After quite the crazy end to the 20th century with the WWE winning the Monday Night Wars in the latter years, the 21st century saw them become THE dominant power in the field of professional wrestling as Vince McMahon's empire grew into an even bigger product of sports entertainment. Because the product becomes bigger and bigger with each passing year, the need for providing more content for the audience has been high over the years and the WWE has hired a lot of talent to make sure that the shows are covered well enough.
While much of the talent soar high to become some of the long-standing stars of the company, some others are kept around just to fill the shows and are released after their job in the company is fulfilled. These superstars quickly become forgotten by the WWE fans, who mostly pay heed to the stars of the shows who are in it for the long run and don't really keep track of what these released or fired superstars do after they are out of the WWE.
While the 21st century has given us a lot of forgotten talent, let's take a look at these 20 wrestlers to see where they are right now and what they are doing.
40 Kaitlyn (then)
Kaitlyn was quite the stunning diva during her time in the WWE, as she climbed from the bottom to get to the top and got her recognition as part of NXT season 3, which she went onto win in the end. She then got a push to the main roster, where she had to fight off some really tough competition to find her way into the Divas Championship picture, which after several tries she finally won from Eve in her hometown. She had quite the amazing reign of 153 days as Divas Champion before losing to AJ Lee. She would slowly go down the ladder in the Divas Division and soon retire from wrestling, stating that she needed to focus on her family life and clothing line business.
39 Kaitlyn (now)
Kaitlyn married fellow bodybuilder PJ Braun and bid adieu to the WWE as she launched a fitness clothing company named Celestial Bodiez. She is also a spokesperson for her husband's company, Blackstone Labs and Prime Nutrition. Along with all this, she also occasionally works for Hardbodynews.com , contributing with interviews, photo ops and blogs. She also opened a smoothie bar with her husband inside the Busy Body Fitness Center in Florida in 2015. She is in stunning shape and is working really hard to get her own business going as the quickly forgotten former Divas Champ has the will to become her own person and will make sure fans notice her once again.
38 Heidenreich (then)
Jon Heidenreich definitely had the physique and intimidating personality in him to become a star in the WWE, but wasn't pushed by the company as well as he should've been. He caught everybody's attention as this psychopathic character who loved to hurt people on Smackdown. He even feuded with The Undertaker when he was flying high in the WWE, later teaming with Snitsky and destroying the opposition. But a face turn completely ruined his run, as he would later become a replacement for Road Warrior Hawk to team with Animal as the "new" Legion of Doom. This didn't bode well with anyone, as he'd go to be with his family after Hurricane Katrina hit and later was released by the company.
37 Heidenreich (now)
Heidenreich would go onto wrestle some events in the Independent circuit after being released by the WWE, as he wrestled for about a year for World-Wrestling Council and also participated in Hulk Hogan's "Hulkamania" tour in 2009 before retiring from wrestling. He went onto act in a wrestling film, Bloodstained Memories, and became quite invisible from the mainstream spotlight after that. He came back to it last year, when he was part of the class-action lawsuit against the WWE for incurring brain damages, as he stated that he suffers from "severe depression" and that he "felt suicidal" after his WWE days. His bond with WWE probably vanishes after this and he probably won't get any more chances in the wrestling industry either, which is a shame considering his promising talent which is now a forgotten afterthought.
36 Ted DiBiase Jr. (then)
While his father might have been one of the best things to happen in wrestling, the same cannot be said for Ted DiBiase Jr. who was a massive disappointment and underachieved badly in the WWE. After debuting as an arrogant, prominent wrestler who became a part of Legacy with Cody Rhodes and Randy Orton, DiBiase couldn't really soar high like the other two and when the stable split up and he was left to go his own way, he found it really difficult to impress as a singles wrestler. He borrowed his dad's old gimmick by bringing back the Million Dollar Championship, as he'd wrestle in matches against other low-key superstars and lose most of them. The reputation of his father couldn't save him from becoming a jobber who had to leave the WWE in 2013 to end his misery.
