50 More Suck-Tacular Gimmicks in the History of Professional Wrestling
Before I get going with things, I want to give a shout out to everyone who enjoyed reading my previous article on exploring some of pro wrestling's worst gimmicks, as I was able to rack up over 40,000 views for the article thanks to all of you.
For this article, I'm here to bring up even more crappy gimmicks within pro wrestling. I will cover some of the suggestions you guys made in my previous article for gimmicks, as well as expand on a few that were given to me.
This time around, you can expect me to cover more bad stables, more horrible gimmicks for popular wrestlers, some tasteless gimmicks from TNA, gimmicks that are quite a bit racist and a few horrible managers.
In no particular order, here are 50 more horrible gimmicks within the history of professional wrestling.
1. The Zombie (WWE)
This was one of a number of notable things that would eventually kill off viewer interest in the ECW revival within the WWE.
In 2006, ECW was made into its own brand and started up a weekly one-hour program slot on the Sci-Fi Channel.
Apparently because of airing on a channel that usually airs horror movies, the WWE had indy wrestler Tim Roberts take on this horror-themed gimmick in ECW's premiere episode before being battered by Sandman with a Singapore cane.
2. The Yeti (WCW)
Several of you requested that I cover this ridiculous gimmick from WCW. But before I cover this fellow, I'll cover some quick background on the stable he was with in the form of the Dungeon of Doom.
In 1994, Hulk Hogan had signed with WCW and the company needed some heels for him to feud with after he creamed his way through Vader and Ric Flair in his typical self-centered fashion.
Milking use of the creative direction clause of his contract, Hogan suggested creating a stable of monster-themed heels led by booker Kevin Sullivan to form the Dungeon of Doom.
The reasons that the Dungeon of Doom are considered a flop are because the stable was quite an over-the-top gimmick compared to many of the characters within WCW at the time and a good number of the wrestlers in the stable were either big guys with limited to no ability in the ring and/or personal buddies of Hulk Hogan whom he brought into the company.
As you can see in the video above, the Yeti debuted on an episode of Monday Nitro in 1995 coming out of a block of ice. Rather than actually looking like an ape though, the Yeti looked more like a mummy.
Not to mention that the big man playing the Yeti, Ron Reis, was very limited in his ability in the ring.
Stay tuned for more Dungeon of Doom spectacles from this list!
3. Puppet the Midget Killer (TNA)
Oy vey, where do I start?
One of a number of tasteless and senseless gimmicks from TNA's early years, Puppet was a midget wrestler whose gimmick was hating other midget wrestlers, proclaiming himself to be a dwarf and often carrying a gun with him to the ring.
He is most infamous, however, for this tasteless scene in the video I have posted.
4. The Artist Formerly Known as Goldust (WWF)
Dustin Runnels was most famous for his Goldust character during his run in the WWF where his bizarre attire, suggestive behavior and use of various innuendos when on the mic allowed him to stand out from the various over-the-top gimmicks of the WWF's New Generation era thanks to the behavior of his character.
But once the Attitude Era had begun to set in, the shock value of Goldust's gimmick was lost because of sexual content becoming the norm within the WWF.
The company tweaked his character by having Luna Vachon serve as his valet and having Goldust come to the ring in various S&M and stereotypically gay attire. Yet compared to when he was in gold, Dustin was trying too hard to be shocking and this new take on Goldust didn't get over with fans.
5. The Flying Nuns/Sisters of Love (WWF)
Before being the Headbangers in the WWF, Mosh and Thrasher were made into a tag team of nuns with Brother Love as their manager that appeared on a few occasions on Shotgun Saturday Night before being repackaged as the skirt-wearing metal music fans they are most well known for.
6. Millionaire's Club and New Blood (WCW)
In 2000, WCW was struggling in the ratings war against the WWF and losing popularity rather rapidly with one of the major contributors to the downfall being the lack of younger talent being pushed to the main event.
