The '90s were a fascinating time for the professional wrestling industry. Things would change in a way that created the current landscape we have. The early '90s featured both WWE and WCW trying to find success as a wholesome family product. Both promotions would witness changes during the Monday Night War as the audience was growing unlike ever before. WWE transitioned from the New Generation to the Attitude Era. WCW struggled to find an identity after the New World Order started to fade away. Wrestlers loved the battle as it led to huge contracts being offered with two companies offering the opportunity to perform on national television in front of millions of fans watching.
Names like Steve Austin, The Rock, Sting, and Goldberg were remembered for dominating the era with great runs. There were many others that failed to leave such an impact. Many wrestlers flew under the radar even though it worked for a major promotion. The stories for these wrestlers range from struggling to get television time to serving as an enhancement talent to just not having the tools to leave a legacy. Most fans have no idea who the wrestlers chosen here are, even though they wrestled during the most popular decade of the business. Find out which wrestlers have been left in the past. These are 20 wrestlers from the '90s that fans have completely forgotten about.
20 Public Enemy
The tag team of Johnny Grunge and Rocco Rock found their greatest success in WCW as Public Enemy. They broke out during the very early days of ECW before the promotion was available for more viewers. WCW took note and signed them in the mid-'90s.
Public Enemy had some success in WCW getting known as the team to use tables as their weapon of choice. WCW, unfortunately, gave up on them before they could become a true top team. WWE signed them later in the decade and they failed miserably. Public Enemy was disliked backstage which doomed their career. The talented duo is not remembered much today by fans of the era.
19 Alex Wright
WCW tried to build some new talents during the mid-'90s before giving up altogether by only pushing the legends. Alex Wright was one of the more promising talents WCW hoped could have been a bigger player for the company. His short-lived push ended when he turned into a comedic mid-carder.
Wright had decent matches whenever he was given the chance to showcase his talent, and there was clearly some charisma within him. Wright did nothing of note as the dancing gimmick became his calling card. His gimmick change to Berlyn at the end of the decade just hurt his career even more. Wright is a forgotten name when it comes to WCW.
18 Super Calo
The WCW cruiserweight division featured many great underrated wrestlers. Fans remember the breakout stars to get major opportunities to steal the show, like Rey Mysterio, Dean Malenko, and Juventud Guerrera. However, there were many others that also put out great efforts.
Super Calo was one of the best workers in the division. The unique look of his gear and mask also helped him stand out to those watching at the time. WCW did not see anything special in his work enough to use him outside of the occasional Nitro match. Super Calo was unable to leave a legacy like some of his peers.
17 Scott Putski
Scott Putski received a few opportunities in the '90s as a second-generation wrestler. Many people in the industry felt he had potential mostly due to his father, Ivan Putski, having a respected career. Scott had impressive athletic ability, but he could never materialize it into wrestling success.
WWE used him in dark matches before officially adding him to the roster as part of the company’s new Light Heavyweight division, despite the fact he weighed around 250 pounds. It did not work as Putski was unable to stand out. A tag team run with Brian Christopher also flopped to end his WWE run. Scott received one more shot in WCW but only wrestled a handful of matches during his time there.
16 Lash Leroux
WCW hired quite a few talented athletes to be part of the cruiserweight division. The matches for the cruiserweights featured a faster speed and great matches compared to the older stars on the roster. Lash Leroux was never one of the top cruiserweights, but he provided depth for the division.
The role of Leroux typically featured him having matches on Nitro and Thunder without a real storyline leading into the PPVs. WCW’s dying days did give him a bigger role as part of the Misfits in Action faction as the company tried to build new stars. Leroux, unfortunately, did not do well in a bigger role and was not hired by WWE when WCW went under.
15 Giant Silva
Giant Silva's height landed him a chance to shine in WWE. Vince McMahon always loved hiring giants and his prior success in basketball was enough for him to get a shot. Giant Silva was hired to take part in The Oddities faction towards the end of the '90s.
