The Four Horsemen deserve to be mentioned in the conversation with any other dominant group when breaking down the greatest factions of all-time. The New World Order may have been hotter at their peak but the stable ran its course quickly. Many believe the downfall of the nWo correlated with WCW completely falling apart. D-Generation X changed the culture in the WWE and helped usher in the Attitude Era. Triple H became a mega-star and the other members became bigger names. However, that faction was time dependent with society being interested in that kind of tawdry entertainment style in the late 90s.
Much like any other faction in pro wrestling, The Horsemen had weaker moments and lamer members but their track record was stronger than any other faction. The Four Horsemen made new stars, cemented established stars into legends and created incredible stories through the years. Ric Flair and Arn Anderson are the two names most synonymous with the group but there were sixteen official members to join The Horsemen. Some are still in the industry, others are enjoying life outside of the ring and a few had tragic tales. We’ll look at each individual story when finding out what happened to every member of the Four Horsemen.
Sting was one of the biggest rivals of The Four Horsemen, so not many fans are aware he was actually a member for a short time period. The shocking addition saw Sting reform the group in 1989 with them being faces instead of the traditionally heel group they were associated with being. Sting joined forces with Ric Flair, Arn Anderson and Ole Anderson for a short-lived version of The Horsemen.
Naturally, The Horsemen turned on Sting and returned to being heels. It was the right choice with Sting being better as a face opposing the heel Horsemen. Sting went on to have a legendary career as the biggest icon in WCW history. WWE finally signed him in 2014 and he had a couple of high profile matches before retiring. Sting entered the WWE Hall of Fame in 2016. Sting currently is retired, making occasional appearances as a WWE ambassador at conventions.
15 Ole Anderson
The original Four Horsemen saw Ole Anderson serve as the fourth man along with Ric Flair, Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard. Ole was a no-nonsense guy with the reputation of being one of the tougher men in the industry. Despite that, the other three members are the most popular names when thinking of The Horsemen, as Anderson does not have the same attachment due to the other guys creating more memorable moments.
Anderson joined a couple versions of The Horsemen and continued his in-ring work for many years. Ole actually served as the head booker of WCW for a short time period. Stories have come out over the years painting Anderson as a miserable person to deal with and Teddy Long actually called him racist on a WWE Legends Roundtable. Older age hasn’t been kind to Ole with various health issues and illnesses affecting him, including multiple sclerosis causing memory loss.
14 Jeff Jarrett
Jeff Jarrett joined The Four Horsemen during the Monday Night Wars and it seemed like a good fit on paper. The Horsemen were feuding with the New World Order and they were babyfaces defending the tradition of the wrestling industry. Jarrett was a third generation wrestler and grew up in the business with an old school approach. It should have been a perfect match but Jarrett never stepped up.
Jarrett's run in The Horsemen ended abruptly as he went back and forth between WWE and WCW numerous times. Jarrett continued his career with another run as a main eventer in WCW and eventually restarted with TNA. Today, he is still trying to make his new project Global Force Wrestling a successful promotion. Jarrett can’t secure a television deal and GFW appears to be dying a slow death.
13 Curt Hennig
The addition of Curt Hennig to The Four Horsemen in 1997 was a genius move that added new interest in the faction. Arn Anderson retired due to an injury and offered his iconic spot in the group to Hennig coming into the company. Hennig, Ric Flair, Chris Benoit and Steve “Mongo” McMichael was a perfect unit of varied, but credible performers to make them a successful faction again.
WCW sadly ruined it by turning Hennig heel right away and having him join the New World Order, feuding with Flair. Hennig's career was never relevant again in WCW and The Horsemen were at the end of the line. Tragically, Hennig passed away in 2003 due to acute cocaine intoxication and wrestling fans still miss him to this day. His son Curtis Axel is trying to carry on his legacy currently in the WWE.
12 Paul Roma
The weakest incarnation of The Four Horsemen definitely had one glaring weakness. WCW brought the faction back in 1993 and decided to add the very generic Paul Roma to the group in hopes of making him a bigger star. Fans never took him seriously and the once credible faction looked like a joke. Roma eventually left the group to enter another dead end run with Paul Orndorff as a tag team.
