The Men & Women of WWE Past: What They’re Up to Now

Anyone who isn’t a wrestling fan will scratch their heads in wonder as to what it so interesting or appealing about professional wrestling. But if you ask fans, they’ll give you a whole handful of reasons for why they used to and still do watch WWE. Wrestling has a huge following, and those who love it say that it’s not only about the wrestling itself or about the athletes showing off their skills.

Joanie ‘Chyna’ Laurer at MTV Music Video Awards. / Joanie ‘Chyna’ Laurer at American Music Awards. / Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson in 1999. / A photograph of Sable, the American wrestler. / Razor Ramon photographed in 1995.
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There are so many layers to professional wrestling, including the storylines, the heroes and villains, all the mystery and so on and so forth. It’s basically a play (or a soap opera) being told in a ring instead of onstage. Like soap operas, WWE has remained popular as the years have gone by. And that’s exactly why this list exists. Here are all the popular wrestlers and their net worth and what they’re doing now.

See who’s still in the industry, who has passed away, and which ones are still making millions wearing eccentric costumes and beating each other up in the ring.

Razor Ramon (Scott Oliver Hall)

Net worth: $3 Million

Scott Oliver Hall, who you know as Razor Ramon, went professional back in the 80s, but it wasn’t until the 90s that he finally managed to make it big and got his first WCW and WWF gig. From that point forward, Ramon won the title of the WWF Intercontinental Champion four times. Scott Hall is currently struggling with his health.

Photograph of Razor Ramon on the left ready two wrestle and on the right, he is chewing a toothpick today.
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He’s been in the hospital a number of times for health scares like double pneumonia, low blood pressure, and seizures. In 2013, fellow former wrestler Diamond Dallas Page took Hall into his home to get him to stay sober and “rebuild his life from the ground up; physically, mentally, professionally, and spiritually.” Page also raised nearly $110,000 to pay for Hall’s hip replacement surgery and dental work.

Tugboat (Fred Ottman)

Net worth: Unknown

Fred Ottman, aka Tugboat or Typhoon, got both of his nicknames spot on. He was a real beat and was known for being Hulk Hogan’s ally. He formed a group called the Natural Disasters (which is when he became known as Typhoon). In 1993, he debuted as The Shockmaster in the WCW and fell over, losing his mask on live TV while his teammates broke character and laughed at him. This obviously hurt his career.

Tugboat back in the day and Tugboat today.
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Tugboat is seen as the worst debut in wrestling history. Now in his early 60s, Ottman is enjoying his retirement. He quit wrestling altogether in 2001 and embarked on a rather normal path, getting a job as a safety manager in Lakeland Florida. He also coaches two little league teams where his two sons play.

Big Show (Paul Donald Wight II)

Net worth: $20 Million

At the start of his career, Paul Donald Wight Jr.’s nickname was a lot more basic when he went by The Giant. It was later on that he got a name that really stuck with him: Big Show. Almost all wrestling fans will remember him as Big Show. He is a seven-time world champion, but apart from his wrestling career he also took a dive into the world of acting.

The Big Show then and now.
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He had managed to get some roles in a few movies and TV series. He didn’t blow away all of his earnings, and is currently estimated to be worth $20 million. Wight appeared in films and series such as Jingle All the Way, The Waterboy, Star Trek: Enterprise, Royal Pains, Psych, and Burn Notice. In 2010, he got his first lead role in the comedy Knucklehead (produced by WWE Studios).

Kane (Glenn Thomas Jacobs)

Net worth: $9 Million

Glenn Thomas Jacobs, better known as Kane, is now 52 and still a member of the WWE. He performs occasionally for SmackDown, but he has focused his career on acting, being a businessman, and even taking his hand at being a politician. As far as acting is concerned, he landed a role in See No Evil, which was successful.

Kane then and now.
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In 2018, Jacobs managed to win the elections and thus he became the mayor of Knox County. As if all of that wasn’t enough, Glenn is also an insurer. So when you think of all of his ventures, it’s not that surprising that he’s made a net worth of $9 million. Jacobs isn’t the only one who went into politics, either…

The Ultimate Warrior (James Brian Hellwig)

James Brian Hellwig, aka The Ultimate Warrior, has unfortunately passed away from a heart attack in 2014 when he was 54 years old. But during his wrestling career, The Ultimate Warrior wasn’t even his most famous name. He was also known as The Warrior or The Dingo Warrior. He must have really loved the nickname because he went so far as to change his real name in 1993.

James Brian Hellwig then. / James Brian Hellwig now.
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From that point on, he was known as Warrior. Before his death, there was a surprisingly popular conspiracy theory swirling around that he actually died a long time ago and that another wrestler was appearing under his name. But that, of course, is nonsense (as most conspiracies are).

Next, see what Ric Flair is up to these days…

Ric Flair (Richard Morgan Fliehr)

Net worth: $3 Million

Taking a step back into wrestling history, we can pay homage to a WWE legend. Ric Flair (whose real name is Richard Morgan Fliehr) can be proud of his 40-year career. The fans are, that’s for sure. Flair is recognized as one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time. He was crowned the title of world champion 16 times, although he claims that he was actually the champion 21 times.

Ric Flair 1987. / Ric Flair signing autographs today.
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Like many other wrestlers, he too made appearances on television. He went through some rough times when his son, Reid (Richard Reid Fliehr), also a professional wrestler, died of an overdose. Flair is 71 years old now and is facing his own health issues, including kidney failure. But he’s at home and doing okay.

