The world of professional wrestling has its fair share of wrestling gimmicks that are memorable in the eyes of long-time fans such as The Undertaker, Hulk Hogan and Crow Sting.
It also has a good number of gimmicks that did a very poor job of making fans care for them. Whether it was too over-the-top to take seriously or was rather tasteless, these gimmicks are more memorable for being the absolute worst to be seen in professional wrestling.
A number of these gimmicks are also noteworthy for being past gimmicks that you would be surprised to have heard that top stars in the industry took part in.
In no particular order, I bring you 50 wrestling gimmicks that most fans would rather choose to forget about.
If you were a WCW fan back in the late 1980s, then you might be familiar with this ridiculous tag team.
Former Pizza Hut manager Jim Herd was the president of the company at the time and was hoping to make WCW into a company similar to the WWF with over-the-top gimmicks to hook in younger viewers.
When Jim's idea to create a tag team of hunchbacks got canned by bookers, he was able to get the idea for this team through instead.
This silly looking team had a bell that continually rang throughout a match and did enough to annoy audiences in attendance.
This won't be the last entry you will see in this list featuring lousy gimmicks from Herd's time as WCW President.
Glen Jacobs, better known as Kane in the WWE, is well known for taking crappy wrestling angles and gimmicks and running with them despite how embarrassing they would have to be for the guy.
His earliest role with an embarrassing gimmick was during his time in the USWA during the early 1990s when he took on the role of the Christmas Creature, a monster heel dressed in green decorated with ornaments and Christmas lights.
Not too surprisingly, the decorations would fall off as Glenn was taking part in matches. I've also heard that he would yell out "HO HO HO" during matches and do a very poor job at singing Christmas songs during interviews.
Stay tuned for more Glen Jacobs on this list!
Meet Shawn Stasiak. You might know him as Chuck Palumbo's tag team partner in WCW, being a three-time tag team champion and taking part in the WWF's Invasion angle when WCW went out of business.
Before WCW, Shawn was a younger talent in the WWF's Attitude Era who was victim to being put in a tasteless sexual gimmick. In this case, being a sex slave to former valets Terri Runnels and Jacqueline as part of their Pretty Mean Sisters team-up.
In storyline, Terri and Jacqueline would share Meat as they regularly had their way with him and he would lose matches as a result of being exhausted from hours of sex. The guy even wore wrestling trunks that resembled a tight pair of underwear when he wrestled in the ring.
Like the two earlier slides, stay tuned for more tasteless acts from the WWF's Attitude Era.
One Man Gang was a menacing heel who dominated the mid-South's United Wrestling Federation during the mid 1980s becoming the company's World Heavyweight Champ and having rivalries with notable legendary wrestlers like Jim Duggan, "Dr. Death" Steve Williams and Ted DiBiase.
However, when he signed with the World Wrestling Federation in 1987, his menacing persona took quite a hit. While he retained his regular character at first, One Man Gang was mostly used to squash jobbers and be dominated by the company's prominent faces like Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage.
Then in September 1988, things took a turn for the worst when One Man Gang changed his gimmick into Akeem. The man would dress up in tribal African attire and spoke with a very stereotypical thick African accent as he danced his way to the ring.
The debut of his gimmick was met with criticism as it took place at an American ghetto where tribal Africans were dancing around a fire as Akeem's manager, Slick, talked about his new "protege."
Even as Akeem, the man never got any major run with his career as he was still being used to put over the company's prominent faces while forming a tag team with Big Boss Man called the Twin Towers.
WCW hired former WWF writers Vince Russo and Ed Ferrara in 1999 hoping the two would get the company's TV ratings to recover after they took a hit against the WWF's resurgence thanks to their Attitude Era.
Long story short, the two screwed up rather badly because they were free to wreak havoc with pitching absurd ideas without any authority figure serving as a filter to take the ideas that would make sense, notably Vince McMahon while Russo and Ferrara were in the WWF.
One of the ideas from the two numbskull writers was a "take that" at the WWF in the form of Oklahoma, a rather tasteless parody of popular announcer Jim Ross with the role taken by Ferrara. Ferrara poked fun of every aspect of Ross' persona, including the man's battle with Bell's palsy.
