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10 Former WWE Stars Surprisingly Still Wrestling (And 10 From WCW)

We’ve seen it within the film The Wrestler. Sheesh, we’ve seen it each time somebody retires. Once you’re knowledgeable wrestler, it’s actually arduous to surrender that sort of a excessive. When you will get an increase from a capability crowd, as most wrestlers will inform you – there’s simply no different feeling on the earth prefer it. It is no marvel loads of superstars are nonetheless grinding it out in the present day.

Maybe they’ve made and stockpiled tens of millions upon hundreds of thousands throughout their profession and by no means need to work once more. Maybe they tragically squandered away no matter cash they made and should hold working for the subsequent nice payday. Regardless of the rationale, a wrestler doesn’t truly carry out for simply the cash. Positive the cash’s good, however these guys aren’t risking their necks for forty-dollar paydays and hopes they break the financial institution at their gimmick tables.

They’re working for the love of the enterprise and the eagerness they’ve for it. So whether or not they’re promoting out stadiums and arenas or floundering at half-empty bingo halls, their ardour and our ardour as followers is what retains them going. Some have tried to retire earlier than however simply could not escape that itch for the enterprise and wound up making their means again. Listed here are 20 former stars which are nonetheless going – 10 who stood out most in WWE, and 10 extra who have been greater stars in WCW.

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20 WWE – Rikishi

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Rikishi actually was given a present when he joined Too Cool about 20 years in the past. Rikishi had been floundering in WWE for a couple of years, underneath numerous gimmicks that flopped. Who might’ve foreseen that becoming a member of a comedic tag group and appearing because the dancing huge man can be what actually made him a star, and corridor of famer in addition? Whereas Rikishi’s heel run flopped, as soon as he reverted again to the dancing gimmick, he carried that from there-on. Even at the moment, Rikishi nonetheless pops up on the indie scene now and again. He is nonetheless delivering stink-faces and followers nonetheless appear entertained by it.

19 WCW – Scott Steiner

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We’re simply going to overlook Scott Steiner’s 2003 WWE run. That simply wasn’t a good suggestion in any respect. Nevertheless, a number of years prior, the drastic change Scott made to his look propelled him to the highest of the WCW card. He all the time had a touch of hazard to him as he flung opponents everywhere in the ring; the brand new haircut and angle simply cemented it.

Steiner is likely one of the solely wrestlers on the planet to work for JCP, WCW, WWE, ECW, NJPW, and TNA/Impression, and he’s nonetheless at it in the present day. He at present works on the indies and for Influence when referred to as upon.

18 WWE – X-Pac

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The calendar yr of 2019 marks X-Pac’s 30th yr within the enterprise. He have to be 50 to 60-years-old, proper? Nope – he’s simply 46. Out of the Kliq, solely Shawn Michaels and Scott Corridor have labored longer. He’s barely a number of years older than AJ Types, and lots of people think about him one of the best on the earth.

So, it ought to come as no shock that Sean Waltman continues to be an lively pressure on the indie scene. He hasn’t labored shortly however has additionally made no formal retirement announcement. Plus, Mexico, the podcasting scene, and WWE COO Triple H all appear to love him. Pac’s acquired a profession so long as he needs one.

17 WCW – Konnan

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Also known as the Hulk Hogan of Mexico, Konnan has been one the best champions of how stars from south of the border and the Latino tradition basically, is represented in wrestling promotions. He would know – he has labored for or has helped skills for many of them.

Now he’s serving to MLW in his hometown of Miami. There, he has been feuding with Selina De La Renta and her crew. On the finish of 2018, he got here out of retirement to do battle with Low Ki for the MLW Heavyweight Championship. There is no telling what number of extra matches he might do.

16 WWE – Hacksaw Jim Duggan

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WWE Corridor Of Famer Hacksaw Jim Duggan holds the excellence of being the primary ever Royal Rumble winner and the final WCW TV Championship. However the barrel-chested brawler was greatest recognized for brandishing a two-by-four and hurtling his battle cry all through arenas around the globe.

This legend works predominantly for Legacy Professional and Superstars Of Wrestling nowadays. Like a number of others on this record and elsewhere, he’ll just about work the place anybody could have him since followers all around the globe simply need to hear a “hooooo,” and the follow-up “robust man!”

15 WCW – Disco Inferno

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Whereas no one would ever mistake Disco Inferno for being a celebrity, many stated that he was very straightforward to work with in WCW. He understood what his gimmick, and place within the firm, was. He embraced his position and by no means ruffled any feathers. That is possible why he is continued to seek out some work within the business when he needs it. Based mostly out of Las Vegas, Disco has taken some native unbiased bookings and has even made some appearances in Impression, most just lately on the Thanksgiving 2018 episode. After taking the pin in a tag group match, he was pressured to put on a turkey go well with.

