It’s crazy to think that the end of the 1990s was almost two decades ago and incredibly there are still a number of superstars like Triple H and Stephanie McMahon who are a regular part of WWE TV after all these years. Time catches up to everyone, which means that some of the superstars that the WWE Universe were jealous of back in the 1990s, have been caught up by age and sadly no longer have the looks that they used to.
This isn’t an insult, as already stated time is something that no one can outrun, even though Stephanie has managed to continue to look incredible for the past three decades, a number of former WWE employees have not. There were so many stunning superstars back in the 1990s, so it’s interesting to see if any of these stars still resemble the character they once portrayed on WWE TV.
The following list looks at just 15 superstars who were considered attractive back in the 1990s and they have since been unable to outrun the ageing process. It has been 17 years since the turn of the century, so a number of these are unrecognisable stars now.
15. Scott Hall
Scott Hall was arguably one of the biggest stars of the 1990s ever since he brought Razor Ramon to life, and was one of the reasons that the Monday Night Wars began after he opted to join WCW back in 1996.
Hall’s popularity plummetted after WWE won the wars and his years of alcohol abuse finally began catching up to him. His addiction escalated in the early 2000s before Diamond Dallas Page was forced to step in and help him before his addiction reached a point of no return. Even though Hall is now looking healthier and was recently inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, he still looks much older than he is as his years of abuse have obviously taken their toll on him physically.
14. Marty Jannetty
Marty Jannetty was once one of the heartthrobs of The Rockers, alongside Shawn Michaels he had women and girls screaming in every arena he visited, that is until Michaels threw him through a barbershop window and this signalled that his career was all but over.
Jannetty has refused to retire from wrestling and even though over the past few months his personal life has become public knowledge, Jannetty has still refused to retire and still wrestles on a regular basis on the Independent Circuit. The years of strain on his body has definitely left his mark as Jannetty now looks nothing like the former WWE star who once partnered with HBK. Instead, Jannetty now looks like a former star who refuses to let his light dim, which is ruining his own legacy.
13. The Sandman
The ECW legend The Sandman will always be remembered for being a part of some of the craziest stunts on one of the most insane wrestling shows of all time. The former ECW Champion even had a stint in WWE during the revival of ECW back in the late 2000s, but he was only part of the show for a short time and was unable to make a lasting impact.
Since then Sandman has returned to the Independent Circuit and he has forced his broken body to continue to wrestle all these years. Sandman now looks old, broken and overweight, hopefully, his semi-retirement means that he isn’t going to return to the wrestling ring anytime soon, he needs to enjoy retirement and give his body the rest it deserves.
Raven’s incredible character back in the 1990s was one of the main reasons why ECW was considered a success at that time. Raven’s psychological heel persona helped him to become a huge star in ECW and one of the main faces of the brand. While there were a number of stories about Raven outside of ECW in his early years, he seemed to push past this reputation to become a star in his own right.
In WWE, Raven became known as a Hardcore superstar and despite becoming quite popular, the company went on to release him and left him in a rough position. Raven’s past alcohol addiction finally caught up with him a few years ago as he has aged quite badly and has recently struggled to find work since his wrestling career has come to an abrupt end.
11. Stacy Carter
Known as both Miss Kitty and The Kat while she was under contract with WWE, Stacy Carter was one of the most beautiful women in the world when she was on WWE TV and often decided to show much more than she was actually allowed. Stacy was once considered to be one of the most beautiful women in wrestling, but she failed to outrun the ageing process.
Stacy was married to commentary legend Jerry Lawler throughout her time in WWE, but following her release the couple divorced and Stacy then stepped into a career in real estate. The former Women’s Champion hasn’t been seen on WWE TV since 2001, she has remarried in that time and evidentally, all of her earlier surgeries have finally caught up to her since she is now looking every inch of her 47 years.
10. Terri Runnels
Terri Runnels was known as Marlena on WWE TV and alongside her real-life husband Goldust, the couple would definitely push the boundaries of what was acceptable during The Attitude Era.
Terri and Goldust had a lot of problems in their personal life and these led to the couple’s divorce back in 1999 after six years of marriage. Terri remained with WWE for years after her marriage and was only released from her contract back in 2004 after almost a decade working for WWE. Runnels went on to travel the world following her release and has since been part of a number of questionable relationships, perhaps the stress of life outside of the company is why Terri no longer looks like the WWE Diva that she once was?
9. Alundra Blayze
Alundra Blayze will always be remembered as the woman who turned her back on WWE and put the Women’s Championship in the trash on an episode of WCW. While Alundra was always one of the most talented female wrestlers the company had at that time, she was never one who cared very much about how she looked.
Alundra was ahead of her time and turned her attention to making an impact in the ring rather than in front of a camera. Blayze was blacklisted by WWE for almost two decades for her actions back in the 1990s, but the company finally was able to forgive her and allow her to take her rightful place in the WWE Hall of Fame. Alundra’s return to TV showed just how much she had changed since she was last seen in WCW and it seems that the years were not so kind to her.