This enraged enough fans and even those among within the pro wrestling industry because of their respect for the contributions that Jim Ross bought with his announcing style. Notably, Jim Cornette threatened to inflict physical harm to Ferrera for the parody, as Jim Ross was a personal friend of his.
There are enough times where Vince McMahon's unhealthy love for big, muscular guys bring us some of the worst wrestlers to step into a WWF ring. Perhaps the most infamous example of this comes in the form of Giant Gonzales.
Appearing at the 1993 Royal Rumble to start up a feud with The Undertaker, Gonzales' ring attire with a body suit donning enough hair and airbrushed muscles made him hard to take seriously as a menacing big man.
Not to mention the guy sets the benchmark as one of the worst in-ring workers that you would bear witness to with his slow movements in the ring and a move set that is much more limited than the Five Moves of Doom you would typically expect out of today's top faces of the WWE like John Cena and Randy Orton.
What better way to reserve a number seven spot for this failed gimmick from Dustin Runnels.
Dustin Runnels is mostly known for his work in the WWF/E as the bizarre wrestler known as Goldust, who got some major pushes in the WWF with three Intercontinental Title reigns.
When Dustin left the WWF in 1999, he returned to WCW where he starred in several creepy vignettes featuring him as a mysterious white face-painted wrestler named Seven appearing before the window of a child's bedroom.
Fortunately for Dustin, Turner's Standards and Practices department raised concerns over the vignettes thinking it featured this new character as a child abductor and they wanted the character axed.
When the Seven character made its debut on WCW TV, it would be killed on arrival when Dustin made a worked shoot where he ripped on the gimmick and he winded up wrestling as Dustin Rhodes while working for the company up to its closure in March 2001.
This embarrassing gimmick of recent memory is likely one Dolph Ziggler would like us to forget about.
This group of five young wrestlers, which included Dolph, were brought into the WWE in 2006 as a male cheerleading stable brought in by Vince McMahon to aid him in his current rivalry with Shawn Michaels.
It was rather hard to take the Spirit Squad seriously when they were engaging in annoying cheer routines regularly as part of their gimmick and being butt monkeys to D-Generation X when Triple H started to help Shawn in his feud with the group.
Giving these clowns the WWE Tag Team Championships and milking the Freebird Rule for all that its worth deteriorated the authenticity of the titles when they were mostly considered a form of comedic relief.
Dolph was the only member of this five-man nuisance squad to kickstart a successful career in the WWE while the other four returned to the indy wrestling scene.
Orlando Jordan had some success in the WWE when he won the United States Championship and served as a part of John Bradshaw Layfield's Cabinet stable.
Jordan would debut in TNA during it's three-hour broadcast of its first Monday Impact Wrestling program in January 2010. Wanting to incorporate his real-life bisexuality into his character... well, you can see for yourself how this is.
Here's another character thought up during Jim Herd's time as WCW President.
In 1990, the rivalry between Sting and Ric Flair had run its course and bookers were looking for someone else for Sting to feud with. Their solution: creating a new character called the Black Scorpion.
This mysterious masked man in black was someone who proclaimed to be someone Sting knew from his past, had the habit of performing parlor magic tricks with members of the audience and used fake Black Scorpions to deceive Sting during their rivalry.
There was just one problem with the whole thing: the bookers had no clue who they would use as the true identity for the Scorpion at the climax of the feud and multiple wrestlers were taking up the the role of the Scorpion while Ole Anderson did the voice work of the character.
The rivalry with Sting and Black Scorpion would finally end at Starrcade when Sting beat the Scorpion and was unmasked to be none other than Ric Flair. So much for a new rivalry!
Long before his latest monster heel push, Mark Henry was another victim of the often tasteless gimmicks the WWF's Attitude Era tacked on its wrestlers.
With his Sexual Chocolate gimmick, Henry took on the role of a ladies man who would hit on any of the WWF's female talent.
This landed him in two tasteless angles in which he gets duped by Chyna to fall in love with a transvestite and started up a relationship with the elderly Mae Young, which ends with her getting pregnant and giving birth to a hand. Eeeek!
Glacier is an example where overhype and investing too greatly in a talent can blow up in your face when it bombs horribly.
