WWE Superstars: Then and Now

Who they were…

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When you’ve been watching wrestling as long as I have, you get a chance to see not only the evolution not only of the industry as a whole, but of the individual superstars, as well, I remember a kid called, appropriately enough, the 1-2-3 Kid, making his debut and upsetting ‘The Bad Guy’, Razor Ramon. Ramon, of course, would eventually become Scott Hall of NWO fame. The 1-2-3 Kid? He would one day join DX as Xpac. Any long time wrestling fan will be able to tell you similar stories; Viscera was once a rapper named Mabel, Kane was a Dentist, and Triple H was… well, I’ll let you see for yourself. Here are some of your favorite WWE superstars, once upon a time…

The Undertaker

This was one of the Undertaker’s early roles…. that of “Mean Mark’. (And eventually, Mean Mark Callous). He would, in time, become half of tag team gold in this role as part of the ‘New Skyscrapers’. And the manager accompanying him to the ring? No other than current Smackdown General Manager Theodore Long.

His other major role was that of the masked “Punisher’. You may recognize the guy he’s wrestling here…


This was one of the worst gimmicks ever, but seeing Kane with that mullet thingy is worth a look.

Trple H

You’d probably be surprised at how many younger viewers know what the three H’s in triple H stood for; fewer still would remember that he used to strut around like this and speak in a bogus british accent. That’s where the name of the ‘pedigree’ came from… he was a ‘blue blood’. And yes, he is really married to Stephanie McMahon.

Hardcore Holly

Before he was Hardcore, he was Thurman ‘Sparky’ Plugg, a race car driver. Good Grief.

Kurt Angle

Kurt’s WWE debut. Notice the hair… for another great flashback, look up when he lost it.


Back here he was the tortured soul, not just ‘Edge’ but ‘The Edge’.

The Rock

Before Dwayne Johnson, before the People’s anything… there was just ‘Rocky Maivia’, Kid N Play fro and all.

Stone Cold Steve Austin

Stone Cold didn’t say anything to begin with; the Million Dollar Man said it for him.

John Cena

Not ‘The Champ’; just a kid making a name for himself.

Santino Marella

The way this went down was actually pretty cool to see.

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  1. Posted October 31, 2009 at 5:10 am

    A good article a really good read

  2. Posted October 31, 2009 at 9:31 am

    Wrestling is fake but I watch it.

  3. Posted October 31, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    Very well done! I am a HUGE wrestling fan and have been since I was a kid. I am going to completely age myself! I go back to the early 70’s when the champion of the then WWWF were Bruno Sammartino and the tag team champs were Louie Cerdan and
    Tony Parise! I have been to literally HUNDREDS of live matches including a Wrestlemania and front row for a RAW show! I have often thought of writing a few articles on wrestling. I just have so much info I don’t know where to start! Well done though. It is amazing how wrestlers can be reborn, often for the better. The Undertaker, in my opinion is probably the single greatest and longest lasting character / gimmick in the history of wrestling. Even Ric Flair thinks so! Anyway I just purchased the Rise and Fall of WCW so I am going to watch that. This will go over possibly the two best programs in wrestling history..the NWO and the NEW STING! If you ever want to exchange info on wrestling, just friend me and send me a note. Again very nicely done!

  4. Posted October 31, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    great article

  5. Posted November 1, 2009 at 11:04 pm

    Excellent article and view of the WWE Superstars.

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  8. Posted March 23, 2011 at 11:20 pm

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