35 Ted DiBiase Jr. (now)
Ever since leaving the WWE, Dibiase has only made sporadic appearances in the wrestling scene as he returned to the ring in 2013 when he wrestled an event for Family Wrestling Entertainment's Grand Prix tournament, defeating Colt Cabana. He also made an appearance in Tommy Dreamer's House of Hardcore promotion later on, as he has had a change of character ever since leaving the WWE. Becoming a more devoted Christian, DiBiase started to do more charity work and also took up an executive position with CollegeGarageSale.com, a college textbook e-commerce website. The son of the Million Dollar Man might not be remembered like his father, but is doing something more productive with his life after leaving the WWE.
34 Yoshi Tatsu (then)
Yoshi Tatsu came into the WWE with quite the hype, as the impressive talent from New Japan Pro Wrestling spent some years honing his skills in developmental before he ascended to the main roster. Here he spent some years switching brands from ECW (where he initially debuted), to Raw and then again to Smackdown in the space of around 3 years. He'd slowly descend into a jobber after initially starting out strongly in the WWE, as he became a mentor in NXT and would see out his WWE days in B-Shows like Superstars where he was a jobber as well. He competed in the first ever Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royale which would be his last prominent match, as he'd be released soon after.
33 Yoshi Tatsu (now)
Tatsu returned to his home in Japan after being released from the WWE, as he returned to New Japan Pro Wrestling and re-debuted by helping Hiroshi Tanahashi defeat AJ Styles for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship. He was given the gimmick of "Bullet Club Hunter" and went onto feud with the stable, but in the process got an almost career-ending injury from a botched Styles Clash. He spent a lot of time on the sidelines, but returned last year and continues to wrestle for New Japan, this time in their tag team division trying to claim some gold for himself. Tatsu's wrestling will never be the same after that horrendous injury, but he'll continue to do so until he can; he can also look into a career elsewhere, as he has a graduate degree in Political Science to help his cause.
32 Elijah Burke (then)
Elijah Burke was one of the more prominent things to come out of WWE's horrible version of ECW, as he was quite the talented athlete with an intriguing personality and somehow fit right into ECW. He rose as part of The New Breed as they took on the ECW Originals in their quest to rule over ECW, and later started to wrestle as a singles competitor where he many a time competed for the ECW Championship but failed to win it every single time. He then started a short alliance with Shelton Benjamin, but slowly withered away into irrelevance as he needed a new personality and got the "Black Pope" gimmick which was only used in dark matches before he was released in 2008.
31 Elijah Burke (now)
While the "Black Pope" gimmick didn't seem to work at all in WWE, it definitely helped him get over in TNA when he joined the company sometime after leaving the WWE. He debuted as "The Pope" D'Angelo Dinero and was one of the more entertaining men in the company for some years as he competed against the best of TNA for many a championship, but never seemed to win. He got tired of his lack of opportunities and left TNA when it started to sink in 2013, returning to the Independent scene and spending a few years in OVW. Burke returned to TNA in 2015, this time as a commentator as he competes on a sporadic basis but is mostly the main, heel commentator for TNA right now and is still one of the more entertaining things about the weak product.
30 Ashley Massaro (then)
The winner of the 2005 WWE Divas Search program, Ashley was bullied early on her main roster career but fended off Vince's Devils in a rather stretched out feud. She would then get some WWE Women's Championship opportunities but failed to win the gold, as she became a fan-favorite with her babyface nature and was drafted to Smackdown in 2006 and became the valet for the team of Brian Kendrick and Paul London. She would then pose for the cover of Playboy Magazine, which made for a feud with then Women's Champion Melina but Massaro failed to defeat her for her title. Massaro would then turn into a rather low-key diva who was mostly used as filler for the shows, as she left the WWE in 2008 to take care of her ill daughter as a single mom.
