Pro Wrestling's 50 Worst/Stupidest Ring Names of All Time

Ryan Dilbert@@ryandilbertWWE Lead WriterJuly 27, 2012

Pro Wrestling's 50 Worst/Stupidest Ring Names of All Time

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    "And his opponent, from Kansas City, Missouri, weighing 287 lbs…"

    What follows this part of the introduction can greatly affect a wrestler's career.  Give him a memorable, fitting name and he may be on his way to legendary status. 

    Christen him something horrendous like 'Mantaur' and watch his stock plummet regardless of how well he can do a moonsault or throw a clothesline.

    Among this list of grating names, this collection of bad ideas, you won't find a ton of world champs. 

    Imagine The Rock with all his talent, taking on the dead weight that are these ill-advised ring names and imagine what his career would be like.

50. Pegasus Kid

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    Chris Benoit could have gone with The Wolverine, The Crippler or plain old Chris Benoit as his ring name when he wrestled in Japan, but instead went with something that sounds like one of Rainbow Brite's friends. 

    A big fan of Dynamite Kid, Benoit no doubt borrowed the second half of his lesser known ring name from his hero. 

    But whereas dynamite is dangerous, volatile and powerful, a Pegasus is a much softer image.  It's one slippery step away from unicorn.  

49. Shelton Benjamin

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    If wrestling historians years from now scratch their heads as to why someone as immensely talented as Shelton Benjamin never became a world champion, they can start with his ring name.

    Some men are born with perfect wrestling names.  Bret Hart only had to add the "Hitman" nickname to complete his moniker. 

    Shelton Benjamin is not a name you just leave alone.  Twist it, rearrange it, replace it, you have to do something.  Shelton Benjamin sounds like an assistant in a chem lab. 

    Letting him roll with his real name did him a disservice.  

48. Lash LeRoux

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    Is this the name of a Cajun movie cowboy or a cartoon skunk cousins with Pepe Le Pew?  It's a wrestler?  You're kidding, right?

    Johnathan LeRoux wrestled for WCW from 1998 to 2001.

    His ring name was inspired by western star, Lash LaRue. 

    Maybe more people would have heard of him if he'd had a more serious name.  Not everybody can be Stone Cold, but there had to be something better out there for him.

47. Pez Whatley

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    Some wrestlers are named after hammers and axes, some are named after candy dispensers.

    Whatley's real name is Pezavan Whatley.   It was a curious decision not to stray far away from that when creating his ring name.

    It's neither a fun, silly name nor a tough one.  It just confuses fans and has them thinking about popping candy out of Yoda's head.

    Whately wrestled as Willie B. Bert and Shaska over his career.  Neither is an impressive alternative.  

46. Test

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    There wasn't a ton of information in Andrew Martin's wrestling name.  What's he testing?  What's he the test for?

    Compared to some of the other swings and misses on this list, it seems tame in its asininity.  It suffers more from not giving us anything to work with.

    Some fans may think of taking tests at school when they hear Martin's alias.  Others may think of the words folks say into the mic when doing a soundcheck.     

45. Mean Mark Callous

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    If you’re as physically intimidating as the Undertaker, you want your name and gimmick to match.  "Mean" is too soft a word for a wrestler's name.

    The Destroyer, The Killer, The Crusher all laugh at Callous' first ring name. 

    Mean Mark sounds like the villain on an episode of Barney, not one of the greatest wrestlers of all-time.  Luckily for him and for us, WWE steered his career in a different direction with a less snicker-worthy name.    

44. Scotty 2 Hotty

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    Not quite as terrible as his finisher, "the Worm," Scott Garland's WWE ring name is still mighty annoying.

    What is supposed to come off as playful, just comes off as trying too hard to be amusing.  It sounds like the name of a singer in a made-up boy band.

    Not that a lot of grammar sticklers watch wrestling, but seeing the abuse of the English language perpetrated by this name's creator has to hurt all of them.  

43. Dolph Ziggler

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    Dolph Ziggler is so good as a wrestler that the horrendousness of his ring name has been mostly forgotten.