14 WWE – Marty Jannetty

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833 occasions. That’s what number of occasions Marty Jannetty has been fired and rehired by the WWE. Okay, perhaps not that actual quantity, however you get our drift. Anyhow, he is nonetheless going at it, so maybe there’s room for him someplace on the present roster of lively wrestlers, legends, and trainers. For a time, regardless of what number of occasions he squandered his probability, the WWE (learn: Vince) employed him again.

Early in 2018, Jannetty labored with the Dangerous Boy, Joey Janela. His profession has been sidelined earlier than for all types of causes. Now the previous Rocker wants surgical procedure, and that is surgical procedure Janela has been making an attempt to boost cash for.

13 WCW – Glacier

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After what appeared like a number of years of build-up, wrestling’s reply to Mortal Kombat’s Sub-Zero lastly debuted when Glacier walked out onto the Monday Nitro stage. Sadly for Ray Lloyd, the person behind the masks, by the point Glacier debuted, the nWo was simply method too scorching and practical an angle for a gimmick like Glacier to work.

However he tried, and it was memorable wrestling enjoyable. From time to time, Lloyd does again in from the chilly and heads into the ring. He was seen at All In in Cody’s nook. So far as his personal wrestling profession goes, he participated within the 2017 ROH Honor Rumble and was tossed out by Bully Ray.

12 WWE – Rob Van Dam

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There was some extent the place Rob Van Dam was with out query, the most effective wrestler on the planet. It took a while, however Vince lastly got here round and he gave RVD the entire ball. He was all the time constant within the ring, however some private points curtailed his championship run earlier than something of observe might occur, his profession in WWE was not fairly the identical afterward.

RVD is likely one of the wrestlers on this record who made a pile of cash and didn’t spend all of it all through his profession. So, he solely wrestles when it strikes his fancy. In 2018, Mr. Monday Night time labored the likes of Johnny Mundo and Pentagon, Jr.

11 WCW – The Nice Muta

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Prior Shinsuke Nakamura and Asuka, one of the recognized Japanese stars to work for a serious American promotion can be two superstars – Jushin Liger and Keiji Mutoh. Keiji, because the Nice Muta, made his debut almost 35 years in the past in 1984. It might be solely 4 years later that he headed over to World Class. In fact, the legend from the Rising Solar would make his identify well-known by feuding with the likes of Sting and Ric Aptitude for the NWA and WCW within the early nineties.

Muta, like many old-school stars from Japan, simply retains going and going. Muta labored a number of occasions in 2018 and doesn’t appear to be slowing down or retiring any time quickly.

10 WWE – Gangrel

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Vince McMahon wanted to be satisfied that a vampire might work. Gangrel was the one to do it. Think about if it flopped? Edge and Christian won’t have ever develop into major occasion stars. Wrestling followers may by no means have sometimes hummed one other actually cool Jim Johnston theme.

Together with Rikishi, Gangrel has opened up a wrestling faculty. He nonetheless heads into the ring now and again; typically with, typically towards one other wrestling vampire- Kevin Thorn. He additionally nonetheless will work photographs for Home Of Hardcore. It is superb how a gimmick like a vampire has afforded him an additional couple of many years on his in-ring profession.

9 WCW – Jushin “Thunder” Liger

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Rey Mysterio is probably the most well-known masked celebrity within the Western Hemisphere. However probably the most well-known masked wrestler within the Japanese Hemisphere is Jushin “Thunder” Liger. Earlier than debuting in WCW towards the likes of Flyin’ Brian Pillman, Liger toured the world – Mexico, Japan, even the Dungeon.

He lastly landed within the WWE for a one-time-only NXT look a number of years in the past. Liger nonetheless works in the present day, most famously final yr having a long-long-awaited rematch with Rey Mysterio for New Japan. Liger provides no indication of eager to decelerate and certain has some extra appearances in america forward of him. AEW maybe?

eight WWE – Chris Jericho

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The 2018 Chris Jericho had was 100 % proof constructive that you simply don’t essentially have to have the WWE advertising machine behind you to achieve success. Granted, his identify is greater than most others, however check out what the man has executed in a single yr’s time. He’s labored New Japan and is the present IWGP Intercontinental Champion. He labored on the Biggest Royal Rumble, All In, and hosted his personal rock-and-wrestling cruise, which hosted wrestlers from New Japan, ROH, and TNA.

