successful characters of the 80s were viewed to be inspired from what Graham did in the 70s when making his name. Graham won the WWE Championship in the 70s as one of the better champions before the company went national.
One former wrestler extremely happy to be under contract to WWE is Mike Rotunda aka I.R.S. The heel character of I.R.S. was a hit in the 90s working in the mid-card as the sidekick of Ted DiBiase. Rotunda had a great career that allowed him to transition into a producer role for WWE. The gig allows him to help add input into the matches assigned to him each week on Raw, SmackDown and live events.
6 Scott Armstrong
Scott Armstrong is a member of the Armstrong family that is not remembered as fondly as his brothers. Road Dogg is a lead producer that helps write the SmackDown show, but his brother Scott is also on the roster. Scott is one of the lesser known producers that spent the majority of his career wrestling outside of WWE. The company brought him in to work as a referee for a few years.
The wrestling career of Tatanka is not remembered as fondly as most others on this list unless you were an early 90s fan with a bit of nostalgia. Tatanka was quite popular for a short time with an unbeaten streak. Fans were legitimately shocked when he turned heel to join Ted DiBiase’s evil Million Dollar Corporation. WWE brought him back on multiple occasions through the years proving they value him.
4 Jamie Noble
Former Cruiserweight Champion Jamie Noble was one of the most underrated wrestlers of the early 2000s. Noble played a comedic character that delivered in the ring for WWE as they tried to get their Cruiserweight Division some momentum at the time. The talent of Noble was best shown when he was the ROH Champion to defeat CM Punk and lose it to Daniel Bryan. Noble being a place holder between these two legends showed how incredible he was.
3 Gerald Brisco
Most wrestling fans will remember Gerald Brisco for one of two things when it comes to his career. Fans of the 90s remember him for the comedic work as Vince McMahon’s stooge along with his partner Pat Patterson. Older fans got to see him work in the ring during his peak putting on impressive performances using his shoot wrestling background.
2 Sgt. Slaughter
Former WWE Champion Sgt. Slaughter started working backstage for WWE in the 90s. Following his retirement, Slaughter would be seen breaking up fights and coming out when security was needed since he was already at the venue for his job as an agent. WWE transitioned him into an on-screen role as the Commissioner for a short time period.
1 Kelly Kelly
One lesser known former WWE star to have a legends contract is Kelly Kelly. No one thinks “legend” when discussing Kelly Kelly’s wrestling career, but she certainly developed a close relationship with the company. Kelly Kelly made the decision to retire from wrestling and she got a reality show deal to appear as WAGS thanks to a former relationship with an NHL player.
WWE signed Kelly Kelly to a legends contract at some point over the past few years. The fact that she started visiting shows earlier this year and WWE promoted it on social media means they likely came to an agreement in early 2017. Kelly Kelly doesn’t have the wrestling talent to survive in the current era of women’s wrestling, but WWE can still benefit from having her promote for them making appearances. It is really the perfect role for Kelly Kelly in WWE today.
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