A lot of WWE fans will argue that the Attitude Era was the best time in the professional wrestling company’s history. It’s hard to argue against that, as we saw some of the best storylines and factions come through that era. One of the factions that garnered a lot of attention was The Corporation, a heel group that would often screw over the babyface wrestlers and try to impose their will.
While it was annoying to some that The Corporation was always causing dusty finishes to matches, it actually helped in the long run, as it made it so sweet when a storyline paid off with the babyface winning. There have been a lot of authority figure storylines in wrestling history, but the time when The Corporation was in charge is often considered the best.
Led by Vince McMahon, The Corporation would stick around for several months and had a surprising amount of members. All in all, there were 18 people that would join The Corporation at one point or another before it officially disbanded in late April 1999. The group would wind up merging with The Ministry of Darkness that featured The Undertaker and the partnership would officially end in August of that year. So what has become of the original members of The Corporation? Here is what they are all up to now, and some are still very much in the picture.
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18 Sgt. Slaughter
Sgt. Slaughter was a huge name as a wrestler in the 1980s, though he would end up taking a role as an on-screen personality in the time of The Corporation. Slaughter was serving as the Commissioner of the company when The Corporation took hold of WWE television, though he would leave after only about a month.
Slaughter would come in and out of wrestling for several years, and made his last appearance with the WWE (at least on television) in 2014. Over the past few years, Slaughter has continued to work with the company by serving as a brand ambassador. Slaughter mainly does charity work with the company, making appearances as events like the Special Olympics or with the Make-a-Wish Foundation. He’s also promoting events, including the most recent WrestleMania in Dallas, while appearing on WWE Netwwrk shoes, like Camp WWE.
17 The Big Boss Man
A wrestler known as The Big Boss Man is a really good name for a special enforcer and that’s exactly what he did in The Corporation. Big Boss Man was the guy that interfered when it was beneficial for the faction and the personal protector of Vince McMahon and other executives.
Big Boss Man worked with WWE as a trainer once his in-ring career ended, but was released in 2003. He would end up working briefly with the International Wrestling Association of Japan when tragedy struck. Big Boss Man was at his sister’s home on September 22nd, 2004 when he suffered a fatal heart attack. Big Boss Man was just 41 years old, leaving people to wonder how he suffered his heart attack. In 2016, the WWE finally inducted Big Boss Man into the Hall of Fame posthumously.
16 Pete Gas
A member of The Mean Street Posse, Pete Gas would end up joining The Corporation toward the end of their run in April 1999. 10 days after he joined, Gas would become a member of the new Corporate Ministry as a personal friend of Shane McMahon, though he wasn’t as fondly remembered as some of the other faction members.
You may have recently seen Gas on an episode of The Edge and Christian Show That Totally Reeks of Awesomeness earlier this year. That was the only time we’ve seen Gas in the wrestling business lately, as he has pursued other ventures. Gas is now working with W.B. Mason and living in Bayville, New York, though he still does keep up with the happenings in WWE and has been on several podcasts.
Test would end up joining The Corporation a few weeks after the faction debuted, though he wouldn’t be used all that much. WWE was able to tie that into a storyline, as Test left The Corporation (or was rather kicked out by Shane McMahon), and ended up joining The Union, leading to a feud.
Test would make his final appearance as a member of the WWE roster in 2007 with ECW, then left for TNA. Test retired in February 2009, but sadly would not live much longer. On March 13th, 2009, Test was found dead in his apartment by a neighbor. Police investigated and confirmed that Test have overdosed on oxycodone and suffered from brain damage as a result of his wrestling career. At the time, Test was just 33 years old.
You can probably already guess that Rodney, who was also a member of The Mean Street Posse, joined at the same time as Pete Gas. Rodney remained with the WWE even after The Corporation merged with The Ministry of Darkness and after that stable broke up as well. Rodney did not stick around the WWE for very much longer after that, wrestling on the independent circuit starting in 2001 after being sent to the Memphis Championship Wrestling developmental territory.
The married father of two is still wrestling from time to time and has been accepting bookings, even wrestling with Pete Gas. Other than that, Rodney has been working in landscaping. Rodney has been fairly quiet on the internet these days and actually only has 34 followers on Twitter at last check.
