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5 Current WWE Superstars who were part of WCW

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The WWE welcomed these Superstars from their rival company
The WWE welcomed these Superstars from their rival company

World Championship Wrestling, better known as WCW, gave the World Wrestling Federation a run for its money for several years in the 1990s. The two companies were in direct competition, which led to what many people refer to as "the Monday Night Wars."

Part of that battle included the two wrestling companies trying to steal talent away from one another. Ultimately the WWE (then WWF) won the battle in 2001 when WCW was forced to close its doors and sell its assets over to Vince McMahon and company.

While the closing of WCW was literally over 17 years, not all of the talent that had been part of WCW has since retired.

In fact, some of those WCW performers are still a part of WWE in 2018. Below are five of those performers.

However, this slideshow does not include everyone was part of WCW, since the current status of several performers (e.g. Rey Mysterio) is unclear, while others' WCW tenures only consisted on enhanced matches (e.g. Kane, Rhyno). It also does not include Paul Heyman, who technically was involved with some WCW matches while working as manager Paul E.

Then again, the current behind-the-scenes staffs of WWE includes many WCW alumni, including Arn Anderson, Dean Malenko, Mike Rotunda, Lex Luger, Terry Taylor, Jamie Noble, Fit Finlay, Billy Kidman, Booker T, and William Regal.


#1 Big Show

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Big Show debuted as The Giant in 1995

Big Show has held multiple titles during his WWE run, which started in 1999. But prior to making the move over to WWE, Big Show -- whose in-ring name is rumoured to be a dig at WCW, which was on the television network TBS -- had been signed to WCW.

Big Show debuted in 1995 as The Giant, a member of Kevin Sullivan's Dungeon Of Doom that had been billed as the son of Andre The Giant.

He had become the WCW World Heavyweight Champion shortly after his debut and went on to join the New World Order faction.

While in WCW, The Giant went on to have two title reigns as WCW World Heavyweight Champion and three reigns as a WCW World Tag Team Champion beyond winning a World War 3 pay-per-view main event.

In his nearly 20-year tenure with WWE, Big Show is in rare company as a Grand Slam Champion.

While Big Show has changed his character and look many times while working for WWE, he remains one of the main roster's most recognisable stars of all time.

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Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 15 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. In the years following, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Downtown Magazine, Guitar World, TheStreet.com, Format Magazine, Businessweek, The Improper, the L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. He is a member of the SATW and the IFWTWA organizations as a food and travel writer. Darren is also the host the recently-launched "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" podcast, as co-produced with PureGrainAudio.
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