29 Ashley Massaro (now)
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Massaro retired from wrestling after she left the WWE, but went onto appear on some events as she travelled to Mexico City in 2009 to host the Playboy Latin American anniversary party. She returned to the wrestling scene for a sporadic appearance in 2015, where she accompanied Mike Del in a Pro Wrestling Syndicate event who went onto defeat Trent Barreta. She also revealed that she was sexually assaulted in her time in the WWE, as she went onto become a part of the mass class-action lawsuit against the WWE for incurring brain damages and probably ended her relation with the company then and there. Massaro has been long forgotten by the WWE fans because of how well the Women's Division has improved since her days.
28 Deuce (then)
While the daughter of the late Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka is still under contract with the WWE, many have seemed to have forgotten about his son, who also wrestled in the WWE around a decade ago. Sim Snuka aka Deuce started his journey with WWE with their developmental program in which he spent a few years, before starting out his WWE career on Smackdown where he won the Tag Team Titles with his partner, Domino. After that ended, he was drafted to Raw where he wrestled under the name of Sim Snuka after revealing his father was Jimmy Snuka and tried to get into Randy Orton's "Legacy" faction but failed to do so. His WWE stint came to an end when he (posed as a camera-man) failed to catch The Undertaker in a suicide dive spot during his match against Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania XXV, as he was released months later.
27 Deuce (now)
After leaving the WWE, Deuce started to wrestle in the Independent circuit as he wrestled for the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) for a while after leaving the WWE and also did some Indy shows before retiring from the wrestling business altogether. He now resides in Arizona where he works in research and development for a health supplement company, as the son of Jimmy Snuka is more of a family man and after watching his father tragically fall to cancer, he'll be focused on continuing the family heritage and make sure the next generations of his family make Superfly proud.
26 Juventud Guerrera (then)
Although Juventud Guerrera mainly found his popularity in his WCW days where he was a vital part of their excellent Cruiserweight Division, he did manage to keep that up as the new century kicked in and found himself in the WWE in 2005, years after WCW folded up. He started up as part of The Mexicools with Super Crazy and Psicosis, but had his eyes on singles competition as he won the WWE Cruiserweight Championship from Nunzio twice. Just as he was beginning to soar in their Cruiserweight Division, he was released by the WWE because of massive problems with management, as he was doing moves he wasn't allowed to and angered management enough to get him fired from the WWE.
25 Juventud Guerrera (now)
Juventud went back to his home country of Mexico and started to wrestle again for their AAA promotion, as well as helping promote many of the Mexican Independent promotions by wrestling for them and putting them over. He has been wrestling for AAA for some years now, as he also helps them put on better shows by helping with backstage stuff and in an interview with WWE.com a few years back, he stated on how he's also a part time DJ who has produced some songs. He also spoke on how he hopes to kickstart his own TV Show, La Arena, soon, as Juvi is looking towards life beyond wrestling at this point and despite having put in amazing work over the years, is now quite the forgotten figure among fans.
24 Tyler Reks (then)
Tyler Reks was another prominent wrestler to have come out of ECW, as he had quite the impressive physique and also a hard-hitting moveset which helped him stand out from the rest. While he was pushed in the initial stages of his main roster run, he soon got buried into becoming a jobber to the stars (because of John Cena, according to Reks). He would soon be teamed up with Curt Hawkins, as the two did get some wins under their belt but weren't really pushed as a top tag team in their stint together. Reks and Hawkins would end up forming a new gimmick of strippers in their last days as a team in the WWE, as Reks soon asked for his release from the WWE and retired from wrestling.
23 Tyler Reks (now)
While he did retire from wrestling, Reks reunited with Hawkins in the Independent scene as he wrestled in an event of Pro Wrestling Syndicate with him. He would later reveal about how he was making really low money in the WWE and his push was crushed by the bickering of John Cena after he "stole" his move. Reks started his own youtube channel after leaving wrestling called "TheRekkingCrew" and created his first series called "GET PWND" where he'd play Halo Reach on Xbox Live and "pwn" people. He has been also doing some work as a motivational speaker and entrepreneur after leaving wrestling, as the forgotten superstar also has his own fitness website and is a glaring example of how tough life in the WWE is for lower mid-carders like he was.