It was originally meant to be a heel faction controlled by evil manager The Jackyl, but plans changed for them to portray beloved faces. Giant Silva danced with fellow members Kurrgan, Luna Vachon, and Golga (formerly Earthquake) as they came out to the music of the Insane Clown Posse. Giant Silva wasn't a big success in wrestling, and his later MMA run wasn't much better.
14 Devon Storm
Devon Storm may be the most forgettable wrestler to work for WWE, WCW, ECW, TNA, and ROH throughout his career. Despite working for every company, Storm did nothing of note aside from a short run of success in WCW.
WWE employed him for two years as part of the Light Heavyweight division project. Storm did not stand out and would become an enhancement talent. WCW did more with him when renaming him Crowbar and having him team with David Flair and Daffney. Even though he did get television time in the end, Storm, who later became a physical therapist, stands out as a forgotten '90s wrestler.
Many diehard WCW fans would argue that Blitzkrieg was the most underrated in-ring performer of the time, but most have no memory of him. Blitzkrieg signed with WCW towards the end of the '90s following a few years of work on the independent circuit.
The moves from Blitzkrieg stood out at a time when other cruiserweights like Rey Mysterio and Psychosis were already raising the stakes. Blitzkrieg dazzled with his superb athleticism in his rare opportune moments. WCW never pushed him hard and he failed to make an impact in the long run due to that. Future incredible high-flyers like AJ Styles, Matt Sydal, and Ricochet could have had great matches with Blitzkrieg in his prime.
12 Tiger Ali Singh
WWE tried to add elements of Ted DiBiase’s old gimmick to Tiger Ali Singh in the' 90s. The heel character would pay money to the fans or his lackey Babu to take part in embarrassing moments in the middle of the ring. It was done with the hopes of getting heel heat, but the act was stale, and he lacked the talent in other areas.
Singh looked bad enough in the ring for WWE to try transitioning him into a manager. He even managed the tag team of D’Lo Brown and Chaz for a short time, but nothing worked out for him. Singh had a weak WWE career and is one of the least memorable wrestlers during the Attitude Era.
11 Ice Train
Ice Train had multiple runs for WCW throughout the '90s. The huge physique helped him stand out as most wrestlers wanted to have a body like that in the era when it mattered most. Ice Train did not get many opportunities to move up the card despite the impressive physique.
The best run of Ice Train’s career came when teaming with Scott Norton as the tag team known as Fire and Ice. Norton turned on him to join the New World Order. Ice Train would continue as a singles wrestler with Teddy Long as his manager. The singles run did nothing of note for Ice Train, as he is a forgotten man in WCW history.
10 Dick Togo
Dick Togo is a very respected legend in Japanese wrestling. The past few years have seen Togo make appearances in American independent promotions Evolve and PWG to great success. However, most fans have no idea he was on the WWE roster in the '90s.
Togo was part of the stable known as Kai En Tai in its early stages. Everyone remembers Taka Michinoku and Funaki for their comedic work in the group, but Togo was another member that wrestled in quite a few matches for WWE. The faction failed to have a long run as only Taka and Funaki remained after the changes. Togo is one of the best wrestlers no one remembers being in WWE.
9 Jerry Flynn
The kickboxing background of Jerry Flynn (not to be confused with the similarly named Jerry Lynn) was the biggest aspect of his character and presentation during his WCW career. It is a bit surprising that Eric Bischoff never pushed Flynn harder given his love for martial arts. Flynn was a legitimate tough guy, but he lacked the charisma to thrive in WCW.
WCW inconsistently used Flynn in the lower card as he would usually lose to the bigger stars on the roster. Goldberg destroyed him quite a few times during the start of the undefeated streak. Flynn’s biggest moment was when he joined Jimmy Hart’s First Family stable, but he was even a background player there. Most fans have zero memory of Flynn.
Brakkus' bodybuilding background made him an ideal prospect for Vince McMahon. Every longtime wrestling fan knows McMahon is often infatuated with the wrestlers to have larger physiques. Brakkus was basically his dream wrestler aside from the facts that he had zero in-ring ability or charisma.
