Lita – Then
Before she was a WWE star, she went by Amy Dumas. Dumas started wrestling under Lita in Extreme Championship Wrestling before getting her break in WWE. Lita is best known as part of Team Xtreme with Matt and Jeff Hardy and for her four WWE Women’s Championship belts.
Lita – Now
Lita decided to hang up her wrestling tights and retire in 2006. With her wrestling days behind her, Lita decided to dip her toes in another form of entertainment – music. She formed a punk band called The Luchagors in 2006. In 2014, her former WWE nemesis Trish Stratus inducted her into the WWE Hall of Fame. Since 2015, she has made a few appearances with WWE as a trainer in Tough Enough and as a commentator at WrestleMania 32 and WrestleMania 33.
Stacy Keibler Then
It was only a matter of time before Stacy Keibler earned her (appropriate) nickname, “The Legs of WCW/WWE.” Keibler towered over her female peers in WWE, standing at 5 feet 11 inches making her the tallest WWE Diva. Her legs are so long that she could step over the middle rope with ease, making her ring entrance must-see-tv. She eventually became the manager for the Dudley Boyz. She decided to leave professional wrestling in 2006 for other opportunities.
Stacy Keibler Now
Stacy Keibler’s fame stretched far beyond professional wrestling. In July 2011, Keibler infamously started dating Hollywood lothario George Clooney. They split in 2013, which led to both parties finding new spouces. She married the CEO of Future Ads, Jared Pobre, in March 2014 and they gave birth to their first child in August. In 2013, Keibler hosted a Lifetime reality show called Supermarket Superstar. Keibler was a contestant on the second season of Dancing With The Stars and finished in third place.
Kelly Kelly Then
Born Barbara Jean Blank-Souray, the beautiful blonde decided to go by the name Kelly Kelly following her WWE introduction in 2006. She joined the company as a 19-year-old and debuted her character, an exhibitionist, on June 13, 2006. She would generally accompany Mike Knox, her on-screen boyfriend, to the ring. Her character took no crap and would get in plenty of fights with the other divas. She left in 2012 to deal with an injury to her neck and to expand her modeling efforts.
After leaving WWE in 2012, Blank became a cast member on the E! television series WAGS. She made her acting debut on an episode of Days of Our Lives in 2017. She returned to WWE in 2017 as a brand ambassador and has made some appearances as major WWE events like WrestleMania. Kelly reunited with wrestlers Maryse and Eve Torres during an episode of Table for 3 on the WWE Network. Even though she left to pursue a grander career, Kelly was most successful with WWE.
Triple H – Then
Paul Michael Levesque is better known by another three-name monicker in WWE, Hunter Hurst Helmsley. Triple H became one of the greatest heels in the history of the sport. At first, he was portrayed as a snobby French aristocrat. Eventually, he became a founding member of D-Generation X with Shawn Michaels and helped usher in the Attitude Era. He has been a staple in the WWE since the mid-90s and does not seem to be going away anytime soon.
Triple H – Now
In 1999, Triple H captured his first WWF championship and opened up a new chapter in his storyline. To get back at his boss, Triple H married Stephanie McMahon, Vince’s daughter. The McMahon-Helmsley took over WWF in many ways. Their on-screen romance became a real-life one, and Levesque married McMahon in October 2003. Overall, Triple H won 25 WWE titles. Since 2011, he has done more work behind the scenes. He is WWE’s Executive Vice President of Talent, Live Events, and Creative.
Kevin Nash – Then
While this list mostly contains stars of WWE, Kevin Nash is better known for wrestling with WCW. He performed in WWF/WWE, but his WCW career is best remembered. He began wrestling under the name Steel sporting an orange mohawk. Nash became a star after teaming up with Scott Hall and Hollywood Hulk Hogan to form New World Order (NWO). Due to a slew of injuries, Nash’s return to WWF following the WCW merger did not go as well as planned.
