Life as a professional wrestler isn’t exactly the easiest life to maintain forever. The sports entertainment world definitely has its ups and downs, and it takes a certain type of personality to make the most of the industry whether you’re a rookie cutting his teeth or a seasoned veteran who has seen it all. More often than not wrestlers only get a small taste of the big show, and that’s even if they get a taste of it at all. WCW had a variety of wrestlers that came and went in the blink of an eye, so trying to figure out what to do with their lives after sports entertainment was no longer an option is harder than it seems. Most of the wrestlers on this list were by no means millionaires so they had to revert back to being regular folks like you and me, no longer depicted as being larger than life on a weekly basis.
We’ve gathered the people on this list who were a little easier to track down; some easier than others. Some people on this list have adjusted to life after the squared circle a little better than others on this list who weren’t as successful. A few in particular have truly amazing stories, but they might not be as far-fetched as you’d be led to believe.
All that being said, let’s take a look at 15 former WCW busts and see what has happened to them in the last decade and a half. We hope you enjoy!
Glacier was the brainchild of Eric Bischoff, who was unabashedly trying to cater to a younger generation of fans who loved the smash success “Mortal Kombat.” Donning a Sub Zero-esque outfit, Glacier was a martial arts expert that feuded with other incarnations of wrestlers that also mirrored the video game’s characters. The in-ring result, however, was far less impressive than his elaborate entrance and the gimmick only lasted a handful of years at best. After his retirement, Ray Lloyd went back to what he did shortly before he was a wrestler on TV: he was a teacher of a high school in Marietta, Georgia. In fact, Lloyd taught a very famous student there for a couple of years in Cody Rhodes, the son of legendary WCW star Dusty Rhodes. Lloyd also tried his hand at acting in low budget movies and TV shows, and he currently oversees production of an advertising and marketing agency.
14. Disco Inferno
Glenn Gilbertti probably had the hardest job on the WCW roster in the mid to late ’90s because he was given the unfortunate responsibility of trying to get disco over with the crowd. Spoiler alert: it didn’t work. In order to try to stay on television he would join the nWo Wolfpac, which was a move that jumped the shark too much for a lot of wrestling fans, which had them switch over to WWE programming once and for all. No, I’m not blaming Disco Inferno for killing WCW, but it was high on the list of mistakes that cost them dearly. Glenn still wrestles independently, was a host at a Gentelmen’s Club in Las Vegas, Nevada as of 2009, and more recently can be heard frequently doing podcasts on professional wrestling. Don’t follow him on Twitter, though, apparently he doesn’t like when fans try to make contact with him.
13. The Shockmaster
The Shockmaster makes more lists than Hulk Hogan, so at least he’s got that going for him. Fred Ottman’s debut as The Shockmaster is arguably the greatest moment in sport entertainment due to how truly awful it was, because seeing a 300 pound man wearing a glittered Storm Trooper helmet break through a wall and fall flat on his face will never not be hilarious. Fred retired from wrestling in 2001 and currently works as the safety manager for Gaffin Industrial Services in Lakeland, Florida. He has three children and spends a lot of his free time as their baseball coach for their respective teams.
WCW’s Mortis (Chris Klucsarits, aka “Chris Kanyon”) was practically only a character because Glacier needed to feud with another martial arts master from Mortal Kombat. Whenever Glacier was wrestling anyone on television, he and Wrath would come down to the ring after the match and engage in a minutes-long battle with him until a commercial break. It grew tiresome for the crowd after a while and the Mortal Kombat crossover angle was scrapped entirely. Kanyon would later work for WWE briefly until he was let go in 2004, after which he came out as an openly gay wrestler. He tried several times to get rehired from WWE but when it became apparent that the company was no longer interested, Kanyon officially retired from professional wrestling in 2007. After years of battling with bi-polar disorder and severe depression, Chris Klucsarits tragically ended his own life in 2010 from an overdose of anti-depressants.
11. Hugh Morrus
You may remember Hugh Morrus as the guy who jobbed to rookie Bill Goldberg in a squash match to kickstart Goldberg’s undefeated streak. Morrus was never a headliner and his gimmick was always rather stale, so it’s no surprise that after the nWo started to make history, Morrus was immediately relegated to the doom of what most other wrestlers on the roster at the time suffered: little to no airtime. Morrus was briefly rebranded as Hugh G. Rection (ugh), but more recently he served as WWE’s longtime head developmental trainer up until widespread accusations of misconduct forced his resignation in 2015.
10. The Renegade
The Renegade, where do we start? Well, he was promoted as the “ultimate” surprise by Hulk Hogan and WCW even went as far as showing a silhouette of a man with long hair and tassles on his arms to hype his debut, obviously referencing The Ultimate Warrior. He was immediately given a push by winning the WCW Television Championship in his first few months within the company, but Renegade’s momentum would drastically shift in the opposite direction shortly after. This coincided with the WCW debut of the real Ultimate Warrior, which spelled the end for The Renegade as a WCW wrestler. He was released in 1998 and fell into a severe depression that resulted in him sadly taking his own in 1999.
