Wednesday, February 28

10 Best Powerhouse Wrestlers Of The 1990s, Ranked

In the 1980s, the muscular body builder type of sports entertainers was king, yet in the 1990s the profession began to change. As WCW and WWE went to war over professional wrestling supremacy, having the best physique was not the only way to become a top star. Stars such as Stone Cold Steve Austin, Shawn Michaels, Bret Hart, Diamond Dallas Page, and Booker T would be featured for their in ring skills and ability to connect to the crowd through their promos and storylines.



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Yet, the sport still featured its fair share of powerhouses, wrestlers whose physiques popped off the page and their strength was highlighted in their matches. While the 1980s would be the golden age of the musclemen, those hulking stars still stood out in the 1990s as well.


10 Davey Boy Smith: 5’11, 260 Pounds

The British Bulldog Powerslammed His Way Through Opponents

Wrestling Career

Debut: 1978

Last Match: 2002

Major Accomplishments

WWE Intercontinental Champion

2X WWE Tag Team Champion

The British Bulldog Davey Boy Smith was a major powerhouse in the 1990s. His standing vertical suplexes were awe-inspiring in the ring. The Bulldog had a memorable WWE Intercontinental Championship win at Summer Slam 1992, defeating his brother-in-law, Bret the Hitman Hart. Bulldog would also join the legendary Hart Foundation in 1997. The faction would be heels in the United States and faces in Canada. Bulldog would find success in both WWE and WCW during the 1990s, where he was a major powerhouse inside the squared circle.

9 Kerry Von Erich: 6’2, 254 Pounds

A Literal Texas Tornado

Wrestling Career

Debut: 1978

Last Match: 1993

Major Accomplishments

NWA World Champion

WWE Intercontinental Champion

Kerry Von Erich would wrestle as the Texas Tornado during the early 1990s in WWE, yet before that the second generation star was known as the Modern Day Warrior. Von Erich had an impressive and powerful physique that popped in the ring. His long hair, powerful build and natural charisma made him an easy babyface to cheer for. Von Erich would beat Mr. Perfect for the WWE Intercontinental Title at SummerSlam 1990. Von Erich would leave WWE in August 1992.

8 Tatanka: 6’2, 285 Pounds

Native American Powerhouse

Wrestling Career

Debut: 1990

Last Match: 2014

Major Accomplishments

Slammy Award 1994

3rd Runner-Up PWI Rookie of the Year

The Native American Tatanka would debut in 1990 and be one of the decade’s greatest powerhouses. Tatanka would join WWE in 1991 and go on a long winning streak. In the Summer of 1994, the popular babyface would turn heel and join the Million Dollar Corporation. Tatanka would leave WWE in the spring of 1996 before ever winning a titlem, yet his powerhouse physique and character are unforgettable to his WWE New Generation fans. Tatanka would spend the rest of the decade wrestling on the independent scene.

7 Bill Goldberg: 6’4, 285 Pounds

Infamous Undefeated Streak Where He Dominated Everyone

Wrestling Career

Debut: 1997

Last Match: 2022

Major Accomplishments

4X World Champion

WWE Hall of Famer

Bill Goldberg would take professional wrestling by storm with his legendary undefeated streak from 1997 through 1998. Goldberg would defeat Hollywood Hogan in July 1998 for the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. The powerhouse would stay undefeated until Starrcade 1998. Goldberg’s Spear and Jackhammer were a powerful combination to finish his matches, Goldberg would continue with WCW until the company was purchased by WWE in 2001. Goldberg was the Pro Wrestling Illustrated Rookie of the Year in 1998.

6 Sting: 6’2, 250 Pounds

WCW Franchise That Brought The Power

Wrestling Career

Debut: 1985

Last Match: 2024 (anticipated)

Wrestling Accomplishments

12th-time World Champion

WWE & TNA Hall Of Famer

The man called Sting would become the WCW Franchise during the 1990s. The Stinger would have two very different runs during the decade. First, the neon face paint surfer Sting would be the face of WCW during the early 1990s.