Hoping to milk off the popularity of the fighting video game series Mortal Kombat, Glacier was brought in as a Sub-Zero knockoff by WCW.
Sporting an extravagant entrance of synthetic snow and blue laser lights along with an elaborate costume being seemingly similar in appearance to the icy ninja character, Glacier's entrance and costume was a costly one, totaling over half a million dollars.
WCW also hyped Glacier for months starting in April 1996 and finally made his debut in a squash match against The Gambler on a WCW pre-recorded appearance in September.
Unfortunately for Glacier, his debut coincided with the beginning of the New World Order storyline that WCW started, which left him floundering in the midcard despite being booked to a 12-month undefeated streak.
In addition, his rivalry with Mortis and Wrath under the "Blood Runs Cold" storyline failed to get much viewer interest.
The character would eventually be reduced to a jobber and written off WCW televised programs by the start of 1999.
This "mad monk" gimmick from Mike Shaw made a brief appearance in the WWF in April 1993 before the Catholic Church of New York screamed foul over it and the monk was axed.
But this would only lead to the creation of an infamous gimmick for Shaw that will appear later on this list.
Here's yet another failed WCW gimmick that proves having enough money off Ted Turner doesn't always mean it will get you the next big star.
In 1999, Eric Bischoff managed to work out a costly deal with legendary rock band KISS, where he would create a stable of wrestlers based off the likenesses of the members of the band and they were contractually guaranteed to main event a pay-per-view.
However, Eric Bischoff was released from his managerial duties to WCW and the stable plans for the KISS band members were canned.
The KISS Demon was the first and last of these wrestlers to be made where it was supposedly an alter-ego of bass guitarist Gene Simmons.
The KISS Demon did get his "main event" by wrestling in the middle of the card for a Superbrawl PPV in early 2000 where he jobbed to The Wall.
After this, the KISS Demon was renamed simply "The Demon" and winded up teaming with and feuding with Vampiro up to WCW's closure the following year.
Before being the Wildman and Marvelous in the WWF in the 1990s, Marc Mero was tacked on with a Little Richard look-alike gimmick in WCW called Johnny B. Badd, known for his flamboyant behavior and firing off a confetti gun before his matches.
Wonder how "marvelous" this picture of Johnny looks to you.
Long-time pro wrestling fans should be familiar with the Headbangers, a WWF tag team of two metal music fans who wore skirts and had some success winning the Tag Team Titles on one occasion.
But when Thrasher got sidelined with injury in 1999, the man who played Mosh got stuck in two tasteless angles. One of those angles being the infamous Beaver Cleavage.
Being a nod to TV classic Leave it to Beaver, the character of Beaver regularly exchanged sexual innuendos with his "mother," Mrs. Cleavage.
Fortunately this gimmick lasted no longer than a month, though it didn't stop the WWF from humiliating Mosh even more.
The competition between the WWF and WCW was rather heated during the 1990s and the two sides weren't afraid to often take potshots at one another during their TV airings.
In 1996, the WWF took their potshots at WCW by airing a series of rather unflattering vignettes that portrayed Ted Turner, Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage as old, crippled and senile compared to the ways of the WWF's New Generation Superstars.
Before becoming Buff with the NWO, Marcus Bagwell teamed with Scotty Riggs as a WCW tag team of Chippendale dancers with what is considered by some wrestling fans as the worst entrance theme music ever composed.
Here's a gimmick that Kevin Nash would hope to forget about.
Another ridiculous gimmick thought up during the Jim Herd years in WCW, Oz featured Nash decked out in green attire with a ridiculous makeup job to resemble an old man. Better yet, Oz's manager The Wizard (Kevin Sullivan) came out in just as ridiculous attire and makeup.
In one over-the-top entrance at The Great American Bash in 1991, Oz would make his entrance to the ring through a castle with fireworks coming out from it.
Meet crappy Glen Jacobs gimmick No. 2 in the form of Issac Yankem DDS.
During Jerry Lawler's feud with Bret Hart in the mid-1990s, Lawler brought in his personal "dentist" Yankem to help aid him in his feud with The Hitman.
