In the early 90s, the wrestling landscape was completely different. There was no internet to help smart fans on social media and there was no real way of interacting with your favourite wrestler unless you attended a live event.
Many still consider the wrestling business before the internet to be much more successful, because it was much easier to keep the business inside the kayfabe bubble. This is pretty much why many still consider the Attitude Era to be the most successful in the history of WWE.
Whilst the Attitude Era was much edgier and much harder to watch for many children, it was a show that many adults enjoyed. This all changed when WWF was rebranded as WWE and the PG era then followed closely behind. The landscape of wrestling then changed forever.
The problem here is the fact that many wrestlers were sadly lost in the shuffle and were never seen in WWE again. This was either because WWE decided to go in a different direction or because the superstar failed to fit in with what WWE wanted the company to look like afterwards.
Either way, the following is a list of 10 WWE wrestlers who performed in the 90s and looks at the direction in which their lives have gone since their moment in the spotlight.
Debra was a part of WWE when women were treated a lot differently than they are in today’s PG era. They were used as a way to attract male attention to the product and many became world wide sex symbols, thanks to the promotion from WWE.
Debra married Stone Cold Steve Austin in 2000 but the duo divorced in 2002 after what was thought to have been a very volatile relationship. Debra has since spent her time working with women victims of domestic abuse. She even auctioned off her wedding ring and donated the proceeds to a domestic abuse charity.
Christian and Edge arrived on the WWE scene in 1998 and changed the landscape of tag team wrestling forever. Along with The Hardys and The Dudley Boyz, they were involved in one of the greatest WrestleMania matches of all time at WrestleMania 17 – the famed TLC Match.
WWE’s rebrand left many tag teams unable to continue their extreme style and Christian left WWE in 2005 for TNA. Although he made his return in 2009 and won the World Heavyweight Championship for the first time, Christian seems to have retired from the company and appears alongside Edge in their new Network exclusive show.
8. Ken Shamrock
The 1998 King of the Ring winner is best remembered in WWE for his runs as both a Tag Team Champion with Big Boss Man and as the Intercontinental Champion, even though his time in WWE was brief.
Following his departure from WWE in 1999, he headed to the independent circuit and even spent a short time at TNA, where he had two stints in both 2002 and 2004. In 2005, Ken Shamrock married a woman called Tonya and became a stepfather to her three children, meaning that he is now a father to seven children and 10 grandchildren. Shamrock has recently taken part in many MMA matches despite being 52 years old.
7. Road Dogg
Anyone who watched WWF in the 1990s would definitely remember The New Age Outlaws. Road Dogg and Billy Gunn were two of the original members of DX, and two of the most entertaining superstars of that decade.
The duo had a brief return to WWE in 2014 which didn’t go to plan as one of their final matches saw them team up with Kane in a losing effort to The Shield in record time at WrestleMania. Road Dogg continued to work behind the scenes for WWE following his removal from TV and is currently the lead writer for SmackDown.
6. Lex Luger
Lex Luger was all set to be one of the biggest stars of the 90s. To some of the more hardcore wrestling fans, they believe Luger played an integral part in the wrestling world while others could debate that Luger was another superstar who made it to WWE based on his build rather than his talent.
That being said, Luger had a good stint with WWE that ended in 1995 before he joined WCW and later TNA. Luger rejoined WWE in 2011 and currently works with them behind the scenes on their Wellness Policies as a way to teach superstars about nutrition and drug prevention.
The Native American Warrior was a big hit in WWE during the early 90s and was even given an undefeated streak in his early months with the company. Tatanka was never going to reach the heights of the company because he didn’t look or sound the way a champion should, but he was able to enjoy the spotlight for much longer than many people expected.
Tatanka returned to WWE for a brief stint in 2006 before touring the European independent circuit. In 2015, Tatanka signed a WWE legends contract and appeared in the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania 32.
4. Sid Vicious
Sid was a bodybuilder who made his way to WWE in the 90s. He is a former two-time World Heavyweight Champion and is considered as one of the most recognizable wrestlers of that era under the name of Sycho Sid.
Sid suffered a career threatening injury in 2001 when his leg practically snapped in half on national TV, as he leaped into the big boot from the second turnbuckle. Sid underwent surgery to fix this and has appeared on WWE TV since. Most recently in 2012, he defeated Heath Slater in a match to build up Raw’s 1000th episode.
One of the first recognized WWE Divas, Sable brought the feminine touch to WWE for over a decade between 1994 and 2004. She was the blonde beauty that found her way to the Women’s Championship and the cover of Playboy Magazine before WWE’s women were made PG.
Sable met Brock Lesnar while the duo were wrestling for WWE and began dating before eventually marrying in 2006. Currently, Sable is looking after her family. She celebrated becoming a grandmother for the first time in 2012 after her eldest daughter gave birth to her first child.
2. Val Venis
One of the most controversial figures in WWE during the 1990s, Val Venis was well known for his gimmick and the fact that whenever he feuded with a superstar, he would usually make an adult video with their wife or girlfriend. This seemed to stop when Venis messed with the wrong person and almost had his “pee pee” cut off.
Venis has stated many times that he would return to WWE if they stopped testing for weed consumption and currently runs his own medicinal marijuana business called the Purple Haze Lounge, which is a health store for medical marijuana in Arizona.
1. Razor Ramon
Razor had his fair share of substance addictions during his time in the spotlight and has since been admitted to many rehab facilities. However, Diamond Dallas Page made a break through with Hall after he invited him to his house and taught him DDP Yoga. Since then, Razor has been inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame and has been announced as part of the Global Force Wrestling roster.
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