Macho Man (Randall Mario Poffo)

This man held a household name even that even non-wrestling fans had heard of. Macho Man Randy Savage is still considered as one of the greatest wrestlers who ever set foot in a ring. His career lasted for a very long 32 years, and in that time, he managed to win a whopping 29 titles.

Randy ‘Macho Man’ Savage in 1997. / Randy Savage today in Hollywood.
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Like some of his fellow wrestlers, he appeared in movies and series, including some famous ones like Ready to Rumble, Spider-Man, Baywatch, and more. Sadly, he died in 2011 in a fatal car crash. He was 58 years old. The autopsy revealed that he was suffering from a heart disease that he never knew about. It’s likely that he ignored the signs. Don’t ignore the signs, folks!

Rey Mysterio (Oscar Gutierrez)

Net worth: $10 Million

Like Bane or Oscar Gutierrez, Rey Mysterio was known for his characteristic masks like the Lucha Libre wrestlers in Mexico. His distinctive wrestling style earned him much fame during the 90s and 00s. In that decade of wrestling, Gutierrez won titles like the World Heavyweight Championship, WWE Cruiserweight Championship, and the WWE Championship, which earned him the title of the King of Mystery.

Rey Mysterio in the ‘90s. / Rey Mysterio today at the Andre the Giant film premiere.
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I don’t know what his secret is, but he looks the same as he did 10 years ago, and it looks like he’s in it for the long haul! Wearing more of his trademark masks, Mysterio is still in wrestling, but now he’s in Lucha Underground. He’s also been seen on independent wrestling programs, like House of Glory, Black Destiny Wrestling, and QPW.

Sunny (Tammy Lynn Sytch)

Net worth: $300k

Tammy Lynn Sytch, also known as Sunny, is one of those individuals who let fame get the best of her. Sytch was very successful as Sunny in the WWF during the 90s and is basically the first WWF Diva. But she struggled with drug and alcohol abuse for years. In 2017, the professional wrestling manager, valet, and ring announcer was arrested and sent to jail.

Sunny back in the day next to the ring. / Sunny today.
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It took many people by shock, but she did already have DUIs on her record, so it wasn’t entirely unexpected. WWE cut her contract immediately. Word on the street is that she is trying to get her life back together now and enlisted in a rehab program yet again. Let’s hope she gets back on her feet!

Chyna (Joan Marie Laurer)

Joan Marie Laurer, or Chyna, made her debut with WWF in the 90s. She is the first woman ever to compete at the King of the Ring and Royal Rumble matches. She paved the way for others as one of the first women in wrestling to take bodybuilding seriously. After her wrestling career ended, she released an autobiography. But in 2016, Laurer passed away from what was deemed an accidental drug overdose.

WWF wrestler Chyna next to her cover issue of Playboy. / Joanie Laurer today.
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Chyna was considered a sex symbol and appeared in Playboy magazine twice. In 2005, she was cast on VH1’s The Surreal Life, which led to doing other reality appearances on the network, including Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew in 2008. Chyna was known to be in a tumultuous relationship with fellow wrestler Sean Waltman.

Sable (Rena Marlette Lesnar)

Net worth: $1.5 Million

Another look back at WWE history – Rena Marlette Lesnar, aka Sable, was another one of the first WWE Divas. She became hugely popular and did modeling outside of the wrestling industry. She later tried to get into the acting industry and appeared in numerous series and movies. The ones worth mentioning are Corky Romano and Pacific Blue.

WWF Wrestler Sable in 1999. / Rena Lesnar today.
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The now 52-year-old had to deal with some real tragedy as her first marriage ended suddenly when her husband (Wayne Richardson) died in a serious car accident in 1991. She remarried but wasn’t happy and their divorce came quick. By 2006 she found a man who looks to be a perfect fit for her. She married Brock Lesnar.

The Great Khali (Dalip Singh Rana)

Net worth: $16 Million

The Great Khali, standing at an insane 7 feet 1 inch, towers over each and every one of his opponents as one of the tallest professional wrestlers in the world. Here’s a fun fact: Dalip Singh Rana used to work for the Punjab State Police before he chose to lay down the law in the ring instead.

The Great Khali standing over someone else in 1999. / The Great Khali nowadays.
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The Great Khali is retiring from the world of wrestling and happy to pass on his knowledge. The massive wrestler started his own school in 2015, which is called Continental Wrestling Entertainment. But it seems like he still has some juice in his batteries, as he returned to WWE in 2017 to help his buddy Jinder Mahal in the ring. Outside of wrestling, Rana is also a TV celebrity in both India and the U.S.

Sid Vicious (Sid Eudy)

Net worth: $5 Million

Sid Eudy, aka Sid Vicious, is one of the wrestlers that belongs to the older generation. He was a professional wrestler since the 80, having started his career at the WCW and eventually managed to become a part of WWF and WWE. His career wasn’t very successful, having won very few championship belts.

Sid Vicious in the ‘80s. / Sid Vicious today.
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The 59-year-old is now retired, but just a few years back, at the age of 51, he was fit enough and entered a wrestling competition, but it was more just for show than anything else. Sid and his wife, Sabrina Paige, married in 1983. They have two sons: Frank, who was a cast member on Big Brother 14 & 18, and Gunnar, who is also a wrestler.

The Coach (Jonathan Coachman)

Net worth: $2 Million

Jonathan Coachman, who unlike many others, didn’t leave the spotlight after ending his career as a professional wrestler. He worked as a commentator on Raw for 9 years, but in 2018 he re-signed with the WWE. He’s a sports interviewer, analyst and WWE’s pre-show host for pay-per-view matches. Coachman used to be a college basketball player and football commentator.

