The mid to late 1990s was one of the hottest and most exciting periods of professional wrestling in the United States. Wrestling has been a part of television since the beginning of the medium, but very rarely - once for a brief period in the '80s and again in the '90s - has pro wrestling permeated pop culture to the point where almost everyone has a passing familiarity with the main cast of characters. Whether we still follow wrestling doesn't even matter. We still like to check in every once in a while on those characters we knew once upon a time, no matter how briefly.
Some have embraced retirement and found ventures we would never expect. Others are still lacing up their boots and stepping into the ring decades later. This is what some of our favorite wrestling stars of the '90s have been up to.
Diamond Dallas Page was a regular fixture on WCW Monday Nitro, going to battle against the NWO during the '90s. His diamond hand sign, multiple catchphrases, and quickdraw finishing maneuver (the diamond cutter) made him a fan favorite. These days, he's still involved in the business occasionally, popping up in AEW.
Outside of wrestling, Page made a name for himself with yoga. DDP developed a yoga course that he sold on DVD and an app, even appearing on Shark Tank. He used his yoga program in addition to other forms of treatment to help in the addiction recoveries of wrestling friends like Jake Roberts and Scott Hall.
In wrestling storylines, Kane was the secret younger half-brother of the Undertaker, born when Undertaker's mother had an affair with Paul Bearer; he had his face scarred when Undertaker (or Kane himself, according to Undertaker) allegedly burned down the funeral home where he lived, killing his parents. In reality, he's Glenn Jacobs.
In 2018, the 6-foot-8-inch Jacobs ran for mayor of Knox County, TN, and won. Jacobs said about Knox County:
There are so many great things our county has to offer, and frankly the rest of the country needs to know about it.
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In the '90s, the Rock was the most electrifying man in sports entertainment. These days, he's one of the biggest draws at the box office. Dwayne Johnson drew visceral reactions from every crowd he stepped in front of once he perfected his act. With that type of connection, it was natural for him to transition to the big screen.
He began that process while he was still a full-time wrestler in 2001 with The Mummy Returns. Since stepping away from the ring, he has become one of the most bankable movie stars in an age where that is a rather rare thing.
Furious 7 had a worldwide box-office gross of $1.5 billion and The Fate of the Furious pulled in $1.2 billion. Just below those is Jumanji: Welcome to The Jungle at $962 million.
"Stone Cold" Steve Austin defined wrestling in the '90s. He was the biggest star in the WWE, and the Attitude Era was molded to highlight him. His reign on top of the wrestling world didn't last long, as his accumulating injuries forced him into retirement in 2003. Since then, Austin has acted in a few films and served as the host of reality competition shows like The Broken Skull Challenge and Redneck Island.
Austin's hosting personality has been further refined, and his true journalistic spirit revealed, on his podcast, The Broken Skull Sessions. The podcast has proven so popular that a live version is now shown on Peacock.
Austin also partnered with El Segundo Brewing to create a signature beer, Broken Skull IPA.
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Rena Mero came to the WWE in 1996 along with her husband Marc Mero. Appearing as Sable, she soon shot past him in popularity, becoming one of the biggest draws in wrestling at the time. She soon left WWE and filed a lawsuit against the company, alleging a litany of inappropriate sexual situations they were pushing her to portray on camera. The lawsuit was settled out of court.
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Mideon Became A Professional Chef In Tampa Bay
Dennis Knight portrayed Mideon during the WWE's most popular years in the '90s, but he's got a whole stable of characters under his belt, including a pig farmer, a Texas outlaw, and a nudist.
Since retiring, he's been focusing less on the ring and more on the kitchen. Knight became a professional chef, working at Café Ponte and the Sandpearl Resort in Clearwater Beach, FL, before starting his own catering company.