As the old saying goes, all good things must come to an end. Some former wrestlers may very well agree with this old saying. Their glory days consisted of signing autographs, plane rides to and from, and the grueling bumps taken on a nearly daily basis.
Throughout the years all of these things add up and begin to take its toll years later. What happens to some wrestlers when they are no longer actively in the business? They get jobs just like the rest of us do. What type of jobs do these wrestlers have if they have been competitive all of their lives? Let’s take a look at 5 former WWE wrestlers and what they are doing today.
5. The Godfather
The Godfather was not always the Godfather. Anyone who followed his career knows that he was one of the WWE wrestlers who had a handful of gimmicks which saw little or no success before his Godfather gimmick. In his WWE tenure, he was a voodoo loa known as Papa Shango who was memorable but not a very successful gimmick. He then disappeared and was repackaged as Kama Mustafa, aka “The Ultimate Fighting Machine.” He would then join the Nation of Domination as Kama Mustafa and finally become the Godfather.
4. Rick Steiner
One half of the Steiner Brothers, Rick Steiner is perhaps best known for his extravagant wrestling tights which included polka dots, numbers and colorful leaves. He is also known for wrestling in amateur headgear for most of his career. After the Steiner Brothers went their separate ways as a tag team in 1998, Scott Steiner was revamped as Big Poppa Pump, and Rick Steiner was reduced to being a biker, which did not fare well for him.
The Dog Faced Gremlin now keeps himself busy as a real estate agent. He became a member of the Cherokee County School District in 2006.
Rico Constantino is no stranger when it comes to holding numerous jobs. Anything that a person can think of he has probably done it. While he was in the WWE, his gimmick was largely based on the various jobs that he held throughout his life. He has held such jobs as a bodyguard, paramedic, children’s counselor, and various other jobs.
He began his wrestling career later on in life at the age of 37. He may not be the most memorable of WWE performers, but his work ethic carried on to his current position working for the Nevada Taxi Cab Authority as a Sargent Inspector.
2. Chris Nowinski
Chris Nowinksi made his debut with the WWE as one of the cast members of Tough Enough. He touted himself as being a graduate of the prestigious Harvard University. Although he was eliminated during the competition, he eventually made his way to the WWE as an in-ring performer.
He wrestled with the WWE from 2002 to 2003. His career was cut short because of post-concussion injuries he developed from wrestling. His injuries led him to form his own organization which researches brain trauma and concussions. He also became an author and wrote the book “Head Games: The Global Concussion Crisis.”
1. Tito Santana
Tito Santana is one name that will always be associated with the WWE. Santana wrestled for Vince McMahon’s father and would later go on to wrestle for Vince himself. Santana is best remembered for being a part of the Rock N’ Wrestling era of wrestling when Hulkamania ran wild in the 80’s.
The former Intercontinental Champion still has the fighting spirit as he is currently as semi-retired wrestler. Tito Santana is known as Mr. Solis outside of the wring as he is a Spanish Teacher at Eisenhower Middle School in Roxbury Township, New Jersey.
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