The Coach back in the day. / Jonathan Coachman as a commentator.
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Coachman also lends his voice to the video games Black College Football Xperience: The Doug Williams Edition, Madden NFL 19, and Madden NFL 20. He is married and lives with his wife Amy, with who he has two children. His estimated net worth is around $2 million, but that could change considering the new deal he signed with WWE. Despite being 46 years old, he looks as young as ever!

Mideon (Dennis Knight)

Net worth: Unknown

Dennis Knight is most famous for his wrestling alter ego Mideon, although he had a few other nicknames like Tex Slazenger and Phineas I. Godwin. After leaving the WWF, Knight returned to his home town of Tampa, Florida to train students at Steve Keirn’s Pro Wrestling School. At that time, he was also wrestling for independent promotions like IPW and FSPW, as well as touring in Europe.

Dennis Knight then and now.

After retiring from wrestling in 2006, Knight began working as a chef in Clearwater, Florida. For anyone who’s curious and loves tattoos, Knight has an eyeball tattoo on the back of his head and one of Doc Holliday on his left arm. He also has tattoos on both of his arms, including a Confederate flag.

Skinner (Steve Keirn)

Net worth: $1.5 MILLION

Steve Keirn, aka Skinner, is also from the older generation of professional wrestling. He made a number of appearances with the World Wrestling Federation and became a part of The Fabulous team. In the 80s, he started his own school for wrestlers and is still offering training to anyone who wants to try to see if wrestling is for them.

Skinner then and now.
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He retired in 2001, but only in the competing part of the industry. He is 68 now, but thanks to his gym he remains in good shape. Keirn helped train many wrestlers, including Mike Awesome, Dennis Knight, Dustin Rhodes, Joe “Destiny” Clapp, Diamond Dallas Page, and Tracy Smothers. He is married and lives in Florida.

Scotty 2 Hotty (Scott Ronald Garland)

Net worth: Unknown

Scott Ronald Garland went by Scott Taylor and more famously as Scotty 2 Hotty in his WWE career. He became a coach after leaving the industry. He tried to switch paths and become a firefighter, and even trained in 2013, but by 2016 he decided to go back to his true love: wrestling. In a 2015 interview, Garland stated that he is looking out for himself more than he had in the past and that he’s in better shape than he ever before.

Scotty 2 Hotty then. / Scotty 2 Hotty today doing an interview.
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Garland lives in Orlando, Florida with his two children. Apparently, Garland is a fan of Disney (and Mick Foley has called him a “Disney psychotic”). He’s been to Disneyland and Disney World many times. He even bought a Dumbo Halloween costume, among other merchandise, for his daughter – before she was born!

Kelly Kelly (Barbara Jean Blank)

Net worth: $1 Million

Barbara Jean Blank, or Kelly Kelly, wasn’t just a professional wrestler but also a model and later a TV personality. She left the WWE in 2012 but managed to stay in the spotlight. She made appearances on TV series and got her a movie debut in 2017 in Days of Our Lives (the movie). She is also on WAGS on E! After leaving the WWE; she came back in 2017.

Kelly Kelly then and now.
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Blank was in a ​two-and-a-half-year relationship with wrestler Andrew Martin, but it ended before his death in 2009. Then, in 2011, Blank met hockey player Sheldon Souray at a Maxim party. They started dating, got married in Mexico in 2016, but got separated in 2017.

Mr. McMahon (Vincent Kennedy McMahon)

Net worth: $1.7 Billion

Is there anyone who doesn’t recognize Vincent Kennedy McMahon or better yet, Mr. McMahon? That extremely high net worth is because he is the owner, chairman, and CEO of WWE. If you think that’s more than enough responsibility for one person, McMahon would disagree with you. He actually has many business ventures.

Vincent Kennedy McMahon
Vincent Kennedy McMahon. Source: Pinterest

The now 74-year-old took over the company from his father in 1982. Vincent is also the founder of Alpha Entertainment, a successful businessman, a film producer, and even an actor. So, $1.7 billion is not that unexpected. He was included in Forbes’ annual list of billionaires. What does he enjoy in his spare time? Well, a yacht and several mansions tend to keep him happily busy.

Yokozuna (Rodney Agatupa Anoaʻi)

Rodney Agatupa Anoaʻi, or Yokozuna (which is a lot easier to pronounce), was indeed the first-ever wrestler from Samoa. Not only that, but he’s also the only Samoan wrestler who won the WWF World Heavyweight Championship. But he died rather suddenly while on tour in Europe in 2000. His death was rather unexpected.

Two photographs of Yokozuna.
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The wrestler died in his hotel room from pulmonary edema (blockage in the lungs) at the Moat House Hotel in Liverpool, England. Due to his body shape, the cause of death was thought to be a heart attack. He was only 34 years old at the time and 580 lbs. A Yokozuna Memorial Show was held in Pennsylvania in 2001, after the first anniversary of his death.

Goldberg (William Scott Goldberg)

Net worth: $14 Million

William Scott Goldberg, aka Bill Goldberg, aka Goldberg, is one of those wrestlers who left a mark back in the ‘90s. The now 53-year old rose to fame quickly when he was undefeated for a year from ‘97 to ‘98. He is doing well these days, living with his wife and his son. He owns a gym and an amateur boxing facility in California.