With the company running through different bookers who backfired at helping to ease its woes, WCW brought back Vince Russo and Eric Bischoff to lead in the company's creative direction.
The two came up with the idea to create a storyline where all WCW championships would be declared vacant and a rivalry for the championships and direction of the company would occur between factions of the veteran and younger talents of the company roster.
The veterans of the company formed the stable known as Millionaire's Club and the younger talent on the roster would form the New Blood stable.
The idea behind the angle was to help WCW's younger talent get over with audiences as they fought off the company's older stars.
However, with the WWF pushing younger talent without relying on veterans to push them along, the storyline didn't go the way WCW bookers wanted as they felt that the Millionaire's Club was getting over instead and they killed the storyline, along with both stables, two months later.
7. Guardian Angel (WCW)
Ray Traylor, better known as the WWF's Big Bossman, came to WCW in the mid-1990s. But because the WWF owned the rights to his Bossman gimmick, Traylor couldn't use it in WCW and a couple attempts to implement gimmicks similar to the character led the WWF to threaten WCW with legal action.
So WCW decided to place Traylor up for training in the Guardian Angels, a real-life non-profit volunteer organization that trained citizens into becoming crime patrollers, just to give the guy a gimmick.
A series of vignettes were aired on WCW programming featuring Traylor receiving the training to be a Guardian Angel and then incorporating it as his gimmick in matches for a month before he went back to his original Big Bubba Rogers character he used earlier in his career.
8. "Black Machismo" Jay Lethal (TNA)
Randy Savage would have been going nuts if he heard that TNA adopted this rip-off of his Macho Man gimmick, compliments of booker Kevin Nash.
A gimmick that young wrestler Jay Lethal gained through The Paparazzi in 2007, Lethal took on many aspects of the Macho Man character for his gimmick, which included his mannerisms, flamboyant attire, move set and a remix of Macho Man's entrance theme "Pomp and Circumstance."
9. "Sparky Plugg" Bob Holly (WWF)
Before becoming a well-known badass in the WWF/E's Hardcore division, Bob Holly went through a couple bad gimmicks within the company.
In one of them, he was stuck with this car racer gimmick during the company's New Generation Era where he was mostly a lower-card wrestler jobbing to the company's top talent.
10. Abe "Knuckleball" Schwartz (WWF)
Seemingly trying to rip into Major League Baseball for its 1994-95 player strike which led to the cancellation of the 1994 World Series, the WWF placed famous jobber Brooklyn Brawler into a baseball player gimmick with baseball face paint and attire, carrying a picket sign with him to the ring which said "I'm on Strike" and doing some mannerisms of heel players like kicking "dirt" at the referee.
As one would expect with many failed gimmicks in the New Generation era, Knuckleball Schwartz never connected with fans and Steve Lombardi, the man playing Schwartz, would return to jobbing as his Brooklyn Brawler character.
11. The Zodiac (WCW)
Here's another failed gimmick coming off the Dungeon of Doom stable.
Being one of Hulk Hogan's buddies from the WWF who jumped ship to WCW, this was one of several failed gimmicks Brutus Beefcake took up to try winning over fans when he couldn't use his old WWF gimmick.
For his character in the Dungeon of Doom as Zodiac, Beefcake donned black and white face paint with the habit of screaming out "Yes, No, Yes, No" repeatedly during interviews and being billed from "The Land of Yin and Yang."
12. The Dynamic Dudes (WCW)
Here's a failed gimmick from the Jim Herd years of WCW.
In the late 1980s, Shane Douglas and Johnny Ace (better known nowadays as WWE director of talent relations John Lauranitis) were partnered up to form this tag team of "cool guys" who wore brightly colored beach outfits and brought skateboards with them to the ring.
The team was supposed to be a face team under Jim Cornette's managerial services. But when Cornette ditched the Dynamic Dudes in a storyline to aid the Midnight Express, it only got Cornette's beloved tag team over with fans instead of the Dudes.
