A lot of people are big fans of WWE, and a lot of people are wondering what the craze is all about. If you’re a fan of WWE, then you already know that that it is more than a group of wrestlers showing off their skills, and that they have a deeper story as to why they fight. Some of the matches come with a storyline that shows a hero working hard to beat their enemy, and a lot more. As time goes by, the sport would gather more fans. Here is what the most popular WWE stars have done after they left the ring.
Born as Scott Oliver Hall, Razor Ramon is one of the fan favorites when he was active in the 1990s. However, it wasn’t until the 90s when Razor Roman had made it big and claimed his first top knock at WCW and WWF.
Born on April 26, 1967, Glenn Thomas Jacobs is still a popular member of WWE. He was more known as Kane, and on top of being an amazing wrestler, he has also been a successful businessman, politician, as well as an actor throughout the years.
Born as Sid Eudy, Sid Vicious is one of the foundation wrestlers who started in the earlier days of the sport. He became a professional wrestler in the 80s and has participated in a wide variety of wrestling shows such as the World Championship Wrestling, and from there, he became a member of the WWF an WWE.
The former professional wrestler named Dennis Knight is known for his different aliases. Tex Slazenger, Phineas I, Godwinn, and Mideon. After leaving the ring, he decided to work as a chef, which he states that he had always wanted to do. You can have a bite of his amazing delicacies in his place of work in Clearwater, Florida. Just like the rest of us, Dennis Knight is living a regular life nowadays.
Known to everyone as Kelly Kelly, Barbara Jean Blank is known for her work as a female wrestler, model, and TV personality. She left the wrestling scene in 2012, and took on a lot of roles (which all turned out to be successful), keeping her in the spotlight like TV series and movies. She could be seen in several movies including the 2017 movie called Days of Our Lives and WAGS on E!
In the 90s, William Scott Goldberg (more known as Goldberg) left an unforgettable mark on the wrestling industry. After retiring in 2004, he currently owns a gym in California and is living his best life together with his wife and son. He became famous for being undefeated for over a year, which proved his career to be successful.
Popularly known as the Undertaker, Mark William Calaway has had a successful wrestling career, he is still looking to compete in a few matches. He is currently a free agent as no one is willing to employ him, but as he realized that wrestling will not be sustainable for him anymore, he ventured into real estate and found success there. He has won 17 titles and was feared by his fellow wrestlers. He and his spouse are living together happily and have set up a fund to help animals.
Regardless if you watch wrestling or not, you probably know who Dwayne Douglas Johnson is, or rather his alias, The Rock. A lot of people aren’t aware that he was one of the most popular and successful wrestlers before his acting career came along. With a net worth of over $220 million, it is no surprise that his wrestling and acting careers are successful. He also launched a foundation that caters to the medical needs of terminally ill children.
Hulk Hogan is known by both wrestling and non-wrestling fans alike. Born as Terre Gene Bollea, he had contributed a lot to the industry that we know of today. He had ventured into various careers such as acting, music, TV personality, as well as an entrepreneur. In 2007, his life almost fell apart when he got divorced and almost lost everything he owns. Thankfully, he was able to stand back up once more.
Having a lot of nicknames including Typhoon, and his most popular one, Tugboat, Fred Ottman is known as Hulk Hogan’s ally as well as a part of the group called The Natural Disasters, which is where he got the name Typhoon. He has since worked as a safety manager in Florida after his retirement in 2000. He has also worked as a mentor for younger kids as well as a coach for a few little league teams where his children are a part of.
A lot of people know him as The Giant, but his Big Show alias is what he used during the times he had his victories and successes in his fighting career. Big Show had won major world championships for over seven times and had also been acting for quite a while. He could be seen in various movies and TV series. He is certainly enjoying his fortune as he didn’t recklessly waste his money.
A lot of people know Stacy Keibler as an actress thanks to her roles in shows such as the George Lopez Show, What About Brian, and How I Met Your Mother. However, before she became an actress, she was a wrestler as well as a cheerleader. She hosted the Supermarket Superstar show in 2013 and appeared on the runway in the same year. She currently has two children with Jared Pobre.