Goldberg then and now.
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Goldberg is also an actor, former football player, and former mixed martial arts commentator. He is still signed to WWE. He acted in films and shows, including Universal Soldier: The Return (1999) and Family Guy. In 2016, Goldberg and entertainment manager Uncle Louie started a venture with disabled Air Force veteran Reinaldo Horday which is called “Combat Crate,” offering exclusive memorabilia with 100% of the profit going to Wounded Warriors of South Florida.

Jacqueline (Jacqueline DeLois Moore)

Jacqueline DeLois Moore is not just a professional wrestler but a wrestling manager, too. She was the third woman in the history of the WWE to get the Cruiserweight Championship title. In 2016, she was rightfully inducted into the Hall of Fame. Like some of the other well-known wrestlers in the WWE, Moore also appeared in video games.

Jacqueline then and now.

Now, in her late 50s, Moore looks fabulous. She was on the MTV reality TV series Tough Enough as a trainer. It was the first time she ever trained other wrestlers. Part of the show involved her helping train future WWE wrestlers Nidia and Maven. In 2002, she competed on a special WWF superstar episode of Fear Factor, coming in second after Matt Hardy.

Stone Cold Steve Austin

Net worth: $45 Million

Steve Austin, or Stone Cold Steve Austin, is a name that still gets thrown around all these years later. Austin retired from wrestling when his injuries were becoming too much of a burden on his body. I mean, combat wrestling can really do that to you. And even the biggest guys, like Stone Cold, had to call it quits after it took a toll on their bodies.

Stone Cold Steve Austin from 1999 in the Emmy Award Room. / Steve Austin at the CMT Music Awards more recently.
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The six-time WWF Champion has an estimated worth of $45 million, which was helped by changing his focus to an acting career once his wrestling career ended. He has made appearances in movies and series, including Nash Bridges as Inspector Jake Cage. He was also in the popular movie The Expendables.

The Rock (Dwayne Douglas Johnson)

Net worth: $220 Million

I think Dwayne Douglas Johnson aka The Rock is by far the most famous and successful wrestler on this list and maybe of all time. He eventually became a household name thanks to his booming acting career. Some people who only know him from movies don’t even know that he was also one of the best wrestlers of all time.

Dwayne Johnson in 1999. / Dwayne Johnson at the Jumanji: The Next Level film premiere.
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Dwayne excels in pretty much anything he sets his eyes on. I don’t think it surprises anyone that The Rock has a net worth of $220 million. Hell, I would wonder how it’s not more than that! According to Time, Johnson was named one of the most influential people in the world. He has a good heart, too, folks. He founded the Dwayne Johnson Rock Foundation that helps terminally ill children.

Mick Foley (Michael Francis Foley)

Net worth: $15 Million

Michael Francis Foley, or the other names he goes by like Mick Foley, Dude Love, Cactus Jack, and Mankind, retired from wrestling early on. He chose to pursue a different career path in the entertainment industry and started making appearances in movies, TV, and on the radio as well.

Vince McMahon standing over Mick Foley, who is fooling around on a toy car. / Mick Foley at the 20th Anniversary celebration for WWE.
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He connected his wrestling career and acting when he appeared as Mankind in an episode of Boy Meets World. Remember that show? I sure do. Anyway, he does a lot of charity work, and helps children. He is living a happy life with his wife Colette and their four children. Foley is also a New York Times bestselling author, known for his series of autobiographical memoirs.

Batista (David Michael Bautista Jr.)

Net worth: $13 Million

Another member of this list who seems to be enjoying life after wrestling is David Michael Bautista Jr. aka Batista. Not only is he a former wrestler, but an actor, a mixed martial artist, and a bodybuilder. And what do you know – he also took some acting gigs. Once his wrestling career ended, he started to act in several movies.

Dave Batista holding up a belt at the Battle of the Billionaires Press Conference. / Dave Batista at the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 film premiere.
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You might have seen him in The Man with the Iron Fists, Riddick, Spectre, and in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Drax. There was a company that went under investigation for prescription drugs who wanted to frame Batista, accusing him of using steroids. The claims were never proven and Batista denied all of the allegations.

Hulk Hogan (Terry Gene Bollea)

Net worth: $25 Million

Terry Gene Bollea became Hulk Hogan and is up there as one of the best-known wrestlers in the history of wrestling. He is also credited with helping shape the industry as we know it today. Other than his wrestling career, Hogan can add actor, entrepreneur, musician, and television personality to his already impressive resume.

Hulk Hogan in 1986. / Hulk Hogan at the 20th Anniversary Celebration of WWE.
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Hulk Hogan was successful in everything he did, and he went on to launch his own energy drink. He owns a website called Hogan Nutrition that gives advice on dieting and supplements. He divorced his wife in 2007 in what became a difficult case. He lost almost everything he had, hitting the brink of bankruptcy. He is still in good shape, despite being 66 years old and a former wrestler.

Randy Orton

Net worth: $11 Million

Randy Keith Orton is one of the younger wrestlers on this list who is competing today. A former marine, he performs for the SmackDown brand. He is working on his acting career, trying to make a name for himself. He appeared on the show That’s What I Am as well as Jimmy Kimme Live! and Deal or No Deal.

Randy Orton at the WWE Summer Slam. / Randy Orton at the WWE Hall of Fame induction.
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Unfortunately for him, Orton was exposed in 2007 for using steroids, but he never officially commented on the accusations. Orton later spoke publicly about his struggle with substance abuse, including an overdose in 2006. He has also dealt with anger issues and attended anger management classes. In 2013, he divorced Samantha Speno and got married to Kimberly Kessler in 2015.

