There are only a few things that make every wrestler different. Wrestling ability, size, and appearance help differentiate between wrestlers. The one thing that stands out about a wrestler other than that is their gimmick.
A wrestler's gimmick is what transforms him or her from athlete to larger than life personality. Unfortunately, gimmicks in wrestling are kind of a lost art. No one really seems to be different anymore.
Looking through the entire WWE roster, it was as if gimmicks really don't make the wrestler anymore. But there are a few examples to prove that it isn't true. There are WWE Superstars today that follow the tradition of being original.
Debate or contest if you wish. Remember, this list is made to start arguments, not end them. For now, here's my list of the Top 10 Gimmicks in the WWE Today.
The modern day Mr. Perfect takes perfection to a whole new level.
The slicked back bleached blonde hair extenuates his metro character to a T. It's not only his appearance that makes his character, every one of Dolph Ziggler's moves in the ring is executed with perfection. Anything less is simply unacceptable.
Behind every great man, is always an annoying woman. Who better for that part than Vickie Guerrero? She's the icing on the cake for Ziggler's character. Ziggler, who isn't the greatest thing on the mic, is accompanied by someone who gets outstanding heat from the fans.
Dolph Ziggler's character is more than just a perfectionist. The name itself is derived from Mark Wahlberg's character in Boogie Nights. In that movie, Marky Mark plays a porn star who goes under the name Dirk Diggler.
Dirk Diggler was the Tony Montana of the adult film industry. He was someone who started out with absolutely nothing and ended up with the industry in the palm of his hand. Time will tell if Dolph Ziggler can follow in the footsteps of his Hollywood counterpart.
These two dynamic Superstars provide a great amount of excitement for the WWE Universe.
Rey Mysterio has been wrestling in the United States for quite some time. Since the mid-90's, he's been captivating fans with his intense, high-flying offense, all while under a mask.
American wrestling fans are used to a completely different style of wrestling fans. Fans who grew up with Hulk Hogan and Andre The Giant were now being exposed to a masked high-flyer and luchador-style wrestling.
Over time, the style of Rey Mysterio sunk in to wrestling fans in the United States. Other wrestlers may have incorporated the style, but no one donned the mask.
Earlier this year the WWE Universe was in for another surprise with the arrival of Mistico. Now using the name Sic Cara, he brings an authentic luchador style of wrestling straight out of Mexico.
The wrestling style of these two are strikingly similar, but the item that brings them together is their masks.
The mask is a sacred tradition of Mexican wrestling. The mystery that's left is exciting when the fans see their favorite Superstar and never know who's behind the mask.
Well his gimmick is unique, that's for sure.
Sheamus is someone who's really dedicated to his on-set persona. I'm not sure how someone, no matter what nationality they may be, can manage to stay as white as the Celtic Warrior.
It may have been his wrestling ability that made Sheamus the first ever Irish-born WWE Champion, but fans were immediately blown away by his novel appearance.
Not only does he have the look, but he talks the talk and walks the walk. The motions taken by Sheamus are those by an Irish warrior. The ability to be intimidating and show no fear is one that's possessed by the Celtic Warrior.
People have doubted accents in wrestling before, but there are no doubts against Sheamus. The authentic Irish accent is nothing ever seen before on the main stage of the WWE.
Overall, Sheamus owns a very fantastic and original gimmick that will be remembered for many years to come.
Zack Ryder's character may have propelled him to be the most successful low-card wrestler of all-time.
Someone as low on the card as Long Island Iced-Z is usually referred to as a jobber. Has anyone ever seen a jobber with so much charisma?
His character can simply be described as a Guido from Long Island. The flashy wardrobe, the tan, and the fist-pumping are all part of Ryder's Jersey Shore-esque personality.
His claim to fame is of course his weekly YouTube show Z! True Long Island Story. Every week since the middle of last February, Ryder has released a new episode. His show helped him go from kind of noticed to really noticed in a short period of time.
Fans and fellow wrestlers have bought in to the Ryder Revolution. During the past few months, there have been several messages from WWE Superstars telling everyone to watch Zack Ryder's show. As for the WWE Universe, they think Zack Ryder is the best thing since sliced bread.
Every single WWE live show is packed to the brim with Zack Ryder signs. Even though he seems to never appear on Monday Night Raw, the vast majority of signs in the crowd are Ryder signs. This proves one thing and one thing only: the WWE Universe loves the personality that is Long Island Iced-Z.
Only time will tell how far Zack Ryder will go. Until then, take care, spike your hair.
Woo Woo Woo. You Know It.
"My name, my name is Alberto Del Rio. But you already know that."
It's a simple, but effective catchphrase. However, his voice isn't the first voice that's heard during his illustrious entrance. Del Rio is the only wrestler in the sport today to have his very own personal ring announcer.
Rich-man gimmicks have been done before. Ted Dibiase, a corrupt billionaire, and John Bradshaw Layfield, a conservative businessman, have played the rich jerk to the best of its potential. Now it's time for the new rich jerk, and this one is a Mexican Aristocrat.
An Aristocracy is a form of government where the best qualified citizens rule. In this case, Alberto Del Rio is the highest qualified citizen.
Why wouldn't he be the top citizen? He drives a new, very expensive car every week (which are totally not rentals by the way, let that be clear). Rolls Royce's, Bentley's, and any other very expensive automobiles you can think of, Del Rio owns.
All of the money in the world can't buy one thing Del Rio has on his mind: Destiny. His destiny is of course to become the WWE Champion. Competing all of the world lead him to the WWE. Completing the journey of becoming WWE Champion would make his career come full circle. Just look at him, it's his destiny.