A short time afterward, the Dynamic Dudes were quietly disbanded.
13. Little Petey Pump (TNA)
No folks, this is not really Scott Steiner despite Peter Williams seemingly looking like a less-ripped version of Big Poppa Pump.
In 2007, Scott Steiner and Peter Williams got in a feud with one another over possession of two suitcases they won from a Feast or Fired match which guaranteed title shots for the World Heavyweight and X-Division Championships.
Seemingly respecting Williams for his efforts in the ring during their feud, Steiner took the young man under his wing and they formed a tag team the following year.
As part of the formation, Peter shaved his hair short, was given a chain-link headdress and took on a similar appearance to Scott Steiner named Little Petey Pump.
14. "Blue Chipper" Rocky Maivia (WWF)
As shocking as it may come across to more recent WWE fans, there actually was a time where The Rock sucked in the eyes of many fans.
Debuting in the WWF at the 1996 Survivor Series, Dwayne Johnson took on the name of Rocky Maivia as an overly positive and always-smiling face. The company gave him a large push, despite his lack of in-ring experience, where he won the Intercontinental Title within the first few months of his debut.
However with the rising popularity of "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, fans were tiring of one-dimensional baby face characters and this resulted in Rocky being vehemently jeered by fans who would regularly chant "Rocky Sucks" and "Die Rocky Die" during his matches.
This would result in Dwayne being repackaged later in 1997 as the smart-mouthed, self-centered wrestler we would all come to love for having some of the best promo delivery and charisma of any wrestler within the company's history.
15. Mae Young (WWF/E)
Those of you who have seen the WWF during the Attitude Era will likely know why this women's wrestling legend is on this list. If not, then prepare to be disgusted.
When milking use of women as eye candy around the time, Mae Young was around to disgust fans rather than arouse them when she began popping up frequently in the WWF starting in 1999.
Whenever she appeared, she would try to strip down and expose herself before being stopped by close friend and legendary women's wrestler The Fabulous Moolah.
Mae Young is most infamous for two things during the Attitude Era: her relationship with Mark Henry, which ended with her giving birth to a hand, and exposing herself topless during a Divas bathing suit competition at the 2000 Royal Rumble.
16. That '70s Guy (WCW)
Mike Awesome was one of the major ECW talents that chose to jump to WCW during the company's final years. Arriving in 2000 in WCW, Awesome was a victim of a couple over-the-top gimmicks the company gave him in that year.
In September 2000, Awesome was forced to take on That '70s Guy, a gimmick where he dressed in various '70s attire and hosted his own interview segment called the Lava Lamp Lounge while trying to hit on the company's female talent. He even drove a bus painted in The Partridge Family style whenever he made his ring entrance.
Fortunately, this gimmick would be killed off for Awesome four months later.
17. Buzzkill (WCW)
Brad Armstrong, the real-life brother of the WWF's "Road Dogg" Jesse James, was forced into taking up this rip-off of his brother's gimmick by WCW in 2000 in which Buzzkill had similar entrance music, appearance and promo delivery to his brother's WWF character.
18. Black Reign (TNA)
In 2007, Dustin Runnells returned to TNA and made claim during an interview with Mike Tenay that he had developed a split personality.
Said "split personality" would come in the form of Black Reign, a so-called "darker and bizarre" personality to Dustin that was actually a knockoff of his Goldust character from the WWF/E that would carry a rat with him to the ring.
Dustin would switch between portraying himself and Black Reign, up until he was released from TNA the following year to return to being Goldust in the WWE.
19. The Godwinns (WWF)
The so-called pig farmers from Arkansas actually have a fairly lengthy history to cover here and were among enough over-the-top gimmicks made during the WWF's New Generation era.
Mark Canterbury was the first of the duo to debut in late 1994, where he took on the gimmick of Henry O'Godwinn and would often dump a bucket of pig slob on his defeated opponent. He was notable for having feuds with Ted Dibiase, Sycho Sid and Hunter Hearst Helmsley.