    It sounds like WWE combined Dolph Lundgren's name with Dirk Diggler from Boogie Nights

    For proof on how goofy the name is, start talking about wrestling in earshot of someone not familiar with WWE.  Mention Ziggler's name several times and observe the person's reaction.

    Is it of confusion, distaste or irritation?  We all felt that way long ago, but Ziggler has been good enough to survive the career-killing name.  

42. Most Modern Divas

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    Maria.  Layla.  Eve.  Kelly Kelly.  Maryse. 

    It seems that WWE's naming committee has gotten lazy when it comes to naming its female wrestlers over the last few years. 

    Single names are fine if they have meaning and power.  Vader rocked a Madonna-esque name.

    Just putting female first names makes these women seem like wrestlers and more like showgirls.  That has been the direction WWE has gone with its female division and the boring names are among the least annoying things about the Divas division.    

41. Giant Baba

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    Giant Baba's real name was Shohei Baba.   He decided to stick with the Baba part in spite of how it sounded in English. 

    Wrestling has a long tradition of names with the word 'giant' in them.  Andre the Giant and Giant Machine are examples of how to do it right.  Baba is not. 

    Baba wrestled a long and storied career, but did so with the ring announcers having to speak in baby talk to introduce him.  

40. Damien Demento

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    'Demento' is almost 'demented' which would have been a better choice.  Damien the Demented is miles better than this made-up word.   

    As it stands, Demento conjures up images of cartoon villains with curling mustaches and a fascination with train tracks.  Phil Theis probably preferred his name to his Venus fly trap-inspired costume though.

    It was all part of a cartoony package that came at the wrong time.  WWE was moving away from goofy gimmicks and slowly into the Attitude Era during Theis' career.  

39. Festus

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    Drew Hankinson's ring name doesn't really evoke a clear image.  Maybe it's a growth on your skin.  Maybe it's a chemical agent.  

    Fester, Festivus, fester; it sounds like several other words, but has little power on its own.

    Hankinson needed something more befitting his strength and intimidating physique.  He is more famous for wrestling as Luke Gallows, a far superior name. 

    Heck, going as Sex Ferguson, as he was briefly called would have been better than Festus.  

38. Brutus “the Barber” Beefcake

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    A clear case of overuse of alliteration.  As a kid I wondered why someone would eat a beef cake when German chocolate existed.

    There is too much going on here and it doesn't match.

    It's a mishmash of ideas.  Edward Leslie sounded like he was a tough guy, a sex object and a hair stylist with this convoluted name.  

37. Diamond Studd

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    You have to give WCW credit for attempting to blaze a trail.  No one had ever named a wrestler after a type of earring before. 

    The trend did not take off.

    A name that was too clever for its own good didn't stick.  Scott Hall went on to wrestle as Razor Ramon and under his real name, both far better choices.

36. Kung Fu Naki

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    Did WWE think fans couldn't handle the Japaneseness of Funaki?  Well then they certainly wouldn't have tried to have him wrestle with his full name, Shoichi Funaki.

    This attempt to be funny isn't really offensive because of how childish it is. 

    Kung Fu is Chinese.  Funaki is Japanese by the way. 

    This kind of naming style is the trademark of menu writers who try too hard to look clever and make us laugh.  Funaki was made into a joke thanks to this moniker and a gimmick based on Karate Kid.  

35. Dump Matsumoto

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    Japanese women wrestlers have long used English words as first names to great effect.  Bison Kimura, Lionness Asuka and Combat Toyoda are all awesome names.

    Kaoru Matsumoto chose to be named after a landfill. 

    Or maybe she meant that she dumps all her boyfriends.  Maybe it's a strange reference to Humpty Dumpty.  None of these are good ideas.

    Her name is a flop.  It just distracts from her talent.  

34. Disco Inferno

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    Glenn Gilbertti rocked a bad gimmick and a bad name during years in WCW.  It's hard to separate the idiocy of the gimmick from the name. 

    Even if there was fire involved in his gimmick, this wouldn't have worked. 