Chyna was a member of the D-Generation X stable when she left the group to join The Corporation. Chyna was another of the special enforcers that would end up joining The Corporation full-time before any of her fellow DX members. Chyna was with the stable even when they eventually became The Corporate Ministry, though that would last just a couple of more months.
Sadly, Chyna has recently joined the ranks of wrestlers that were once in The Corporation that have passed away. Chyna was only 46 years old and was at her home in California when her body was found. Officials confirmed the fears that Chyna had been another wrestler to overdose, saying that she had mixed sleeping pills and tranquilizers. Her brain was donated to research for CTE effects on professional wrestlers.
12 Shawn Michaels
One of the more famous members of The Corporation after it started in November 1998, Shawn Michaels would become a big part of the group for a brief time. Michaels had become the Commissioner of the WWE as appointed by Vince McMahon after Sgt. Slaughter’s departure. Michaels’s time with The Corporation would end in December 1998 after he was attacked and fired by McMahon.
Michaels had his final match with WWE at WrestleMania XXVI after losing to The Undertaker. Since then, Michaels has made sporadic appearances on WWE on a contract that he refuses to call a “Legends Contract.” Michaels would release an autobiography in 2015 and has been enjoying retirement. Michaels even has a movie releasing in 2017, a Christian comedy called The Resurrection of Gavin Stone, while also hosting his own hunting show on CarbonTV.
11 Shane McMahon
Another of the founding members, Shane McMahon joined along with his father to create The Corporation in November 1998. Shane would end up taking over for his father and started to replace some of the older members of The Corporation with his friends like Rodney and Pete Gas. That included his father and he would end up spearheading the McMahon-Helmsley Era in WWE.
McMahon would famously leave WWE in late 2009, deciding to join Chinese entertainment company YOU On Demand as the CEO. McMahon would hold that position for more than three years before appointing a new CEO, although he would stick around on the board. McMahon still works for the company, but has returned to WWE as the commissioner of Smackdown Live alongside Daniel Bryan.
10 Vince McMahon
The head honcho of the company, Vince McMahon was the straw that stirred the drink for The Corporation, having everything done to his will. McMahon was the leader of the faction throughout their run until it seemed like he had been taken over by his son. That would change when it was revealed that McMahon was “The Higher Power” of the Ministry of Darkness, leading to Jim Ross infamously saying “aw, son of a bitch.”
While his son has taken a more publicized role once again with WWE, the elder McMahon has mainly been hanging around in the background as of late. McMahon is still working as the Chairman, CEO and owner of WWE, and still makes the random appearance on television if the need arises. At this point, there’s no doubt that McMahon will continue to run the company until the day he dies. Even though he’s 71 years old, don’t expect that day to come anytime soon.
9 Triple H
When The Corporation started, one of their biggest detractors was Triple H, as he was the de facto leader of the D-Generation X stable. Triple H would end up turning on DX when he helped Shane defeat X-Pac, pledging his allegiance to The Corporation. Triple H would remain with the group until The Corporate Ministry days before being a part of the McMahon-Helmsley Era.
As you probably already know, Triple H is still very much active with the WWE. After all, he was even the WWE World Heavyweight Champion heading into WrestleMania in 2016. Triple H does have quite a bit of stock in the company, and works as the Executive Vice President of Talent, Live Events and Creative. Perhaps these days, he’s best known for being the mastermind behind the popular NXT developmental brand.
8 Road Dogg
During the early days of The Corporation, Vince McMahon tried to get The New Age Outlaws from D-Generation X to join them. It appeared for one night that they did, as The Road Dogg Jesse James was briefly known as Road Dogg, Esquire. That would only last momentarily, as Road Dogg ended up turning his back on The Corporation, showing that he was loyal to DX.
Road Dogg would join TNA in 2002 as B.G. James and ended up sticking around for several years. After being released in 2009, he would wrestle around the independent circuit for a couple of years, then returned to WWE in 2011. Road Dogg has even made some wrestling appearances, getting a last WrestleMania match in with Billy Gunn. Road Dogg is currently working on Smackdown Live as a producer and has been given creative control.
7 Billy Gunn
Of course, when it seemed that Road Dogg had officially joined The Corporation on that December 1998 night, Billy Gunn joined him. His name was rather hilarious, as he was referred to as Bad Ass, Inc. Gunn and Road Dogg wouldn’t stick with The Corporation for more than just that one night and it ended up costing them the Tag Team Championship to other Corporation members.