Kevin Nash – Now
After his WWE career, Nash continued to wrestle as part of Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) and on the independent circuit. In 2011, he returned to WWE on a legends contract and fought in the 2011 Royal Rumble billed as Diesel for the first time with the company since 1996. Nash has also appeared in a handful of films and TV shows. He played Super Shredder in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze in his first film appearance.
Booker T – Then
A good catchphrase goes a long way in WWE. Booker Huffman, known in the ring as Booker T, would loudly ask, “Can you dig it, sucka?” We certainly dig the 35 championship belts he claimed through his career between WCW, WWF/WWE, and TNA. He is the most decorated WCW wrestler in the history of the company, and had plenty of success following the merger in WWF/WWE. After he won the 2006 King of the Ring, he memorably formed a stable called King Booker’s Court.
Booker T – Now
Booker T came back to WWE in 2011 as a color commentator and part-time wrestler. A year later, he was named the General Manager of the Smackdown brand. That year he had the pleasure of being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame by his brother. Booker T apparently impressed his bosses enough as a commentator to be added to the broadcast team on Raw. On July 30, 2016, he officially retired from in-ring competition. He continues to work with WWE during their pre-event shows.
Shawn Michaels – Then
Michael Shawn Hickenbottom swapped his name around to become one of the greatest fighters of a generation. Shawn Michaels first came to WWF as part of the tag team duo The Rockers. He eventually latched onto the nickname “The Heartbreak Kid” and became the cocky instigator he would be known for. After teasing a retirement in the late 90s, he came back to win the WWF championship from Brett Hart in what is known as the “Montreal Screwjob.”
Shawn Michaels – Now
In 2010, Michaels hit his career with a little sweet chin music and announced his retirement. The following year he was added to the WWE Hall of Fame. He came back to the ring in 2012 as a special guest referee at WrestleMania 28, beginning his career as a WWE ambassador. He occasionally worked as a commentator. Fans loved every time the Heartbreak Kid would make an appearance like when he planted sweet-chin music on Daniel Bryan at Hell in a Cell.
Ric Flair – Then
With a crooked smile, a sensationally flashy style, and 40 years in the business, Ric Flair became the greatest wrestler of all time. The Nature Boy has starred in every wrestling company you can think of and has captured 21 championships. Flair would frequently bend the rules, which led to some calling him “the dirtiest player in the game.” You knew trouble was near anytime you heard his signature “Woooo” call. He was named Wrestler of the Year six different times.
Ric Flair – Now
When you are the Nature Boy, you become the exception to the rule. Ric Flair is the only wrestler to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame twice. He was first inducted in 2008 for his personal career. He was also the only active wrestler to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. He was inducted again in 2012 as part of The Four Horsemen. His daughter Ashley currently wrestles under the name Charlotte Flair with him in her corner.
Bret Hart – Then
Coming from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Bret Hart entered professional wrestling as part of a family dynasty. After wrestling in his father’s company, he joined WWF in 1985 and would go on to be one of the most popular wrestlers of the 80s and 90s. By the 90s, he seemed primed to take over Hulk Hogan’s reign. Instead, he became a heel. He moved to WCW after McMahon plotted to give the title to Shawn Michaels behind his back in the Montreal Screwjob.
Bret Hart – Now
Hart retired in 2000 due to concussions, but returned to WWE in 2009 for a feud with Vince McMahon. He confronted McMahon and Michaels about the screwjob on an episode of Raw. Michaels and Hart claim to have buried the hatchet both on air and off screen. Over five decades in the ring, Hart won 32 championships. In 2010, he was named General Manager of Raw. He was fired a week later for failing to control the rookies. He announced his prostate cancer diagnosis in 2016.
Jacqueline – Then
In 1997, Jacqueline DeLois Moore, better known in the ring by only her first name, began passing out headshots in Atlanta in hopes of catching on with WCW. She caught on as the manager to Kevin Sullivan before joining WWF in 1998 as the on-screen girlfriend of Marc Mero. Jacqueline entered into a feud with Mero’s estranged wife, Sable. She became the first African-American Women’s Champion after defeating Sable in 1998. She won a second title in 2000 over Harvey Wippleman before losing it to Stephanie McMahon.