22 Finlay (then)
Dave Finlay already had almost 30 years of experience when he came to the WWE with the turn of the century, as he was signed onto become a trainer for them and had a big part in training the likes of John Cena and Randy Orton and was eventually made a trainer for the WWE Divas. He'd make his return to the ring in 2006, as his gimmick was off a proud Irishman who loved to fight. After serving King Booker for a while, Finlay went his own way and had his own accomplice in Hornswoggle as the leprechaun and his weapon helped him become US Champion. He'd then turn face and wrestle mostly as a mid-carder, helping put over some young talents and put on better shows as he was quite the servant for WWE, but got fired in 2011 for authorizing The Miz's interruption of the National Anthem which offended many.
21 Finlay (now)
Finlay went back to the Independent circuit and wrestled for many independent promotions like Pro Wrestling Guerilla, Stampede Wrestling as well as Ring Of Honor where he wrestled a few events. He was eventually contacted and resigned by the WWE as a backstage producer in 2012, as he has been working closely with putting on better shows from the back and has also appeared in some segments over the years, the most recent one being in September 2016 where he was among the people sent over to stop Seth Rollins from interrupting a match and promo. The Strong Irishman might be forgotten by most WWE fans, but his contribution to the product now is vital and he is becoming into one of the most trusted men in the back, having served WWE so well for almost a decade.
20 Tyson Tomko (then)
Tyson Tomko had the capability of becoming an actual monster heel for the WWE, but his push wasn't really continued by the company who didn't seem to have much faith in him. He received recognition for his work as the bodyguard of Christian, as he helped him win many matches and destroyed much of his opposition. Tomko was also given a big monster push after he went his own way, as he would destroy jobbers and also made quite the statement when he knocked out both WWE Tag Team Champions Rosey and The Hurricane. His push would come to a halt when he was defeated by John Cena, as he'd later go onto tag with Snitsky which didn't really work so well, as he'd quit the WWE, focusing to go work in Japan.
19 Tyson Tomko (now)
Tomko did get a chance to wrestle for New Japan Pro Wrestling, where he wrestled mostly as a tag team guy, but couldn't really win much gold in the fray. He'd go onto join TNA, where he reunited with Christian and helping him become the top star for TNA. He'd then go onto tag with AJ Styles, winning the TNA Tag Team Championship with Styles and then went onto betray him by becoming Kurt Angle's henchman. He would do much of the dirty-work for him and become one of the more intimidating guys on TNA, but problems with management saw him leave the company and rejoin WWE for a very short stint. He went back to TNA again, but this time also had a short stint as he wasn't in the best shape physically and too addicted to drugs. His addiction made him turn to crime in 2011 when he was arrested for robbing from a medical store. He eventually became clean and returned to the ring, where he continues to wrestle in the Indy circuit and although his popularity has greatly deterred, he still has it in him to put down some opponents.
18 Nathan Jones (then)
A legitimate athlete with a history of Mixed-Martial Arts and being a Strongman, Nathan Jones' "Hannibal Lector" like character in the WWE was pretty intriguing at first as well as he had quite the hard-hitting skills to him. He was later made into the protege of The Undertaker and was scheduled to tag with Taker to face The Big Show and A-Train, but was attacked backstage before it and could only appear at the last moments to help Taker get the win. He was later given another villainous gimmick, as he wrestled as part of Team Lesnar in the 2003 Survivor Series and later used to interfere in Lesnar's matches. He'd later leave the WWE because of its rigorous travel work.
17 Nathan Jones (now)
Jones was booked to appear for an Australian Wrestling event after leaving the show but no-showed the event much to the anger of the promoter, as he wrestled three matches for World Series Wrestling in 2005 before retiring from wrestling. Since then, he has taken his skills to the movie industry as he has appeared in films like Troy, The Condemned and mostly made his name for his role in the hit film Mad Max: Fury Road where he portrays a lunatic, sadistic character. He seems to have his future in movies now as wrestling didn't work out so well for him and he's been a forgotten figure in that field for years now.