The Ultimate Warrior
Born as James Brian Hellwig, he became popular among the wrestling community as “The Ultimate Warrior of Dingo Warrior”. He loved wrestling so much that, that in 1993, he legally changed his name to Warrior. Sadly, the former wrestler had died after years had passed and someone had used the name since. It was confirmed in 2014 that the wrestler had died of a heart attack at the age of 54.
Hailed by a lot of people as one the greatest wrestlers of all time, he had won over 16 championship titles throughout his 40-year career. His impressive feat made him famous and caught everyone’s attention. He had also been acting and could be seen in some TV series. Sadly, he became depressed after learning that his son, who was also a wrestler, died of a heroin and Xanax mixed overdose.
Regardless if you follow wrestling or not, there is no doubt that you might have heard of the name “Macho Man” as he is one of the best wrestlers in the sport’s history. Known as Macho Man Randy Savage, he had an amazing 32-year run as a pro wrestler and won over 29 world titles. He could also be seen in a lot of movies and TV series such as Ready to Rumble, Baywatch, etc. Sadly, he died of a car crash in 2011.
Famously known as Rey Mysterio, Oscar Gutierrez is a masked wrestler who had captured the hearts of fans all around the globe. His trademark mask that resembled that of Lucha Libre wrestlers had been a fan favorite over the 90s and 2000s. He had won a myriad of titles such as the World Heavyweight Championship, the WWE championship, and the WWE Cruiserweight, giving him the title of “King of Mystery”.
Born as Tammy Lyn Sytch, the well-known wrestler was known by people as Sunny, but she wasn’t able to handle her fame well due to her struggles and inner battles. In 2017, Sunny was arrested and imprisoned for dealing in drugs and alcohol. Due to the amount of her negative public listings, WWE had decided to cut off her contract. It has been said that she has signed up for rehab and is trying to get her life together.
Chyna made a name for herself in the world of wrestling back in the 1990s and was also the first woman to go big as she was seen at the Royal Rumble and King of the Ring matches. Born as Joan Marie Laurer, the wrestle had paved the way for the women who wanted to join the industry. After retiring from wrestling in 2011, she had started to get into writing where she released her autobiography. She also attempted to go into the adult industry and later died of a drug overdose in 2016.
The wrestler known as Sable was one of the first women to be popular in WWE. Aside from her wrestling career, she was also known as a model, as well as an actress. She could be seen in various TB shows such as Pacific Blue and Corky Romano. The WWE star had been married three times. Her first marriage ended quickly as her husband died in a car crash, her second marriage ended as they weren’t happy, and finally found her true love in 2006, Brock Lesnar.
Born as Jonathan Coachman, The Coach is still quite active in the spotlight despite retiring from the sport. He is a color commentator on the Raw brand but later re-signed to WWE in 2018, which made fans wonder about what his plans are. He is currently married and has two children, as well as an estimated net worth of over $2 million. He has also signed a new deal, which could boost his finance even more!
A popular name in the world of wrestling, as well as a part of The Fabulous team. Born Steve Keirn, he is still very much involved in the sport despite retiring in 2001. In the 80s, Keirn has started a wrestling school which is still operational until today. In the school, he teaches people the art of wrestling, as well as guiding them on their way to be a part of the industry.
Scotty 2 Hotty
Known as Scott Ronald Garland or Scott Taylor, the wrestler is known by the people as Scotty 2 Hotty and had enjoyed a successful journey during his career. Though he no longer fights, he is still involved with the WWE Performance Center as a coach for the wrestlers. In 2013, he tried to sing up as a firefighter, but it didn’t go too well as he turned to WWE in 2016.
One of the most popular man when it comes to WWE, Mr. McMahon is the owner, chairman, and CEO of the legendary wrestling initiative. Vincent Kennedy McMahon has taken on a variety of roles outside of wrestling. Vincent McMahon is a businessman, a film producer, the owner of Alpha Entertainment, as well as an actor. Which is why his high net worth placed him on the Forbes list of billionaires.
Born as Rodney Agatupa Anoa’I, Yokozuna was the first Samoan wrestler to be in the sport. On top of this, he is also the only Samoan to have ever won the WWF World Heavyweight Championship. Sadly, the wrestler was found dead at the age of 34 in his hotel room after going on a tour in the year 2000. It was rumored that he died of a heart attack but was later revealed to be Pulmonary Edema.