Jacqueline – Now
In 2004, Moore joined Total Nonstop Action Wrestling and would stay with the company through 2013. She worked both as a wrestler and a manager while under contract with TNA. In 2016, she got the call for the WWE Hall of Fame, becoming the first African-American woman in the Hall. She appeared in the WWE -themed episode of Fear Factor in 2002, coming up just short and taking second place to Matt Hardy. She is a third-degree black belt in taekwondo.
Goldberg – Then
During the heart of the Monday Night Wars, Bill Goldberg was the face of the WCW as it went head to head with the WWF. He rose to fame during a stretch between 1997 and 1998 in which he never lost a match. After WCW folded, he went to wrestle in Japan before making his WWE debut in 2003. Goldberg, as he was known, used a power Spear finishing move to crush his opponents. He was only the fifth WCW Triple Crown winner.
Goldberg – Now
Before he became a professional wrestling superstar, Goldberg played in the NFL with the Atlanta Falcons. He had his final WWE match at WrestleMania XX against Brock Lesner. As he celebrated his final victory, Stone Cold hit him with the Stone Cold Stunner. 12 years later, Goldberg returned to WWE and restarted his feud with Lesner. He defeated him at the 2016 Survivor Series PPV. A fun fact about Goldberg: due to his Jewish faith, he has never performed or worked on Yom Kippur.
Sid – Then
During his tenures with the World Wrestling Federation and World Championship Wrestling, Sidney Raymond Eudy commonly went by “Sid,” in addition other variations such as Sid Vicious and Sid Justice. Each of his names came with a different persona. Throughout the 90s, Sid made his name known throughout professional wrestling, capturing six championships before retiring in 2001. Eudy headlined two WrestleManias – 1992 and 1997. He was never short of confidence, calling himself The Master and Ruler of the World.
Sid – Now
Sid made a name for himself early a new member of Ric Flair’s Four Horsemen as the group’s muscle. When WCW management felt he needed a larger array of wrestling moves, they forced the hulking Eudy to fly from the turnbuckle. It did not go so well, however, and Eudy broke his leg during a jump. He sued WCW for forcing him to do so. The injury derailed his career, and he began making small appearances in other circuits. He returned to WWWE in 2012 versus Heath Slater.
The Honky Tonk Man – Then
It is hard to miss the Elvis impersonation within Wayne Farris’s character the Honky Tonk Man. He started with the WWF in 1986 and carried his Elvis gimmick as far as he could. His manager Jimmy Hart went by the name Colonel Jimmy Hart in reference to Elvis’s manager Colonel Tom Parker. The Honky Tonk Man won the Intercontinental Championship in 1987 vs. Ricky Steamboat and held on to the belt for one year, two months and 27 days, the longest in the belt’s history.
The Honky Tonk Man – Now
The Honky Tonk Man has no interest in hanging it up anytime soon. While his cousin Jerry “The King” Lawler continues to announce in WWE, Farris has moved on to the independent circuit, picking up matches when he can. He does not seem so interested in staying connected to WWE. They offered him a place in the Hall of Fame, but he rejected it even though he had inducted another wrestler the year before.
Mick Foley – Then
Professional wrestling was infinitely more fun with Mick Foley in the ring. It did not matter by which moniker he was called because Foley, a.k.a Cactus Jack a.k.a Mankind a.k.A Dude Love, was just a treat. He began his career with WCW before meandering his way WWF in 1996. With his motto “Have a nice day,” Foley was known to stun his opponents by shoving his sock-covered fist in their mouth. He formed a powerful tag team with the Rock as the Rock ‘N’ Sock Connection.
Mick Foley – Now
Outside of the ring, Mick Foley has done a great job of establishing himself as a writer. In addition to his five autobiographies, he has written four children’s books and two novels. Since retiring as a fighter, Foley stays in the WWE fold. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2013. In 2016, Foley, Steve Austin, and Shawn Michaels took out The League of Nations at WrestleMania 32. He was named General Manager of Raw later that year.