Following a loss to Hart by disqualification at Summerslam 1995, Jacobs was left floundering in the WWF with no direction for his character as Yankem, until he received another horrible gimmick the following year which I'll also cover later in this list.
Hoping to take advantage of the emerging popularity of rap in the early 1990s, the WWF brought in the USWA heel tag team, the Harlem Knights, and repackaged them as a pair of purple-clothed and street-wise faces known as Men on a Mission.
Mabel and Mo were partnered with a rapping manager named Oscar and shown in a series of vignettes being on the streets of the ghetto and talking about how things could be better in the WWF's feeble attempt to have the team appeal to younger audiences.
Vinnie Mac must have realized that things weren't going smoothly with the two big men as faces. So Mabel and Mo turned heel and kicked Oscar to the curb.
Even with a King of the Ring victory under his belt, the victory didn't do anything to heighten Mabel's career in the WWF, nor for Mo's. Both men bailed in 1996, with Mabel returning to two more gimmick changes in the company in later years.
Before being the leader of the Nation of Domination and helping Bradshaw kick some ass with the Acolyte Protection Agency, Faarooq debuted in the WWF under a gladiator gimmick while under the managerial services of Sunny donning a helmet that covered up his receding hairline and ridiculous blue and black wrestling attire.
Fortunately for Ron, this gimmick didn't last too long thanks to the man he was supposed to feud with in his debut (Ahmed Johnson) actually getting sidelined from injury, allowing Faarooq to be repackaged as leader of the Nation.
Not wanting the WWF to be alone in "appealing" to younger viewers with a rapping gimmick in the early 1990s, WCW recruited Paul Neu to take on the persona of PN News, a rapping 400-plus pound wrestler with another ridiculous getup he wore (check to the side) as he made his way to the ring.
Here's another example of WCW's money-forking decisions backfiring badly in their faces.
In 1998, WCW worked out a deal with hip-hop musician Master P to make appearances in a new stable called the No Limit Soldiers, in which P would be paid $200,000 per televised appearance he made.
The group, together with established cruiserweights Konnan and Rey Mysterio plus a few rookie wrestlers, were supposed to help promote Master P and the hip-hop music scene; as well as be booked as faces in a rivalry with a stable of country music-loving wrestlers led by veteran Curt Hennig called the West Texas Rednecks.
There was just one problem with the whole setup: WCW's primary viewing demographic consisted of Southern viewers, many of whom were country music fans.
They acknowledged the West Texas Rednecks as the faces in the so-called feud and the unwanted heat from the fans towards the No Limit Soldiers drove Master P to bail on his deal with WCW, taking the $200,000 from his single TV appearance with him.
Seemingly trying to appeal to rock fans, the WWF hired former WCW wrestler Maxx Payne in 1994. Payne was popular for his grunge rocker gimmick in WCW and several indy wrestling groups at that time.
Unfortunately for Payne, his rocker gimmick as Man Mountain Rock in the WWF was watered down to the point where he was "rocking out" to some rather bland music on a guitar shaped in the form of the WWF's logo and his in-ring attire featured him decked out in a tie-dye bodysuit.
The year is 2006. Technical wrestling talent Shelton Benjamin was over with fans for being able to hang with the WWE's main eventers and having notable runs with the Intercontinental and Tag Team titles.
However, the company's bookers felt Shelton was lacking in charisma and stuck him with comedian Thea Vidale, who took on the role of Shelton's "Mama" to try giving him a winning gimmick.
Unfortunately, "Mama" never got over with the fans and WWE Creative killed off the character a few weeks later.
You have to feel sorry for Jim Neidhart being the butt of humor for Vince McMahon in this humiliating gimmick.
Neidhart was briefly tacked on as the masked wrestler Who in 1996 which was an excuse for McMahon and Jerry Lawler to crack jokes on commentary referring to the Abbott and Costello comedic routine, "Who's On First?"
When Friar Ferguson got dumped due to him being politically incorrect, Mike Shaw was re-assigned to being one of the most disgusting, over-the-top gimmicks from the 1990s in the form of Bastion Booger.
As Booger, Shaw was made to have the character behave as slovenly and gross as possible where he wore dingy singlets to make him appear like a hunchback and got joy out of eating greasy foods on many occasions when he came out to the ring.