Gunn would land in TNA with his former tag team partner in 2005, participating in several different storylines and factions. After his release in 2009, Gunn would do independent appearances and also rejoined WWE like Road Dogg, and would work behind the scenes as a developmental trainer. That changed in late 2015 after Gunn failed a drug test, so he has joined the independent ranks once again, debuting with Chikara in September 2016, while also training on the side.
6 Pat Patterson
Long time wrestler Pat Patterson took an on-screen role with WWE, leading to him becoming a member of The Corporation. Patterson served as one of Vince McMahon’s yes men, leading to him being known as one of the Corporate Stooges. Patterson was one of the original members of The Corporation and was kicked out by Shane McMahon as part of the new youth movement.
Patterson would continue to work backstage after his Corporation days were over, acting as a producer for WWE. Patterson would end up leaving in 2004, though he returned the next year. Patterson is no longer a producer, as the 75 year old has retired for the most part. He still offers creative suggestions from time to time, but not as frequently. A documentary was recently released about Patterson called I Did It My Way.
5 Gerald Brisco
These days, it’s hard to picture Pat Patterson on-camera without Gerald Brisco also being around. Brisco was the other one of the Corporate Stooges and also joined The Corporation when it officially debuted as a faction. Brisco was also fired by Shane McMahon, but not before he and Patterson could have some very memorable on-screen moments.
The now 70 year old Brisco would unfortunately suffer through some health problems in 2009, causing him to retire from his job as a road agent for WWE. Brisco was able to return the next year, but with a different job. This time around, he is a talent scout for NXT, as well as a producer for the brand. Brisco has been instrumental in signing a lot of the talent that has been acquired for NXT in recent years.
In the Attitude Era, it was hard to imagine the demon Kane being able to be controlled by The Corporation, but it turned into a storyline. Kane would end up joining the stable because Vince McMahon blackmailed him. Kane’s ultimatum was that he could either help out the faction or be sent back to the insane asylum he came from, though he was eventually removed in favor of Triple H.
2017 will mark the year that Kane turns 50 years old, but he still hasn’t officially hung up his wrestling boots. Kane is still wrestling for the company, although his workload has been reduced over the past few months. There aren’t any plans in the immediate future for Kane to retire, though you have to think it’s in the back of his mind. The big man can still put on a good match for his age, though.
3 Big Show
Speaking of big men that are still capable of putting on a solid match in the right spot, here is the Big Show, who joined The Corporation on Valentine’s Day in 1999. Big Show would not remain a member of The Corporation for very long, beating up Vince McMahon the next month and leaving. Big Show would end up joining the anti-Corporation faction known as The Union with several other members.
Big Show has still been wrestling and has never left the WWE since his days in The Corporation. Earlier this year, Big Show was drafted to appear on Monday Night Raw, but he has been sticking to house shows lately. Big Show is not retired, but there are rumors starting to swirl around that the 44 year old’s days in WWE might be nearing an end. You have to imagine that he will be getting a swan song match soon.
2 Ken Shamrock
Another one of the members that would eventually leave The Corporation in favor of The Union was Ken Shamrock. Shamrock was one of the enforcers used to interfere in matches and dominate the tag team division alongside with The Big Boss Man. Shamrock was also the Intercontinental Champion during his run with The Corporation before being kicked out by Shane McMahon.
Shamrock would end up continuing his MMA fighting career after leaving the WWE, where he has a professional record of 28 wins, 17 losses and two draws. Shamrock also had a couple of short stints with TNA before leaving twice and had been seen in independent matches for the better part of a decade. Shamrock, a UFC Hall of Famer, is still making appearances and speeches and, at the age of 52, is still competing in MMA matches for Bellator, recently losing to Royce Gracie.
1 The Rock
The biggest name in The Corporation certainly had to be The Rock, who was one of the founding members. The heel turn was very memorable as he became “The Corporate Champion” and was basically handed titles while with the group. The Rock was eventually fired after losing the WWE Championship, which caused a face turn when he attacked Shane McMahon.
Well, I think we all know what happened to The Rock. He would end up leaving the company full-time in 2004 and has since become one of the biggest stars in Hollywood with blockbuster movies such as Central Intelligence, San Andreas and the upcoming Jumanji. The Rock still makes appearances with the WWE from time to time since he is still a massive draw, but his most recent match only lasted a few seconds at WrestleMania 32.
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