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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.
- High Class Call Guy: He's now a gigolo...no, seriously.
- 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"
Cactus Jack (Michael Francis Foley, Sr.) 1991-1994
"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)
- The Ace: While he wasn't a main eventer outside of the Midnight Express, he was easily one of the best technical wrestlers in the company.
- 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 (Dallas Page, FKA 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)
- 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.
- Red Baron: 'Hacksaw' in his singles career.
Dustin Rhodes (Dustin Patrick Runnels, 1991-1995, 1999-2001)
Jake "The Snake" Roberts (Aurelian Smith Jr.) 1992
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. They had good matches, as Juvi covered for Hammer's deficiencies.
- 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. He was one of the most hated figures in wrestling at the time because of it.
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'
- He also adopted "The Cruncher" as a nickname as part of the Dangerous Alliance after breaking Barry Windham's hand in a car door.
- 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.