McMahon sent Brakkus to ECW as part of their secret working relationship. The hope was that Brakkus would get the experience needed to come back and thrive in WWE. Instead, he was an even bigger joke as his best moments came when getting squashed by the 5’6’’ Taz. Brakkus failed to make an impact in wrestling and is not remembered by fans today.
7 Prince Iaukea
WCW had quite a few decent wrestlers in the mid-card ranks doing nothing in the late '90s. Prince Iaukea was the perfect example of this as he rarely had a character or any storylines to help him get over. WCW would randomly remember he was talented and would place him in random PPV matches against the likes of William Regal and Rey Mysterio.
Iaukea’s first major character change would have him portray an awful parody of the legendary singer, Prince known as The Artist Formerly Known as Prince Iaukea. WCW wasted away his career in the '90s and he’d never get another major chance to show his worth after the company went out of business.
6 Ryan Shamrock
Ryan Shamrock is a forgotten woman from the WWE roster in the late '90s. The Attitude Era featured WWE hiring more women for various roles from wrestling to managing. Ryan took part in storylines as the kayfabe sister of former UFC fighter Ken Shamrock.
The romance storylines of Ryan being involved with Val Venis and Goldust led to Ken having opponents with a ready-made angle each time. Ryan was also part of a faction with more memorable ladies in Terri Runnels and Jacqueline. WWE parted ways with Ryan after a short run. She spent time having forgettable stints in WCW and TNA, as her wrestling career did not work out.
5 Lenny Lane
Most fans have little memory of Lenny Lane even though he spent three years with the company. Lane struggled to get television time in his first few years as he would serve as an enhancement talent to bigger names. WCW tried Lane in the cruiserweight division and mid-card picture, but nothing worked.
His tag team run with Lodi was the high point of his career and even that was a disappointment. WCW went for cheap laughs by having Lenny and Lodi play negative stereotype characters that would not fly today. Lane was talented, but WCW never cared enough to give him a real chance to leave a legacy in the industry.
4 Evan Karagias
Evan Karagias was a part of WCW for four years but never could break out in a major way. Karagias' most memorable run in his career came as part of the comedic faction 3 Count. Karagias, Shane Helms and Shannon Moore made up the boy band that lip-synced before matches, but nonetheless recorded their own Jimmy Hart-penned theme songs.
Helms and Moore had solid runs in WWE that made their careers remembered more fondly. Karagias saw the 3 Count era become his peak in wrestling. Any other storylines given to Karagias missed the mark and he never could find another chance to thrive once WCW went out of business. Karagias’ legacy is the guy in 3 Count you can’t remember the name of.
PG-13 has a weird history as they worked for WWE, WCW, and ECW despite very few fans remembering them. JC Ice and Wolfie D were the wrestlers in this tag team, with the former being the son of territorial legend Bill Dundee.
Their biggest run came in WWE as part of The Nation of Domination. PG-13 would rap the lyrics of the Nation’s theme to the ring, but they barely did anything else of note. WWE eventually got rid of them due to rightfully guessing the faction would be better with fewer members. PG-13 also spent time in WCW but mostly wrestled in lower matches on Thunder.
2 Scotty Riggs
Scotty Riggs was a promising WCW wrestler that had his best run come as part of the American Males tag team with Buff Bagwell. There was hope early on that Riggs and Bagwell could become a long-term fixture at the top of the tag division.
That changed when Bagwell turned heel on Riggs to join the New World Order. Riggs struggled on his own and would become part of Raven’s Flock. Despite having a new leader, Riggs still failed to find much relevance. The rest of his WCW career was forgettable, as most fans barely remember his existence today. Riggs tried to break out in ECW, but that also missed the mark.
Darren Drozdov is a former NFL player that landed an opportunity with WWE. Vince McMahon’s meeting with Drozdov was filmed for the documentary series Beyond the Mat. It featured Drozdov throwing up and McMahon wanting to market him under the name Puke.
He ended up going by the name of Droz with runs in the Legion of Doom and another tag team run with Albert. Droz's time in wrestling ended after sustaining a career-ending injury during a house show match with D’Lo Brown. Droz would become quadriplegic but has since regained most of the use of his upper body and arms.