Watch Doink the Clown and DDP Return to WWE Raw, Who Played the Iconic Clown?

The Doctor Chris MuellerFeatured ColumnistJuly 3, 2012

For the past few weeks we have seen legends returning to take on Heath Slater in the build-up to the 1000th episode of Monday Night Raw.

This past Monday there was a double dose of legendary presence as two former competitors showed up on Raw: Doink the Clown and Diamond Dallas Page.

Doink was the latest WWE legend to take on Heath Slater, but this time Slater got the win after a running neckbreaker to the green-haired grappler.

Slater was elated that he finally got a win, but his time at the top was short lived as DDP made his way down and delivered a Diamond Cutter to put the One Man Band down.

Doink returning is not totally unexpected, as WWE owns the rights to the characters and has put the costume on several superstars in the past to play the character once or twice.

So who played the demented clown this time?

PWInsider is reporting that the colorful superstar was played by none other than WWE mainstay, Steve Lombardi.

For those of you who do not know who Lombardi is, please allow me to drop some knowledge on you.

Steve Lombardi played the most memorable jobber(s) of all time with the characters of The Brooklyn Brawler and Abe "Knuckle Ball" Schwartz.

As Brawler and Schwartz, Lombardi made a career out of putting others over and making it look good. His dedication to the business and not his own reputation is truly respectable.

The appearance of Doink might not have made the fans pop as big as the proprietor of DDP Yoga did.

DDP looked great in his return, and when he hit the Diamond Cutter on Slater one thought popped into my mind: "This guy's still got it."