    Disco was dead long after WCW pinned this name on Gilbertti. 

    Trying to leech off the popularity of a craze is one thing, but dragging out something that hasn't been popular in years and forcing into a world it doesn't belong is a bad move any way you look at it.    

33. Boogeyman

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    The first of three ring names inspired by urban legends one this list is Boogeyman.  A monster made up to scare kids could potentially be a good name, but not in this case.

    Boogeyman is too silly sounding for the ring a la Beetlejuice. 

    Marty Wright did a fine job with the strange gimmick, maximizing its potential.  Regardless of his abilities, the name still stinks. 

    Had Wright wrestled under another name, he likely wouldn't have had as big of an impact as the worm-eating Boogeyman, goofy name or not.  

32. The Yeti

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    If his name had been Ron "the Yeti" Reis, as in he's as big and strong as a yeti, that would have been fine.  WCW miscalculated the intelligence of their audience when they rolled Reis out as an actual yeti/movie mummy character.

    The name screams of silly and steers it in the direction of camp and ridiculousness. 

    What kind of character development did WCW foresee for this character? 

    Had they given Reis one of his old ring names like Big Bomb Jones, his career might have had a chance.  

31. Loch Ness

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    To top WCW's Yeti, Stampede Wrestling named Martin Ruane after an urban legend that lives underwater.

    A yeti could at least conceivably fight someone in a wrestling ring whereas Loch Ness wouldn't seem to be able to do many maneuvers on land. 

    Would Ruane have succeeded with a different name?  Who knows?

    As Loch Ness, he is mostly forgotten.

30. Firebreaker Chip

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    Curtis Thompson could have been Firestarter or Firebreather, but instead was called Firebreaker.  I guess you have to be pretty strong in order to break fire. 

    The name has a nice rhythm, but all its components should have been replaced.   

    Why Chip?  One has absolute in freedom in choosing a ring name, why go with one that sounds like a camp counselor?

    He had a smidgeon of success while with WCW in the early '90s via the tag team division.               

29. Jimmy Wang Yang

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    As talented as he was, it was hard to take Jimmy Wang Yang serious because of his Asian redneck gimmick and his goofy name. 

    Whoever came up with this, appeared to have fun rhyming here, but the result is a one-dimensional moniker that induces a chuckle and nothing else. 

    Had he wrestled with WWE as Akio longer or simply James Yun, what would his career have looked like then?  Would fans have been able to take him more seriously?

28. Thurman “Sparky” Plugg

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    WWE wisely changed this to Bob "Sparkplug" Holly and then to the less gimmicky "Bob Holly" after some time.  But Holly did have the ridiculous name to go with his ridiculous outfit for too long. 

    There are plenty of car-related words that sound tougher than the sparkplug.  But beyond that, having his last name be half of the word 'sparkplug' was a terrible idea.   

    Eventually Holly became "Hardcore Holly" which is light years ahead of how he started his WWE career.  

27. The Red Rooster

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    Terry Taylor must have angered somebody in power to be stuck with the silly gimmick and name he got during his WWE tenure. 

    King Kong Bundy: I’m named after a famous monster gorilla and a serial killer, what are you named after?

    Terry Taylor: A male chicken…that's red.

    In a world of bulldogs and snakes, a rooster seems unlikely to succeed.  

26. Basham Brothers

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    The Basham Brothers sounds like characters in the vein of Double Dragon.

    The tag team of Daniel Hollie and Doug Basham were booked as twins despite not even being brothers. 

    Using a last name that happens to also be an apropos ring name is a good idea.  Refer to Ric Flair or Chris Jericho for more information. 

    Basham doesn't fit in that category.  It's too obvious, too cartoony even if it's Doug's real last name.  

25. Justin Credible

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    ECW thought they were clever by naming Peter Polaco, "Justin Credible," but the play on words is more ridiculous than it is entertaining.

    The problem with this is that you now have a wrestler whose name is Credible.  So he's a trustworthy source of information?  That is not the best last name we've seen.