In 1996, Dennis Knight would sign with the WWF and partner up with Mark under the gimmick of Henry's cousin, Phineas. Both men would be accompanied to the ring with Hillbilly Jim and later Sunny, where both would win two reigns as tag team champions.
The team would remain under the hog farmer gimmick until 1998 when they were repackaged into a tag team of bodyguards for Jeff Jarrett called Southern Justice and eventually separated later in the year when an injury forced Mark Canterbury to retire from professional wrestling.
20. Kerwin White (WWE)
Poor Chavo Guerrero.
In 2005, Chavo had to take on the character of a stereotypical white, middle-class, conservative man named Kerwin White where he dyed his hair blond, usually came to the ring in a golf cart with clubs and made racial remarks towards African Americans—all despite the fact Chavo was Mexican American.
But this was only one of many humiliating things Chavo would have to put up with during his later years in the WWE.
21. The Shark (WCW)
Here's failed Dungeon of Doom gimmick No. 3 for this list.
John Tenta, formerly known as Earthquake of the Natural Disasters in the WWF, arrived in WCW in 1994 thanks to Hulk Hogan where he first appeared as Avalanche. When the WWF threatened legal action due to the Avalanche gimmick being similar to Tenta's time as Earthquake, Tenta would be repackaged as The Shark.
As The Shark, Tenta had shark jaw face paint applied to the bottom half of his face, wrestling attire consisting of a smiling shark across the midriff of his outfit, arm-pads shaped like fins and had the habit of chomping repeatedly during his ring entrances. In addition, a personal tattoo Tenta had in the form of a tiger had to be changed to have it resemble a shark, so it would go along with the gimmick.
However, according to Tenta in a later interview he had with Wrestlecrap in 2000, Eric Bischoff was not a big fan of him and he suggested having Tenta make his own implementations to his character.
Tenta would try just that by killing his shark gimmick, as well as losing both his hair and beard in matches against Big Bubba Rogers. However, this still wasn't able to win Eric over and Tenta would later be released from the company.
22. David Arquette (WCW)
This little number proved how nuts Vince Russo was for his booking in WCW and is widely seen by enough long-time pro wrestling fans as one of the major contributors of the company's demise.
In April 2000, WCW brought in actor David Arquette to feature in a number of Monday Nitro episodes to promote the pro wrestling movie dud, Ready to Rumble. They had him participate in some matches and, in a ridiculous turn of events, win the company's World Heavyweight Title.
In addition to all this, he would continue to appear on television to defend the title and make a "swerve" by betraying Diamond Dallas Page to help Jeff Jarrett win the World Heavyweight Title during a triple-decker cage match at Slamboree.
Booking a celebrity as world heavyweight champ did enough to kill the legitimacy of the title and was arranged by Russo because in his mind, he wanted to screw with the hardcore fans.
23. Flying Elvis Impersonators (TNA)
Another ridiculous gimmick from TNA's early years, this trio of young wrestlers (Sonny Siaki, James Yun and Jorge Estrada) were briefly formed into this heel comedy stable of Elvis impersonators.
24. Naked Mideon (WWF)
I have to shudder over the fact someone thought this would be a good gimmick for Dennis Knight.
After the Ministry of Darkness was disbanded in 2000, there was no direction for Knight's character as Mideon. So the WWF made him take on a streaker gimmick where he would come into the ring during matches wearing nothing but a fanny pack and a flesh-colored thong.
25. Disciples of Apocalypse and Los Boricuas (WWF)
In 1997, the first formation of the Nation of Domination stable was killed off in storyline by Faarooq where Savio Vega and Crush were banished from the group and its numbers were filled by Kama, D-Lo Brown and Ahmed Johnson for its second formation consisting entirely of blacks.
Savio Vega and Crush would go on to form their own stables to get revenge on the Nation for firing them where Savio formed a gang of Hispanics called Los Boricuas and Crush formed a gang of bikers called the Disciples of Apocalypse.