Booger was mostly stuck in lower card matches serving as a jobber to the stars, with the only notable highlights to the gimmick being his clean win over Owen Hart and feuding over Bam Bam Bigelow for his valet, Luna Vachon.
Meet crappy Glen Jacobs gimmick No. 3 and another case of the WWF trying to rub things into WCW's face.
As many older wrestling fans know, Scott Hall and Kevin Nash jumped ship from WWF to WCW in 1996 to help kick start the New World Order with Hulk Hogan. This was a major blow to Vince McMahon as Hall and Nash were two of his company's biggest stars at the time as Razor Ramon and Diesel, respectively.
The WWF still had rights to the Razor Ramon and Diesel characters. So possibly out of spite, Rick Bognar and Glen Jacobs were given the roles of the characters while under the managerial services of a then-heel Jim Ross.
As one would expect, the gimmicks never got over with fans, nor did Jim Ross' heel turn. Jacobs was able to get some dignity back the following year when he would be repackaged as Kane while Bognar left for New Japan Pro Wrestling and became a part of the New World Order's Japanese stable.
Here's the last indignity of Glen Jacobs that I will cover for this list.
In 2006, Kane engaged in a brief feud with a mysterious person donning his old attire from when he first debuted and announcers were hyping up the person, who I shall dub Pseudo-Kane, as someone that Kane knew from his past.
The man behind the mask of Pseudo-Kane, Drew Hankinson (aka Festus and Luke Gallows - ED.), certainly didn't look much like Kane back when he was masked being inches shorter and clearly having a wig on. Not to mention fans in arenas were practically dead as they had no clue what the WWE was trying to push with the guy.
Hoping to rub things into the WWF in 1999, WCW brought in this knockoff of Chyna to serve as part of the Revolution stable, which consisted of three later members of the WWF's Radicalz (Perry Saturn, Dean Malenko and Chris Benoit).
Like everything else that blew up in WCW's face during its final years, Asya failed to connect with fans.
WCW actually had the nerve to get Marvel Comics ticked off enough to file a lawsuit against the company for copyright infringement when they created Spider-Man knockoff, Arachnaman, in 1991.
Here's another gimmick from Jim Herd's time in WCW.
Matt Borne, better known to some as WWF's resident clown Doink, took on a lumberjack gimmick known as Big Josh during the early 1990s in his stay with the company. The only notable thing with Big Josh was one ring entrance he made where he was accompanied by dancing bears.
No you're not misreading. He brought dancing bears to the ring with him at one time.
If you were a WWF fan during the early 1990s, you might recognize this guy as Typhoon of the tag team known as the Natural Disasters.
But before being Typhoon, Fred Ottman was placed in the role of a happy-go-lucky sailor named Tugboat who was a buddy of Hulk Hogan with the habit of raising his fist in the air and yelling out "Woo Woo" during his matches.
Ottman is most infamous for one of pro wrestling's absolute worst gimmicks which I will cover later in this list.
By 1985, AWA wrestler Greg Gagne was a bit down on his luck. His tag team partner from the High Flyers, Jim Brunzell, had left for the WWF and a fresh angle for Greg's character in the form of a feud with Sheik Adnar Al-Kaissie went nowhere when his ally against Adnar, Bruiser Brody, also left AWA.
To remedy the problem, Greg was partnered up with Sgt. Slaughter and starred in a series of vignettes where Slaughter was training him to "man up." Greg and Slaughter would team up in tag team matches with Greg donning camouflage attire during the matches to see if it would win over AWA fans.
Unfortunately in a time where impressive physiques were the norm from wrestlers in the 1980s, Greg didn't look that credible being paired with Slaughter because of his skinny appearance, and their partnership was effectively canned a short time afterward.
Before being one of the few blemishes in The Undertaker's WWF career as Giant Gonzales, the guy was featured as El Gigante in WCW, where he was just as slow and very limited in his ring ability as he would later be in the WWF.
Like The Undertaker, El Gigante serves as a blemish to another legendary wrestler in the form of one "Nature Boy" Ric Flair.
Here's another blemish for The Undertaker's career.
