The 50 greatest stars in WCW history

#21 Rick Steiner

Rick Steiner was never one to mince words. “If you don’t like me, bite me,” he often exclaimed.

The elder Steiner may not have had the flashy moves his brother, Scott, utilized. However, his unabashed use of brute force made him a mainstay in WCW. The University of Michigan wrestling standout was introduced to fans as a member of Kevin Sullivan’s Varsity Club, where he teamed with former Syracuse grappler Mike Rotundo. Sullivan and Rotundo took advantage of Rick’s kind-hearted nature, leading to “The Dog Faced Gremlin” venturing out on his own and defeating Rotundo for the Television Title.

Soon after, Rick was joined by Scott, and the two embarked on one of the most successful tag team runs in sports-entertainment history. Rick’s power and mat skill complemented Scott’s agility and helped the pair pick up seven WCW Tag Team Championships, overcoming teams like Harlem Heat, The Fabulous Freebirds and The Outsiders. — B.M.