Lists the various wrestlers active during the National Wrestling Alliance/WCW Era, from 1988 through 1993. Please limit associated tropes to that wrestler's time in WCW.
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2 Cold Scorpio 1992-1994
Brad Armstrong (Robert Bradley "Brad" James, 1984-1995, 1997-2000)
- Captain Ersatz: As Arachnaman for Spider-Man and Buzzkill (in part) for his brother, the Road Dogg. The latter was lampshaded during a backstage vignette setting up the character, where Brad asked Vince Russo when he'd get a shot, and Vince replied, "When you get a personality like your brother!" As it turned out, he got a personality very much like his brother's. It didn't help.
- Arachnaman was aborted early once Marvel Comics got wind of it and threatened to sue.
- Cool Mask: As of the Dos Hombres, Fantasia / Badstreet, the Freedom Fighter and Arachnaman.
- I Have Many Names: In addition to his own, there was one of the Dos Hombres, Fantasia, Badstreet, the Freedom Fighter, Arachnaman, B.A. and Buzzkill.
- New-Age Retro Hippie: As Buzzkill
- Parts Unknown: As Arachnaman, he came from Web City.
- Red Baron: 'Candyman'
- White Gangbangers: As B.A. in the No Limit Soldiers.
- Wrestling Family: A member of the Armstrong wrestling family.
"Stunning" Steve Austin (1991-1995)
Johnny B. Badd (Marc Mero, 1991-1996)
- Camp Straight: Just like the man of whom he is a copy.
- Disco Dan
- The Fighting Narcissist
- Gorgeous George: A rare Face example.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed/Captain Ersatz: For Little Richard
- Punny Name: His stage name is a homage to the Chuck Berry song "Johnny B. Goode."
- Wrestling Family: Was married to Sable. His brother Joel was a Jobber in WCW as Tony Vendetta.
- Xtreme Kool Letterz: Badd.
Buff Bagwell (Marcus Alexander Bagwell, 1991-2001)
- Alliterative Name.
- Badass Beard
- Breakup Breakout: He was originally part of a tag team called the 'American Males', after he turned on his partner, Scotty Riggs, the latter mostly toiled in obscurity while Buff got the push.
- This also includes his tag teams with 2 Cold Scorpio, the Patriot and Scott Norton
- Catch Phrase: "I'm Buff and I'm the stuff!"
- Chippendales Dancers: The American Males' image.
- Cool Shades
- The Fighting Narcissist
- Gorgeous George: After a fashion
- Heel-Face Revolving Door: After he left the nWo he turned a lot.
- Momma's Boy
- Mugging the Monster: Sure, he had muscles, but he was not going to win any posing contests against LEX LUGER or SCOTT STEINER.
- Painted-On Pants
- Small Name, Big Ego: "I'm simply delicious"
"Mean" Mark Callous (Mark Calaway) 1989-1990
Masahiro Chono (蝶野 正洋, Chono Masahiro, 1991-1992, 1995-2000)
- Badass Longcoat
- Cool Shades
- Finishing Move: STF
- Foreign Wrestling Heel
- Power Stable: The NWO.
- Short Hair with Tail: Chono's mullet.
- Ur-Example: First Japanese wrestler to join the NWO.
- Yakuza: Actually part of his gimmick. He uses a running kick to the head that's known as the "Mafia Kick" or the "Yakuza Kick."
Bobby Eaton (Robert Lee Eaton, 1985-1992, 1994-2000)
- Blond Guys Are Evil: As a heel
- Breakup Breakout: During the time Jim Crockett Promotions was becoming WCW, he was the only one in The Midnight Express that found some long term success.
- The Brute: Of the Dangerous Alliance.
- Demoted to Extra / Jobber: In 1997 after he broke up with the Bluebloods.
- Power Stable: The Dangerous Alliance and the Bluebloods.
- Red Baron: 'Beautiful' in the Midnight Express then 'Earl' Robert in the BlueBloods.
- Tag Team: A former member of the Midnight Express, on of the greatest teams in professional wrestling. Also with Regal and Taylor in the Bluebloods.
El Gigante (Jorge González) 1990-1992
Tatsumi Fujinami (藤波 辰爾, Fujinami Tatsumi, 1991-1992)
- Foreign Wrestling Heel: In WCW at least.