    The humor of this name is on the same level as the Safe Auto commercials that feature spokesperson, Justin Case.  Maybe you get a "Oh, I get it" and then you’re stuck with a stupid name.  

24. Duke "the Dumpster" Droese

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    Another case of WWE's obsession with alliteration put Michael Droese in the unenviable position of being named after a garbage receptacle. 

    Duke "Wrecking Ball" Droese would have far more intimidating. 

    A large metal container filled with trash is not an image teeming with strength.  There is a certain ruggedness to it though and that's probably part of what WWE was going for. 

    Maybe something with more offensive possibility would have been better.  It's hard to picture a dumpster doing anything more than lying there and taking abuse.  

23. The Battman

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    Had Pittsburgh promoters thought up the concept of Batman before Bob Kane, perhaps it could have worked as a ring name.  Having a wrestler don the mask and cape just comes off as second-rate. 

    Did Tony Marino just grab a Halloween costume from Target on his way to the ring?

    Not only is this ring name blatantly unoriginal, it stinks of kitsch.  It's hard to take Marino or the promotion seriously. 

    One might argue that Battman the wrestler is meant to be tongue-in-cheek and fun, but that kind of name always clashes when the wrestler starts to feud with someone with a more serious name.

    The Battman vs. Ric Flair doesn't have a world-class feel.

22. Arachnaman

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    What's worse, directly ripping off a comic book character or coming up with a watered down version of your own?

    WCW decided to milk Spiderman's popularity by having Brad Armstrong wrestle as Arachnaman.  Not surprisingly, Marvel Comics was not happy. 

    Copyright issues aside, wrestlers are supposed to be like super heroes, not actual super heroes.  Trying to fuse those two worlds only results in raised eyebrows and unintended comedy.  

21. Chilly McFreeze

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    When Steve Austin moved on from WCW and ECW, he thought WWE would offer him the stardom he thought he deserved.  Whether his first WWE ring name "the Ringmaster" was an improvement over his WCW name, "Stunning" Steve Austin is up for debate.

    Austin didn't like it though.  On the Stone Cold Steve Austin: The Bottom Line on the Most Popular Superstar of All Time DVD, he spoke of complaining to management until they gave in and gave him a list of new names to choose from.

    It included the childish Chilly McFreeze.  Baron Von Ruthless and Ice Dagger were on there as well. 

    What a different direction Austin's career would have taken had he plucked Chilly McFreeze from the list and Stone Cold had never come to be.

20. Irwin R Schyster

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    WWE tried to turn Mike Rotunda into the ultimate heel by feeding off people's hatred of the I.R.S.  While he ended up having a successful career, teaming with Ted DiBiase and as a singles wrestler, Rotundo's name was always a goofy sore on the face of his career. 

    Names that are acronyms aren't usually successful.  They come off as too contrived. 

    Irwin isn't exactly intimidating either. 

    Rotundo's sons, Windham and Taylor may soon be making their way to the WWE roster.  Luckily for them wrestling has moved past their father's gimmick-heavy era.  

19. Max Moon

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    Max Moon is a great name for a hero in a kid's book or a cartoon astronaut.  A wrestler's name, it is not.

    Carlos Espada wrestled for years as Konnan.  He decided to reinvent himself in WWE as a goofy-looking spaceman before the gimmick was given to Paul Diamond.

    It's an atrocious idea that should have died in the meeting room.  Perhaps WWE thought Konnan really had something here or perhaps they misjudged the intelligence of the fans.

18. Mr. Pogo

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    Mr. Pogo is a deathmatch veteran in Japan and around the world.  His name belies how vicious he is in the ring.

    There's a reason why the toolbox (The Hammer, Ax) and the animal kingdom have been raided so often for wrestling names.  There's a plethora of quality ones there.

    Taking names from a list of fad toys is not an advisable choice.

    The Jump rope and the Frisbee shouldn't be the basis for anyone's ring name and neither should the pogo stick.  Even though the 'Mr.' prefix forces us to show Testuo Sekigawa respect, it's still a name that fails.    

