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 Posted: Fri Aug 13th, 2010 11:56 am
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The Undertaker - on the face of it, it's a terrible idea, but it's lasted 20 years and still going.

Disco Infero - turn John Travolta into a wrestler, but the dancing fools were a hoot

The Sandman - as Mr. Sandman would wrestle in a wetsuit and carry a surfboard, became hardcore legend



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 Posted: Fri Aug 13th, 2010 12:05 pm
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Mr. Perfect. - Seriously? If some guy showed up with that name right now, you'd change the channel. Curt Henning made it work for him.

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 Posted: Fri Aug 13th, 2010 01:14 pm
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Chief Jay Strongbow got over as an Indian because I guess they didn't think an Italian guy could get over as a babyface in New York.



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 Posted: Fri Aug 13th, 2010 01:29 pm
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Kriss wrote: The Undertaker - on the face of it, it's a terrible idea, but it's lasted 20 years and still going.

Disco Infero - turn John Travolta into a wrestler, but the dancing fools were a hoot

The Sandman - as Mr. Sandman would wrestle in a wetsuit and carry a surfboard, became hardcore legend

I don't know that I'd agree with Disco Inferno.  I never found him appealing whatsoever.

I'd say Dusty made the polka dots thing work for him in WWF.  He got over, despite the rib.


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 Posted: Fri Aug 13th, 2010 01:58 pm
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amerorig wrote: Mr. Perfect. - Seriously? If some guy showed up with that name right now, you'd change the channel. Curt Henning made it work for him.

I never saw what was supposed to be so goofy about "Mr. Perfect."  Seems like a pretty good, and almost obvious wrestling gimmick to me. Hennig did play it perfectly, but I never thought of it as a bad gimmick. 

Similarly, if not quite in the same boat, I never saw what was so bad about "King" Harley Race. Race needed some color to fit in to the WWF and making the 7 time NWA champ into a "King" of pro wrestling made a lot of sense to me.


To answer the thread title, I'll take the team Claw brought up in another thread:  The New Breed.  Their "we're from the future and use cheap gadgets" gimmick sounds pretty goofy to me, but they played it great and were a highlight of WCW/JCP during their brief run.

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Agree on Inferno.

Dolph Ziggler.  Had 5 minute wonder written all over him, yet he's still around and even prospering.

Johnny B Badd.  Improved immeasurably in the ring, which probably helped.

Pirate Burchill.  Only Vince is the only man on the planet never to have heard of Johnny Depp.

Demolition.  Road Warriors with S&M.  Yet somehow got over as faces on a kids' broadcast.



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Doink The Clown ( Matt Borne ) - I remember when he started playing 'pranks' and it was just the goofiest gimmick I ever saw, but once he debuted and had the dark entrance music and working an almost mat wrestling style...Holy Crap! Had they hadn't turned him babyface and Borne having his 'personal demons', he could have been the perfect opponent for The Undertaker ( like a Batman v. Joker feud in the ring )

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Super Snott wrote: Doink The Clown ( Matt Borne ) - I remember when he started playing 'pranks' and it was just the goofiest gimmick I ever saw, but once he debuted and had the dark entrance music and working an almost mat wrestling style...Holy Crap! Had they hadn't turned him babyface and Borne having his 'personal demons', he could have been the perfect opponent for The Undertaker ( like a Batman v. Joker feud in the ring )
Totally agree with this.



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Matt Borne with Doink was the first one that came to mind.



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Exotic Adrian Street.

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I'll go with Undertaker, but Mr. Perfect had potential to be pretty cheesy.



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Spirit Squad got a main event push, so there's that



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Flairfan216 wrote: I'll go with Undertaker, but Mr. Perfect had potential to be pretty cheesy.

I just don't get how a guy who's really good at a lot of different things and is so arrogant as to think he's "perfect" is so cheesy in the world of pro wrestling?  I'm sure it could be obnoxious in the wrong hands, but goofy or cheesy? Mummies, garbage men, cops, race car drivers & various other professionals that wrestle in uniform, walking dead, Voodoo priests with super powers, etc, etc ... I can think of plenty of cheesy gimmicks. A really talented and well-rounded guy who thinks he's perfect is no more cheesy than a wrestling millionaire who tries to buy his way to success, IMO, and I don't see people naming Dibiase on these types of lists.  Everyone has their opinion, of course, I'm just curious as to what is so goofy about the "Mr. Perfect" gimmick. Is it the vignettes? Just seems like a gimmick well-suited (even if exaggerated, as was everything in WWF at the time) for pro wrestling to me. And seems pretty tame, straightforward and realistic compared to other gimmicks of the era. They had a cosmic super hero world champ doing battle with the Living Dead and a Voodoo priest who could actually command real magic around that time.

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The Matt Borne version of Doink the Clown. He pulled that evil-clown crap off pretty damn well, IMO. Now, evil wrestling clowns ... THAT fits my definition of cheesy.  How did Memphis not come up with that first?

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Speaking of Memphis born gimmicks, how about Kamala?  A bare-foot, painted up savage from the wilds of Africa who had to be controlled by a masked handler is a pretty damn goofy concept.  But Sugar Bear Harris nailed it and then some. And Bill Watts did a great job of promoting him and getting his gimmick over in an area that usually didn't get that goofy.

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Diesel. I think of a Tractor Trailer, He was a Bodyguard. Makes perfect sense to Me.

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