Jacqueline DeLois Moore is an amazing female wrestler more known as Jacqueline, aside from being a wrestler, she is also a wrestling manager. She was added to the Hall of Fame in 2016, and I am also known for being one of the only three women who have won the Cruiserweight Championship. Her wrestling career is a success, and he has worked on a lot of TV series, as well as some video games, and movies.
Stone Cold Steve Austin
Stone Cold Steve Austin retired from professional wrestling after his injuries became too much for him to handle. But this doesn’t mean that he had completely left the spotlight! He took up acting and could be seen in a lot of movies and TV series such as The Expendables and Nash Bridges. The successful wrestler who had won six WWF championship titles is known to have an estimated net worth of $45 million.
Born as Michael Francis, the popular wrestler named Mick Foley had used a lot of names such as Cactus Jack, Dude Love, and Mankind. According to his fans, he had retired from wrestling a bit too early. He decided to enter the entertainment industry as an actor and media personality. He could be seen on plenty of TV series, movies, as well as radio appearances. He is a philanthropist and dedicates a lot of his time to helping children while living a happy life with his wife and four children.
Famously known as Batista, David Michael Bautista is a former wrestler known to have a successful wrestling journey and is now enjoying the life of a retired wrestler. He had tried out other careers such as acting, bodybuilding, and martial arts. Batista could be seen in different films such as Spectre, Riddick, as well as Guardians of The Galaxy. He was once accused by a prescription drug company that wanted to frame him for dosing on steroids. The claims were faulty and were thrown out after Batista denied the allegations.
Still competing as of now, Randy Orton is one of the few legendary wrestlers who haven’t decided to end their wrestling career just yet. He has made several appearances on TV as a budding actor and could be seen in the series called That’s Who I Am. He currently performs and the Smackdown brand. In 2013, Orton divorced his first wife Samantha Speno, and later got married in 2015 to Kimberly Kessler.
Adam Joseph Copeland used to use the stage name “Edge” during his competitive days. He wanted to pursue an acting career, leading him to leave the ring, in which he was later added to the Hall of Fame. Edge had earned over 31 championship titles as well as launched his autobiography writing in 2004 titled Adam Copeland on Edge. The former wrestler had publicly stated that he hates cigarettes because he once tried it during his teenage years, and it didn’t appeal to him.
Famously known as Lita, Amu Dumas was a professional wrestler who retired in 2006. Despite retiring as a wrestler, she is still involved in WWE as an analyst. Aside from being a wrestler, she was also a singer and performer. After retiring from wrestling, Lita formed a band called “The Luchagors” and released their album after a year. Throughout her career, she had been in love for a few times with people such as Matt Hardy and Joseph Copeland, but she has yet to say “I do” to one of her love interests.
A four-time world champion wrestler, Shawn Michaels has been active as an actor as well as a TV presenter after retiring from wrestling. He is currently WWE’s main ambassador as well as the host of Shawn Michael’s MacMillan River Adventure series, a film based on the life of hunting animals. Michaels had been married twice, and currently has two children with his second wife, Rebecca, whom he married in 1999.
Debrah Ann Miceli, popularly known as Alundra Blayze, made a name for herself as the first female wrestler to have won the title of Pro Wrestling Illustrated’s Rookie in 1998. The female wrestler has a love and passion for monster trucks, which she has been enjoying. She took up acting after retiring from wrestling. In the entertainment industry, she is still a popular figure and could be seen in various films such as Death Match and Shootfighter.
Booker T, whose real name is Robert Booker Tio Huffman, has built a huge fan base all around the globe. He has retired in 2016, but he made sure that he had a successful career before doing so. He had won six world championship titles as well as 21 other titles. He is currently a promoter as well as a color commentator. The former wrestler is known to have an estimated $5 million net worth.
Paul Michael Levesque, known as Triple H (AKA Hunter Hearts Helmsley), entered the business and acting after retiring from the wrestling scene. Levesque married Stephani McMahon in 2003. He is a businessman as well as the vice president of Talent, Live Events, and Creative. He is known to have a net worth of over $1.5 million and is using his money to support a cancer foundation that he and his wife had built.