17. Mantaur

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    Minotaur is a half man half bull.  Is a mantaur three quarters man, one quarter bull?

    With how powerful and scary a minotaur is, one can see why WWE wanted to incorporate it into someone's gimmick.  Unfortunately, some things just don't translate.

    Mike Hallick looked idiotic in his costume with or without the mascot minotaur mask.  Being called the Minotaur wouldn't have bettered the gimmick, but being called Mantaur makes the whole scenario even more of a joke.  

16. Terra Ryzin

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    Not that Hunter Hearst Helmsley is the greatest name to come out of a wrestling think tank, but Paul Levesque got royally screwed during his first days with WCW.

    Word play-based wrestling names rarely work, but they certainly don't when you don't use actual names in them.

    If Terra is a name it's certainly a woman's name.   Terra Ryzin is on the intellectual and creative level of the show, Tru Calling.

    Eliza Dushku obviously did fine despite the idiocy of her show name as did the man who would later become known as Triple H.  

15. Puke

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    In a scene from Beyond the Mat, Vince McMahon gleefully watches Darren Drozdov puke into a wastebasket.  Drozdov's skill for on-demand vomiting got him a leg up in the business.  

    McMahon promptly decided to call him "Puke."  He later wised up and switched it to Droz, a far less disgusting name. 

    Did Drozdov despise being named after vomit or was he so excited about getting a shot with WWE that he didn't care?

14. Bastion Booger

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    On the theme of bodily waste, Mike Shaw rolls in with his hideous gray slingy outfit and the kind of ring name you'd see more of if second-graders did the naming. 

    His character was gross so they stuck him with a gross last name. 

    It's such an off-putting and inane name that most fans don't notice the 'bastion' part.  Being named after a stronghold is a great idea, being named after mucous, not so much.  

13. Big Dick Johnson

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    Sorry, Mr. DeJoseph, we were asking for your wrestling name, not your porn name.

    Big Johnson would have been plenty phallic on its own.  Adding the third word to this equation is overkill. 

    Val Venis was an example of hinting at a man's junk without hitting fans over the head.  Big Dick Johnson is hard to say with a straight face.  A name like that can't evolve beyond more than an immature joke. 

    Luckily, Chris DeJoseph's wrestling alter ago only appeared sporadically.  

12. M.I. Smooth

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    Groan.

    First off, don't ask a question in your name.  You just leave it open for people to say "no, you're not smooth."

    If Harold Hogue wanted to exude his smoothness in his ring name, he should have chosen a word that made people think of smooth.  This in your face approach comes off as childish.

    Hogue has wrestled as Ice Train.  Why not stick with that?

11. Tugboat

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    A tugboat is a small, powerful boat that drags bigger boats.  Fred Ottman was nearly 400 lbs.  What was exactly was he dragging?

    As Earthquake's tag partner, he was known instead as Typhoon.  This was far more appropriate.  It’s a destructive force which Ottman could be in the ring.

    A helpful compact vehicle was never a match for Ottman and the name and gimmick led him to wear one of the worst outfits in wrestling history.    

10. Meat

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    Not a lot of thought put into Shawn Stasiak's more famous ring name.  He's kind of a meaty guy, so maybe that's what they were going with.

    His dad went with the name Stan Stasiak.  What did he think of son being named after a section in the grocery store? 

    Shawn's other name was Planet Stasiak.  At least that name tried to be something.  

9. Shaggy 2 Dope

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    When you can make Scotty 2 Hotty sound good, you know you've created a terrible name. 

    Shaggy 2 Dope sounds like the worst rapper name ever.  Take a listen to his music as a member of the Insane Clown Posse and you may still agree with that assessment.

    Mr. Dope is a sometimes wrestler on top of his musical duties. 

    If you can reference Scooby Doo and use a slang that is no longer cool at the same time, you have to do it, right? 

    When it comes to names for rappers or wrestlers, there's no time limit during the creation process.You are not forced to stick with the first thing you blurt out. 

    Otherwise, every wrestling card would be filled with names like this one.  

