WWE No Way Out 2012: A Look at 7 Tuxedo Matches from the Past
Santino Marella will face Ricardo Rodriguez in a Tuxedo Match at No Way Out. The odd gimmick match has been around for decades.
Two men tear each other's clothes off until one is down to their boxers, forced to scurry back to the dressing room blushing.
Santino's gift for comic timing may make his match against Alberto Del Rio's personal ring announcer more palatable than some previous Tuxedo Matches. Still, no one is expecting Ricky Steamboat and Ric Flair come No Way Out.
The Tuxedo Match has been homo-erotic comic filler and should provide the same role come Sunday.
1985 Jim Duggan vs. Ted DiBiase
The best Tuxedo Match of all time featured two WWE greats when they wrestled for Mid-South Wrestling. Jim Duggan and Ted DiBiase's feud reached a boiling point, and this convoluted gimmick match was actually a perfect fit for the climax.
In addition to being a Tuxedo Match, this was also a Steel Cage Match, a Coal Miner's Glove Match and a Loser Leaves Town Match.
Most Tuxedo Matches only manage to be silly, but this one melded brutality with it.
In a story of revenge and blistering hate, Duggan and DiBiase tore apart each other's tuxes and used the scraps as weapons. Duggan, donning a powder-blue number, found himself bloodied mid-match, but eventually delivered a huge glove-assisted punch to end it.
1986 Hillbilly Jim vs. Mr. Fuji
After being attacked by Mr. Fuji with a cane, Hillbilly Jim swore revenge. He got it in the form of clothes ripping at Madison Square Garden.
The action was slow-moving, and neither wrestler seemed into it.
While this match was not as ridiculous as other versions, it was one of the more boring Tuxedo Matches. Aside from a bit of hat stomping and whipping with a jacket, there is little that stands out here.
There isn't much reason to watch this unless seeing Mr. Fuji in his boxers sounds entertaining.
Great American Bash 1989 Jim Cornette vs. Paul E. Dangerously
Considering the fact that two non-wrestlers were involved, this wasn't that bad. Jim Cornette and Paul Heyman's intensity is palpable, especially in the beginning.
It's clear that they hated each other and they did an admirable job trying to tell a story in the ring, but their lack of athleticism and the silliness of the stipulation made this just ho-hum.
The two managers rolled around for a seemingly long time before Cornette tossed some blinding dust into Heyman's eyes and got the win.
Worldwide 1994 Steve Austin vs. Johnny B. Badd
If you need visual proof of WCW's misuse of Steve Austin, take a gander at this match. Putting Santino and Ricardo Rodriguez in a goofy match like this makes sense, but relegating someone as talented as Austin to a comedy match is a bewildering choice.
The gimmick severely hampered both men's abilities.
Austin and Johnny B. Badd did the best they could with this, but fans would much rather see them perform wrestling moves over choking each other with a cummerbund or tearing off pant legs.
The mostly slow match ended mercifully with Colonel Parker interference and a cheap victory for Austin.
Raw 1995 Howard Finkel and Harvey Wippleman
The novelty of seeing Howard Finkel in the ring and hearing Bobby Heenan's sharp-witted commentary couldn't save this flop.
What was supposed to be a fun, lighthearted match ended up just being an overload of awkwardness. Two out-of-shape guys exposed far too much pale skin, giving fans a series of unappetizing views.
The one wrestling move that they tried was botched. WWE fans are more likely to remember the sight of Finkel's bright red undies.
WWE must have liked something they saw, though, as Finkel was asked to perform in another Tuxedo Match just a few years later.
SmackDown 1999 Howard Finkel vs. Tony Chimel
Howard Finkel reprised his goofy, pale non-wrestler in a torn tuxedo role during an angle where Chris Jericho convinced him that he was a warrior.
Finkel challenged then-SmackDown ring announcer Tony Chimel.
What followed this was a one-sided match—a one-note song that won't be on any best-of lists. Chimel proceeded to dominate Finkel, turning a normally blasé match into even less interesting fare.
Raw 2009 Hornswoggle vs. Chavo Guerrero
One has to wonder what Chavo Guerrero did to anger the creative WWE team to get stuck with the career-sinking feud he had with Hornswoggle in 2009.
The two fought in a Blindfold Match, a Cow Tipping Match and a match where Chavo had to wrestle with his hand tied behind his back. This one was dubbed a "Sharp Dressed Man Match" as a tie-in to ZZ Top being the guest hosts.
All the rolling around and jacket tearing you'd expect from a Tuxedo Match is here, with the added visual of a tremendous size difference.