In 1994, the Dead Man had underwent his first "death" in storyline at the Royal Rumble and the WWF had a series of vignettes featuring Leslie Nielsen, as a promotional tie-in for his third The Naked Gun movie, investigating a series of Undertaker sightings.
In the weeks leading up to Summerslam, Ted DiBiase proclaimed that he was able to hire The Undertaker to his side and had his own version of the Dead Man, played by indy wrestler Brian Lee, participating in a series of matches.
Paul Bearer called foul to the fake Taker and claimed that he was able to find the real one, who made his return at Summerslam.
Once the two men met in the ring, it was clear as day that Fake Taker looked nothing like the real Dead Man being inches short and having a different-looking face. Not to mention that their match didn't do much to excite fans in attendance.
Following his loss to the real Dead Man, Lee left the WWF to return to the indies.
In 1989, Vince McMahon and Hulk Hogan took part in creating the WWF's first movie in the form of "No Holds Barred" in the hope of making Hogan a big Hollywood star. The movie was a flop in the eyes of critics and movie watchers.
Yet this didn't stop Vinnie Mac and the Hulkster from wanting to bring an element of the movie into WWF storyline.
Tiny Lister, the man who played monster heel wrestler Zeus in No Holds Barred, was brought in to start a storyline feud with Hogan by being angered at his loss in the movie and wanted revenge on Hogan in real life.
Zeus made three major match appearances where he went against Hulk Hogan in two tag team matches and a Survivor Series match, losing to Hulk in all three despite his "monster heel" status. Zeus was released by the WWF by the end of the year upon the company realizing fans could care less about the guy.
However, Lister would make another pro wrestling appearance in 1996 in WCW during Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage's infamous Doomsday Cage Match at Uncensored as Z-Gangsta.
Whereas Savage and Hogan were no-selling attacks from the regular WCW heels throughout the match, Hogan was selling whatever blows were delivered to him by Z-Gangsta thus adding more fuel to Hogan's already stale babyface persona within WCW.
Moral of the story: Hollywood and pro wrestling don't always mesh all too well.
Shane Douglas was one of the major forces that helped kick-start Extreme Championship Wrestling in his infamous 1994 worked shoot promo where he threw down a championship belt he won from an NWA-sponsored tournament and declared himself the new champion for ECW.
The following year, Shane would have a brief run in the WWF under a college professor gimmick where he was to make use of his intelligence and arrogance to get over as a heel in a number of vignettes where he criticized matches, took notes during matches and carried a paddle with him to the ring.
Douglas was a victim of the Kliq's backstage influence where he was handed the Intercontinental title after Shawn Michaels got sidelined from injury from a bar fight before the two could have a match against one another for the title.
Afterward, Douglas had to job to Razor Ramon thus given the role of a 15-minute transitional champion.
This move infuriated Shane enough where he left the WWF by the end of 1995.
After breaking apart with his former tag team partner Bart Gunn in The Smoking Gunns, there was no direction for Billy Gunn's character within the WWF in 1997.
Legendary wrestler Honky Tonk Man was brought in to try giving Billy a new gimmick in the form of Rockabilly, a poor attempt to make Gunn into another Elvis Presley knockoff like HTM. The gimmick didn't mesh well with Billy, nor did it get over too well with fans.
Fortunately for Billy, he would team up later in the year with Jesse James, ditch Honky, form the New Age Outlaws, win more Tag Team Title reigns and join Triple H's new formation of DX.
When Hulk Hogan joined WCW in 1994, he also brought along a number of his buddies to the company. One of these buddies happened to be Brutus Beefcake.
Unfortunately for Brutus, the WWF owned the rights to his old gimmick thus he couldn't use it in WCW and he was left looking for a gimmick he could make use of to get over with fans. One of these failed gimmicks was The Booty Man.
As Booty Man, Brutus had a fascination with his behind to the point where his wrestling trunks were designed to seemingly appear as if they were torn and his butt cheeks were hanging out.
He would also be shaking his butt to no end as he made his entrance to the ring, accompanied in toll by the Booty Babe (played by real wife of Diamond Dallas Page at that time, Kimberly).
