We have always seen different gimmicks in professional wrestling, that have been less than desirable.
We see them from the moment we are watching, and ask ourselves, "Are they serious?" "I can't believe that is all it takes to be a wrestler!"
We also know that the WWE put out a list like this before, but I think one that WE could put together would be better and much more fun.
Often, we are into the whole thing. We are either too young or too immersed in the plot to realize anything is wrong. We don't see how bad it was until a few years later.
In most cases, it is easy to constantly look for a flawed gimmick, or one you may not like. This list is not for those crazy gimmicks that somehow still work today (Boogie Man, Undertaker, Great Kahli).
This is an area reserved specifically for those superstars and storylines that force all of us, even those who are not even regular viewers, stand back and say "I can't believe we watch this crap!"
We have had the homosexual marriage, the gooney thing, the three-minute warning, the Booger guy, the Survivor-series Turkey, and even the "spirit squad."
And so much more! A prime example was the ruthless, senseless beatings of Zach Gowan.
The Three Minute Warning was a tool used by Bischoff to get his way. He would send down these two overweight thugs.
They would dress in clothes that would have been in style 10 years prior. These two spoke in "homey" and did not have much in-ring capability.
It was not until just now that I realized Umaga was one of them!
Thes guys could not have been handed a worse gimmick than this! I think, that from the beginning, they must have all known this. I can only surmise that these fove guys came from FTW or OHV, all at once.
This could have been a "drop 'em in and see how they swim," kind of thing. It seems it would have been difficult to bring in five white kids with no gimmick.
Even after Dykstra broke out...well, he didn't.
I don't even know what to say here...
I don't remember what year this occurred. I remember there was supposed to be a "huge surprise" waiting in an egg, to be opened during the PPV.
I remember how excited I was/. I couldn't wait to see what was inside! Maybe a new wrestler, maybe an old guy that came back, maybe a different championship, or match type!
I do remember how upset I was when this is what came out. (I was at the demographic age, and still disappointed.)
This is where Edge and Christian came from. These three "members" were all in one of (in my opinion) the coolest factions—the Ministry.
In this larger group was a smaller tag of three wrestlers—Edge, Christian, and Gangrel. They were supposed to be "vampires" at the time.
The only one who didn't survive after that little masquerade was over was Gangrel. He himself was a gimmick.
This is just a fun gimmick—or a horrible one, to be more accurate.
But it would be nice if the problem only stopped here.
The obvious issue is the unbridled racism in this "jungle man." This is probably one of many reasons we try to find diversity amongst our champions today.
Hell, I even remember on ECW when Matt Striker made a comment about Kelly being Jewish. That was not 15 or 20 years ago. That comment was said 15-20 DAYS ago!
It would be nice to have groomed or to groom a positive Jewish, black, or Asian superstar.
And who doesn't feel sorry for him?
From, What I recall, the "Repo Man" was a tag team partner to the (already anti-semetic stereotype) I.R.S.—Irwin R. Sheistner.
They were a tag team of some horrible name...I don't remember. I also, think he went on to be something else, after the Repo Man persona.
I think the Million-Dollar Man came into the picture somewhere as well.
Billy and Chuck, the wedded couple.
This did get some draw in from the audience, but one has to wonder if it was all worth it.
I do, in fact, remember it being something that drew my attention. this event probably got a lot of ratings in the buildup and execution of it.
In the end though, this has turned out to be the most disastrous thing Vinnie Mac could have ever done to the careers of these two.
Chuck Palumbo tried to make it back in recently, and no one really cared he was even there. (To be fair to Vince, though, it is not as if Chuck was a big star before this incident.)
Billy Gunn however, was a pretty big deal before all of this. Now he is being spit out the bottom of even TNA.
Unless WWE buys his contract to form up DX again with Jesse James, Billy is done for.
He had a great career in the "Minor Leagues." Came in, through months of promos and promises, then the debut match.
And that was it! He pulled a Kaiser Soze.