16 Justin Gabriel (then)
Justin Gabriel was definitely one of the more exciting guys to come out from the Nexus, as the entertaining, high-flying wrestler was quite held back in the WWE. After impressing in the first season of NXT, Gabriel was part of the Nexus and dominated over WWE for quite a long time, later on staying with Wade Barrett as part of The Corre. He became a lower-mid carder in the WWE later on, as he competed for many title matches but couldn't really win anything after departing from the Nexus. He'd later perform for the revamped WWE NXT and would be degraded enough to become the Bunny for Adam Rose (as revealed by Gabriel himself on the Talk Is Jericho podcast) as his lack of opportunities frustrated him and he left the company in 2015.
15 Justin Gabriel (now)
He went back to the Independent scene as he wrestled some events for Pro Wrestling Syndicate before being named as part of the Global Force Wrestling roster and became their first ever NEX*GEN Champion. He would go on to compete for TNA as well when GFW invaded the Impact Zone, as he won the TNA King of the Mountain Championship and even competed for the TNA World Heavyweight Title but lost that. After the invasion angle ended, he went to compete for Lucha Undergound where he seemed to fit in, and even though he couldn't win any championships, he was really impressive because of his ability to blend into the high-flying, exciting environment. Gabriel is really impressing in the Indy circuit and even though he might be a forgotten figure among the WWE fans, he is slowly rebuilding his career outside the cutthroat WWE.
14 Maven (then)
Maven will mostly be remembered for how badly he was beaten up by The Undertaker in the Royal Rumble 2002 after he eliminated the Phenom, but the tough enough winner actually had quite the successful start to his WWE career. After winning the Tough Enough competition, Maven would start a feud with The Undertaker after that beatdown and faced him for the Hardcore Championship, winning the title off him after interferences from The Rock and Al Snow. He lost the championship at WrestleMania X8 and went onto become a lower-mid carder, as he booked himself in a match against World Heavyweight Champion Triple H when he become the GM of Raw for sometime but lost that match. Maven would compete in mid-card matches for the remainder of his WWE career, as he was a jobber for his last months in the company and was released in 2005.
13 Maven (now)
Maven went onto wrestle in the Independent circuit after he left the WWE, as he went onto wrestle some events for NWA as well as wrestling for Unified Wrestling Federation Live. He also wrestled a match in TNA, losing to Jeff Hardy and Kip James in a tag team dark match. He then took a hiatus from wrestling, and was arrested in 2012 for trying to obtain some bad drugs and went through WWE's rehabilitation program afterwards. He'd then become a bouncer for 1015 midtown in New York City and returned to the ring in 2015, where he wrestled in Create A Pro Wrestling Academy and won a tag team match. He looks to be shifting from being a bouncer to wrestling on a sporadic basis, as the forgotten first Tough Enough winner hasn't achieved the success one would expect from him as some bad decisions in life has cost him dearly.
12 Snitsky (then)
Snitsky will be remembered for being one of the meanest guys in the WWE in the mid 2000s, as the guy received quite the recognition, when he was responsible for Lita's miscarriage who was pregnant with Kane's child. This sparked a rivalry between him and the Big Red Monster, as he got a push as a monster heel afterwards but couldn't really win any gold. He teamed with many of the big, sadistic guys like him and continue to destroy much of the talent, but he was later degraded when he was switched to ECW where he beat up much of their talent with a sadistic new, bald look. This new look got another push for him, but he wasn't really pushed as a prominent top star in the WWE and wanted and received his release from the WWE because of how badly he was being treated by the company.