This was the WWF's way of creating a racial "gang war" angle during the summer of that year and culminated in a triple threat match among the leaders of the three factions at Ground Zero in September, which Vega won.
Following the end of the "gang wars" storyline, however, there was no creative direction left for both the DOA and Los Boricuas as both factions floated around the WWF until they were eventually killed off in 1998.
26. "Captain" Mike Rotunda (WCW)
Mike Rotunda, better known as the WWF's Irwin R. Schyster, was part of a stable of varsity athletes called the Varsity Club alongside Rick Steiner and Kevin Sullivan in the late 1980s in WCW.
When the group separated, Rotunda was briefly given a sailor gimmick in 1990 where he would wear a captain's hat to the ring and have a small anchor graphic added to the rear end of his wrestling trunks.
27. Trucker Norm (WCW)
Say hello once again to fellow victim of crappy wrestling gimmicks, Mike Shaw.
In 1991, Shaw briefly took on a trucker gimmick where he would come to the ring with a bike horn to blow it off as if it were the horn from an 18-wheeler truck with ring attire consisting of a huge pair of blue jeans with bib overalls. Apparently, the gimmick was adopted because Shaw wanted to honor the recent death of his father, who was a trucker, at that time.
28. The Johnsons (TNA)
I have to wonder what the bookers in TNA were thinking in creating this pair.
Another tasteless gimmick of the company's early years, indy wrestling tag team The Shane Twins winded up wrestling in full-body latex bodysuits, intended to have them resemble a pair of large penises.
29. Reverend D-Von (WWE)
One of the WWE's major flaws in recent years have been that they would take a successful tag team and separate them to try making the wrestlers into singles stars, yet said wrestlers would suck without having the chemistry of their partner to help cover up any flaws they would have on their own.
In this case, let's take a look at the Dudley Boyz.
In 2002, the WWE came up with the not-so-bright idea to separate Bubba Ray and D-Von onto separate brands thanks to the company's annual draft picks.
Now on SmackDown, D-Von was repackaged with a reverend heel gimmick while having a protege in the form of Batista. Essentially, the reverend gimmick was the WWE's way of trying to help get The Animal over with fans.
However, the gimmick did no favors in helping both men with their careers. D-Von would reunite with Bubba later in the year to reform their tag team and Batista would later go on to get the push he wanted as a part of the now-famous stable known as Evolution.
30. "Real Man's Man" William Regal (WWF)
Poor William Regal.
The man would make a brief run in the WWF in 1998 where he took on a lumberjack/builder gimmick and he was featured in a number of corny vignettes to show off his "manliness" such as squeezing his own orange juice, chopping wood and shaving with a regular razor.
31. Loch Ness (WCW)
Here's crappy Dungeon of Doom gimmick No. 4 and the last that I will cover on this list.
Known as Giant Haystacks in the indy wrestling scene, Martin Ruane was another big man brought into the Dungeon of Doom stable. Yet compared to the ridiculous characters to be found within the group, Ruane as Loch Ness looked rather normal.
However, like the Yeti, Ruane's massive size limited his mobility and in-ring ability rather badly where a running elbow drop was the guy's finisher.
32. Vinnie Vegas (WCW)
Here's another bad WCW gimmick that Kevin Nash would want us not to remember.
After working as Oz, Nash was repackaged in 1992 under this wise-cracking mobster gimmick based off Steven Martin's character in the 1990 crime comedy movie, My Blue Heaven.
33. The Rainbow Express (TNA)
This is the last crappy TNA gimmick I will cover for this list.
Another ridiculous gimmick from the company's early years, Lenny Lane and Bruce took on this gimmick as a tag team of gay wrestlers. One notable angle of note with the team was Bruce trying to make a run as "Miss TNA" for a beauty contest in which he cross-dressed as a woman.