- Not Cheating Unless You Get Caught: How he beat Ric Flair for the NWA world title.
- Our Dragons Are Different
- Red Baron: Honoo no Hiryū ("Dragon of the Flame")
- Signature Move: The Dragon Sleeper
- Suplex Finisher: The Dragon Suplex
- Ur-Example: Innovated the Dragon Sleeper and the Dragon Suplex
- Wrestling Family: His son Leona competes for the Dradition promotion in Japan.
Terry Funk (1989, 1994, 2000-2001)
The Great Muta (武藤 敬司, Muto Keiji) 1989-1990, 1993-2000
The Iron Sheik (Hossein Khosrow Vaziri) 1989-1990
Nitron/Big Sky (Tyler Mane, fka Daryl Karolat) 1989-1990, 1993
- The Brute
- Cool Shades
- '80s Hair: His mullet.
- Wrestling Doesn't Pay: As Nitron, he was Woman's bodyguard.
Norman the Lunatic/Trucker Norm (Michael Shaw) 1989-1991
- Beard of Evil/Badass Beard
- Cloudcuckoolander: As Norman the Lunatic
- Heel-Face Turn: Switched from being managed by Teddy Long to teaming with the Road Warriors.
- Institutional Apparel: Wore pajamas from a mental hospital as Norman the Lunatic.
- Noodle Incident: Teddy Long once cut a promo where he said, "Norman didn't do it! Don't blame Norman"...while Norman in the background had put a garbage pail over his head and was tapping it with a hammer.
- Parts Unknown (as Norman the Lunatic): "State Hospital"
- Squash Match: Debuted this way, flattening Mike Justice in 47 seconds at NWA Clash of the Champions VII.
- Teddy Bear: Carried one around as both Norman the Lunatic and as Trucker Norm
- Wrestling Doesn't Pay: As Trucker Norm. Explained by "Captain" Mike Rotunda that Norman's father, a trucker, had died and so Norm was taking up the role himself in tribute.
Paul Orndorff (Paul Parlette Orndorff, Jr., 1990, 1992-2000)
- Berserk Button: Completely flipped out when the fans would call him Paula.
- Demoted to Extra: As a WCW road agent and trainer from 1995-2000.
- The Fighting Narcissist: As a heel
- One Steve Limit: Averted with him and his tag team partner 'Pretty' Paul Roma in "Pretty Wonderful"
- Red Baron: 'Mr. Wonderful'
- Reluctant Retiree: He had to do this several times due to his recurring injuries he sustained in WWE.
- Small Name, Big Ego: As a heel
- Wrestling Family: His brother Terry had a small career in Mid-South.
Diamond Dallas Page (Page Joseph Falkinburg, Jr.) 1991-2001
The Patriots- Firebreaker Chip (Curtis Thompson 1988-1992), Todd Champion (Todd Bradford 1987, 1991-1994)
- Arch-Enemy: The Fabulous Freebirds, the Young Pistols (Tracy Smothers and Steve Armstrong)
- Demoted to Extra
- Parts Unknown: "WCW Special Forces"
- Wrestling Doesn't Pay: Chip was a wrestling firefighter and Champion was a wrestling Gulf War veteran.
Brian Pillman (Brian William Pillman, 1989–1994, 1994–1996)
Butch Reed (Bruce Reed, 1989-1991, 1992)
- Angry Black Man
- Cool Mask: As part of Doom, at first.
- Doomy Dooms of Doom: As part of, appropriately enough, Doom.
- The Jannetty: Butch was this to his tag team partner, Ron Simmons, who went on to become WCW's first Black World Champion.
- Mighty Glacier
- Red Baron: 'Hacksaw' in his singles career.
- Scary Black Man
- Soul Brotha
Dustin Rhodes (Dustin Patrick Runnels, 1991-1995, 1999-2001)
Mike Rotunda/Michael Wallstreet/V.K.Wallstreet/Mr. Wallstreet (Lawrence Michael Rotunda, (1987–1991, 1995-2000).
The Samoan Swat Team
Fatu (Solofa Fatu Jr.) 1989-1990
Samu (Samula Anoai) 1989
The Samoan Savage (Sam Fatu) 1989-1990
Ron Simmons (1989-1994)
Dan Spivey 1989-1991
State Patrol - Sgt. Buddy Lee Parker (Dewayne Bruce, 1989-2001), Lt. James Earl Wright (Dale Veasey, 1989-1996)
- Breakup Breakout: Parker, after Wright retired.
