Characters / WCWNWA

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)

Buff Bagwell (Marcus Alexander Bagwell, 1991-2001)


"Mean" Mark Callous (Mark Calaway) 1989-1990

Masahiro Chono (蝶野 正洋, Chono Masahiro, 1991-1992, 1995-2000)


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)

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


Cactus Jack (Michael Francis "Mick" Foley, Sr.) 1991-1994


Nitron/Big Sky (Tyler Mane, fka Daryl Karolat) 1989-1990, 1993

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)


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)

Brian Pillman (Brian William Pillman, 1989–1994, 1994–1996)


Butch Reed (Bruce Reed, 1989-1991, 1992)
  • Breakup Breakout: Butch was on the short end of this to his tag team partner, Ron Simmons, who went on to become WCW's first Black World Champion, and later continued his career in WWF/E.

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)
L-R: Wright, Parker

Rick Steiner (Robert Rechsteiner, 1987-1992, 1996-2001)
  • Animal Motif
  • Badass Beard
  • Badass Biker: After the Steiner Brothers split.
  • Breakup Breakout: Was on the short end of this 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.
  • 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!"
  • 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)

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.

Tom Zenk (Thomas Erwin "Tom" Zenk, 1989-1994)