TPFKATL The Writer's Block: Where are they now? - WCW Power Plant
Feb 26, 2003 - 9:31:00 PM
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By Pete Nyman, Lounge Dweller
When WCW was around, instead of getting wrestlers from the indy circuit, they decided to build their own wrestlers in the WCW Power Plant. The Power Planet was run by Paul Orndorff and Sgt. DeWayne Bruce, and produced some pretty good wrestlers. Here is how some of the most famous graduates are doing since they graduated from the WCW Power Plant.
Tank Abbott: He wrestled in WCW for awhile, with his offense mainly consisting of one punch to the face. Tank was ok, but then he was turned into a comedy act and was the backup singer for 3 Count. After this Tank Abbott sat out on his WCW contract, and right now he's back in the UFC, where he started in the first place.
CW Anderson: CW Anderson graduated from the WCW Power Plant, but instead of going to WCW, he decided to go to ECW. Smart decision in my book, as he was a great fit in ECW, and he turned out to be one of the best workers from the Power Plant because of it. CW Anderson toils around the indies now, most notably he works for Zero-One in Japan.
Bill Goldberg: The most popular graduate of the WCW Power Plant was Bill Goldberg. After a slow start, Goldberg then skyrocketed to the top with his undefeated streak. Bill Goldberg then won the WCW United States title and the WCW World title. After he lost to Kevin Nash, though, it all seemed to go haywire for Bill Goldberg. Right now he wrestles in Japan, and everyone is wondering whether he will go to WWE or not.
Alan Funk: Alan Funk first started out on WCW Saturday Night as "Angry" Alan Funk, where he feuded with Barry Horowitz. He also teamed with Mike Sanders on WCW Worldwide as a tag team called The ReEnforcers. Alan Funk then got promoted to the main shows, Nitro and Thunder, where he became Kwee Wee, a fashion designer who could snap at any second. Kwee Wee was then picked up by WWE when they bought out WCW, and he was then transformed into the Funkster. He was released, and then went to the WWA. Alan Funk wrestles as Bruce in NWA-TNA, and still occasionally does tours with WWA.
Mark Jindrak: Mark Jindrak first started out on WCW Saturday Night as a basketball player named Basket Case. Jindrak then dumped that gimmick, and himself and Sean O' Haire were promoted to the main shows, and Jindrak and O' Haire got a good push. Mark Jindrak won a WCW Tag Team title, and he was apart of the Natural Born Thrillers. He was picked up by WWE and is still employed by them today. He was in OVW for a while, then came back to WWE Heat, but right now he has an elbow injury. I hope he has a speedy recovery.
Ernest Miller: The first time I remember Ernest Miller is when he was being managed by Sonny Onoo. After that he wasn't doing much, but then in 2000 he got a push as the WCW Commissioner. I also remember The Yung Dragons trying to sneak up on Ernest all the time. Well, right now he's a commentator on WWE Velocity. He basically sucks, but he's a good talker in the ring, maybe with some work it can follow into the booth.
Sean O' Haire: Sean O' Haire didn't even start out on WCW Saturday Night. He debuted on Monday Nitro with Mark Jindrak. O' Haire was another member of the Natural Born Thrillers, and many people thought he had the look. He wasn't too bad for being a Thriller. Sean O' Haire won the WCW Tag titles with Mark Jindrak, then with Chuck Palumbo. Sean O' Haire went into the WWE one-half of the WCW Tag Team Champions, and within weeks landed in OVW. Sean O' Haire is back now with an interesting character, but he showed up on Smackdown for 2 weeks and didn't show up last week. Hopefully they didn't stop pushing his character, as I think he has a bright future.
Diamond Dallas Page: DDP was one of the first members of the WCW Power Plant, and him and Bill Goldberg were the only main-eventers to come out of the Plant. Diamond Dallas Page won the WCW Television title, the WCW United States title, Tag title, and World title. He also came into WWE when WCW shut down and he won the WWE European title and I think WWE Tag Team titles as well. Sadly, DDP was put out with a back injury and was forced to retire. I always liked DDP, he's from New Jersey, and he was a character and wasn't too bad in the ring. I'd like to see NWA-TNA pick him up as a third announcer alongside Mike Tenay and Don West.
