In the crazy and unpredictable world of professional wrestling, a gimmick is used to draw attention to a character, usually to bring in higher ratings or generate larger revenue.
Gimmicks can be good, (Stone Cold, The Rock) bad, (Giant Gonzalez, Damien Demento), or cliché (anyone remember Salvatore Sincere?).
In my first ever slideshow, I will show you my top 10 best gimmicks in professional wrestling, past and present.
Starting off the list is none other than "The Straight Edge Messiah" CM Punk. His gimmick on SmackDown never fails to keep me interested.
He has some great mic skills, he's a great heel, and he is the leader of a group that is on the verge of becoming a powerhouse stable.
Even though his promos in WWE are great, nothing can put a finger on his ROH promos.
After he cut an awe-inspiring promo two weeks ago on Impact, I felt that he deserved to be on my list.
After WWE dropped the ball with him (as Elijah Burke), TNA decided to pick it up and run with it, and it looks like they are running fast.
He went from being known as the man who suffered the "Spearbuster" on SmackDown from Batista in 2008, to one of the fastest-rising stars in TNA.
His character seems to draw some parallels to The Rock and he has the delivery of Dusty Rhodes. I am currently rooting for him to capture the TNA World Heavyweight Title at Lockdown.
The gimmick that everyone loved, and that people have been begging for the past four years to make its return.
John Cena's "Vanilla Ice/Eminem" gimmick cannot be argued that it didn't capitalize on his rise to superstardom.
He has feuded with the likes of Brock Lesnar, Chris Benoit, The Undertaker, and Eddie Guerrero.
Where would he be without this gimmick you ask? I'd say he'll be currently working in the independent circuit.
Coming in at No.7 is: Mr. Anderson. How can it be hard to hate this guy?
He (along with The Pope) has delivered some of the best promos since the history of The Attitude Era.
While his feud with Kurt Angle is currently about to drift off into the sunset, I'll say he'll be coming after the TNA World Championship in the future.
Who could forget "The only Olympic gold medalist in professional wrestling today?" In his WWE tenure, he pulled off some of the best promos (if not most memorable) with the likes of Stone Cold, Edge, The Rock, and Chris Jericho.
His feud with Edge would have capitalize his status as a legend, because of Edge cementing the "You Suck!" chants back in 2002 and the infamous head shaving at Judgment Day. To this day, he is in TNA, putting over the likes of Desmond Wolfe and Mr. Anderson.
Before he became the "self-righteous honest man" that he is today, (which was clearly inspired by Anton Chigurh in the film No Country for Old Men), he was one of the most hilarious characters in wrestling history.
WWE must've had a small taste of what was to come, when they saw this man (thanks to WCW not pushing the young talent) during his feuds with "Bore Us" Malenko, "Quasi-Juice" Guerrera, Ron Mysterio, Jr., and "Jo-Jo" Dillon in 1998.
Many fans hope to see him back in this gimmick, but I'd say he is fine where he is.
"You should know your role and shut your mouth, take a little walk down Know Your Role Boulevard, hang that right on Jabroni Drive, and then proceed to check your Aunt Jemima-no-pancake-having-ass directly into the SmackDown Hotel!"
This is the man who has taken part in one of the highest rated segments in Raw history, alongside Mankind. He is The Rock.
He has brought us some of the most hilarious promos in sports-entertainment history, and will be surely inducted into the Hall of Fame in the near future, (although why he was not inducted along with Stone Cold, we'll never know). Who could ever forget The Rock's enjoyment of pie?
Who could ever forget "layin' the smackdown on your candy ass!"? Not me, of course.
Along with The Rock, Stone Cold captilized on his superstardom in the WWE and became the face of the Attitude Era.
He was the beer-drinking, bird-flipping, foul-mouthed, hell-raising redneck who loved to humiliate his boss at every turn.
He had many memorable promos with Mr. McMahon, The Rock, Triple H, Kurt Angle, Chris Jericho, and The Undertaker.
He participated in the critically-acclaimed pay-per-view WrestleMania X7, in a No-Disqualification match against The Rock.
He was involved in one of the most unforgettable swerves of the match, when he shook hands and shared a beer with Mr. McMahon.