34. The "Real" Double J (WWF)
A bit of history needs to be covered with this 1997 gimmick that Jesse James gained before partnering with Billy Gunn as The New Age Outlaws.
Throughout the mid-1990s, Jesse James was a partner of Jeff Jarrett in the WWF under the latter's aspiring country music singer gimmick, Double J, where Jesse was known as The Roadie.
Behind the scenes, Vince McMahon was apparently not a fan of Jeff Jarrett despite the guy able to get over with fans as a heel under the country singer gimmick and having decent runs as intercontinental champion.
Vinnie Mac chose not to renew Jarrett's contract with the WWF and chose to stick the country singer gimmick onto Jesse James where in storyline, he was the one who actually "sung" the hit song that Jarrett was hoping to use to become a star.
However, compared to Jarrett, the country singer gimmick didn't work for Jesse James, which led to him being one half of the Outlaws later in 1997.
35. The New Midnight Express (WWF/NWA)
The NWA was a shell of its former glory by the late 1990s thanks to the WWF, WCW and ECW having disbanded from the alliance and a good number of the companies in NWA territories either going out of business or being bought out by the WWF.
Seemingly as a rip at the organization, the WWF had Jim Cornette run an "NWA invasion" angle in 1998 where several wrestlers from the NWA were brought into the company by Cornette.
Part of the angle included having Bart Gunn and Bob Holly being repackaged as a new take on the legendary tag team Midnight Express, where they even won the NWA's Tag Team Championships from The Headbangers.
Wrestling fans never got into this version of the Midnight Express due to Bob and Bart not being credible in their roles as the famous tag team because of the duo having been lower-card jobbers before the gimmick. Jim Cornette later admitted that he wasn't a big fan of having the two in the role either.
36. Van Hammer (WCW)
Mark Hildreth debuted under this heavy metal rocker gimmick in WCW in 1991 and starred in a music video to show off his musical talent.
Mick Foley, who was put in a feud with Hammer to give the guy a major push, points out the flaws to the guy from this quote out of his autobiography, Have A Nice Day:
"Hammer had two things working against him. One, he was given a push well before he was ready for it, and two, he was given the gimmick of a heavy metal guitar player, even though he couldn't play a lick."
37. Mantaur (WWF)
One of the New Generation Era's most infamous gimmicks, the WWF took super heavyweight Mike Hallick and placed him in a minotaur gimmick where he wore a giant bull head mask to the ring for his entrance and had the habit of acting like a bull during matches where he would charge, trample, maul and moo at his opponents.
38. Saba Simba (WWF)
One of the WWF's most racist characters they created, Tony Atlas was given the gimmick of Saba Simba, a stereotypical African savage, in 1990 after Atlas had gotten through a battle with drug addiction and being homeless.
39. The Juicer (WCW)
Indy wrestler Art Barr joined WCW in 1991 hoping to implement use of his Beetlejuice character from wrestling in Pacific Northwest Wrestling being similar to the well-known undead character of Tim Burton fame.
Barr was renamed The Juicer to avoid copyright issues yet retained the traits of his character from the indies which consisted of being a mischievous face using silly string and baby powder on his foes during matches. In addition, Barr was notable for being an agile wrestler with a unique wrestling style different from many on the WCW roster.
There were two major problems that Barr faced though which would kill his career as The Juicer in WCW.
First, he was just fighting off a charge of sexual abuse filed against him by a 19-year-old girl during his time in PNW. When word got out about his prior offense, a faxing campaign from offended fans put pressure on WCW.
Second, Barr entered the company at the wrong time as it was still ran by Jim Herd, when guys with impressive physiques and over-the-top gimmicks were given focus at the time over in-ring ability.
Being rather small in physique and facing pressure from fans over his criminal past, Art Barr eventually lost support and was released from the company.
He would later go on to achieve better success in Mexico being AAA tag team champion with Eddie Guerrero before dying in 1994 from unknown causes, assumed by some to be from a drug and alcohol overdose due to the presence of both in his blood system prior to his death.
