The wrestlers to work for WCW in the 90s all had their chances to leave an impact on the wrestling industry. WCW’s national television deal and brief stint with mainstream popularity brought attention to the performers in the company. Nitro still had millions of viewers during the dying days but lost money due to spending too much to warrant keeping the company going. All of the wrestlers had to make huge decisions about their futures once it became apparent that WCW was going to die. WWE buying WCW just added a worse dynamic of knowing one person now controlled the mainstream wrestling world in Vince McMahon.
Everyone knows what happened to Booker T, Ric Flair and Sting. We'll take a look at some of the other names that had other roads following the death of WCW. Some of these performers are still wrestling today trying to make some more money off their 90s fame. Others have gone into completely new fields starting a different chapter of their lives. All of the stories will be examined here when it comes to talents that were once stars on Nitro. These are fifteen updates on what these former WCW stars are doing these days in 2017.
15 Scott Steiner
The career of Scott Steiner will always be remembered for what he did in WCW. Scott and his brother Rick Steiner were arguably the best tag team in WCW history before they split up. The decision to end the team helped got Scott to the next level as a major heel. Steiner ended up winning the WCW Championship and was one of its final main eventers.
The current life of Steiner has him operating a Shoney’s restaurant in Georgia. Many of his former friends from WCW showed up to the grand opening to show support. Steiner is mostly working at his restaurant today, but he does still wrestle if the opportunity presents itself. GFW/TNA brought Steiner in for a comedic match with Josh Mathews against Abyss and Jeremy Borash earlier this year.
14 Rick Steiner
The brother of Scott Steiner was just as popular as him in the early to mid-90s. Rick Steiner was actually the more popular brother for a short time period as well. However, things went downhill for Rick once the Steiner Brothers split up. Rick couldn’t find a character that worked for him the way Big Poppa Pump worked for Scott.
It became apparent that he needed to transition outside of the wrestling business once WCW was purchased by WWE. Rick was already getting up there in age, so he decided to start his new career in real estate. The former WCW star still lives in Georgia and runs his real estate company selling homes to residents. You can catch Rick at wrestling conventions once in a blue moon appearing with Scott for photo-ops.
13 Disco Inferno
Disco Inferno was one of the more entertaining enhancement talents of the 90s. WCW mostly used him to put over bigger names and better talent. His comedic character of a disco dancer was so annoying that you couldn’t help but enjoy watching him get destroyed. Inferno did manage to get a few small pushes as a mid-card champion for short reigns.
Wrestling didn’t turn out to be a long term home for him as WWE had zero interest in his abilities. Disco has spent the past few years of his life working as a host at a popular Las Vegas strip club. The wrestling opinions of Disco are unfortunately still shared on the podcasts of his friends Vince Russo and Konnan each. He also still wrestles once in a while on the Las Vegas independent circuit.
12 Tony Schiavone
The voice of WCW will always be Tony Schiavone. There were many different commentary teams for WCW, but Schiavone is the voice that always resonates most with WCW fans. Despite his questionable work towards the end of his career, you can’t deny that Schiavone did a good job calling big matches at WCW’s peak.
Following the end of WCW, Schiavone moved back into the sports broadcasting world calling minor league baseball games. 2017 was the year he returned to the wrestling business. MLW hired him to host a weekly podcast discussing old WCW shows for their VOD network. Schiavone also returned to the commentary booth for the first time in many years when he called MLW’s first show back. The promotion is expected to continue going with Tony calling the matches.
11 Mark Jindrak
Mark Jindrak was one of the younger talents to get a chance with WCW in its final year. The company was always criticized for relying on old talent they stole from WWE rather than building home grown stars. A youth movement would see Jindrak, Sean O’Haire, Chuck Palumbo, Shawn Stasiak and Mike Sanders get called up to WCW as the Natural Born Thrillers.
Jindrak showed potential to get signed with WWE, but his career never took off there. The desire to continue wrestling saw him move to Mexico to become a bigger name in a new company. Jindrak currently works for top Mexican promotion CMLL. The success of Jindrak as Marco Corleone has seen him become one of the top American wrestlers in the history of Mexican wrestling. Jindrak has become so popular that he has an acting career on the side in Mexico as well.
10 Dean Malenko
The technical wrestling of Dean Malenko made him a top tier in-ring performer for WCW during the Monday Night Wars. Malenko had great matches with just about every Cruiserweight in the 90s that helped put the division on the map. WCW never pushed him due to his lack of charisma and smaller overall size compared to the main eventers.
Malenko would never become a top star in the industry but left a legacy that influenced many future wrestlers. A lot of the top stars today name Dean as their wrestling inspiration. It makes sense that he now works behind the scenes for WWE as a producer. Malenko helps the WWE wrestlers put together their matches by planning out the spots in getting their story across. WWE’s match quality improving with Malenko as an agent can’t be a coincidence.
9 Perry Saturn
Perry Saturn has been hit with some of the sadder stories for a wrestler navigating through life after WCW. The decision of Saturn to ditch WCW for WWE in 2000 actually worked out to his benefit. However, the lack of a push in WWE saw them part ways with Saturn after a couple of years of under-card work.
Saturn seemed to disappear from the wrestling world leading to many wrestlers asking if anyone had information about him. The lack of updates was due to Saturn being homeless and dealing with a drug addiction. Saturn is back on social media now but still needs help in his day to day life. Apparently, the wrestling injuries have resulted in various health problems today such as memory loss. Saturn has raised money from fan donations for help with his health and maintaining remaining under a roof.