Scott Hall – Then
In 1992, Scott Hall joined WWF under his stage name Razor Ramon. He was supposed to be a combination of Tony Montana and Manny Ribera from Scarface. His catchphrase, “Say hello to the bad guy,” echoed the famous Al Pacino line from Scarface. He soon became a four-time Intercontinental Champion between 1995 and 1999. He returned to WCW in 1996 and promptly started the New World Order with Hulk Hogan and Kevin Nash. He came back to WWF in 2002 to reform NWO.
Scott Hall – Now
During his time in WCW, Hall grabbed the Heavyweight Championship in 1999 from Roddy Piper. WWE honored his contributions to the sport by putting him in the Hall of Fame in 2014. In a moment of nostalgia, Hall along with Nash and Hogan helped out their pal Sting in a battle against Triple H with D-Generation X in his corner at WrestleMania 31. Hall has struggled with substance abuse issues for years. Former wrestler Diamond Dallas Page once invited him to stay at his home for a sober environment.
The Rock – Then
Few wrestlers could ever match the charisma of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Although he called himself the People’s Champion, The Rock played heel for much of his career. With his brazen personality, he taunted everyone he could, calling them a “candy a**” or telling them that he would take them “to the smackdown hotel.” His WrestleMania match versus Hulk Hogan helped link generations of wrestling fans. His original wrestling name, Rocky Maivia, was a combination of his father and grandfather’s ring names.
The Rock – Now
Beyond his uncontrollable fame, The Rock was a great wrestler and won 17 championships in his career. After getting a taste for Hollywood in The Mummy Returns, Johnson decided he needed more than just a bite. He became a full-fledged movie star with his addition to the Fast and the Furious franchise as Luke Hobbs. In addition to his numerous film roles (generally action or comedies), Johnson currently stars in HBO’s Ballers as football player turned-manager Spencer Strasmore.
Vince McMahon – Then
Professional wrestling would look quite different without the direction of Vince McMahon. After meeting his father for the first time at age 12, he decided he wanted to follow in his footsteps and lead a wrestling corporation. Wrestling was a regional business until McMahon started recruiting wrestlers to his company. He signed Hulk Hogan to be the star of WWF and helped truly launch WWF with WrestleMania in 1985. In the ring, he appears as an evil caricature of himself.
Vince McMahon – Now
Vince McMahon has continued to run WWE through its ups and downs. These days, he has taken more of a back seat to allow his family to really drive the business. He is still CEO of the company, but also has Stephanie and Shane working behind the scenes. In 2014, he launched the WWE Network, to provide fans with more wrestling content. McMahon is quite a rich man as his net worth sits at $1.21 billion.
Hulk Hogan – Then
When you think of pro wrestling and WWE, it is likely that Hulk Hogan will be one of the first images to pop in your head. Terry Bollea brought his Fu Manchu mustache and intense personality to the ring to become WWE’s first bankable star. Thanks to his clashes at the early WrestleManias with legends such as Andre the Giant, Roddy Piper, and King Kong Bundy, he helped elevate the brand, bringing in the modern era of professional wrestling.
Hulk Hogan – Now
Hogan kept fighting between stints in WWE and TNA during the 2000s. In 2005, he opened up his family life to the public through the VH1 reality show Hogan Knows Best. Two years later, VH1 spun the show off into Brooke Knows Best focusing on his daughter Brooke’s life. The Hulkster made a memorable appearance as Thunderlips in Rocky III. Hogan became involved in a bizarre lawsuit against Gawker Media seeking $100 million for an invasion of privacy. He settled for $31 million.
