The life after WWE for wrestlers can play out in various directions. WWE loves when their top stars retire and stay away from other promotions. These stars are represented as WWE legends living their lives outside of the ring and can return every once in a while for a big pop from the fans. Unfortunately, not everyone can have a “where are they now” story similar to Shawn Michaels or Steve Austin. There are plenty of stories of the current life of a wrestler that WWE want to keep quiet for different reasons.
The most obvious wrestler tales WWE wants hidden are the ones that paints them in a negative light. Wrestlers in bad financial and physical shape after a stint working for WWE is not a good look for the company. Other stories WWE want to hide actually are the successful ones. The fact that some wrestlers are way better off without WWE is not a narrative they want out in the public. There are also the wrestlers that still trash them publicly with vicious allegations. We'll take a look at all of the categories mentioned as we break down fifteen “where are they now” stories of wrestlers that Vince McMahon doesn’t want fans to know about.
15 Sabu - GoFundMe Campaign
WWE employed Sabu for a short time period during the ECW brand but still profits off his work with the WWE Network airing old school ECW content as one of its main draws. Sabu is in horrible physical and financial states today. The hardcore wrestling legend is still forcing his way to independent shows as a way to make money.
14 Cody Rhodes - Indie Star
A positive wrestling story WWE can’t be happy with is Cody Rhodes shining on the free agent market. Rhodes made the bold decision to leave WWE on his own and request his release because they refused to use him in a credible manner. The Stardust character was going to be his future and he didn’t want that to become his legacy.
13 Sunny - Rehab Center
The train wreck of Tammy “Sunny” Sytch has become one of the saddest stories in wrestling. Sunny was a massive star as a manager and personality for WWE in the 90s. A bad attitude, poor decisions and personal demons caused her brush with relevance to end and her life to go downhill. Sytch has been in and out of jail over the past few years.
12 Alberto Del Rio - GFW Wrestler (Anti-WWE Attitude)
So many things can change in a year, and Alberto Del Rio’s career shows that. Del Rio was released from WWE a little less than a year ago after he violated the Wellness Policy and requested to leave the company. The comments of Alberto following his departure have seen him accuse them of lying about his drug test failure and claims they released Paige’s personal property to the public.
11 Teddy Hart - Indie Wrestler (Terrible Public Image)
Teddy Hart may very well go down in history as the biggest waste of wrestling talent ever. History was made by Hart back in 1998 as the youngest person to sign with WWE at just 18 years old. WWE viewed Teddy as a potential Superstar thanks to his ridiculous athleticism and pedigree in the business growing up in the Hart family.
10 Jim Neidhart - Recovering Addict
Another Hart family member that WWE appears to be trying to keep out of the memories of wrestling fans is Jim Neidhart. Jim is the father of current women’s wrestling star Natalya, but we never see him with her on WWE television. In fact, WWE has gone out of their way to bring in Bret Hart as the relative to represent Natalya in various situations.
9 Ryback - Podcast Host (Anti-WWE Attitude)
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The story of Ryback is one WWE can’t be proud of. Following years of trying to make him a star, Ryback chose to leave the company after his contract expired. Ryback however went out in dramatic fashion by trashing WWE publicly in a blog claiming the wrestlers are treated poorly. Things haven’t changed and Ryback has actually doubled down on his vendetta against WWE.
8 Scott Steiner - Anti-WWE Attitude
Another wrestler that has not stopped making insulting comments about how WWE is run is Scott Steiner. The WWE career of Steiner ended back in 2003 and he held nothing back after leaving. Steiner claimed Triple H tried to sabotage his push and WWE completely catered to the son-in-law of Vince McMahon. Thirteen years later, Steiner is still making headlines with critical comments about WWE.
7 Jeff Jarrett - GFW Founder
Jeff Jarrett is one of the most hated wrestlers of Vince McMahon due to his controversial departure in 1999. Jarrett made the decision to hold up McMahon for a big pay day after his contract expired while he was still the Intercontinental Champion. McMahon paid Jarrett his request to drop the title to Chyna but vowed to never do business with him again.
6 Virgil - Wrestling Conventions
Virgil has not been a full-time wrestler for WWE since 1994 but he remains a name in the wrestling industry for all the wrong reasons. The reputation of Virgil is one of a panhandler trying to pressure wrestling fans into giving him a lot of money for pictures or autographs at conventions. To make matters worse, Virgil has been caught setting up operations in New York subways trying to sell his merchandise.
5 CM Punk - MMA (Anti-WWE Attitude)
The career of CM Punk in MMA has been a disaster. Punk was decimated in his first and only fight. Despite still training, it seems like a safe bet that Punk will never have another professional MMA fight. There are rumors of Punk starting to get the wrestling bug again. Punk frequently interacts with NJPW’s Bullet Club members Kenny Omega and the Young Bucks on social media.
4 Darren Drozdov - Disabled
One of the most tragic WWE in-ring moments featured promising talent Darren “Droz” Drozdov seeing his career end in a single moment. Droz suffered a career ending injury in a match against D-Lo Brown. The severe neck injury caused Droz to become a quadriplegic. WWE employed him for a few years in different roles writing articles for their website among other thing following the injury.
3 Vader - Podcast Interviews/Convention Appearances
The legendary career of Vader saw his best years in WCW and Japan, but many fans remember him best for WWE. Vader has revealed some unfortunate news in recent times as he stated his doctor told him he has less than two years left to live. The heart issues of Vader apparently have caused serious health issues that could end his life in the near future.
2 Batista - Actor (Anti-WWE Attitude)
Batista has become one of the most successful wrestling stars to leave WWE. Following his WWE career, Batista wanted to make it in Hollywood as a big time actor. WWE laughed at this notion and actually refused to put him in their WWE Studio films. Batista ended up becoming the biggest movie star from the wrestling industry since The Rock.
1 Perry Saturn - GoFundMe Campaign
One of the sadder stories in wrestling features the recent years of Perry Saturn. The talented wrestler was a member of the Radicalz but saw it all fall apart after leaving WWE. Saturn developed very dangerous drug addictions that ruined his life. It became a story that Saturn was “missing” because no one in the industry heard from him in years, and that was due to him being homeless.
Saturn is trying to get his life back on track with help from fans on GoFundMe. According to the listing, Saturn suffers from dementia and various physical ailments that negatively impact his life daily. The story of one of Vince McMahon’s former wrestler being in such bad shape and desperately needing help is not good for the WWE perception. Many want the company to step in and help out, but McMahon is hoping the story fizzles out with the bigger audience not hearing about it.
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