The person is the official workhorse of the business and he doesn’t look to be slowing down in any respect. He’s set to work for All Elite Wrestling, and can get a excessive profile match on the promotion’s Double or Nothing occasion in Might. From there, he’ll certainly discover some extra work as alongside as he needs it.

7 WCW – Crowbar

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Devon Storm has been a really gifted hand who is likely one of the few stars to have labored in ECW, WWE, WCW, and TNA. However in nearly each promotion, he was all the time on the cusp of breaking by way of the decrease card. He did discover a small modicum of success with David Aptitude, working underneath the identify Crowbar.

Storm has been everywhere in the indies ever since. In 2018, Crowbar tore it up principally for RescuePro and WrestlePro. With all of his expertise, the man actually deserves a shot working as a coach for Influence or NXT. We’ll see what 2019 brings him.

6 WWE – Billy Gunn

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Jim Ross used to laud over Billy Gunn as the perfect pure athlete through the Angle Period. True sufficient, the man was a beast. He was deceptively robust (which he’d need to be as a former bull rider), and a number of the smoothest transition strikes in the course of the time.

These days “The One” Billy Gunn is everywhere in the world working with all types of corporations. He’s additionally not deceptively robust anymore; he appears as robust as he’s. He has labored in New Japan alongside Yoshitatsu and has been serving to his son, Austin Gunn, get alongside within the recreation.

5 WCW – David Arquette

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In fact, David Arquette must be on this record – he’s a former WCW World Heavyweight Champion! Ric Aptitude, Harley Race, Sting, Steamboat…and Arquette! Whereas it was all accomplished for Prepared To Rumble, it positive was approach off-base, even for the floundering WCW. Should you nonetheless have a nasty style in your mouth from the ordeal – simply keep in mind Arquette donated his WCW paydays to wrestling widows like Melanie Pillman and Martha Hart.

At 47 years previous, he’s being taught by Peter Avalon, constructing upon what DDP and Chris Kanyon confirmed him years in the past. He has since famously acquired a light-weight bulb to the neck in a match towards Nick Gage.

four WWE – The Honky Tonk Man

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Because the self-professed biggest Intercontinental Champion of all-time, the Honky Tonk Man was one of many key elements on the mid-card in the course of the Golden Period. The man slapped Miss Elizabeth and shattered a guitar over the Macho Man! The angle was one of the crucial memorable and necessary ones of the time.

HTM has been a fixture within the enterprise for over 40 years. He’s given numerous shoot interviews that make him out to be a purveyor of darkish rasslin’ secrets and techniques. He nonetheless works everywhere in the world and even cameo’ed for Lucha Underground. He is not more likely to depart the enterprise anytime quickly.

three WCW – Kevin Sullivan

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Don’t let this man’s pleasant grandpa look idiot you. He may appear to be a beloved and irascible cousin or uncle. However behind his eyes lies the thoughts of probably the most twisted souls in wrestling – from the Iron Gates Of The Destiny, the Taskmaster Kevin Sullivan. As a booker, he has provide you with some significantly twisted angles. He even helped orchestrate the Unfastened Cannon angle with Brian Pillman.

Sullivan continues to be feuding with the Pillman Household. Solely now it’s on MLW, as Brian Pillman Jr. and the remainder of the Hart Basis lately beat the heck out of the previous Bookerman.

2 WWE – Jerry “The King” Lawler

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Jerry Lawler may be crazier than anybody thinks he’s. The man had a coronary heart assault on reside tv shortly after working a match. He’s nonetheless wrestling and that was virtually seven years in the past. However the King has been doing it for almost 50 years, so why let somewhat factor like a myocardial infarction cease him?

Lawler was just lately on a talking engagement tour with Good Ol’ J.R., Jim Ross. He additionally does nonetheless wrestle any and all types of opponents, together with his previous rival, Terry Funk. Lawler works a reasonably conservative fashion, so he probably feels he can step again within the ring every now and then.

1 WCW – Buff Bagwell

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The story of Buff Bagwell has develop into a little bit of a joke within the wrestling world. He was an honest employee by WCW requirements, however he had the look of an Adonis. Then he will get one dangerous match in WWE, an argument with Shane Helms, and a supposed name from his mother, Judy, to WWE officers. That was all she wrote for Bagwell, who by no means obtained one other probability within the huge time.

He’s been traversing the indie and leisure landscapes ever since. Most lately again in October, he teamed together with his former nWo brothers, X-Pac, and Scott “Flash” Norton at a Glory Professional Wrestling occasion.

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