9. The Minotaur
When talking about the worst gimmicks of all time, WCW’s Minotaur has to be extremely high on the list. Steve DiSalvo is a guy who never really wanted to become a professional wrestler, he says it just sort of happened that way. Remarkably, he trained alongside two of the most recognizable faces in the industry: Sting (Steve Borden) and The Ultimate Warrior (Jim Hellwig). Obviously not nearly as successful as those two, Steve was able to make the most of his professional wrestling days and invested in real estate, while also later becoming a technical recruiter for an engineering company in Minneapolis.
8. Mike Awesome
Mike Awesome had a celebrated career all over the world, but his stint in WCW was just downright embarrassing. With gimmicks like “The Fat Chick Thrilla” and “That ’70s Guy,” Mike wasn’t exactly given a proper push, to say the least. His shining moment was when he powerbombed Shaggy 2 Dope off the top of a school bus, but that’s about it. After his wrestling career was over, he spent much of his time enjoying the outdoors, with fishing and mountain biking being his favorite activities. Mike also became a real estate agent in Tampa, Florida up until he tragically took his own life in February of 2007.
7. KISS Demon
WCW clearly thought that their targeted age demographic was 40 year old men because they introduced one of the biggest blunders in sports entertainment history when they debuted the KISS Demon. Little known fact: two guys actually portrayed the failed character — Brian Lee of WWE Crush fame and Dale Torborg, who continues to make appearances in character to this day. Before Torborg was the Demon he was a very successful minor league baseball player, which helped land him a job as the strength and conditioning coordinator for the Chicago White Sox, a position that he still currently holds with the franchise.
Not surprised to see all three of the Mortal Kombat crossovers on this list, are you? Out of all three, Wrath (Bryan Clark) already had a decent background in wrestling with his run in WWE as Adam Bomb — a character billed from the Three Mile Island Nuclear Generating Station — but when he came to WCW as Wrath, it didn’t exactly get him instantly over with the crowd. As stated before, the whole angle was simply behind the times and Wrath was eventually phased off of television. Since his retirement from wrestling due to injury in 2003, Bryan Clark maintains that he still trains and would love to get another chance in the WWE, perhaps as a surprise Royal Rumble entrant, but that will likely never happen.
5. Juventud Guerrera
Juventud Guerrera was one of the premiere high flyers of WCW’s vaunted Cruiserweight division. He, along with Rey Mysterio, Eddie Guerrero, Dean Malenko, and Chris Jericho, made Monday Nitro must watch television, at least whenever they were on screen. They were always relegated to mid-card status, which is why we’ve chosen to include Juvi on this list as a “bust,” because never getting a fair chance at being successful in WCW is technically still a failure. Juventud quit WCW in 2000 shortly before they closed their doors for good but never left the wrestling scene altogether. He still wrestles all across the US and Mexico, but this time it’s a little different: he’s the star of his own reality TV show called TV Show La Arena, which works as an exposé that documents the life of an independent wrestler. He also writes and produces his own music, while also acting as a DJ from time to time. Needless to say, he has adjusted well to the life of non-guaranteed contracts.
4. nWo “Sting”
The nWo’s version of Sting was actually pretty clever on WCW’s part, sort of playing off WWE’s Undertaker and Million Dollar Man’s “Undertaker” gimmick from a couple of years before. Jeff Farmer was the wrestler given the role of nWo’s “Sting” and he played the part so well that he often wrestled in New Japan Pro Wrestling under the gimmick and was also able to get over with the overseas crowd. Farmer left wrestling in 2005 and later became a project manager at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine focusing on how genetics play a role in exercise and fitness.
Many current WWE fans may have seen Madusa get inducted into the Hall of Fame last year, but what else is she up to these days? Well, she’s married to a true American hero, and oh, she also drives a friggin’ monster truck. Yeah, that’s right, a monster truck. In fact, her post-wrestling career has been arguably more successful than her actual wrestling career ever was, and she was extremely successful in wrestling. She has been on TV, she’s raced on NASCAR tracks, and she’s won Monster Jam World Finals. On top of all that, she also runs a pet grooming service, so add “entrepreneur” to her extensive list of accolades.
2. Perry Saturn
Perry Saturn seemingly disappeared from the face of the Earth after a 2004 incident where he stopped an attempted sexual assault of a girl by two other men. He got out of his car and successfully broke it up, but not before taking three gunshots to the neck and shoulder area. Because of the injuries sustained he developed a severe methamphetamine addiction and lost his wife, his friends, and even his house. No one knew how to contact him for years and everyone assumed that he had died, but recently it became known that he had remarried yet again (for a fourth time total) to a woman named Lisa Kuhlmeier, with pictures on facebook confirming that he is still in fact still alive.
1. Buff Bagwell
This is the absolute best case scenario you could ever imagine, and try to follow along with me here: Marcus “Buff” Bagwell is an actual, legit Gigolo. A GIGOLO! Most former wrestlers end up doing odd jobs here and there like construction work, selling cars, or becoming insurance agents, but not Buff Bagwell, nope! Even though he’s a happily married man, Buff gladly charges anything from $800 for a couple of hours to a staggering $25,000 for an entire week with him. I don’t know what his contract was like in WCW, but $25,000 a week sounds like a pretty damn good living for a failed main eventer.
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