Edge (Adam Joseph Copeland)

Net worth: $14 Million

Canadian Adam Joseph Copeland retired from professional wrestling to become an actor. He is considered to be one of the best wrestlers and is a member of the Hall of Fame. He has a total of 31 championships under his belt, which is more than just impressive. In 2004, he published his autobiography called Adam Copeland on Edge.

Adam Copeland holding a belt at WrestleMania XXIV press conference. / Adam Copeland portraying Kjetill Flatnose in the TV show Vikings.
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Random but true fact about Edge: he has a sincere hatred for cigarettes. He reportedly tried a cigarette when he was a teen and hated it so much that he never smoked another one after that. Copeland starred in Syfy’s Haven as Dwight Henrickson, and you can see him on screen as Kjetill ‘Flatnose’ on the History Channel’s Vikings.

Lita (Amy Dumas)

Net worth: $4 Million

Amy Dumas, or Lita, is the first on this list so far that took a swing at singing when she wasn’t busy kicking a$$ in the ring. Though she retired from wrestling in 2006, she is still signed to WWE as an analyst. But her passion is definitely singing. After retiring from wrestling, she formed a punk band called The Luchagors.

Lita in 2003. / Lita today.
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The Luchagors released their first album a year after that. In 1999, she had some cosmetic surgery and started becoming something of a sex symbol. She is also a proud vegan (but aren’t all vegans proud?) Anyways, despite her love dramas, including those with Matt Hardy and Joseph Copeland, Lita has yet to tie the knot with someone special.

The Undertaker (Mark William Calaway)

Net worth: $17 Million

Here’s another old generation wrestler who many remember seeing on their TV screens. The undertaker is definitely one of the more famous wrestlers of his generation. Mark William Calaway is now 54 years old and made a name for himself throughout his career. Word has it he still wants to compete at his age.

The Undertaker then and now.
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The thing is, not many companies want to employ him. But he’s still a free agent. He won 17 championships and was a feared opponent for many fellow wrestlers. He saw that wrestling doesn’t last forever and went into the real estate business – one that probably will last forever. He’s been quite successful, too. He and his wife love animals and have set up a fund to help save them.

Shawn Michaels (Michael Shawn Hickenbottom)

Net worth: $17 Million

Speaking of past generation wrestlers, let’s take a look at Michael Shawn Hickenbottom aka Shawn Michaels. The 54-year-old is now retired but he was a four-time world champion wrestler. Like others, he too went into acting and became a television presenter. He is the main ambassador for the WWE and hosts Shawn Michaels’ MacMillan River Adventures.

Shawn Michaels as a wrestler. / Shawn Michaels today.
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The show is an outdoor program about hunting animals. His first marriage failed, but he found his current wife Rebecca in 1999, and they have been together since. Hickenbottom is a born-again Christian as of 2002. His later wrestling attire incorporated cross symbols and he would make praying gestures on his knees when he would enter the ring.

Alundra Blayze (Debrah Ann Miceli)

Debrah Ann Miceli, or Alundra Blayze or Madusa, is the first woman in professional wrestling history to be named Pro Wrestling Illustrated’s Rookie of the year back in 1988. Miceli has a particular love for monster trucks and has been driving them for a while now. When she retired as a wrestler, she headed down the very common path to acting.

Alundra Blayze then and now.
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You can see her in the movies Shootfighter II and Death Match. She is still popular these days. Her wedding ceremony with her second husband, Alan Jonason, was broadcast over the internet and had a huge following. Amazingly, Miceli released a CD of songs that she sang in Japanese. She also owns a pet spa and doggy bakery called Koolkats and Hotdogs in Lecanto, Florida.

Booker T (Robert Booker Tio Huffman)

Net worth: $5 Million

Robert Booker Tio Huffman, who most of us know as Booker T, is now a retired wrestler who managed to be the world champion six times in his career with 21 other titles. After his wrestling career came to an end, he turned to be a color commentator and promoter and still does it to this day.

Booker T as a wrestler. / Booker T at a charity event today.
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Booker’s net worth is estimated at being close to $5 million and could easily increase in the coming years considering how he has appeared in 27 video games, has published two books of his own, and appeared in several movies. You can see his acting chops in the movie Ready to Rumble, and also in an episode of Charmed.

Triple H (Paul Michel Levesque)

Net worth: $40 Million

Paul Michel Levesque or Triple H (which stands for Hunter Hearts Helmsley), became an actor and a business executive after deciding not to wrestle anymore. It was his marriage to Stephanie McMahon back in 2003 that pretty much forced him into the McMahon dynasty and gave him some more important roles in the WWE organization.

Triple H in 1999. / Paul Levesque at the WWE 20th Anniversary Celebration.
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Paul is Executive Vice-president of WWE’s Talent, Live Events, and Creative. He’s making bank with his salary of $1.5 million per year. But he uses a lot of that money for a good cause. He and Stephanie set up a cancer fund, Connor’s Cure, named in honor of an 8-year old boy named Connor, who died of cancer. Good to hear that he gives to charity!

Stacy Keibler

Net worth: $4.5 Million

You may recognize Stacy Kiebler, but not necessarily as a professional wrestler. She was a cheerleader at one point, but her acting career is what put her in the spotlight. She appeared on famous TV series, including What About Brian, George Lopez, and How I Met Your Mother. She was the host of a show called Supermarket Superstar in 2013.

Stacy Keibler then and now.
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She managed to appear on the Runway in the same year, too. The stunning blonde has also been the girlfriend of a very famous A-list celebrity. She caught the eye of George Clooney at one point and dated the now married man for a while back then. In 2014, she married Jared Pobre and the couple have two children.