Chris Benoit will forever be known not because of his career in wrestling, but for the tragedy that surrounded his life and death. While he was still a professional wrestler, Benoit killed his wife and son on June 22, 2007. And later hung himself after 2 days. A lot of people are wondering what led him to do such an atrocious act, with lots of people speculating that it was caused by depression and brain damage that he received from fights. WWE removed his details and all associations with him from their website.
Known as the youngest wrestler to be a part of WWE’s Hall of Fame, Trish Status was not only a wrestler, but an actress, fitness model, and a TV personality as well! The ex-wrestler currently owns a yoga studio which she opened in 2008 and still operates even today. Her yoga studio was voted as the best yoga studio by Top Choice Awards’ Best Yoga Studios.
The wrestler famously known as Road Dogg or The Roadie made a name for himself in the 90s. Born as Brian James, he had always been obsessed with fitness as he was a part of the United States Marine. It was said that during his workout regime, he worked a bit harder than everyone else in the program at the time. He has retired from fighting in the ring but is currently a producer and behind the scenes coordinator for WWE.
Brian “Crush” Adams
During his active years as a wrestler, Brian “Crush” Adams was a popular figure among fans as he was a member of the WWF and WCW. He tried to pursue a boxing career after retiring from wrestling but had to leave right away as his injuries didn’t allow him to do so. He sadly died in 2007 because of respiratory issues at the age of 43.
Big Boss Man
Known as Big Boss Man, Ray Washington Traylor Jr. was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2016, 12 years after his death. He died at the age of 41 in 2004 because of a heart attack and left behind his wife and childhood sweetheart, Angela, along with their two daughters named Lacy and Megan.
Mark Henry was already popular as he was known as a power and weightlifter before he entered the world of wrestling. His strength had always been his dominant trait, which is why his transition to wrestling wasn’t an issue for him nor his agents. Henry celebrated a successful wrestling career and won the WWE World Heavyweight tilt in 2011 and was inducted in the WWE Hall of Fame in 2016.
Paul Bearer didn’t have to enter the ring to make money as he did more than enough as a manager, where he managed various pro wrestlers such as The Undertaker and Kane. Everyone was surprised when he came back and saw that the manager weighed in at a whopping 500 pounds and had to undergo gastric bypass surgery to lose 200 pounds. Sadly, Bearer died in 2013 in what is suspected to be a heart attack.
Jeff Hardy is among some of the most famous names in the wrestling industry alongside his brother. He and his brother, alongside female wrestler Lita, made a group named Team Xtreme. HE won a lot of major titles such as the WWE Championship and the World Heavyweight Championship. Hardy is also known for his love of music as after he retired from the ring, he joined the band called “PeroxWhy? Gen”.
The older brother of ex-wrestler Jeff Hardy, Matt has also had a successful career in the industry. He won various championship titles as well as championship belts from other tag team division. He was in a relationship with Lita (who was previously mentioned to be a part of their trio) but later found out that he was having an affair with Edge. Despite his younger brother retiring from the scene, Matt is still active on the ring.
Sean Waltman made a name for himself in the wrestling scene during the 90s under the name “X-Pac”. His career started in the WWF, but he is currently a part of the legend program for WWE. He was popular amongst the tag teams and cruiserweight division and had won a lot of championship belts from these matches. Currently 46 years of age, Waltman is still active and regularly works out in the gym.
During his college days, Kurt Angle participated in minor wrestling events, but it wasn’t until the 90s when he started to become successful and won titles from the big leagues such as the WWE Championship, the WCW Championship, as well as the WWE Heavyweight Championship. After spending a bit of time in the WWE, he went to other organizations and found success there as well. Sadly, he isn’t the same as before as he is suffering from various health conditions and injuries.
Just like the other wrestlers, Chris Jericho’s career started in WWE and had a successful journey during the 1990s. As time went on, he joined other organizations such as Japan Pro-Wrestling, where still competes in the ring today. During his time in WWE, he won a few tiles including the World Heavyweight Championship (and he did so for three times!). Aside from wrestling, he is also an investor as well as one of the owners of D1 Sports Training and Therapy.