Stone Cold Steve Austin – Then
Along with The Rock, Stone Cold Steve Austin helped lead WWF into the Attitude Era which dominated the late 90s. Austin did everything he could to piss off Vince McMahon. He was a loud-mouthed anti-hero that loved beer and occasionally entered the ring on various tractors. He picked up 19 championships and helped keep WWF together as it fended off WCW during the Monday Night Wars. We’ll always remember his slogan, “And that’s the bottom line, ’cause Stone Cold said so!”
Stone Cold Steve Austin – Now
Only one thing could derail Stone Cold from WWE glory – an immense amount of injuries. Neck and knee injuries took away much of the power and stamina he had early in his career. He could still run his mouth, though. He made his film debut in The Longest Yard reboot starring Adam Sandler in 2005. In 2012, Austin hosted Redneck Island, a reality competition show on Country Music Television. He appeared briefly at WrestleMania 32 to deliver a Stone Cold Stunner to Xavier Woods.
The Undertaker – Then
Since 1990, Mark Calaway has crawled from the depths of the underworld to bring us one of the WWE’s most memorable wrestlers in the Undertaker. Undertaker’s gimmick involves using scare tactics, horror, and his pure size to intimidate his opponents. He has been a WWE/WWF champion four times but is best known for his 21 straight victories on WWE’s largest stage, WrestleMania. With his trench coat, black Stetson hat and black gloves, nobody messes with the Undertaker.
The Undertaker – Now
As impressive as the Undertaker’s streak was, he saw it come to an end at WrestleMania XXX in a match versus Brock Lesner. The match took 25 minutes before Lesner pinned the Undertaker. Calaway was reportedly shocked when he heard the decision that he would lose the fight. He continues to fight today and is the longest-tenured WWE wrestler in the history of the company. He appeared to retire after losing a match to Roman Reigns. Only his glove, hat, and trench coat remained in the ring.
Trish Stratus – Then
When former fitness model Patricia Stratigeas joined WWF in 2000, no one realized that the company had just added arguably its greatest women’s champion. At first, she was only involved in risque storylines, including an affair with Mr. McMahon. She grew up on Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage and wanted to be a part of the glory. At one point in her career, she even held the Hardcore Championship belt. She was thrice named WWE Babe of the Year. In 2006, she retired after winning her seventh belt.
Trish Stratus – Now
After retiring in 2006, Trish, like many wrestlers, made sporadic appearances with WWE. She surprisingly joined WWE Tough Enough as a trainer in 2011. Stratus had her name etched in WWE infamy following her 2013 induction into the WWE Hall of Fame. She was the youngest (at the time) to make it into the Hall. In 2017, Stratus gave birth to her second child, a baby girl named Madison-Patricia. In 2008, she opened her own yoga studio named Stratusphere. It was named Best Yoga Studio by Top Choice Awards in 2013.
Kane – Then
When Glenn Jacobs joined WWE in 1995, he toyed around with various gimmicks. It was not until 1997 that he found one of the most fearsome characters ever to step foot in the ring. Kane made his first official appearance at Badd Blood: In Your House in 1997. Before the PPV, Kane’s character had been introduced as the physically deformed half-brother of the Undertaker and Paul Bearer’s son. He cost the Undertaker a victory of Shawn Michaels by hitting him with his own finishing move.
Kane – Now
Over time, Kane and the Undertaker’s rivalry would flip-flop between pure hatred and teamwork. He fought with various masks throughout his career, but eventually ditched the mask to reveal his face. Kane won three championships, multiple tag team championships and has the record for most Royal Rumble eliminations. Outside of wrestling, Jacobs and his wife Crystal own an Allstate agency in Knoxville, Tennessee. He announced in March 2017 that he would be running for Mayor of Knox County.
Sable – Then
For fans of a certain age, Rena Marlette Greek was always the highlight of their WWE viewing experience when she appeared as Sable. The Jacksonville-born beauty was a huge hit with the fans after debuting alongside Triple H at WrestleMania XII. She had plenty of memorable feuds, especially with Luna Vachon and Jacqueline. Sable entered the fold right at the start of the Attitude Era and fit right in. She became the second ever Women’s Champion in 1998.
