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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.
2 Cold Scorpio 1992-1994
Brad Armstrong (Robert Bradley "Brad" James, 1984-1995, 1997-2000)
"Stunning" Steve Austin (1991-1995)
Cactus Jack (Michael Francis "Mick" Foley, Sr.) 1991-1994
"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.
- 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
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
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)
- 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, 19891994, 19941996)
Butch Reed (Bruce Reed, 1989-1991, 1992)
- Doomy Dooms of Doom: As part of, appropriately enough, Doom.
- 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, (19871991, 1995-2000).
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)
- 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.
- Catchphrase"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)
- 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, 19902001)
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Among the people he would most put over on commentary were Goldberg, luchador Hector Garza and...Nitro Girl AC Jazz.
- 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
- Jerkass: During Goldberg's entrance for his match with Brad Armstrong on the January 26, 1998 WCW Monday Nitro, Larry said that Goldberg was reminiscent of the time "when men were men and women didn't vote."
- 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.