The signing of Raven by WCW following his run in ECW showed just how great of a character he was. Raven’s ECW run saw him become arguably the best heel in the wrestling business if all things were even. WCW never truly pushed him the same, but Raven still managed to deliver memorable matches and promos. Following his WCW career, Raven struggled to get over in WWE and fell out of the spotlight.
Raven is actually blacklisted from WWE today due to suing the company over the independent contractor label. The wrestling career of Raven is still going due to his friend Chris Jericho giving him a podcast on his PodcastOne network. Raven hosts The Raven Effect every week discussing the current wrestling industry, past stories and pop culture.
7 Shawn Stasiak
Shawn Stasiak received opportunities in both WWE and WCW during the Monday Night Wars as the son of former WWE Champion Stan Stasiak. Unfortunately, Shawn couldn’t reach the same accomplishment as his father. The pedigree and the look of Stasiak made him an interesting prospect for both companies during his early career. WCW used him best during his time in the Natural Born Thrillers.
The end of WCW would see him move back over to WWE and once again become a comedic jobber. Stasiak chose to leave the wrestling business when his WWE stint ended to start a new career as a chiropractor. This new life has treated Stasiak well as he has found way more success than in the wrestling world. Stasiak also is a motivational speaker as a passion in addition to the chiropractor job.
6 Stevie Ray
The success of Harlem Heat as a tag team saw them win the WCW Tag Team Championships a total of ten times together. Booker T is remembered as the more talented of the two brothers due to his overwhelming success a singles star. Most WWE fans only know Booker T for his singles work, but he dominated the WCW Tag Team Division for many years with his brother Stevie Ray.
Unfortunately, Stevie never got signed by WWE and his career unofficially ended when WCW went out of business. Stevie and Booker are back together today as they both train the aspiring wrestlers at the Reality of Wrestling School. 2017 also saw Stevie start his own wrestling podcast debating the likes of Vince Russo and answering fan questions about his time in WCW.
5 Diamond Dallas Page
Diamond Dallas Page is one of the names that are going to always be remembered with the legacy of WCW. Despite starting his wrestling career at an older age, DDP became a top star for WCW during the Monday Night Wars. You have to respect the hell out of one of wrestling’s oldest newcomers becoming a main event star with competition like Randy Savage, Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair and Sting in the company.
Page would see his wrestling career shortly after WCW went out of business and he flopped in WWE with poor booking. This chapter of his life ending led to him starting his own business with DDP Yoga. His unique form of yoga has helped countless people get in shape and turn their lives around. DDP Yoga is now a very profitable business that is adding another noteworthy chapter to his life in the spotlight.
The signing of Konnan by WCW was a massive move at the time. Konnan’s drawing power in Mexico in the early 90s rivaled what Hulk Hogan and Steve Austin meant to WWE at their peaks. It also was one of the first instances of WCW looking at the Mexican wrestling scene. Konnan’s success led to Rey Mysterio, Juventud Guerrera and other names coming over.
Sadly for Konnan, WCW was the last time he’d be a big deal in the wrestling business. WWE had no interest in him and TNA had a falling out with him before he was forced to stop wrestling due to injury. Konnan is still contributing to the business in many ways. The current work has him appearing on TNA television as the manager for the updated LAX faction along with running his own promotion called The Crash. Chris Jericho also employs Konnan to host his own weekly podcast Keepin’ It 100 breaking down all wrestling topics.
3 Chavo Guerrero
Chavo Guerrero may very well be the most underrated Cruiserweight from WCW. Most of the other talented names that were underutilized get referenced for their work today as we look back. More people remember Chavo for his work in WWE which makes sense, but he did a lot of good stuff in WCW as well. The career of Guerrero has seen him work for just about every relevant wrestling television promotion.
Lucha Underground currently employs Chavo as a producer backstage helping put the matches and the show together. Guerrero also has a sweet gig working with Netflix as a trainer for the show G.L.O.W. The wrestling moves we see Alison Brie and the other actresses pulling off on the show are learned from Chavo training them. Fans can still see Guerrero in the ring as he wrestles on the occasional independent wrestling show today.
2 Lance Storm
The in-ring work of Lance Storm in the 90s saw him become one of the best workers in wrestling. An impressive run in ECW landed him a job with WCW towards their end. Storm was one of the few bright spots in WCW giving good matches and playing into an entertaining annoying gimmick as an over the top heel playing to Canadian roots.
Following a few years in WWE, Storm decided to retire in 2005 and start training. Lance runs his own school today The Storm Academy and it's considered one of the best wrestling schools in the world. Aside from training the future, Storm also chimes in with his opinion on the wrestling world on his podcast Killing the Town with co-host Don Callis. Unlike other former stars, Storm is considered to have a respected opinion in the industry.
1 Buff Bagwell
Buff Bagwell spent about a decade in WCW signing in 1991 and lasting until they went out of business in 2001. The potential of Bagwell enticed WCW for his entire run, but Buff could never truly get into a main event position. Bagwell always lacked something that made the mid-card picture his ceiling as a performer. No one was hurt more than Bagwell after WCW went out of the business.
A decade of consistently great checks ended and Buff had to prove his worth to WWE. This obviously failed and he found his way outside of the industry for many years. Bagwell is currently wrestling on the independent circuit as he's marketing it as his retirement tour. Another unique career path in his life has him working as a gigolo with high prices for any ladies that may have interest in nostalgia.