Throughout the years, there have been some pretty ridiculous gimmicks in the world of pro wrestling. Too many to list, in fact. So I thought to myself "What are the 10 worst gimmicks ever?"
So, in no particular order, the 10 worst gimmicks in pro wrestling history:
In 1990, Hector Guerrero took on the role of the infamous Gooker. Guerrero, in complete turkey costume, sprang from a giant egg at Survivor Series 1990, dancing in the ring next to announcer Mean Gene Oakerland.
The gimmick was quickly hashed after incredibly negative reviews, though it was brought back for the "Gimmick Battle Royal" at Wrestlemania X7 in 2001.
Played by Mike Shaw of Bastion Booger fame, the "Mad Monk" didn't last long. After uproar from the Catholic Church, the character was gone and Shaw came back as the mildly popular Booger, who made a reappearance in the Gimmick Battle Royal with the Gooker.
Isaac Yankem, DDS
The man who would later become Kane, Glen Jacobs, started his WWF career as the maniacal dentist for Jerry "The King" Lawler. He spent most of 1995 and 1996 boring crowds out of their minds. Thankfully, he went on to bigger and better things.
Arguably the most embarrassing introduction to a character in history.
During "A Flair for the Gold," Ric Flair's segment in WCW, the team of Sting and Davey Smith revealed their mystery partner—The Shockmaster! Well, the only shocking thing he did was fall through the hole in the wall from which he was to appear, losing his sparkled storm trooper helmet in the process.
Poor John Tenta.
Bored WCW audiences with a blatant attempt to emulate the Ultimate Warrior (though Eric Bischoff claims that is not the case). He rarely spoke on the mic, was completely devoid of talent in the ring, and disappeared shortly into 1996, thankfully.
I honestly dislike this one the most.
Barry Darsow moved on from being a part of Demolition to this? Repo Man wasn't a complete wash, having a semi-big feud with the British Bulldog, but was arguably the most irritating of all the characters. His specialty was repossessing items from those who could not pay on time. He carried tow-rope with him to the ring and his singlet had tire tracks on him. Good God.
Doink the Clown
My favorite from the list. Doink, in principle, is the worst character. A clown in wrestling? But when he was the evil clown, in the mold of "IT" of Stephen King fame, he was great.
I loved it and was scared to death (I was seven or eight when he was famous) at the same time. And don't even get me started on Dink.
"Real Man" Steve Regal
When Regal left WCW in 1998, he came to the WWF who packaged him as the Bounty Guy, apparently. He came to the ring in a flannel shirt and jeans, with a hard-hat on his head.
Thankfully, it didn't last long and he went back to being the evil Englishman that he is.
Now, I'd like to start by saying that I've met Dale and he's a great guy. I've also seen him chop someone in person literally five feet away, so crossing him isn't ideal. But this is just an awful character.
He came in when WCW was plugging a KISS concert (which never happened, to my knowledge) and engaged in some terrible, just TERRIBLE, matches. Thankfully, his character went away but unfortunately, so did WCW.
Duke "The Dumpster" Droese
Just another terrible, terrible gimmick. Essentially a garbage man, he carried a garbage can with him to the ring. He had a minor feud with Hunter Hearst Helmsly (now known as Triple H) before finally being released in 1996.
Feel free to make your own additions and thanks for the read!