Sable – Now
Sable first retired from WWE in 1999 and immediately filed a $110 million lawsuit against them due to harassment and unsafe working conditions. Four years later, she returned to WWE but would leave on good terms at the end of 2004. In 2006, she married WWE star Brock Lesner, and together they have two sons. Sable appeared on the cover of Playboy three times. Her April 1999 cover is one of the highest selling issues in the magazine’s history. She also has a daughter with her first husband.
Batista – Then
Dave Bautista came to WWE in 2000 with a developmental league but worked his way up to WWE by 2002. At first, he went by Deacon Batista as an enforcer for Reverend D’Von. Once he was assigned to Raw and split from D’Von, he joined Ric Flair, Triple H, and Randy Orton in the villainous Evolution. From there, he began to dominate WWE. He became a six-time champion, and earned a victory at the 2005 Royal Rumble. He holds the record for longest reign as Heavyweight champion – 282 days.
Batista – Now
Although The Rock gets the most credit as a crossover WWE and Hollywood star, Dave Bautista has sneakily joined him as a huge movie star. Bautista had his first major role as the villain Brass Body in The Man with the Iron Fists. He is best known for his hilarious turn as Drax the Destroyer from the Guardians of the Galaxy films. He will reprise his role as Drax in the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War. After his release from WWE, he began fighting in MMA.
Jake Roberts – Then
A nickname goes a long way in the WWE. Jake “The Snake” Roberts was memorable not only for his name, but for bringing his serpent friends with him into the ring from time to time. This made him into a fan favorite. Roberts joined the WWF in 1986 and quickly started a feud with Ricky The Dragon Steamboat. He was such a good talker that he hosted his own talk segment called “The Snake Pit” in which he once gave Hulk Hogan a DDT.
Jake Roberts – Now
Like many wrestlers in the 90s, Roberts took a brief detour into WCW before returning to WWF in 1999. He left in 1997 to join Extreme Championship wrestling and followed that with stints in the independent circuit. Roberts has had a long history with substance abuse. In 2007, he went through a rehab program through the WWE. In 2012, he accepted help from Diamond Dallas Paige, living at his home to stay clean. Jake the Snake was elected to the WWE Hall of Fame in 2014.
Big Show – Then
Paul Donald Wight II came to professional wrestling with WCW in 1995 and was only called The Giant. Many saw him as a modern reincarnation of Andre the Giant. In 1999, Wight signed a 10-year contract with WWF and started off as a McMahon enforced. The big man found great success in WWE, winning seven world championships and is the only man to win the WCW, WWE, World Heavyweight, and ECW World titles. On occasion, he joined forces with another giant, Kane, as a tag team duo.
Big Show – Now
Wight is still a member of the Raw brand for WWE. Currently, he is inactive due to an injury but hopes to get back as soon as he can. At WrestleMania 31, Big Show fittingly won the Andre the Giant Battle Royal. Outside of wrestling, Wight has appeared in a handful of films, including comedy classics Jingle All The Way and The Waterboy. He told Yahoo! that he plans to retire from competition in February 2018. The big man will be missed.
Stephanie McMahon – Then
WWF/WWE has been a family business for a long time, and that does not seem to change anytime soon. Stephanie McMahon, Vince’s daughter, has actively been a part of WWE storylines since 1999, in addition to her executive role with the company. She started an on-screen romance with Triple H. In 2002, she returned to WWE as the Smackdown General Manager. On most occasions, she appeared as a villain. Stephanie disappeared on-screen for a bit, but came back 2013 as active as ever.
Stephanie McMahon – Now
Stephanie and Triple H were married on screen in bizarre fashion in 1999. A year later, the two began dating in real-life. Levesque proposed to her on Valentine’s Day 2003, and they married that October. The couple has three daughters together who surely will become a part of the family business. Currently, Stephanie is WWE’s Chief Brand Officer and leads their efforts to enhance WWE’s reputation as a brand with its advertisers and partners. She is in the process of writing a memoir.