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Infamous wrote:
I agree. Even with the polka dots & Sapphire by his side, Dusty Rhodes was right behind Hulk Hogan & Ultimate Warrior in terms of popularity. It could be argued that his career was rejuvenated in the WWF during this period & was much more popular to a wider audience than it had been in JCP in his last couple of years there

No way it "killed" his career


Dusty talked about it on a WWE 24/7 round table discussion. I think it was Gene Okerlund, Dusty Rhodes, Michael Hayes, Mick Foley and Pat Patterson. They pretty much all agreed that if the wrestler believes in the gimmick, and gives it 100%, anything can work (examples being Goldust, Polka Dot Dusty). They blamed the failure of The Red Rooster on Terry Taylor believing that the whole thing was a rib on him, and not giving it his all.



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kargol wrote:
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LOL!

Cue every poster on S&W wondering why they didn't think of that earlier.



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Kriss wrote:
kargol wrote:
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LOL!

Cue every poster on S&W wondering why they didn't think of that earlier.


yep...thread is over!



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stone2k wrote:
Kriss wrote:
kargol wrote:
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LOL!

Cue every poster on S&W wondering why they didn't think of that earlier.


yep...thread is over!


Dammit. I was coming over here to post that.



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LOL @ The Blue Blazer

I never could take The Sheepherders seriously again once they were Bushwhackers

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beejmi wrote: I never could take The Sheepherders seriously again once they were Bushwhackers

I'll agree I never took them seriously again either, but it didn't kill their careers.


As for Arachnaman, Brad Armstrong had the biggest push of his NWA/WCW career after that gimmick, he had probably his best year with the company under the Bill Watts booking era, the Light Heavyweight Title, and had great TV matches with Liger, Muta, and dozens of others throughout 1992.


I dunno about gimmicks, but I know the extra "Z" certainly killed Tazz, outside of his first couple WWF appearances.

Marc Mero after his knee injury, when he came back with the haircut and "Marvelous" boxer gimmick for no reason.

Greg Gagne, terrible gimmick... Never got over again after the AWA

Bill Irwin as the GOON, though he was finishing up his career.

Tom Brandi just couldn't recover from Salvatore Sincere, though they gave it a quick try in 98.



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Kriss wrote: Infamous wrote:
I agree. Even with the polka dots & Sapphire by his side, Dusty Rhodes was right behind Hulk Hogan & Ultimate Warrior in terms of popularity. It could be argued that his career was rejuvenated in the WWF during this period & was much more popular to a wider audience than it had been in JCP in his last couple of years there

No way it "killed" his career


Dusty talked about it on a WWE 24/7 round table discussion. I think it was Gene Okerlund, Dusty Rhodes, Michael Hayes, Mick Foley and Pat Patterson. They pretty much all agreed that if the wrestler believes in the gimmick, and gives it 100%, anything can work (examples being Goldust, Polka Dot Dusty). They blamed the failure of The Red Rooster on Terry Taylor believing that the whole thing was a rib on him, and not giving it his all.


Not to mention Dusty knew Vince was trying to embarrass him with the polka dot gimmick (he said as much on that show if you read between the lines, and he's said it directly before), and that made him work that much harder to get it over.



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beejmi wrote: LOL @ The Blue Blazer

I never could take The Sheepherders seriously again once they were Bushwhackers

It was a character change, but not a career killer.  The Bushwhackers went for about seven years with that gimmick, and Butch Miller and Luke Williams weren't exactly spring chickens (both were over 40 at the time) when they signed with the WWF.

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Marc Mero has to be the only guy who was actually hurt by dropping a gay gimmick

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tofu_chipmunk wrote: beejmi wrote: LOL @ The Blue Blazer

I never could take The Sheepherders seriously again once they were Bushwhackers

It was a character change, but not a career killer.  The Bushwhackers went for about seven years with that gimmick, and Butch Miller and Luke Williams weren't exactly spring chickens (both were over 40 at the time) when they signed with the WWF.
Plus both said over the years they loved doing the gimmick and even today, they are recognized for it more than as the sheepherders.


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More money, less bumps and no cutting yourself open every night. I can see why they preferred being the Bushwhackers. :)



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BottomlessJack2 wrote: Greg Gagne, terrible gimmick... Never got over again after the AWA

Greg was already on the downside of his career when he took on the "Rambo" gimmick. I doubt he would have had any more of a following between 85-90 if he had never done that bit.

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