Chris Benoit

This is quite a tragic story, and for those who are more fainthearted, it’s best to skip this one. Christopher Michael Benoit, who was a professional wrestler at the time, killed his son and his wife on June 22, 2007. Two days later he killed himself as well. Such a tragedy only leaves everyone around them in complete confusion as to how this could have happened.

Chris Benoit wrestling in 2004. / Chris Benoit speaking in 2004.
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Sadly, many questions were left unanswered, but the speculations were that depression mixed with brain damage that was caused by his career could have been a deadly combination for the wrestler. Once the WWE learned of what Benoit did, they removed his name and all references to his name from their website and statistics.

Trish Stratus (Patricia Anne Strategies)

Net worth: $6 Million

Trush Stratus, whose real name is Patricia Anne Strategies, was a wrestling lady that fans and non-fans alike couldn’t keep their eyes off of. Stratus was the youngest member of the WWE to be introduced to the Hall of Fame. Aside from her wrestling career, she tried working as a fitness model, an actress, and as a TV personality.

Trish Stratus in 2003. / Trish Stratus in 2019.
Photo by Norm Betts, Shutterstock / MediaPunch, Shutterstock

As you can imagine, she also appeared on a number of magazine covers. She retired from wrestling in 2008 and owns a yoga studio ever since. In 2013, her studio was chosen as the best yoga studio in the country, according to Top Choice Awards’ Best Yoga Studio. Yoga is far from wrestling, but it looks like she’s still dominating.

Road Dogg (Brian Girard James)

Net worth: $1.2 Million

Brian James, aka The Roadie or the Road Dogg, is best known for his tenure with World Wrestling Federation (now WWE) when he went as The Roadie from 1994 to 1995 and then as Road Dogg Jesse James from 1996 to 2001. Did you know that James used to be a U.S. Marine?

Road Dogg then and now.
Source: Pinterest / Twitter

Since he used to be a Marine, he was in top-notch shape and his workout program was harder than most of what the guys were going in those times. While he is now retired from professional wrestling, he is still signed to the WWE and employed as a producer. He is now working behind the scenes, but still loves every second of it.

Brian “Crush” Adams

Brian “Crush” Adams made a name for himself when he was a wrestler for the WWF and WCW. When it came to competing in World Championship Wrestling, he didn’t want to use his alias and competed with his name instead. Adams had surgery to correct a spinal injury, but it left him unable to continue to wrestle.

Crush then and now.
Source: Tumblr / Twitter

After he retired, he tried boxing, but his injuries limited him. Adams became a bodyguard for a longtime friend and wrestler-turned-rapper Randy Savage. He expressed interest in opening a health club in Florida, he died from respiratory failure in 2007. He was 43 years old. Sadly, his wife was the one who found him unconscious in their home. The couple have two children.

Big Boss Man (Ray Washington Traylor Jr.)

Ray Washington Traylor Jr., who we all know as Big Boss Man, was an amazing wrestler who was introduced into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2016. He was not present at the ceremony because he died in 2004 of a heart attack. He was 41 years old. He left behind two daughters, Lacy and Megan, and his wife, Angela, who was his childhood sweetheart,

Big Boss Man then, and photo from before his death.
Source: Wikimedia Commons

Big Boss Man is in video games, including WWF WrestleMania 2000, WWF SmackDown! 2: Know Your Role, and WWF No Mercy. He appears posthumously in WWE Legends of WrestleMania, WWE All-Stars, and many others. His final matches were in Japan’s International Wrestling Association, where he competed in a tournament for the IWA World Heavyweight Championship. He got to the finals by defeating Freddie Krueger but he lost to Jim Duggan.

Mark Henry

Net worth: $4.5 Million

Mark Henry actually had a successful career before he became a professional wrestler. He broke quite a few records as a powerlifter and a weightlifter. He’s an all-around strong man who really had no problems with the transition into the wrestling industry. In 2011, he won WWE’s World Heavyweight Championship and in 2018 he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.

Mark Henry as a wrestler. / Mark Henry today.
Source: Reddit / Photo by MediaPunch, Shutterstock

The 28-year-old lives in Austin, Texas with his wife Jana and their kids Jacob and Joanna. He has a two-foot ferret named Pipe and drives a Hummer that he won in the 2002 competition Arnold Strongman Classic. Henry has recently pledged to donate his brain to developing CTE research once he dies.

Paul Bearer (William Alvin Moody)

Paul Bearer didn’t have to compete to earn a fortune. He was a manager for famous wrestlers, including Kane and The Undertaker. At one point, he weighed 500 pounds. After gastric bypass surgery, he managed to lose 200 pounds. In 2013, when he was 58 years old, Bearer passed away. The cause of death was a heart attack.

Paul Bearer the wrestler. / William Alvin Moody closer to 2013.

After his death, Moody became the plot point of many WWE storylines. An episode of Raw was a tribute to Bearer; as The Undertaker paid tribute he was interrupted by CM Punk, his opponent. On an episode of Raw, Paul Heyman dressed up as Bearer. At WrestleMania 29, The Undertaker beat Punk and dedicated his victory to Paul Bearer.

Jeff Hardy

Net worth: $12 Million

Jeff Hardy is another one of the more famous names on this list. He isn’t the only professional wrestler in his family, either. His brother Matt is a wrestler as well. He, his brother, and Lita formed a trio called Team Xtreme. Jeff won the WWE Championship and two World Heavyweight Championships.