Ric Flair went on the record saying Roma joining the group was one of the worst ideas WCW thought of and Roma was not happy. He claimed Flair was jealous of his potential and tried to hold him down on multiple occasions. Roma's career never took off with him failing to achieve anything of note in the wrestling industry. Somehow, he manages to run a wrestling school today out in Connecticut.
11 Steve "Mongo" McMichael
A former NFL player coming straight into a major promotion with minimal training usually isn’t a good idea. Steve "Mongo" McMichael however worked very hard to become a capable wrestler. Mongo turned on fellow NFL star Kevin Greene in a tag team match to join The Four Horsemen. Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, Chris Benoit and Mongo made a very effective group as McMichael tried his best to evolve as a wrestler.
McMichael's competence made him good enough to be on the roster, but he was clearly not at a level to move up the card. Mongo left WCW in 1999 and retired from in-ring action. TNA did manage to have him appear as a special guest referee but he never wrestled another match after WCW. McMichael shockingly attempted to run for mayor of Romeoville, Illinois but did not have the support to make it happen. Mongo is living a quiet life these days after his NFL, pro wrestling and political stints.
10 Dean Malenko
An underrated member of The Four Horsemen that never really received an opportunity to make his mark was Dean Malenko. The technical wrestling mastermind joined the faction in 1998 with Ric Flair, Chris Benoit and Steve “Mongo” McMichael at his side. Malenko was basically a background player and WCW didn’t treat The Horsemen well in those years. Eric Bischoff had a personal vendetta against Flair and it hurt everyone else involved.
Malenko always delivered consistent in-ring work, but jumped from WCW to WWE after being tired of the weak booking. The kicker is WWE booked him even worse and his wrestling career ended in a silent manner. His jump was worth it though, as connections were made to land Malenko further opportunities. Today, Malenko works for WWE as a road agent helping put together matches for the current stars that have great respect for him.
9 Sid Vicious
A literal big addition to the legendary faction saw Sid Vicious join The Four Horsemen with Ric Flair, Arn Anderson and Barry Windham. Sid’s physical size always made him a highly valued commodity to both WCW and WWE over the 90s. Despite that, the faction never truly worked with this incarnation. Despite being the perfect muscle for a group, Sid just was better off on his own rather than working as one of many.
The big man made the jump to the WWE and main evented WrestleMania VIII against Hulk Hogan. Sid achieved huge success for the rest of the decade in both major promotions. His lack of success after the Monday Night Wars has seen Sid make sporadic appearances at independent wrestling shows and conventions. Sid always had a reputation for being unreliable due to his passion for playing softball impacting his schedule and it’s something he still enjoys to this day.
8 Brian Pillman
Brian Pillman is one of the most underrated wrestling stars in the history of the industry. The talented in-ring performer had the charismatic personality to back it up his incredible skill in the ring. Pillman joined The Four Horsemen in a very promising incarnation featuring him join Ric Flair, Arn Anderson and Chris Benoit. Purely in-ring skills wise, this may have been the most talented version of the group at any point in time.
Pillman’s “Loose Cannon” gimmick started to become reality with him being nearly impossible to control. His final match in WCW saw Pillman walk out on an “I Respect You” match and saying to booker Kevin Sullivan “I respect you, booker man” on the way out. Pillman would get fired before going to ECW and ultimately WWE. Sadly, Pillman passed away in 1997 due to a heart attack.
7 Lex Luger
WCW strongly believed in Lex Luger from day one and he received many opportunities during his time there. One of his big breaks saw Luger replace Ole Anderson in The Four Horsemen joining Ric Flair, Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard. Luger contributed in a couple of amazing War Games match but he never really added anything to the group. It was clear Luger was meant to be a singles star and he was eventually kicked out of the group.
Luger bounced back and forth between WCW and WWE through the years with his biggest success coming in WCW as a singles face, as many could only dream to achieve what Luger did in his wrestling career. Health issues caused Luger to suffer temporary paralysis and forced him into a quadriplegic state for many years. Today, he is able to walk on his own and works with the World Wrestling Outreach charity helping to raise money for wrestlers in need of help.