- Dirty Cop
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: Parker's gimmick after the group's split. Based on his position as a trainer at the WCW Power Plant.
- Jobber: For such trash talkers, they sure did suck.
- Large Ham
- Leprechaun: Parker became Braun the Leprechaun during a short stint in the Dungeon of Doom.
- Wrestling Doesn't Pay: Wrestling police officers.
Rick Steiner (Robert Rechsteiner, 1987-1992, 1996-2001)
- Animal Motif
- Badass Beard
- Badass Biker: After the Steiner Brothers split.
- Bully Bulldog: He did have a very slight resemblance to a bulldog, and he invoked the trope with his wrestling style and taunts.
- Cain and Abel: After they split as a team, he and Scott fought a lot.
- Catch Phrase"If you want some, come get some! And if you don't like me, bite me!"
- The Jannetty: To his brother Scott. Ironically during the time that he and Scott were a tag team, he was considered the more interesting of the two. After the team broke up however, Rick lost the feud with Scott soundly, floundered in the upper midcard for a while, and then turned heel. Although he had decent face charisma, as a heel he was a heat vacuum.
- Leotard of Power
- Lightning Bruiser: In his prime
- Nice Character, Mean Actor: Rick Steiner played an easy going babyface character for much of his career. He was also notoriously nasty backstage, often no-selling and sandbagging for his opponents, and shooting on them (beating them up for real) just to prove he could.
- Red Baron: "The Dog Faced Gremlin"
Scott Steiner (Scott Carl Rechsteiner, 1989-1992, 1996-2001)
Kevin Sullivan (Kevin Francis Sullivan, 1987-1992, 1994-2001)
Big Van Vader (Leon Allen White, 1990-1995)
Van Hammer (Mark Hildreth, 1991-1993, 1997-2000)
- The Big Guy: In the Misfits in Action.
- The Brute: In the Flock
- Demoted to Extra: More or less his second run with the company. He was more of a Mook than a stand alone star.
- Dreadful Musician: He would bring his guitar to the ring and do Air Guitar.
- Expy: WCW's first attempt at creating their own version of the Ultimate Warrior. In this case, UW as a heavy metal guitarist.
- New-Age Retro Hippie: Played one for a bit in the late 90s.
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: As Van Hammer, he went from being a heavy metal guitarist to a transvestite to a hippie and then became a stoner as a member of Misfits In Action.
- Odd Couple: He briefly formed a mismatched tag team with Juventud Guererra during their respective feuds with The Flock.
- Power Stable: The Flock and the Misfits in Action.
- Punny Name: Went by the name Major Stash in the Misfits in Action. His name was going to be "Private Stash" until he got mad about Chavo Guerrero outranking him.
- Red Baron: 'Heavy Metal' in his first run with the company.
- Wrestling Doesn't Pay: In his first run, a wrestling Heavy Metal guitarist.
Sid Vicious (Sid Eudy, 1989-1991, 1993, 1999-2001)
Erik Watts/Amarillo Slim (Erik Watts) 1992-1994, 1998-1999
- Arch-Enemy: Arn Anderson
- Finishing Move: STF
- Nepotism: Got pushed right off the bat in late 1992 because his father, "Cowboy" Bill Watts, was the boss at the time.
Dr. Death Steve Williams 1987-1989, 1992
Larry Zbyszko (Lawrence "Larry" Whistler, 1987-1989, 1990–2001)
- Biting-the-Hand Humor: Once when Psicosis missed a top-turnbuckle legdrop to his opponent on the floor, Larry on commentary said, "He landed right on his Bischoff!"
- Finishing Move: Sleeper
- Power Stable: A member of the Dangerous Alliance and the Old Age Outlaws.
- Red Baron: 'The Living Legend'
- Retired Badass: By 1996, Zbyszko stopped wrestling fulltime and took his talents to the announce table on WCW Monday Nitro.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Officially, his last name is spelt Zbyszko, but is sometimes misspelled like Zbysko or Zybysko.
- Wrestling Family: Married into the Gagne family.