Jeff Hardy then and now.
Source: / Instagram

Jeff’s passion was music and it overpowered everything. Once he stopped wrestling, making music was his next project. He is a part of a band called PeroxWhy?Gen. he may be making music rather than beating people up in the ring, but his training regime seems to be the same. With tattoos like his, you kind of need to keep up a bada$$ image to make it all go together.

Matt Hardy

Net worth: $5 Million

Matt Hardy is the older brother of Jeff Hardy, and like his younger brother, he too was a successful wrestler and earned championship belts in the tag team division. As for the trio Team Xtreme, Matt was in a serious relationship with Lita. He later found out that she was cheating on him with another wrestler: Edge. I guess wrestling is more like a soap opera than we thought.

Matt Hardy then and now.

Unlike his brother, Matt is still a professional wrestler and competes in the ring despite being in his mid-40s. After his brother Jeff had an injury, Matt appeared less on WWE programming and instead would begin posting videos on social media of his Woken/Broken gimmick. His new gimmick involves Matt telling viewers that they “don’t understand how hard it is to be Matt Hardy,” where he details various aspects of his life that he thinks are unbearable.

X- Pac (Sean Waltman)

Net worth: $500,000

Sean Waltman as X-Pac is one of those wrestlers who became famous in the 90s. He started with the WWF and is now part of a legendary program for WWE. When it came to tag teams, Sean managed to earn a bunch of championship belts. Even though he is in his late 40s now, he’s still buff and athletic, and clearly spends a lot of his time at the gym.

X-Pac then and now.
Source: / Wikimedia Commons

Waltman had what he described to be a troubled childhood. He was raised by a single mom, and was “unsupervised from age five.” He was assaulted several times as a kid and dropped out of school in ninth grade. He loved wrestling and was limited in career opportunities so he started working in local promotions for free, eventually becoming a professional wrestler.

Kurt Angle

Net worth: $25 Million

Kurt Angle wrestled when he was in college, but it wasn’t until the 90s that he started to pursue a career as a professional wrestler. He was able to get numerous wins under his belt, including the WWE Championship, the WCW Championship, and the WWE Heavyweight Championship. By the time 2006 rolled around, Angle decided he had enough of WWE and it was time for him to try something else.

Kurt Angle then and now.
Source: / Twitter

Well, he didn’t go too far as he continued his career in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, and was very successful there, too. These days he has some health issues. In 2015, he had to be rushed to the hospital more than once. He discovered he had a benign tumor that had to be removed and also found fluid buildup in his spine that they drained out.

Chris Jericho

Net worth: $18 Million

Just like Kurt Angle, Chris Jericho started his career in WWE back in the 90s, but he later pursued a career in another organization. If you want to see him perform then you can tune in to New Japan Pro-Wrestling. But while he was still competing in the WWE, he earned the title of World Heavyweight Champion three times.

Chris Jericho in 1999. / Chris Jericho in 2020.
Photo by John Barrett, Shutterstock / JLN Photography, Shutterstock

He is still a popular face today, despite not competing for the WWE anymore. He also decided to invest and became an owner of a branch of D1 Sports Training and Therapy. The man has many talents. He is a musician, podcaster, author, actor, and entrepreneur as well. Wrestling is only one part of this Canadian-American jack of all trades.

Ken Shamrock

Net worth: $1.5 Million

Kenneth Wayne Shamrock is a former wrestler who competed in both the WWF and TNA, but had a much more successful career in mixed martial arts. He was the first fighter in history to earn the title of a UFC Superfight Champion. Shamrock is a bare-knuckle boxing promoter and only a semi-retired pro wrestler.

Ken Shamrock then and now.
Source: / Twitter

And the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree as both of his sons are also in the MMA. His son Ryan hasn’t been that successful and isn’t making much noise these days in the UFC. But his other son, Sean, had his career cut too soon when he had to have one of his kidneys removed due to kidney cancer.

Owen Hart

The late Owen Hart came from a family of wrestlers. Like his family members, he too was successful. He was crowned the champion of the WWF European Championship, the WWF Intercontinental Championship, and WWF’s World Tag Team Championship. Sadly, his death was something of a freak accident and happened suddenly.

Owen Hart in 1994. / Owen Hart.
Photo by John Barrett, Shutterstock / Source: Pinterest

In 1999, while in the ring, he fell from a harness and landed right on the ring’s top rope by his chest. It was sudden and shocking to everyone who saw it. Some people even claim that his ghost haunts that arena. I’m not so sure about that but what’s true is that Owen is a much-loved former wrestler and will always be remembered. It’s such a shame how he passed away.

Rick Steiner (Robert Rechsteiner)

Net worth: $2 Million

Robert Rechsteiner, or Rick Steiner, is a wrestler that made his professional debut in the WCW and realized that Tag Team wrestling is what he excels at. He won the World Tag Team Championship eight times. While competing under the WWF, he was crowned the World Tag Team Champion twice. Robert retired from wrestling and went into a more promising career: real estate.

Rick Steiner then and now.
Source: / Twitter

Robert is a real estate broker these days as well as a school board member of the Cherokee County School District. He wanted to enter the primary for the 2006 term but got disqualified due to using the Steiner name rather than his legal name. If he presented a petition with 4,500 signatures he could have run for re-election but he was unable to do so. So he ran unopposed as a write-In candidate in 2006 and won.

Billy Kidman (Peter Alan Gruner Jr.)

