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WWE's The Spirit Squad: Where Are They Now?

The Spirit Squad was split on WWE TV more than 15 years ago
The Spirit Squad was split on WWE TV more than 15 years ago
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The Spirit Squad's stay in WWE was fleeting, but the team of five male cheerleaders was able to make such an impression on the WWE Universe that they are still remembered even 15 years after their debut.

Kenny, Johnny, Nicky, Mikey, and Mitch were introduced to WWE in 2006 on RAW. The group went on to help WWE Chairman Vince McMahon throughout his feud with Shawn Michaels, which culminated in a match at WrestleMania 22.

1️⃣5️⃣ years ago today, @ShawnMichaels & @TripleH had their first official match back as #DX against The Spirit Squad!Via: @WWENetwork https://t.co/UG4kfikr7Q

The group also became Tag Team Champions in April 2006. As champions, any two team members were able to defend the titles using the Freebird rule.

Despite being popular with the WWE Universe, the group was split just months after making their debut. In a backstage segment on RAW, the five stars were put into a box by D-Generation X and shipped back to OVW.

It's been more than 15 years since the split of The Spirit Squad, so where are all five members now?


#5. Former WWE Superstar Mitch

The Tag Team of the day is the former World tag team champions, Mikey, Johnny, Mitch, Kenny, & Nicky, the Spirit Squad. #SDLive #WWE https://t.co/BUdB6RYN21

"Mitch," aka Nick Mitchell's WWE career, ended just months after the split of The Spirit Squad. He was released in May 2007 and opened a fashion boutique with fellow WWE Superstar and then-girlfriend Torrie Wilson.

The couple dated for several years but split in 2011, after Mitchell's brief MMA career. The former WWE Superstar lost his debut match in April 2010 against future UFC star Derrick Lewis before withdrawing from his second scheduled fight due to a last-minute injury.

The Spirit Squad had a small reunion in WWE in 2016 as part of a storyline between The Miz and Dolph Ziggler. Mitchell wasn't part of this because he now lives in Jerusalem.

Mitchell reportedly had no desire to be part of the show and had retired from the business at the reunion. It was noted that Mitchell attended several wrestling events throughout Israel, but he doesn't actively compete anymore.

#4. Former WWE Superstar Mikey

Kenny and Mikey of the #SpiritSquad attack @HEELZiggler!! #MizTV @MikeTheMiz https://t.co/9h9OwDSMPo

WWE Superstar Mike Mundo was known as Mikey to OVW following the split of the group in 2006, where he continued to wrestle till 2008.

Mikey's release came in the summer of 2008 and led to his return to the Independent circuit. The star later returned to OVW as both a wrestler and trainer, a stint that lasted almost three years. He also worked alongside The Young Bucks, Colt Cabana, and T.J. Perkins before returning to WWE in 2016.

Mikey and Kenny of The Spirit Squad returned to the company as part of a short storyline with Dolph Ziggler. The duo appeared for a few weeks before disappearing again.

In 2019, the former WWE Superstar joined Major League Wrestling alongside teammate Kenny Dykstra. Mikey has since moved on from his wrestling career and now works as a motivational speaker while living in New York.

#3. Former WWE Superstar Johnny

On Sept 19 in Easton, Kenny, Mikey & Johnny begin the quest to make The Spirit Squad the #KOT14 champions! http://t.co/z0EH1yk2hX

Johnny Jeter was known simply as Johnny throughout his time WWE as part of The Spirit Squad. Unlike his fellow members of the group, Johnny's release wasn't announced publicly. The star had been quietly released from his contract sometime before January 2008.

Jeter later revealed that he had left the company on his terms after requesting his release to overcome his addiction to painkillers.

Jeter retired from the business but later returned as part of Chikara's King of the Trio tournament. He teamed with his former Spirit Squad teammates Kenny and Mikey before returning to retirement after their loss.

Johnny Jeter! twitter.com/Lagana/status/…

Jeter could not return to The Spirit Squad's reunion in 2016 due to his job as an IT Audit Manager. The former star also broke his retirement in 2019 to make several appearances for Championship Wrestling from Arizona before returning to his day job as an Internal Auditor.

#2. Former WWE Superstar Kenny

Kenny Dykstra was seen as the breakout member of The Spirit Squad. While the other four stars were sent back to OVW, Dykstra became a singles star in WWE.

Dykstra wrestled as a singles star on WWE's main roster for almost two years before he was released from the company in the fall of 2008. He then went on to work on several promotions before returning to WWE in 2016 for a storyline between Dolph Ziggler and The Miz.

The Johnny Nitro/Kenny Dykstra tag team of Spring 2007 was cool. #Raw730 #wwe07 https://t.co/wjDiifH2QE

Dykstra's return to WWE was short-lived, and he then went on to wrestle for Major League Wrestling alongside Mikey.

After two decades of working as an active wrestler, the former superstar announced his retirement from the business through his Twitter page back in April.

After working as a coach at the Performance Center and in NXT for several years, WWE rehired Doane as a coach at their Performance Center earlier this month.

#1. Current WWE Superstar Nicky/Dolph Ziggler

Dolph Ziggler made his WWE debut a few years before being added to The Spirit Squad and was seen as Chavo Guerrero's caddy. It was a short-lived story for Ziggler, who was then added to the five-man team.

After being sent back to OVW following the split of The Spirit Squad, Ziggler was repackaged and returned as Dolph Ziggler on RAW in 2008.

Ziggler has since become one of the most popular and recognizable WWE Superstars. As a former World Champion, Tag Team Champion, and Money in the Bank winner, Ziggler is easily the most successful former member of the group.

AJ Lee was left out of the Dolph Ziggler and Big E flashbacks on Raw #WWERaw https://t.co/65CsVqbVdk

Ziggler has now been a part of WWE for almost 17 years. Over the years, he has proved himself to be a versatile star who can force a good match out of any other wrestler and work as face or heel.

He is currently working on the RAW brand after being drafted alongside Robert Roode as part of the recent WWE Draft.

Edited by Angana Roy
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