6 Barry Windham
Barry Windham joined The Four Horsemen by turning on tag partner Lex Luger and taking his spot as the fourth man in the group. Many believe Windham is the most underrated member of the group, fitting in perfectly. Barry Windham's profile grew with him in the top faction, but he never tried to be bigger than the group. It was the perfect combination needed for the role.WWE actually gave Barry Windham the huge honor of choosing him to be inducted in the Hall of Fame as a member of the official Four Horsemen inductees.
Since then, Windham has escaped death after having a severe heart attack. The second lease on life made his HOF induction even more worthy of celebrating. Windham currently lives on his farm enjoying his days with family. Bray Wyatt and Bo Dallas are actually the nephews of Windham and he gets to watch them perform with pride.
5 Chris Benoit
The addition of Chris Benoit to The Four Horsemen was a perfect fit. Benoit had tremendous credibility following his years in Japan and traveling the world before coming to WCW. His technical wrestling skills were second to none in the business and it only made sense he’d join The Horsemen. Ric Flair and Arn Anderson both thought he was the kind of performer needed in the group during the mid-90s to make the faction well-rounded.
Benoit achieved many accolades during his WCW career and became an even bigger star in the WWE. Sadly, his legendary career is afterthought after the tragic final days of his life. Benoit murdered his wife and young son, before committing suicide. The wrestling business was completely shocked and it's still something that is difficult to process.
4 James J. Dillon
The one non-wrestler to earn an official title as a member of The Four Horsemen is James J. Dillon. The original version of The Horsemen saw Dillon serve as the manager and he did an effective job in helping bring heat to the faction. Dillon played a vocal role in The Horsemen turning on Ole Anderson and replacing him with Sid Vicious. His time in The Horsemen ended when he chose to leave WCW for an office job with the WWE.
Dillon returned to WCW and played the on-air authority figure trying to stop the New World Order from taking over the company. WWE respected him enough to have him join The Four Horsemen during their Hall of Fame induction in 2012. Dillon is hard to find these days, but he does do some color commentary work for the independent promotion First State Championship Wrestling.
3 Tully Blanchard
One of the key components to the success of The Four Horsemen was Tully Blanchard. Yes, Ric Flair and Arn Anderson were the biggest stars, but the consistency of Blanchard provided a very important third person in the group. Blanchard was very underrated in every aspect of wrestling and served as a key member of the faction from 1985 to 1988. The Horsemen may not have worked without him being an original member.
Blanchard retired from the ring in 2007 and worked backstage in the WWE for a couple of years. Tully helps mentor his daughter Tessa Blanchard today, as she makes her name in pro wrestling with great potential to become something special. Blanchard also has a prison ministry where he preaches the word of Christian gospel to inmates.
2 Arn Anderson
The supremely talented Arn Anderson was the enforcer of The Four Horsemen. Ric Flair was on another level as an overall performer, but Anderson was right behind him when it came to in-ring work. Both Flair and Anderson were equally important to the success of The Horsemen lasting many years. Anderson never held a World Championship but his influence on WCW was as big as the majority of top names.
Various injuries forced Double A to retire from in-ring action in 1998. Anderson continued his career backstage and has been employed by the WWE from the purchase of WCW to this very day. Anderson is currently employed as a road agent helping put together the matches we see on television and as a senior producer for Raw. WWE values him highly as a backstage employee and he has great influence with the way stories are being told in the ring.
1 Ric Flair
Ric Flair was the leader of The Four Horsemen for every version of the faction and is the main reason for the success of the group. Every top tier faction needs a credible main event level performer to serve as the leader and face of the stable. Flair is considered the greatest of all-time by many wrestling personalities and pundits. The peak of Flair’s career came with the inception of The Horsemen.
Flair continued wrestling for many years until finally retiring. Still, he has his hands in the wrestling business in a multitude of ways. MLW hired him to host a weekly podcast discussing the top news in the wrestling world and interviewing friends. Flair also makes occasional appearances for the WWE as a beloved member of the WWE family. The most proud aspect of his current life is watching his daughter, Charlotte, become a top star in the WWE, but we all remember Ric most for being the leader of The Four Horsemen.