Many people who have been fans of the WWE brand for a while see a lot of superstars come and go. Because they do, sometimes gimmicks seem to trade off from one superstar to the next, in some form or fashion. The following slides contain certain superstars that share some of the same styles, finishers and gimmicks.
Whether the WWE thinks the Universe has reached a point where the audience has forgotten, no one knows, but here are some superstars with commonalities.
Feel free to add to the list!
The Miz is a superstar in his own right and deserves to be off the sidelines, but he has also taken bits and pieces from several Attitude Era superstars to become who he is today.
Remember the famous phrase, "WHAT!" coined by "Stone Cold" Steve Austin? Interesting enough, The Miz has tried to push the phrase, "REALLY?" at the WWE Universe. The crowd joins in, but it's not something that they just burst out and chant during other superstars' promos like Daniel Brian's "Yes, Yes, Yes!"
Also, everyone followed The Rock with his phrase, "If ya smell, what The Rock is cooking!" The Miz has a similar catch phrase, "'Cause I'm the Miz and I'm, Awesome!" Usually, the crowd chants "Awful!" or something of that nature. But it's evident that the phrases are in the same family.
Lastly, even Chris Jericho mentioned The Miz as being a carbon copy when he returned to the WWE to feud with CM Punk. The Miz teamed up with The Big Show, just as Y2J did and he also started to dress in suits and speak very slowly after his storyline being Jericho's tag-team partner. It's obvious signs of why The Miz would take on parts of his mentor's persona.
Notice above that Miz has taken small aspects from each of these stars and tried to reinvent the magic that these separate entities once held.
Jack Swagger has taken on a similar look and style of former Attitude Era star and current TNA star, Kurt Angle.
Swagger wears the Olympic wrestling gear that Angle still sports to this day and he has also taken on Kurt's submission finisher, the ankle lock, formally known as the "Angle Lock."
Though Swagger has his own little gimmick working with Vicki Guerrero and Dolph Ziggler, his style is a clear mirror of Kurt Angle.
Brodus Clay has re-debuted on to the WWE scene with two fine ladies, and a revamped version of a gimmick done during the Attitude Era.
Rikishi and Too Cool ring a bell?
Rikishi and Too Cool were the perfect entertainment piece for the WWE Universe with Scotty Too Hotty and Grand Master Sexy. Brodus Clay, Ariane and Noami bring an upbeat section to both RAW and SmackDown.
This gimmick has been revamped and instead of campy guys bouncing up and down on the ropes with a big man pop-locking and dropping in the center of the ring. There are two sexy mamas whining and popping in the ring with a rhythmically challenged Funkasaurus in the center of the ring.
Dolph Ziggler seems like the spitting image of Attitude Era star, "Mr. Ass" Billy Gunn.
Their styles are very similar.
Bleached blond hair, tans, highlighter in-ring trunks, gyrations and the chewing of the gum.
It's been said before, and the two do look alike. If Dolph's finisher was the "Fame-asser" and not the "Zig-Zag," one could swear they were the same person.
Lord Tensai has wrestled in New Japan for the last few years, and of course that's an obvious reason for him to come back with new moves that he's acquired through his training. But, one thing is straight from the Attitude Era archives.
Green mist spitting from the mouth!
Anyone watching the WWF/E during the Attitude Era knows that the mist was the trademark of Tajiri.
Lord Tensai ripped that move straight from the throat of Tajiri and is claiming it as his own, but it's hard to forget everything you've seen. Especially, when it involves colored mucus.