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)

  • 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)

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

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 (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)

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)

L-R: Wright, Parker

Rick Steiner (Robert Rechsteiner, 1987-1992, 1996-2001)

  • Animal Motif
  • Badass
  • 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)

Sid Vicious (Sid Eudy, 1989-1991, 1993, 1999-2001)


Erik Watts/Amarillo Slim (Erik Watts) 1992-1994, 1998-1999

Dr. Death Steve Williams 1987-1989, 1992


Larry Zbyszko (Lawrence "Larry" Whistler, 1987-1989, 1990–2001)

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