8. Shark Boy

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    There's nothing wrong with a shark-related name.   Sharks are vicious, tough and dominate their territory.

    You want a wrestler's name to carry all those connotations. 

    Adding the 'boy' part of Dean Roll's ring name weakens this severely.  He sounds like a kid that got attacked by a shark and survived whose story of bravery caught fire in the media.

    Roll clearly wasn't going for something serious with that outfit and name, but goofy names like these only work in small-time tongue in cheek promotions.     

7. Henry O. Godwinn and Phinias I. Godwinn

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    One of the worst cases of forced acronyms was the Godwinns.  WWE wanted so badly to have the two tag team partners names spell 'hog' and 'pig' that they named a guy Phinias, spelled awkwardly at that. 

    Essentially having guys named Hog and Pig was a failed joke.

    They're dirty, like pigs, get it?  They are plenty of other animal names that would have worked better. 

    Even if a pig would be tough to take in a fight, it's not an intimidating or cool name at all.  

6. Ze Gangsta

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    Going from the Father of the Gods to Ze Gangsta is a painful tumble.

    Tiny Lister's brief stint with WCW had him abandon his name, Zeus from the movie, No Holds Barred and his WWE days for an ill-advised moniker. 

    Why wasn't he simply The Gangsta or even Da Gangsta?  Is it supposed to be French?

    It’s a name that's hard to believe was real, almost as hard to believe that five other wrestling names have been worse.    

5. Isaac Yankem D.D.S.

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    Luckily for Glenn Jacobs, WWE eventually gave him a great character in Kane. 

    Before that he was forced to play a demented dentist with a joke name.  The heavy-handed moniker is laughable. 

    It came at a time when WWE was still trying to push gimmick-heavy cartoony characters and was running out of ones that worked.  They got weird like in Yankem's case. 

    The only this ring name could have been worse if they'd given him a name with more of a Bart Simpson prank call feel like Ivan A. Yankem.

4. Beaver Cleavage

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    Sitcoms from the '50s are not a great source for fighter's names.  Adding tactless innuendo doesn't help.

    This character was an incestual version of "The Beaver" from Leave it to Beaver.  How did that idea get approved?

    One of WWE's worst missteps, Charles Warrington went nowhere with the career-killing gimmick and name he ended up with.  He's now only remembered as a laughingstock.    

    Had he wrestled as Mosh of the Headbangers for his entire career, what could have become of him?

3. Curry Man

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    Sure, Christopher Daniel’s ring name is a joke on purpose, a supposedly funny gimmick that isn't to be taken seriously, but when a wrestler named Curry Man is competing in a major wrestling promotion, what do you do with him?

    The name looks misplaced next to AJ Styles or Samoa Joe. 

    It sounds like a failed comic book hero.  It's a limiting gimmick and name.  Had he only wrestled under that name, what's the best Daniels could have hope for, mid-card novelty?

    How many Hall of Famers are there named after food?  

2. The Blue Meanie

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    Take the ineffectiveness of the Mean Mark ring name, cover it in cheesiness and you have created the horrendous ring name for wrestler Brian Heffron. 

    The Yellow Submarine may be a mighty entertaining film, but it's not a great source for wrestling names. 

    Heffron made it work the best he could, but how hard must it have been for the WWE commentators call the action when they repeatedly had to say the childish "meanie."

    The Blue Meanie belongs in a Roald Dahl book having a confrontation with the Big Friendly Giant, not a wrestling ring.

1. Ding Dongs

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    The tag team of Jim Evans and Richard Sartain was a failure on multiple levels.

    They were forced to endure a laughable gimmick and some of the worst outfits in wrestling history.  Their names were atrocious jokes. 

    WCW management in the late '80s misfired big time here.  Only one with no understanding of wrestling would think the Ding Dongs concept would work.

    The tag team looked like penises and their names didn't help.  And if fans allowed themselves to see past that, they could realize the names referred to bells. 

    But why bells?  In a sport filled with dragons and vipers, anvils and giants, where exactly do a pair of bells fit?