Possibly, this could turn out to be one of the greatest character changes of all-time.
R-Truth's previous character had become extremely stale. Coming out to the ring rapping and dancing was getting to be very old and very boring. It was almost as if the WWE had nothing for him. Therefore most fans thought his career with the WWE would be finished after a short while.
Then, he activated himself.
The heel that was burning inside Ron Killings was exposed. The turn was symbolized by a lit cigarette, something no one would ever think of seeing on a PG-rated wrestling show. Little did the WWE Universe know what was coming after that.
Constant ramblings of conspiracies and plans against him are regular from R-Truth now. The WWE Universe is out to get him, and he's putting all the Little Jimmy's out there with the Froot Loop-colored t-shirts on notice.
To exemplify himself as a man who abandoned his past, R-Truth walks to the ring with no entrance music. The only sound besides the loud jeers from the crowd is R-Truth talking to himself while shooting bizarre looks at all the Little Jimmy's in the crowd.
"Don't boo me," he now says frequently. "You should be booing yourselves." His new character shows us one thing in particular: Ron Killings is a redeemable person.
Women and children may love him, but Randy Orton the anti-hero of the WWE.
The Viper gimmick debuted in the Summer of 2008. Along with his gimmick change, he incorporated a new entrance theme: "Voices" by Rev Theory. The song was designed to compliment Orton's new personality, and did it ever work.
Currently recognized as the WWE's Apex Predator, Orton embodies Viper-like mannerisms in the ring.
Some fans have mentioned that Randy Orton is the modern day Stone Cold Steve Austin. The Viper and the Texas Rattlesnake have more in common than most fans think.
Besides being characterized as snakes and anti-heroes, Orton's RKO bares a striking resemblance to the Stone Cold Stunner. Both are quick finishing attacks and can be hit on anyone at any time. The fact that they can be hit at any time is a given, the reality about the attacks on anyone is what makes them both so special.
Randy Orton will RKO anyone, heel or face. "I would RKO my own grandmother to keep the WWE Championship," he once said to Sheamus. "And then I would RKO your grandmother just to see the look on her face." Does that sound like anything a typical face would say?
"Dashing" Cody Rhodes was a good character. Disfigured Cody Rhodes is so much better.
Because of how this started, no one thought this would amount to anything. As this character evolved, the once dashing and now hideous Cody Rhodes rose to the top.
A little known fact is that Rhodes actually broke his nose, hence the Rip Hamilton-style mask. Playing it off as needing facial reconstructive surgery was the origin of the new dark and depressed Cody Rhodes.
Recently, he was featured in Marvel.com's "Fightin' Fanboys." In this piece, he was compared to Marvel Comics super villain Doctor Doom. When building up his character, Rhodes described his mask as the addition that made his character pop and reminded him of a character like Doom who was all business but was hiding something hideously wrong with him.
Rhodes' recent endeavors include having his henchmen hand out paper bags to the fans at WWE events. Offended by their ugliness, Rhodes doesn't want to see anyone without a paper bag over their head.
There's no telling how far this character will bring Cody Rhodes. Even though his appearance is no longer dashing, his future looks to be so.
Ten years ago, if you were watching The Real World and someone pointed at Mike Mizanin and said, "He's gonna be WWE Champion years from now," of course you would have said he was nuts.
Everyone has to start somewhere, right?
The Miz made his original claim to fame ten years ago on The Real World, establishing himself as somewhat of a celebrity. Building his credibility over the years as a great in-ring competitor, the pompous alter ego of Mike Mizanin remained the same.
The evolution of The Miz is a success story that everyone can relate to. However, he takes his success out on everyone who doubted him. Everyone that set him up to fail has been proven wrong. The night of November 22nd, 2010 in Orlando, FL, the voice of every naysayer was permanently silenced as The Miz became WWE Champion.
The illustrious and prestigious title run that was the first WWE Championship run of The Miz will live forever. Becoming a great WWE Champion wasn't the only plan for The Miz, he became a larger than life celebrity.
Several media appearances and interviews led The Miz to be referred to as the most must-see WWE Champion in history. In a short amount of time as the promotion's champion, The Miz would become the new face of the franchise.
His celebrity status in mainstream America is like no other this sport has ever seen. A true legend in the making, The Miz sets a great example as the new, awesome face of the WWE.
The clock is ticking for CM Punk's future in the WWE, but his character is something that will live forever.
Straight edge is a way of life that CM Punk actually follows in reality. His lifestyle entails no drugs, no alcohol and no promiscuous sex. This lifestyle is not an uncommon thing, but how people lead it comes in many different ways.
The villainous CM Punk uses his straight edge mentality to tell everyone that he's better than them. It takes a strong personality, according to Punk, to stay away from such things—and everyone who doesn't is simply weak.
Over the last few years, he's led stables such as the Straight Edge Society and the New Nexus, and taken younger wrestlers under his tutelage. Through this process, CM Punk became the Charles Manson of wrestling.
Both cults Punk has led bare resemblance to the Manson Family. Both are young packs that have been hazed and brainwashed into a way of thinking and acting by one man.
One thing CM Punk does extremely well, and possibly better than anyone else ever has, is the ability to be as real as possible. The way he speaks and the language he uses makes us believe that he's speaking from the heart.
Recent Punk promos have triggered the WWE Universe into questioning the fabrication of sports entertainment. Fellow wrestlers will say that the best promos are the ones that sound the most real. Although it seems that it will lead to his demise in the WWE, CM Punk's ability to suspend disbelief is one of a kind.