It's fair to say that the number of people that have been employed by WWE over the years has to be somewhere in the thousands. In that time they have had plenty of guys who have been loyal soldiers to the company like The Undertaker, John Cena and Triple H. Men like those have steadfastly followed the promotion since arriving there and it is almost impossible to imagine them wrestling anywhere else.
For every Undertaker though, there has been twice as many men and women who have rebelled in one way or another. Justified or not, there have been tons of WWE performers who have had their beefs with company for years with seemingly no chance of ever mending the bridge with their former employer. While those who hate WWE may be numerous, there are few who have actually been blacklisted from the company. For those who don't know, a blacklisting is when a company refuses any contact with a person due to opposing views or being considered untrustworthy and/or dangerous. In short, it's when a company just says "nope, nope, nope" to a person.
Before we get started with the list though, we have to settle a couple of things first. Because the person has to have been blacklisted by the WWE itself, cases like Bret Hart and Wendi Richter are not applicable because while they steadfastly refused to work with the WWE for years, the company sure as hell wanted to work with them. We're also going to exclude any dead wrestlers because well, we know where they are. Finally, these aren't necessarily all wrestlers that are blacklisted right now; they just had to have been blacklisted at some point in time. With that cleared up, here are nine wrestlers who were blacklisted from WWE and where they are now.
18 9. Colt Cabana (Then)
17 Colt Cabana (Now)
16 Kurt Angle (Then)
15 Kurt Angle (Now)
After his entire post-WWE career in TNA Wrestling, Angle left the company just this year. His last match with the company was a loss to Bobby Lashley. The Olympic Gold Medalist is now taking independent bookings and taking up matches he has interest in. Angle has faced Rey Mysterio and will face Zack Sabre Jr. and Cody Rhodes later this year.
14 Juventud Guerrera (Then)
During the Monday Night War, Juventud Guerrera was one of WCW's secret weapons against WWE. He was part of their crusierweight division and consistently provided solid matches with opponents like Rey Mysterio and Psicosis.
13 Juventud Guerrera (Now)
Nowadays, this obvious global main event talent similar on stature to The Rock is sticking to wrestling the occasional independent show. More interestingly though, Guerrera has taken up a small music career. Guerrera has said he found this passion in recent years and he now plays at nightclubs in Mexico as DJ Guerrera.
12 Madusa (Then)
In an era where women's wrestling was essentially an afterthought, Madusa was one of the few who tried to make it mean something in the WWE. In 1993, she won the Women's Championship (a title that had been retired since 1990) and wrestled various women throughout her near year-long reign.
11 Madusa (Now)
10 Jimmy Snuka (Then)
9 Jimmy Snuka (Now)
8 Jeff Jarrett (Then)
7 Jeff Jarrett (Now)
6 CM Punk (Then)
Wow... has it already been two and a half years since CM Punk left the WWE? Damn...
As I'm sure you all know, Phil "CM Punk" Brooks was one of the greatest pro wrestlers of the 2000s and competed across every major American promotion including Ring of Honor, TNA and of course WWE throughout his career. His real breakout came in 2011 however when he defeated John Cena for the WWE Championship on the last night of his contract.
5 CM Punk (Now)
Punk has done anything but rest on his laurels once he left WWE. In December 2014, it was announced that Punk had signed with the UFC to pursue his dream of being an mixed martial artist. He has yet to debut with the promotion though as injuries and the amount of time needed to prepare for a UFC fight have caused many delays.
The Straight-Edge rebel hasn't just been kicking pads at Roufusport Gym though. He's also been fulfilling another dream of his by writing comic books. His first monthly series Drax, starring a character played by Batista in the movies ironically, was launched in November 2015 and has been getting solid reviews.
4 Teddy Hart (Then)
3 Teddy Hart (Now)
2 Nailz (Then)
What's that? Was that a collective "who" I just heard from 90% of readers just now? I don't blame you one bit.
Brought into the company as a foil for Big Boss Man, Kevin Wacholz played the role of an ex-convict who was out for revenge against Boss Man, who Nailz claimed abused him in prison. He would mainly squash jobbers (most high profile being Virgil at SummerSlam 1992) and suffered his first loss to Boss Man at Survivor Series 1992 in a nightstick match.
1 Nailz (Now)
While exact information is hard to come by for such an unknown name like Nailz, what we do know is that Wacholz is now living a quiet life in Minnesota. He runs a family-owned garage with his two sons and unlike most wrestlers, hasn't done a single shoot interview since he retired from the wrestling business entirely in 2000. Wherever he is, he will always be known as the one guy who actually decided to physically attack Vince McMahon, despite what WWE tries to tell you about Titus O'Neil.
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