X-Pac was an integral part of D Generation-X who are considered to be one of the most memorable groups of the 1990s. X-Pac may have made a name for himself on screen with the group, but personal issues with his ex-girlfriend Chyna and his obvious issues with drugs and alcohol left him in a rough state at the turn of the century.
X-Pac has revealed that he attempted suicide a number of times as well over the past few years as he is constantly battling the memories of his less than stable upbringing. Despite his WWE career ending a long time ago, X-Pac has still been able to gain regular bookings on the Independent Circuit, but his addiction to drugs for so many years has taken its toll on him and it seems that he is no longer the X-Pac that the world once knew.
7. Shawn Michaels
‘The Heartbreak Kid’ Shawn Michaels was without a doubt one of the biggest stars in WWE back in the 1990s. He continued his career all the way through to 2010 when he lost his match to The Undertaker at WrestleMania and was forced to retire from the company.
Michaels is considered to be one of the greatest wrestlers of all time by many of the WWE Universe, but despite this accolade he isn’t able to outrun time and that has finally managed to catch up to him. Michaels was another star who battled addiction in the 1990s and even though he was able to get clean and return to the company afterwards, it seems that these past addictions have finally caught up to the WWE Hall of Famer.
Sabu is another legend from ECW back in the 1990s that caught the bug from the business and has been unable to walk away despite the impact this life has had on his body. Sabu has been part of the wrestling world for more than three decades and a career of this kind at the highest level takes its toll.
Sabu is incredibly still wrestling despite the fact that he recently underwent surgery to have his hip replaced, surgery that he needed so much so that he has asked the wrestling world for their help over the past year. Sabu’s drug addiction has evidentally caught up to him as well since he is no longer the star that he once was and he can’t move around in the ring in the same way that he used to.
5. Marc Mero
Marc Mero’s physique was one of the main reasons he became such a huge star in WWE back in the 1990s. When Mero brought in his real-life girlfriend Sable the couple became quite popular for a while before Sable’s popularity with the WWE Universe became above and beyond what anyone had ever expected.
After a brief stint with TNA, Mero retired from wrestling back in 2006 before revealing the following year that he needed a heart valve transplant but doctors told him that his enlarged heart had shrunk so he may need surgery one day. Mero himself has admitted that he has attempted to overdose a number of times over the past few years as his steroid addiction during his wrestling career seems to have played a huge role in a number of his current issues.
Sable was without a doubt one of the biggest female stars of the 1990s, as a former two-time Playboy cover girl and a former Women’s Champion, her looks allowed her to become the envy of many of the girls watching wrestling at a young age. Sable was the first real woman who was able to use her sexuality to make her a star in wrestling, which has always made her stand out.
Like many women, Sable couldn’t remain the beautiful woman who had the entire WWE roster in the palm of her hand forever and the ageing process seems to have hit her hard. Now a mother and the wife of Brock Lesnar, Sable has settled into her new role away from the cameras and the public eye which has seen her age quite rapidly in recent years.
Vader was perhaps never seen as a man who “looked great” but he was a powerhouse. Vader was a star who easily stood out above the rest during his time in both WWE and WCW, but it seems that his health issues have caught up with him in recent years.
Vader has announced publically many times that the doctors have told him he doesn’t have a lot of time left. The former WWE star was recently part of a match in Japan where he shockingly passed out mid-way through, which has only added to the worry that the wrestling world feels for him right now. Big Van Vader himself revealed that he has been struggling with Congenital Heart Failure but has decided that he wants to go out on his own terms, which is why he continues to wrestle.
Sunny was widely considered to be the first ever WWE Diva back in the 1990s, she was the girl next door that almost every male member of the WWE Universe was attracted to. These looks helped her throughout her career until she left WWE.
Over the past, almost two decades Sunny has been inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, but the company wouldn’t be happy with some of the things that the former Diva has been forced to do as a way to get by. At one point it was revealed that she was selling herself online and even offering skype sessions for paying wrestling fans. Sunny has been in trouble with the law numerous times over the past few years too which has seen her behind bars on a number of occasions. The stress of this life has left its mark on Sunny who no longer looks like the head-turning blonde she once was.
1. Lex Luger
Lex Luger was a huge star in both WWE and WCW back in the 1990s and one of the main reasons for this was because he looked incredible. Luger’s physique spoke for itself and WWE were open to marketing him as the next Hulk Hogan. One of the most memorable things Luger ever did was bodyslam Yokozuna before he made the shocking decision to leave WWE for WCW.
Luger’s drug addiction hit him hard in the early 2000s and following Miss Elizabeth’s shock death in 2003, Lex finally made the decision to get himself clean. Luger managed to fight his addiction and was able to return to WWE in 2011 to help the company with their Wellness Policy stating that he wants to prevent any other wrestlers from going down the same path that he did.
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