Yet another failed gimmick from Jim Herd's WCW years, Black Blood was a failed attempt to create an executioner gimmick for William "Billy Jack" Haynes where he would carry a fake axe to the ring and cover his opponent's head in a hood before he performed his finisher on them in the form of a flying chop to the throat.
In 1995, indy wrestler Bill Irwin was brought in by the WWF to take on the role of The Goon, a heel ex-hockey player who has supposedly been banned from every hockey league he stepped in for his violent behavior on the rinks.
There were a series of vignettes played showing The Goon dispatching players at a ice hockey rink and his ring attire consisted of hockey garb with a pair of boots made to resemble ice skates.
Unfortunately for Irwin, he only got to wrestle a few months within the company before he was quickly released from his contract.
Before becoming Justin Credible in ECW, Peter Polaco gained a full-time contract with the WWF in 1994 where Pat Patterson gave him the gimmick of "Portuguese Man O'War" Aldo Montoya.
As you can see from his ring attire, it is quite hard to take the character seriously, where Wrestlecrap was convinced that the mask looked like some sort of jock strap.
Polaco didn't accomplish much in his WWF career as Montoya except getting in a couple feuds with Jeff Jarrett and Ted DiBiase. He would leave for ECW in 1997 after asking for his release from his WWF contract.
Former AWA wrestler Kevin Wacholz signed with the WWF in 1992 to take on the role of Nailz, an ex-convict in prisoner attire who accused the Big Boss Man of prison abuse and engaged in a feud with him throughout much of the year.
What led to the downfall of Nailz was a behind-the-scenes argument between Wacholz and Vince McMahon regarding a money dispute which got intense when Vince was getting choked by Kevin.
Kevin got fired for his actions and the two engaged in a series of lawsuits against one another that backfired on Kevin.
Before becoming Savio Vega in the WWF, Puerto Rican wrestler Juan Rivera took on the role of Asian ninja Kwang who was managed by Harvey Whippleman and often spit mist in the face of his foes to win a match.
The gimmick didn't stick out and Juan would later undergo a gimmick change into Savio Vega, where he gained some popularity.
This gimmick comes across as both surprising and tragic. In 1995, Rick Williams was hired by WCW to take on the gimmick of The Renegade, a complete knockoff of the Ultimate Warrior with similarities in mannerisms, moves and entrance music.
Renegade was given a huge push by being introduced to WCW fans by Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage, acquiring Jimmy Hart as in-ring manager and having a run with the TV Championship.
However once the real Ultimate Warrior discredited Renegade's credibility in several wrestling magazines and the WWF filed a cease-and-desist order to WCW because of Renegade's character, Rick's career went into a downward spiral where he got dumped into the lower card of the WCW roster and released from his contract in 1998.
Because of the loss of his contract, Rick went into extreme depression and eventually drove himself into suicide the following year.
In 1997, Barry Darsow (better known as Smash of WWF tag team Demolition) returned to WCW after he was fired from the company two years earlier for blading during a match against Dustin Rhodes, violating the company's "no blood" rule.
Darsow took on the gimmick of an evil golfer where he took on the names of Stewart Pain, Mr. Hole in One and Putting at various points while the gimmick lasted.
He was relegated to appearing on WCW Saturday Night as a heel where he would dupe his opponents into putting a ball in the ring before sneak-attacking them.
Before Mike Shaw took on the roles of Friar Ferguson and Bastion Booger in the WWF, he appeared in WCW in 1989 to take on the role of Norman the Lunatic, a mental hospital patient.
Teddy Long, 20 years before he was the GM of WWE Smackdown, took on the role of Norman's manager who would give him orders and threaten to send Norman back to the mental hospital if he didn't follow them.
Many older pro wrestling fans should be well familiar with this horrifically bad gimmick coming from WCW in 1993.
Here's the setup: Fred Ottman signed with WCW to take on the gimmick of The Shockmaster to be a partner for Sting and Davey Boy Smith in their match against Sid and Harlem Heat.
However, things don't go exactly as planned in Shockmaster's entrance. You can see what occurs for yourself in the video I have posted.
I've obviously not covered every lousy gimmick to be found within professional wrestling; thus I'd like to do a future article covering more of them.
Feel free to comment on those that I've listed and suggest who I should include in a future list of lousy wrestling gimmicks.