Becoming a true wrestling superstar requires the full package. Having great promo skills, being a gifted in-ring performer, and having an accepted character are some key factors and traits that make wrestling greats, great. However, what happens when a wrestler is given a character that is strange, odd, or hard to play? When a wrestler gets one of these monikers over, it usually is a sign of great skill on the performer’s end, so here, I highlight the top five downright weirdest wrestling gimmicks that were able to get over.
Billed as Nick Disnmore in OVW, this man became one of the promotions top stars, however, his career was at a cross roads as he wasn’t being called up to the main roster. He pitched an idea to Vince McMahon to debut as a special needs wrestler, and I don’t know how or why, but he got the green light. From the start, fans found him polarizing but nonetheless entertaining. Because the gimmick was borderline offensive, not everything Eugene did made people laugh as it was designed to, but he was over enough with the fans to turn William Regal face and eventually win the Tag Team Championships with him.
Undoubtedly one of the toughest and most dedicated performers in the history of the business, Mick Foley played three separate characters throughout his career including Cactus Jack, Dude Love, and of course, Mankind. When Mankind was introduced to the WWE Universe he was depicted a masked psychopath who frequently talked to himself. As the character progressed, fans grew to know that Mankind was deranged, sad, and aggressive. Despite these things, he was so convincing in the character that fans rewarded him with cheers and he eventually won the WWF Championship on a legendary episode of Monday Night Raw.
3. Damien Mizdow
Damien Sandow’s pairing with The Miz was pure on screen magic. The gimmick really took off though when Damien Sandow transitioned from The Miz’s partner to The Miz’s stunt double and began impersonating him. For example, if The Miz was thrown over the top rope in a Battle Royale, Damien Sandow would also tumble over the top. If Miz got slammed during a tag team match, Damien Sandow would enter the ring and bump on his own. The crowd ate this up and the team was eventually rewarded with the Tag Team Championships.
2. Broken Matt Hardy
Broken Matt Hardy was a huge risk, but I have tons of respect for Matt Hardy as he bet on himself and his investment paid off. The broken gimmick was somewhat of a career resurgence for Matt Hardy and it put him back on WWE’s map. The character itself featured a rugged look, half dyed hair, and a man who lived in an imaginary universe called the “Broken Universe”. The character culminated in an original and downright unorthodox match called the “Final Deletion”. TNA as well as WWE have both held versions of this match with the Woken/Broken Hardy characters. Woken Matt Hardy is the current Raw Tag Team Champion with Bray Wyatt.
Debuting in 1995, Goldust was a man with long, luscious golden hair, black and gold face paint, and a gold body suit. He is one of the most striking and iconic superstars of all time, along with his character who’s confusing personality and uncomfortable sexual undertones make him a magnetic on screen draw. Over his 20-year career, he is a nine time Hardcore Champion, a three time Intercontinental Champion, and a three time WWE Tag Team Champion. In fact, he was so dedicated to his gimmick that he offered to get breast implants in order to garner more shock value.