40. Lo Down (WWF)
In 2000, D-Lo Brown and Chaz (Mosh of the Headbangers) were floating around the WWF roster without any direction for their characters.
They would be put together into a tag team called Lo Down where despite mostly being stuck wrestling on Sunday Night Heat, they gained some minor success as they won a six-person intergender match with Jacqueline against Lita and then-tag team champs, The Hardy Boyz.
The formation of just these two guys has nothing to do with them being on this list. It has to do with them later being put under the managerial services of Tiger Ali Singh, a rich, arrogant, Indian wrestler whose gimmick involved bribing arena audience members to perform humiliating tasks in the ring to be paid money.
Under Singh, Lo Down was repackaged as two Sikh wrestlers dressed in turbans and sashes who were bitter and felt that they were being held back of having any success within the WWF.
41. The Coach (WWF)
This has nothing to do with former WWE announcer Jonathan Coachman to those new to the game.
Legendary Canadian wrestler John Tolos was given a coach gimmick when he appeared in the WWF briefly in 1991, serving as the manager to the Beverly Brothers and then-intercontinental champion Mr. Perfect.
Decked out in your typical sports coach attire, Coach would bark out orders to his proteges in the ring while blowing on his whistle at ringside.
42. Mordecai (WWE)
Kevin Fortig, who some of you would know as former ECW vampire Kevin Thorn, briefly assumed this gimmick on WWE SmackDown in 2004 as a religious zealot who proclaimed to be on a crusade to rid the world of sin during a series of vignettes used to promote the debut of his character.
43. The Body Donnas (WWF)
Chris Candido and his then-girlfriend Tammy Sytch were a popular pairing within Jim Cornette's Smoky Mountain Wrestling and ECW during the early 1990s.
The two arrived in the WWF in 1996, where they became Skip and Sunny of The Body Donnas, a pair of fitness fanatics. Chris' buddy, Tom Prichard, would later come to the company to take on the gimmick of Skip's twin brother, Zip.
Despite having a brief run as WWF tag team champions, Skip and Zip were overshadowed by Sunny's increasing popularity and never connected with fans. Sunny would eventually separate from the two men to serve as valet to multiple tag teams and become one of the WWF's most popular all-time Divas.
44. The Mexicools (WWE)
Oy vey. There are times I wonder why Vinnie Mac often likes doing these racially offensive gimmicks.
Luchadores Juventud Guerrera, Psicosis and Super Crazy appeared in the WWF in 2005 as a heel stable of stereotypical Mexican laborers who would bad-mouth the stereotypes of Mexicans and were not willing to work for "the gringos."
All this while dressed in factory uniforms with Mexican flags pressed on them and the three riding lawn mowers to the ring with Juan Deere bumper stickers on them.
Despite being stuck with such a gimmick, Juventud did manage to snag some success in the WWE with two reigns as cruiserweight champion.
45. Rocco (WWF)
In 1990, legendary tag team The Legion of Doom arrived in the WWF where they received a large push as they had a feud with Demolition and won the tag team titles off the Nasty Boys. Two years into their first WWF run, Hawk and Animal would be reunited with their old manager, Paul Ellering.
You would think the WWF wouldn't do anything dumb enough to screw up this great tag team's aura. But as a matter of fact, they did.
When Ellering debuted, he had to milk use of a ventriloquist dummy called Rocco in a series of vignettes leading up to his in-ring debut as LOD's manager. In storyline, he saw Rocco as the "inspiration" for the tag team where Hawk and Animal drove to the ring on motorcycles with the dummy for their 1992 SummerSlam match against Money Inc.
As one would expect, the fans absolutely hated Ellering's failed ventriloquist act with Rocco and Hawk got so disgusted with the gimmick that he walked out on the WWF after SummerSlam.
This left Animal all alone in the company to fulfill contractual obligations by attending house shows until a back injury led him to a long hiatus from pro wrestling.
