I’m a member of the WWE Hall of Fame and I look unrecognizable from my wrestling days – now I have a very different job

A WWE Hall of Famer has traded the glitz and glamor for a regular nine-to-five festival.

After realizing the dream of wrestling fans around the world, Rick Steiner now lives a quiet life in Georgia as a real estate agent.

Rick was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2022


Rick was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2022Credit: Alamy
Rick (R) earned the nickname


Rick (R) earned the nickname “The Dog Faced Gremlin” during his wrestling days.Photo credit: Instagram/steiner.rick

After graduating from the University of Michigan, where he had a successful wrestling career, Steiner went straight into the world of professional wrestling.

Rick worked his way up the pecking order through the AWA, UWF, and NWA, among other smaller organizations, and got his break on the big stage with WCW in 1988.


Here he joined the varsity club along with Mike Rotunda and Kevin Sullivan.

In 2017, Rotunda told wrestle zone: “Up until we started the varsity club, there were often college athletes who had wrestled or played football or whatever, but they were baby faces.”

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“And that was a completely different variant. You know, getting it to a heel level where you could actually beat people for where they lived and what school they went to, so I think it could work again today.”


But Rick’s time at the varsity club was short-lived and he teamed up with his brother Scott to form the Steiner Brothers in 1989.

It was a long time coming for the duo, as Scott explained in an interview last year.

In conversation with the Detroit NewsScott explained, “After watching it (wrestling) for two, three months – and not knowing anything about professional wrestling – I said to my brother, ‘We can beat these guys.’ And that’s where it started.

The brothers went on to win seven WCW Tag Team Titles and the United States Tag Team Title before committing to WWE in 1992 WWE.

Here they won two WWE Tag Team Championships before moving to ECW and then returning to WCW just two years later.

But in 1998, at SuperBrawl VIII, Scott turned against Rick to join New World Order.

Scott became a legend in his new role, Big Poppa Pump, while Rick teamed up with Buff Bagwell and later Kenny Kaos.

Three WCW television titles followed for Rick, who eventually left the organization in 2001 for the last time.


The remainder of his career was followed by stints with the WWA, NWA, WLW, UCW and various other one-off appearances – including with his brother after their reunion in 2006 Online world of wrestling.

The duo made their way into TNA in 2007 before Rick went it alone in 2008.

Apparently looking for a new challenge after retiring from wrestling, Rick turned to real estate at Atlanta Communities in 2010.

He has continued to work for the company since then and has also appeared at various wrestling events over the years.

In 2022, Rick made his long-awaited return to WWE when he and Scott were inducted into the Hall of Fame.


Recently, Rick made headlines again after he was accused of making transphobic comments at a wrestling convention.

Wrestler Gisele Shaw made the allegations public TwitterHe said he yelled, “You’re a man” and “You’re a guy,” before yelling, “You’re a piece of trash,” “You’re dirt,” and “Get out of here.”” at hers.

Shaw added that Rick had called another of her fellow IMPACT wrestlers “fa***t” that day.

WrestleCon was later banned from the event by organizers New York Post.

Shaw said she was “shocked and couldn’t believe this was even happening.”

“It was quite shocking and disheartening to see someone make comments like this that a lot of people look up to and consider their hero.”

She added: “I’m not writing this because I want compassion. I’m writing this because I’m tired of being bullied into silence.”

“Today is International Transgender Day of Visibility and I am standing up for myself and for other people who are going through the exact same situation every day.

“I want everyone to know what a pitiful person Rick Steiner is and that this cannot be tolerated.”

In response to Shaw’s post on Instagram, WWE Hall of Famer Chris Jericho slammed Rick, commenting, “Hey! Do not worry about it.”

“#RickSteiner has always been a bully and has gotten away with so much because he is a ‘Steiner.’

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“Makes me laugh because I fell for the same shit when he bullied me, Eddie, Chris, Oscar, the youth etc in WWIII 1997!!”

“I have your back @giseleshaw08… and if Rick has a problem with that, I’d be happy to raise it with him anytime. It’s 2023 dude… grow up!”

Scott is also a WWE Hall of Famer


Scott is also a WWE Hall of FamerCredit: Alamy


ClareFora is a Dailynationtoday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. ClareFora joined Dailynationtoday in 2021 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: clarefora@dailynationtoday.com.

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