Chuck Palumbo: Chuck Palumbo started out as a jobber on WCW Saturday Night and then he finally became "The Main Event" Chuck Palumbo in 2000. He won the WCW Tag Team titles with Shawn Stasiak and then with Sean O' Haire. Chuck Palumbo then went to WWE and started teaming with Billy Gunn in the infamous tag team Billy & Chuck. Now, Chuck Palumbo is apart of an Italian family on Smackdown with Nunzio and his former Natural Born Thriller teammate Johnny Stamboli. Chuck Palumbo will probably win another Tag title in the near future, with Johnny Stamboli.
Jimmy Yang: Jimmy Yang also started out as a jobber on WCW Saturday Night under the name Yun-Yang. Yang finally just shortened it to Yang when he joined the Yung Dragons with Kaz Hayashi and Jamie-San, a/k/a Jamie Noble. Yang had a great finisher, the corkscrew moonsault, and he was picked up by WWE and sent to HWA, but he was soon released. Yang wrestled for NWA-TNA and All-Japan with Kaz Hayashi for a while, and that's the last I heard of him. Yang's pretty good, and he would make a solid addition to the X-Division or WWE Cruiserweight division.
Lash LeRoux: Lash LeRoux started out as-you guessed it-a jobber on WCW Saturday Night. He went under the name Mark LeRoux. Soon after Lash came onto Nitro and Thunder, and he also joined the Misfits in Action as Corporal Cajun. He was picked up by WWE, and sent to HWA, but was released. He does indies now, and draws a monthly comic for The Wrestler.
Elix Skipper: Elix Skipper was another WCW Saturday Night jobber. After the coolest limo driver in the World, MI Smooth, helped Elix find his niche, Elix Skipper became Primetime. After that, Elix was apart of Team Canada and held the 100 Kilos and Under title, a/k/a the WCW Cruiserweight title. Elix Skipper also used his Gray Cup ring from the CFL to knock out his opponents. What a guy. Elix Skipper was picked up, then released by WWE. He now works for NWA-TNA and is apart of the SEX group.
Mike Sanders: One of my favorite wrestlers, Mike Sanders. Mike Sanders started out on WCW Saturday Night and in a tag team on WCW Worldwide with Alan Funk called the ReEnforcers. Mike Sanders then got an upset victory over Crowbar on Thunder, then after that he joined the Natural Born Thrillers, and was the mouthpiece for the group. Mike Sanders then became WCW Commissioner, and then he went to the WWE. He was released by the WWE, and now he too is in NWA-TNA and apart of the SEX group, also serving as a mouthpiece.
Kid Romeo: Finally, we have Kid Romeo. Kid Romeo was on Nitro and Thunder during the Sullivan/Busch/Dillon regime, but then disappeared after that. That was weird, because I think he could have gotten a good push from Vince Russo. Kid Romeo wasn't too bad, and he finally did come back to WCW in 2001 as he formed a tag team with Elix Skipper and they won the Cruiserweight Tag Team titles. After being released by WWE, Kid Romeo went to NWA-TNA for a handful of matches before he stopped going there. Now, Kid Romeo just is on the indies.
So there's the WCW Power Plant for you. Some guys I left out because I don't care about them(Karagias, Reno) or I don't know much about them(Siaki, Vick). Hopefully I didn't leave anyone out. The question is, was the WCW Power Plant successful? Well, the produced two main eventers, but let's see how many are still employed by a major wrestling company. Since there is only one, WWE, only four are still employed by them, Mark Jindrak, Sean O' Haire, Ernest Miller, & Chuck Palumbo. One, Bill Goldberg is on the verge of signing. Elix Skipper & Mike Sanders are in NWA-TNA, Diamond Dallas Page is retired, Tank Abbott is back in UFC, and the rest just toil in the indies. So to answer the question, yes it was. Even if most of the WCW Power Plant guys are in the indies right now, they still have some leverage in getting a better payday because they were in WCW. The WCW Power Plant made stars, and that's what counts.
Pete Nyman has been writing WWE Velocity reports for a year now at PWTorch.com, and The Writer's Block since the Fall. He also doesn't like to watch reality shows, but wouldn't mind being in one. Send him feedback at PNyman@pwtorch.com.
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