Five Failed WWF Gimmicks that Could Have Worked
With hindsight being 20/20 you can look back and see things in wrestling that should have worked. This includes whether it was the right gimmick, but wrong guy or vice versa.
The WWF during the 1990s was literally a wasteland of failed gimmicks. This was a period where they tried pretty much anything and everything.
From wrestling monks to plumbers to a repo man. Most of these failed, but some could have been great.
Sadly even into the 2000s, the WWE had even more opportunities to make it big, with perhaps less than obvious gimmicks. Here's a look at five of them from the 1990s and 2000s.
The Godwinns + Cade & Murdoch
I'm bunching these two together since they both fall under the same reason why the gimmicks failed.
Both tag teams did achieve success in winning the tag team belts, but they should have been a lot bigger. This was the WWF/E's opportunity to have serious brawlers who had wild fun matches.
The Godwinns should have just gone nuts in the ring like a Public Enemy or Dudley Boyz. Cade and Murdoch were a little closer to having something special, but the WWE just never pulled the trigger for whatever reason.
These days you just don't have those really good brawler tag teams that made for a lot of great moments in the 1990s.
I recently watched the Royal Rumble where Giant Gonzales debuted. It was actually done really well.
However, the fact that he was covered in a body suit designed to look like a sasquatch man just made him a laughing stock.
He wasn't going to set the world on fire with his wrestling skills, but if they really limited him to strikes, chokes and power moves he would have done just fine.
The WWF should have scrapped the body suit and given him furry boots and furry arm sleeves or something.
Anything that wouldn't have made him look like a cross between Slim Goodbody and the snow monster from Rudolph.
Doink was awesome when he first came in. A deranged lunatic clown who popped little children's balloons with a lit cigar. Matt Borne was the man under the make-up and played Doink over the top.
However, Borne's personal problems caught up with him, causing multiple people to portray the character over the years.
Eventually Doink was turned babyface and all hope was lost. He was then joined by tiny clowns like Pink and Wink. This was obviously targeted towards kids, causing the more adult fan to totally lose any interest in Doink.
Doink still pops up time to time, but it's just random people using the gimmick since the make-up disguises you.
Everyone from CM Punk to Matt Hardy have been the clown before. Sadly no one who takes up the gimmick ever does it as a heel.
Waylon Mercy was portrayed by Dan Spivey, who at the time was already in his 40s and dealing with nagging injuries. If you never saw the gimmick before, Mercy was a slow-talking Southern man who was practically a sociopath.
Mercy would be polite as can be to his opponent and even the referee, shaking their hands. But then he would proceed to absolutely assault his opponent and use illegal moves. Then he would beg for forgiveness before doing it all over again.
Spivey played the role to perfection, but one wonders that if someone else or a healthy Spivey was the man behind Waylon Mercy if it would have really done something. The WWF at the time was incredibly gimmick-heavy and lacking some main event talent.
This was pre-Attitude era when WCW was gaining momentum. Mercy could have broken out of the pack, but it wasn't to be unfortunately.
Big Daddy V
I'm a bit of a mark for the big guys, so when Big Daddy V came around on ECW I expected big things. Yes, he was dominant on ECW, but he failed to break out.
I really felt that he needed to go to Smackdown and win the World Heavyweight Championship. Yes, the matches wouldn't have been amazing but it would have been fun to watch.
Big Daddy V or Viscera or Mabel or whatever you want to call him, certainly paid his dues to the WWF/E and deserved a run at the top. He was always entertaining and did some pretty good stuff in the ring if you like the big man matches.
V could have had a short three-five month reign with the belt before dropping it to a smaller wrestler and giving him some credibility as the one who beat the unbeatable.
I recently watched some footage of his from his time on ECW and I just don't see why he wasn't pushed to the moon as Big Daddy V. It was really effective and entertaining stuff.
The WWF always fails to truly get their big guys over as unstoppable monsters. They messed up with Earthquake, Vader, Kane, Mark Henry, etc. V should have been the guy back a couple of years ago, but once again the WWE slipped up and made a mistake.