After this moment, he seemed to drift away from becoming the rebellious redneck that we all knew and loved, to a prima donna who would complain about the respect he was not getting from the fans.
He was cheered despite being a heel, joining the likes of Sting, Randy Orton, The Rock, and Chris Jericho. This man is one of the most memorable characters in the history of the wrestling business.
Coming in at No. 2 is the Undertaker. It can be argued that 1999 was the year of The Undertaker. For me personally, I thought that this is where Undertaker's career peaked.
The Ministry of Darkness was one of the most powerful stables in WWF history, taking part in actions such as embalming of Stone Cold, sacrificing Mideon, kidnapping Stephanie McMahon, and driving Kane mentally insane.
During this time, he became a three-time WWE Champion after defeating Steve Austin with the help of Shane McMahon at Over the Edge, and later on revealed that Mr. McMahon was his "Higher Power."
The Ministry and Corporation would then merged an become the Corporate Ministry.
Like Stone Cold and The Rock, Undertaker would also be remembered as one of the most unforgettable characters in WWE. I would also give him respect for still doing what he loves for all the fans.
And coming in at No. 1 is....
The nWo (New World Order). This group became one of the most powerful stables in not just WCW history, but pro wrestling history since the Four Horseman.
This group also revitalized the dying career of Hulk Hogan, by leading one of the most infamous heel turns in wrestling history.
At Bash at the Beach '96, the main event involved The Outsiders and their mystery partner against Randy Savage, Sting, and Lex Luger.
The Outsiders would then come down to the ring without their mystery partner and proclaim that they were capable of finishing the match themselves.
As both parties went back and fourth, the team of Sting, Lex Luger, and the "Macho Man" Randy Savage proved to be too much for them, as Kevin Nash and Scott Hall started dominating the match.
Hulk Hogan would then make his way down the ring, seeming to come to the aid of Sting and Savage, but he performed one of the most awe-inspiring swerves in wrestling history.
He hit several Atomic Leg Drops on Randy Savage, and threw the ref out the ring, effectively ending the match as a no-contest.
The audience began to be so wracked with anger and frustration that they began to throw trash in the ring, (and according to Gene Okerlund) break Hulk Hogan's nose after he was hit with a soda can.
As Okerlund entered the ring and questioned the actions of Hogan, Hogan proclaimed that he was tired of WCW and tired of the fans that have turned on him, despite what all at he'd done for them.
Hogan have claimed that the three of them, (Hall, Nash, and Hogan of course) are the "new world order of wrestling" and then declared their intentions of taking over WCW.
This faction would also began to attack various WCW wrestlers, committing acts of vandalism and assault.
The stable soon began their rise to power with the newly rechristened Hollywood Hogan capturing the WCW World Title, and spraypainting the words nWo on it.
They would also began to trick fans with their own version of Sting, causing Sting to leave WCW for over a year and become the "Crow" character.
These events would later lead up to the horrible finish of Starrcade '97, which should have ended the nWo once and for all.
But you know what? It didn't. The nWo never really had a proper ending, effectively overkilling the once elite faction and coming up with 921 nWo reunions.
Although the nWo never ended the way it should have and didn't pave way for the young and upcoming talent until 2000, it cannot be argued the the nWo is one of the greatest stables of all time.
- Mr. McMahon: Evil Billionaire Tyrant
- The Undertaker: Big Evil
- Raven: Grunge Cult Leader
- Eddie Guerrero: Latino Heat
- Kane: Masked schizophrenic pyrotechnic
- DX: Rebellious degenerates
- Edge & Christian: Teen Surfer Idols
- Randy Savage: "Macho Man" persona
- Hulk Hogan: American Hero
- Hollywood Hogan: nWo Leader
- Mankind: Deranged Bum
- L.A.X.: Revolutionary Latinos
- Sting: Crow
- Edge: "Rated R Superstar" persona
- Scott Hall: Drunk
- John "Bradshaw" Layfield: Conservative Businessman
- Bryan Danielson: "American Dragon" persona
- The Beautiful People: Arrogant Blonde Barbie Dolls
- Randy Orton: Legend Killer