Known as the first-ever fighter to have earned a UFC Superfight Championship title after competing in both the WWF and TNA, Ken Shamrock left the wrestling scene to pursue a martial arts career in which he also had a successful run. His two sons also appeared in the MMA, but not as successful as him as one did not have many wins, while the other had to quit due to one of his kidneys being removed due to cancer.
Owen Hart came from a family that is heavily tied to wrestling as most of his relatives were involved in the sport. During his time, he won a lot of titles including the WWF Intercontinental Championship, the WWF European Championship, and the WWF World Tag Team Championship. Sadly, he died during a match in 1999, where he fell on the ring’s top rope after going loose from a harness and landed on his chest.
Famously known as Rick Steiner, Robert Rechsteiner was a professional wrestler who had a lot of appearances in the WCW, where he realized that Tag Team Wrestling was his strong point and pursued to engage in this program. In this program, Rick had won the World Tag Team Championship eight times and was also crowned as the World Tag Team Champion twice under the WWF. Ever since he retired from wrestling, the former wrestler is currently a real estate broker.
A popular wrestler in the 90s, Billy Kidman performed in a lot of fights under the heading of WWC as well as the WWF. He had a successful career and was a member of different groups such as The New Blood, The Filthy Animals, and Raven’s Flock. He had won a lot of matches including the WCW Cruiserweight Championship title and the World Tag Team Championship title. He currently works as a producer for WWE.
A popular wrestler in the 70s, Tito Santana made a name for himself and character in a good way. He made a name for himself at the WWF, where won a lot of titles including the Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship and the Tag Team Championship. In 2004, Santana was added to the WWE Hall of Fame. As of the moment, Santana currently works as a Spanish teacher at Eisenhower Middle School, where he also coaches the basketball team.
Known by different names such as Idol Stevens and Aaron Stevens, Damien Sandow started his career a little bit late than most of the people on this list. He is known to be an impersonator and only won a single title, the WWE Tag Team Championship. He is currently pursuing acting after he retired from the ring in 2016.
Diamond Dalla Page
After competing in various programs such as WCW, TNA, and WWF, Diamond Dallas Page has had a successful career. During his active years, he had won a few titles like WCW World Heavyweight Championship, the WCW World Tag Team Championship, and the WCW United States Heavyweight Championship. After retiring, he currently offers a yoga program called Yoga for Regular Guys Workout, as well as working as a radio host for DDP Radio.
If there would be a wrestler from the 80s that wouldn’t be easily remembered, you can say that Kamala’s signature style, painted face, and strolling around with a shield and spear set him apart from the rest. Whenever he would enter the ring, he would usually fight while barefoot. However, he was diagnosed with diabetes and refused treatment of the highest nature in 1992, which cost him his legs.
The Russian Bear
Ivan Koloff, famously known as “The Russian Bear” instilled fear in his opponents with just the mention of his name. The Russian Bear had won the WWF World Heavyweight Championship while competing in the WWWF during the 1960s. After retiring, Koloff changed a lot as he wrote two books and became an ordained Minister of the Gospel. In 2017, The Russian Bear died at the age of 74
Known as Nord The Barbarian or The Berzerker, John Nord was a professional wrestler during the 80s. He started to pick up everyone’s attention during the World Class Championship Wrestling and soon later went on to show up at the American Wrestling Association. While he was still competing, he changed his nickname a lot, eventually ending up with him using his real name. In 2002, Nord retired and worked with his brother at their car dealership, Nord East Motors.
Jake “The Snake” Roberts
Aurelian Smith Jr., better known by the ring name Jake “The Snake” Roberts, is an American professional wrestler and actor currently signed to All Elite Wrestling. He is best known for his two stints in the World Wrestling Federation; the first between 1986 and 1992, and the second between 1996 and 1997. What made him interesting was the fact that he would bring his snakes to different matches, which is why he received the name “The Snake”.