11 Snitsky (now)
Snitsky went to wrestle for Independent promotion World Xtreme Wrestling, where he won the Heavyweight Championship in 2012. He also appeared for TNA in 2014 where he sided with Dixie Carter to feud with the ECW Originals and only wrestled a couple of matches for TNA before leaving. He has taken quite the different route in his career, as he became a pitchman for Tristar Products' Power Pressure Cooker and shot a series of videos on Youtube where he demonstrates on how to prepare various kinds of food on the pressure cooker. He also starred for Walking Dead Films' horror movie 100 Acres of Hell which released last year, as the mean Snitsky has taken a different turn in his career after failing to impress in the ring and becoming a forgotten figure in the wrestling scene.
10 The Hurricane (then)
Shane Helms caught the eye of WWE Officials after impressing as part of WCW's Cruiserweight Division, as he was signed up after the turn of the century and given the gimmick of this Superhero "The Hurricane". He won the Hardcore Championship soon after debuting, and went onto form a tag team with Rosey(who also became a superhero) and won the Tag Team Titles with him before turning heel on him after they lost the titles. This also made for a change of gimmick, as he was now known as Shane Helms without his costume and went onto dominate the Cruiserweight Division, winning the Cruiserweight Title numerous times. But after suffering some bad injuries, he was forced to sit on the sidelines and in the meantime did some entertaining stuff like his own short video segment called "Hurrapops" but after another short stint as The Hurricane, he was released by the WWE.
9 The Hurricane (now)
Helms went onto return to the Independent circuit following his WWE release, as he wrestled for Lucha Libre USA before going onto wrestle for PWG in some events. He also wrestled for Pro Wrestling Syndicate in some events and was signed by TNA in 2015 as a road agent. He made his on-screen debut in their Bound for Glory event to congratulate X-Division Champion Tiger Uno. He then turned heel by helping Trevor Lee defeat Uno for The Championship last year, creating his own Helms Dynasty which he's continuing to maintain in TNA as a heel. He also appeared in TNA's "Total Nonstop Deletion" episode where he reappeared as The Hurricane to assist Matt Hardy in defeating Trevor Lee and Andrew Everett. Helms is helping TNA get out of their horrible ditch right now with his contribution as a backstage agent and even though he's probably a forgotten wrestler, his contribution for TNA over the past few years has been pretty valuable.
8 Chavo Guerrero (then)
Chavo Guerrero will probably be remembered as the least talented among the Guerrero's, but he's been quite the under-rated wrestler all these years and played a big part in putting Uncle Eddie over when they came to the WWE together in 2001. He won the Tag Titles with Eddie as part of Los Guerreros, but as soon as Eddie's popularity soared, Chavo turned heel on him and went onto join the Cruiserweight Division. He was the top heel of their Cruiserweight Division and won the title multiple times, and after Eddie tragically died helped Rey get his underdog moment at WrestleMania. He was later drafted to ECW where he became ECW Champion and was part of La Familia with Vickie Guerrero and Edge, and his final feuds in the WWE would be rather low-key ones which he mostly lost and became a jobber in his final years in the WWE before being released in 2011.
7 Chavo Guerrero (now)
Chavo wrestled for World Wrestling Council for some events before going onto join TNA in 2012 and aligned himself with Hernandez, as the two eyed the TNA Tag Team Titles and won the titles in a three way championship match. They held it to 103 days before losing it to Austin Aries and Bobby Roode, as they feuded with the two for months before regaining the titles. They lost it again in a four way elimination match, as Guerrero would lose to Hernandez in a Bound for Glory series qualifying match. He collected a briefcase in the Feast or Fire match but got fired by choosing the wrong briefcase, as he returned to the Independent scene before going onto join Lucha Underground. He used his amazing skills to impress and became the inaugural Lucha Underground Champion, as he remained a top heel in the organization before losing a "Loser Leaves Lucha Underground" match on November 3rd and left the Temple because of it. He is also part of the class action lawsuit against WWE for incurring brain injuries, as the forgotten Guerrero is barely remembered by WWE or anyone else while his late, great uncle is cherished by everyone.