46. The Oddities (WWF)
This stable of so-called "freak" wrestlers was brought together in 1998 as a group of heels before being packaged as a stable of dance-happy faces.
The stable consisted of large wrestlers Golga (John Tenta), Giant Silva and Kurrgan, with the three managed at different points by Luna Vachon, Sable and The Jackyl.
The Insane Clown Posse was also brought in as both part of the group and to do the group's entrance music.
There were two major problems with the stable that led to it not working.
First, Giant Silva and Kurrgan were still quite green in the ring at the time, having limited to no in-ring experience with John Tenta as Golga having to mentor them since he had the most experience of the group from his earlier gimmicks in WWF and WCW.
Second, the Insane Clown Posse proved to be very difficult for the WWF to work with behind the scenes as they were very demanding over the direction of their characters within the company.
47. Hornswoggle (WWE)
There are more than enough reasons that this leprechaun character sucks and one is left wondering why the WWE continues to keep him around for the occasional comic relief moments.
He was used as an alternative to being Vince McMahon's illegitimate son as the original wrestler planned for the angle, Mr. Kennedy, was spoiled by online news sources and the change was made last minute to screw with said news sources, which killed viewer interest in the whole angle.
He was single-handedly responsible for killing the legitimacy of the Cruiserweight Championship as he was booked to be the final champion of the title before it was retired in 2008.
He also did irreparable harm to the credibility of Chavo Guerrero's WWE career when he would always get the better of the talented wrestler in a series of embarrassing gimmick matches in 2009.
One really has to hate Vince McMahon for booking Hornswoggle in these situations.
48. Sgt. Slaughter, Iraqi Sympathizer (WWF)
Perhaps one of the WWF's most controversial gimmicks, popular All-American face character Sgt. Slaughter returned to the company in 1990 where he made a heel turn and took on an Iraqi sympathizer gimmick by teaming up with General Adnan and Colonel Mustafa (former Slaughter foe, The Iron Sheik).
This gimmick change happened just around the time America was involved in the Persian Gulf War and it really angered fans to the point where they thought the gimmick was in bad taste in regards to current events and it was rumored that Slaughter even received death threats.
Despite the controversy, the Iraqi sympathizer gimmick helped push Slaughter into rivalries with Hulk Hogan and the Ultimate Warrior, as well as snag him his only WWF Championship reign.
49. "Adorable" Adrian Adonis (WWF)
Adrian Adonis was notable in the 1970s and early 1980s for donning a tough-guy biker gimmick where he won tag team title gold in the AWA and WWF with Jesse Ventura and Dick Murdoch.
In 1985 though, Vince McMahon would repackage Adonis as a stereotypical openly gay wrestler under the managerial services of Jimmy Hart, making him "Adorable."
Adonis would come to the ring wearing makeup, various scarves, hair ribbons, dresses and women's hats as part of the gimmick, as well as having his own wrestling segment called "The Flower Shop" as a replacement for Roddy Piper's "Piper's Pit" while he was out on hiatus in 1986.
The unfortunate side effects of taking on the gay gimmick included Adonis putting on quite a bit of weight and being more remembered by fans for the Adorable gimmick as he was later killed in a car accident in 1988.
50. The Gobbledygooker (WWF)
No crappy wrestling list is complete without mention of this well-known horrible gimmick of yesteryear.
Here's the situation: In 1990, the WWF was hyping for months about the contents of a giant egg that would be set to hatch at Survivor Series.
You can see for yourself in the video posted just what exactly was in that egg.
This wraps up my second look into horrible wrestling gimmicks and I believe I have scrapped my way through covering many of the infamous ones already.
But that doesn't necessarily mean these are all the horrible gimmicks to be seen within pro wrestling. If there is anything I've missed covering in my past two lists, feel free to make comments on it.
If you guys know enough, I might be tempted to do a third article where I cover all your suggestions.
Otherwise, feel free to comment about whomever I've covered.
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