Rowdy Roddy Piper
Roderick George Toombs, famously known as Rowdy Roddy Piper, was a wrestler for over 30 years and became one of the few who lasted so long yet remain successful. The fans loved his character as he always played the villain during his matches. In 2005, he was inducted in the WWE Hall of Fame. In 2015, he died of cardiac arrest due to him suffering from Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
Marc Mero is an American retired amateur boxer and professional wrestler, as well as a motivational speaker. He is best known for his appearances with the World Wrestling Federation under his real name and with World Championship Wrestling and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling under the ring name Johnny B. Badd. He suffered from various health conditions after he retired. He was told to undergo surgery but declined the offer and decided to live with the condition, which turned him into a motivational speaker.
Famously known as Queen Debra, Debra Marshall is one of the wrestlers from the older generation who made it to the world stage during the 1995 World Championship Wrestling. She is known among fans of wrestling as the ex-wife of Steve Austin, who was arrested for repeatedly beating and abusing her. She also managed to snag some titles such as the WWF Women’s Championship. She changed her nickname to Debra in 1998 while she was signed to WWF.
Big Van Vader
Big Van Vader was a hardworking wrestler when he was competing at the World Championship Wrestling, World Wrestling Federation, and New Japan Pro Wrestling. To prove that you are a good wrestler, you must go through a match with Big Van Vader. He won several titles during his career including IWGP Heavyweight Championship, the WCW Heavyweight Championship, and the United States Heavyweight Championship. He died in 2016 shortly after he retired.
When Kevin Nash joined the WWE, he started the group called New World Order and later transitioned to the WCW. His career structure was a bit different compared to the other wrestlers. He can be considered as a semi-retired wrestling professional despite his age as he appears in various scenes occasionally. When it comes to wrestlers who turned into actors, Kevin Nash is among those who are popular as he could be seen in various films such as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze and Magic Mike.
The Honky Tonk Man
Roy Wayne Farris, better known by the ring name The Honky Tonk Man, is an American retired professional wrestler. He previously wrestled for World Championship Wrestling and World Wrestling Federation. Wrestling runs in the family as his cousin Jerry Lawler was also a pro wrestler. He was known by everyone as an impersonator as he once impersonated Elvis Presley. He also showed up on Judge Jeannine Pirro as a defendant’s witness.
Born as James Snuka, the Fijian wrestler made the move called “Superfly Splash”. Snuka also tried out acting and became successful there too. His wrestling career was going well in the 80s, but it all fell apart as he was known to be a suspect in a murder case. His girlfriend was found dead, and he was pointed out as the suspect. He denied the allegations, but there wasn’t any way of telling the truth as he had dementia. He died not long after the case against him was dismissed.
The McMahon family is no stranger to the wrestling arena, and Stephanie McMahon wasn’t an exception! She is the fourth generation in the family to be competing in the WWE. After her successful career as a pro wrestler, she retired to become a CBO promoter and has been doing air presentations as part of the undertaker story since 1999. She became engaged to Triple H and became WWE’s creative director. Despite her busy life, she managed to write a book that is said to be released in 2020.
A popular figure in WWE, Rico Constantino was known for taking the role of a villain. He could also be seen in the Empire Wrestling Federation. Rico rose to prominence thanks to an episode of SmackDown! It didn’t take him long to leave the industry and pursue a career in law enforcement, in which he still works as a Police Sergeant to this day. He’s not the type of policy you want to mess around with.
Known outside the ring as Duke Droese, he received the name of “Garbage Man” as he brought a garbage can to the ringside with him on his debut in the WWF. His career started in the 90s, but ever since his retirement, he wasn’t able to keep himself fit like most wrestlers. He is currently out of shape and needs some guidance and help from Bobby Wales, his former trainer.
Most people know Robert Maillet as an Actor and TV personality, but not a lot of people are aware that he used to be a professional wrestler! He was with The Rock when they both formed groups such as The Oddities and The Truth Commission. He only appeared in the ring for two years before he showed up in famous films such as 300 and Deadpool 2. He has maintained his physical fitness and we surely can’t expect any better based on the roles that he plays.
More known by his stage name as “Gangrel”, David Heath was feared by everyone during his active days in the 90s. His physique is more than enough to tell why everyone had a tough time competing against him. He is still actively competing but is currently under an independent label called “New Era Pro Wrestling”. Not a lot has changed in his appearance as well as his spectacular wrestling skills. Aside from his life as a pro wrestler, he is speculated to be an adult film director.