He was eventually let go by the WWE and wrestled very briefly in World Wrestling All-Stars in 2002 before officially retiring from the sport.
In March 2001 when Vince McMahon purchased and closed down WCW Rick was sent down to HWA (Heartland Wrestling Association) a small independent promotion owned by the WWF.
Rick revealed to all that he was not dating Marie but that she was also his sister as well so Vito and Reno became friends and tag partners until Reno eventually attacked him.
Kevin Nash was briefly the coach and mentor for "The Natural Born Thrillers" but they eventually turned on him. Rick next began a feud with Big Vito (Vito Lograsso) because he was dating his sister Marie sometimes spelled Maria.
He joined WCW in late 1999 using his real name of Rick Cornell but later changed it to Reno when he joined "The Natural Born Thrillers" with Chuck Palumbo, Johnny the Bull, Mark Jindrak, Mike Sanders, Sean O'Haire & Shawn Stasiak.
He also received further training from DeWayne Bruce aka Sgt. Buddy Lee Parker, Jody Hamilton aka "The Assassin" (Joseph Hamilton), Mike Graham (Michael Gossett) and 'Pistol' Pez Whatley (Peter Whatley).
Rick was an amateur wrestler while in high school and when he graduated he decided to become a kickboxer but later decided to be a professional wrestler instead & was trained by 'Mr. Wonderful' Paul Orndorff at the "WCW Power Plant".