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Then in the mid and late 1990s, the black and white Crow Sting would become the antihero of World Championship Wrestling. No matter the version, Sting was a powerhouse. His press slams of Ric Flair personify WCW wrestling. Sting ruled WCW in the 90s.

5 Scott Steiner: 6’1, 276 Pounds

Big Poppa Pump Had An Amazing Arsenal Of Power Moves

Wrestling Career

Debut: 1986

Last Match: 2020

Major Accomplishments

4X World Champion

WWE Hall of Famer

Similarly to Sting, Scorr Steiner would have two very different runs in the 1990s. Steiner would start the decade off as one half of the legendary Steiner Brothers. Scott would join his brother the Dog Face Gremlin Rick Steiner to become one of the greatest tag teams of all time. Yet, in 1998, Scott would turn on his brother and join the New World Order. The nWo would bring out the powerhouse Big Poppa Pump. As Big Poppa Pump, Steiner became one of the most feared members of the roster. The Big Bad Booty Daddy would become an iconic powerhouse.

4 Sid Vicious: 6’9, 317 Pounds

The Master Of The Powerbomb

Wrestling Career

Debut in 1988

Last Match 2017

Major Accomplishments

6 Time World Champion

Member of the Four Horsemen

Sid Vicious would be one of the most massive powerhouses of the 1990s. Vicious would spend multiple stints in WCW and WWE during the decade. The master and ruler of the world would main event two WrestleManias and a Starrcade pay per view. Vicious would dominate the ring with his powerbomb finisher. Whether in WCW or WWE, Vicious was always near the top of the card. With such a resume, fans question why Sid hasn’t been inducted to the WWE Hall of Fame yet. Maybe 2024?

3 Road Warriors: Combined 575 Pounds

The Most Intimidating Powerhouse Tag Team Ever

Wrestling Career

Debut: 1983

Last Match Animal: 2012 Hawk: 2003

Major Accomplishments

3X PWI Tag Team of the Year

WWE & NWA Hall of Famers

The Road Warriors would absolutely bully the tag team division when they debuted in the 1980s. The powerhouses would continue to build their tag team legacy in the 1990s. During the decade, the Road Warriors would compete in WCW, WWE, and Japan.

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With their face paint, Mohawks and spiked shoulder pads, the Legion of Doom were dominating their matches before they even entered the ring. Hawk would stand 6’3 and weigh 275 pounds, while Animal was 6’1 285 pounds.

2 Lex Luger: 6’4, 265 Pounds

He Was The Total Package For A Reason

Wrestling Career

Debut: 1985

Last Match: 2003

Major Accomplishments

2X WCW World Champion

2nd WCW Triple Crown Champion

The Total Package Lex Luger was a ripped powerhouse during the 1990s. Luger would spend most of the decade in WCW, but would also have a memorable run in WWE. Luger’s Torture Rack submission finisher was the perfect powerhouse move. Luger would use his strength to put literal giants on his massive shoulders. Luger would switch between babyface and heel throughout the decade, finding success with both versions of his character. The Man Made In the USA was nearly the ultimate 1990s powerhouse.

1 Ultimate Warrior: 6’2, 280 Pounds

Ultimate Unhinged Power

Wrestling Career

Debut: 1986

Last Match: 2008

Major Accomplishments

WWE World Champion

WWE Hall of Famer

The Ultimate Warrior is the official ultimate powerhouse. The former bodybuilder would debut in 1986 and won the WWE Championship in the first WrestleMania of the 1990s. Warrior would have a toxic relationship with WWE, leaving the company in 1992 and returning in 1996. Even with the sporadic appearances, Warrior remained a popular powerhouse with fans throughout the decade. In 1998, Warrior would make his debut with WCW, which would turn out to be a horrific run. While the Ultimate Warrior could never recreate his popularity of the early 1990s, he still deserves the top spot on this list.

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