Net worth: $22 Million

Remember Billy Kidman? He made a name for himself in the 90s when he wrestled in the World Championship Wrestling and World Wrestling Federating. He was a popular wrestler and a member of teams like Raven’s Flock, The Filthy Animals, and The New Blood. He was the WCW Cruiserweight Champion three times and the World Tag Team Champion twice.

Billy Kidman then and now.
Source: / Pinterest

Just like some of his fellow former wrestlers, Kidman is under the contract of WWE and works as a producer. He grew up in Pennsylvania and worked as a banker before training to be a professional wrestler. He was also good friends with fellow wrestler Chris Kanyon, and his cousin is another wrestler by the name of Mikey Batts.

Tito Santana

Net worth: Unknown

Another step in WWC past. Tito Santana was popular way back in the 70s during his days with the WWF. He won the Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship twice and the Tag Team Championship twice a well. Then, in 2004, he earned his spot in the WWE Hall of Fame. Once he retired, Tito took on quite an interesting role.

Tito Santana then and now.
Source: / Twitter

He teaches Spanish at the Eisenhower Middle School in New Jersey, and he’s also a coach for the school’s basketball team. Despite being in his 60s, he can still wrestle. He lives with his wife Leah and his three sons Matthew, Michael, and Mark. His wife owns Santana’s Hair Salon in Succasunna, New Jersey. Tito also teaches wrestling classes at a New Jersey-based Independent Wrestling Federation.

Damien Sandow (Aron Steven Haddad)

Net worth: $2 Million

Damien Sandow, aka Aaron Stevens, Idol Stevens started his career in 2002, and as you can see, he changed his nickname a few times. He is a well-known impersonator with only a single WWE Tag Team Championship win. After a decade of wrestling, he is trying to get into the acting business.

Damien Sandow then and now.
Source: / Twitter

He is currently signed with the National Wrestling Alliance. He announced that he was returning to the ring and would wrestle again but this time under the Aron Stevens name. At NWA’s Into the Fire, Stevens defeated the previous champion Colt Cabana and Ricky Starks in a Triple Threat match, winning the NWA National Championship. Maybe the 37-year-old just couldn’t catch a break in getting acting gigs.

Diamond Dallas Page (Page Joseph Falkinburg)

Net worth: $8 Million

Diamond Dallas Page competed in a few different competitions, including WCW, WWF, and TNA. In a career that lasted over two decades, he was able to win the WCW World Heavyweight Championship three times. He also twice won the WCW United States Heavyweight Championship and the WCW World Tag Team Championship four times.

Diamond Dallas Page then and now.
Source: / Wikimedia Commons

In 2017, WWE announced that Page will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. He later created a yoga program titled Yoga for Regular Guys Workout. Sounds so simple but it’s catchy! If you want to hear more from Page, he is the host of a radio program called DDP Radio. He is also in his share of video games, like the others.

Kamala (James Harris)

Net worth: Unknown

Kamala was a wrestler from the 80s that wore a lot of face paint and would walk around with a shield and a spear. Harris is an American retired pro wrestler. As Kamala, he portrayed a Ugandan who wrestled barefoot in war paint with nothing but a loincloth. He is best known for being in the World Wrestling Federation in the mid-80s and early 90s.

Kamala then and now.
Source: Wikimedia Commons / Facebook

Not only did he wrestle as a primitive African character, but he would also be an exception as he would always compete barefoot. He was diagnosed with diabetes in 1992, and when offered treatment he declined. It was a very big mistake as the disease took away both of his legs.

The Russian Bear (Ivan Koloff)

Ivan Koloff is better known as The Russian Bear. And a wrestler with a name like that certainly sparks fear in his opponent, and that’s exactly what he did. Koloff competed in the WWWF back in the 60s and was crowned the champion of WWF’s World Heavyweight Championship. After his career ended as a wrestler, Koloff wrote two books and was even an ordained minister.

The Russian Bear then and before his death.
Source: Twitter / Wikimedia Commons

The man passed away in 2017 when he was 74 years old. He died of liver cancer. His almost-30-year career began in the 1960s, when he would dress up in a singlet bearing the notorious hammer-and-sickle emblem of the U.S.S.R., with his bald head gleaming. He would stride in carrying a Soviet flag, to the music of the Soviet national anthem.

John Nord

Net worth: $1 Million

John Nord, who you might remember as Nord the Barbarian or The Berzerker started his professional wrestling career in the 80s with a debut at the World Class Championship Wrestling. He went on to wrestle for the American Wrestling Association as well. He changed his stage name a few times.

John Nord then and now.
Source: / Twitter

After changing his nickname a number of times, in the end he just used his own name. He retired back in 2002 and went on to work a normal job at Nord East Motors, which is a car dealership that his brother owned. Nord is now 60 years old has a wrestling career that he can look back on – one where he wore a Viking outfit.

Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts (Aurelian Jake Smith Jr.)

Net worth: $500,000

Jake The Snake Roberts is one of those guys that’s simply hard to forget. Not only did he compete in the WWF, WCW, NWA, ECW, and TNA, but he had quite a ringside presence. He brought snakes with him into the ring, which earned him his nickname. His most famous snake was called Damien the python.

Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts in a match in 1987. / Jake the Snake in 2004.
Photo by John Barrett, photolink, Mediapunch, Shutterstock / John O’Reilly, Shutterstock

He had a few health issues after leaving the ring and entering retirement. It was reported that Jake was suffering from muscular cancer in 2014, but luckily he was able to make a full recovery. He had to be hospitalized again that same year due to reported double pneumonia. The 64-year-old is doing okay, though and living his life modestly.