6 The Great Khali (then)
The Great Khali made quite the intimidating debut when he attacked and laid out The Undertaker in his debut appearance in WWE TV, as the monster would get quite the push in the next months. The push led to him crushing superstars and also going onto win the World Heavyweight Championship in a Battle Royal, as he'd have main event feuds with the likes of Batista and John Cena afterwards. But he was quickly degraded into more of a playful monster, and this ruined his relevance as he had his own "kiss cam" with Natalya as his "partner" as the "Punjabi Playboy" gimmick ruined his persona as he would only make sporadic appearances in his last years in the WWE and put other people over before leaving WWE in 2014.
5 The Great Khali (now)
After being released by the WWE, Khali went back to his native country of India as he would go onto open his own wrestling school in Continental Wrestling Entertainment. The school had its first event in December 12, 2015 as it also became a full time wrestling promotion which had the likes of former WWE Superstars Mike Knox, Justin Gabriel and TNA wrestler Hernandez. Khali suffered a bad head injury while wrestling for the promotion last year, but recovered amazingly well to go onto wrestle another match just three days later. While the forgotten giant is making strides to make wrestling in India more successful, one can wonder what could've been if he had the proper mic skills and been pushed as a monster in the WWE.
4 Carlito (then)
The Arrogant Carlito was quite the unique, "cool" heel back in his time in the WWE as he made quite the impact in the WWE as he won the US Title in his debut match in the company and went onto disrespect others in his next years in the company. He was kept as a solid mid-carder for many years, as he was drafted to Raw and won the Intercontinental in his Raw debut as well before he was somewhat ruined by a romantic angle with Torrie Wilson and was degraded to a lower-mid carder. He'd later tag with his brother Primo and won the Tag Team Titles with him and would later also be a pro in the first season of WWE NXT, as he got released by the WWE for violating their Wellness Policy and refusing to go to rehab in 2010.
3 Carlito (now)
Following his release, Carlito went onto wrestle for many Independent promotions all over the world as he wrestled for Mexico's AAA promotion, as well as going to wrestle in the UK as well. He also returned to his first wrestling promotion in World Wrestling Council soon after leaving the WWE, where he wrestled against the best of wrestlers and has remained as one of their top stars ever since, having won the tag team titles, WWC Puerto Rico Championship and WWC Universal Heavyweight Championship multiple times. Carlito was present when father Carlos Colon Sr. was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2014 and has been contacted for a return after the Brand extension but doesn't seem to be willing to come back, as the forgotten arrogant Colon has been thriving in his life in WWC for years now.
2 Vladimir Kozlov (then)
Vladimir Kozlov is one of the cases of "The One that Got Away" for the WWE, as the intimidating European had the looks, personality and hard-hitting nature to be one of the top, monster heels of the company. He received quite the push when he initially debuted in the Smackdown Brand, plowing through most of his opponents at first. But he wasn't pushed to the main event like he should've, and after some months of amazing dominance, he was drafted to ECW where his downfall started. He was being wasted in ECW and when he was re-drafted to Raw, he was teamed up Santino Marella and given a face turn, and even though they enjoyed an undefeated streak at first, Kozlov's reputation was turned into a joke by hanging around with Santino. Towards the end of his WWE career, Kozlov became a pro in NXT Redemption and lost his final match to Mark Henry who broke his leg to end his WWE run.
1 Vladimir Kozlov (now)
After leaving the WWE, Kozlov went onto wrestle in the Japanese Inoki Genome Federation where he wrestled under the name of "Alexander Kozlov", but didn't get much love from bookers here either, losing the matches he wrestled in very short times and after wrestling for IGF for some months, he announced his retirement from wrestling. Since his retirement from wrestling, he has appeared in some entertainment shows and has also acted as a stuntman in movies like Fast and the Furious and John Wick. Kozlov has also bought his own production company in Miami named Quasar Entertainment in which he acts as well, as he looks to be in the best shape of his career going by recent pictures and even though he might be a forgotten figure among the wrestling fans, he had it in him to become a top star had the WWE treated him more fairly.
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