WWE’s Funny and Possibly Regrettable Looks

Wrestling has been around for generations and it looks like it’s here to stay for generations to come. And while only wrestling fans will typically sit down to watch the actual matches, many people will tune in just to witness the flamboyance of it all. Let’s be honest – wrestling is basically an aggressive soap opera. And the fashion is not to be missed by any means!

From Brett Hart to The Rock to Dusty Rhodes, every era of wrestling had its fashion and style, and every wrestler had his own signature look. This piece is an homage to the wrestlers who took their flashiness to the utmost serious level and really brought it home.

So, let’s look back and enjoy a little laugh…

The Rock Before the Rock

20 years have passed since Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson made his wrestling debut on WWE (which was once WWF) as Rocky Maivia. Remember this character? Rocky Maivia wore what can only be described as party streamers. Yeah, I don’t have any other explanation for what they look like…

Rocky Maivia
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Surprisingly, as funny as this look was, this gimmick didn’t hurt his success as a wrestler. He won the Intercontinental Title, and then two years later, Johnson abandoned the Maivia persona and became the man that we now all know as the Rock. The Rock became one of the most popular wrestling personas of all time. While most young people know him as the big famous dude from action movies, wrestling fans know who he really is.

Max Moon Didn’t Take Off

The story of WWE’s character Max Moon is strange, to say the least. The character was designed and created for Konnan, who was one of the more controversial figures in wrestling at the time. But when he had issues with Vince McMahon after the $13,000 moon suit was made, Konnan was fired.

Max Moon
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But the network didn’t want to waste such a “cool” (really?) and futuristic suit with built-in pyrotechnics (wooowww)! So the character of Max Moon and the moon suit that came along it was given to Paul Diamond, who was the only other wrestler that could physically fit into the suit. His existence was short-lived, though, and Max Moon was rarely used in fights.

Next up, a wizard of all things!

Oz: The Worst Gimmick of 1991

Kevin Nash is lucky that his time in the WWE, when he was dressing up as Oz, didn’t ruin his wrestling career. I mean, just look at that outfit. The idea behind the character of Oz was that he was basically supposed to look like an evil version of the wizard. But the end result was something else. He ended up looking anything but intimidating.

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By the end of 1991, the Wrestling Observer Newsletter named Oz as “the worst gimmick of the year.” That ranking marked the end of Oz for Kevin Nash (which comes as no surprise there). But Nash went on to reach great heights in the wrestling world as Diesel, who was a much fiercer presence in the ring.

Shockmaster’s Unintended Reaction

If this guy was a master at anything, it was ruining his WWE debut. The man behind the bedazzled Storm Trooper mask really never stood a chance. What was his signature entrance? Well, if you don’t remember, he would enter the ring by blowing right through a wall to reveal himself in all his blinging glory.

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It looks like Storm Trooper didn’t really think things through all the way for his WWE debut. Why? Because his mask obscured his vision, and when he made his entrance, he tripped. When he hit the ground, the mask fell off and every wrestler around him broke character (a big no-no) and began laughing. Poor Shockmaster … (irony and pun intended).

Remember Farooq? He’s next…

Farooq Wanted to be a Gladiator

Farooq had a successful WWE career and managed to get himself into the history books. A major feat of his was being the first black World Champion in history. But there was one problem, at least to those who had to watch: he wasn’t very good at picking out a costume. Farooq was meant to look like a gladiator, but he really just looked like a Nickelodeon villain. Don’t you think?

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But anyway, aside from his costume, Farooq happened to be really popular among wrestling fans. Unlike other wrestling characters, he actually lasted for years. Ron Simmons, the man behind the persona, left the character behind. But it was only when it became culturally insensitive to those in the Middle East.

The Gobbledy Gooker

Someone please enlighten me. Whoever thought that this gimmick was a good idea? The fact that this character and the costume came out of a meeting is really amusing to me. The Gobbledy Gooker is by far one of the worst ideas the WWE ever came up with. What happened in 1990, was that eggs began appearing during the matches. And then one day, one particular day, one of those eggs “hatched.”

Gobbledy Gooker
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What was born, you ask? The Gobbledy Gooker, of course! He was a wrestler in the most pathetic chicken suit known to man. You thought those dudes on the corner with the spinning wheel were bad? And understandably, he was booed by the crowd. Yet somehow he managed to live past that first appearance.

Corporate Kane: A Glimpse into Our Future

Before putting on a suit and tie, Kane made a name for himself as one of the most intimidating WWE superstars. It’s not that the outfit itself was bad; it’s just that it was the polar opposite of anything Kane ever was or needed to be. A man in a suit? Not so intimidating in the ring.

Corporate Kane
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As it turns out, Glenn Jacobs, the man behind Corporate Kane, was very comfortable in a suit. Many years after his wrestling career ended, he went political. In 2018, Jacobs ran for, and was even elected as, the mayor of Knox County, Tennessee. So there you go, folks; there really is hope for those after WWE.

Next, see how far one character went…

Friar Ferguson Went Too Far

Remember this guy? Friar Ferguson is the man you see before your eyes. And his character lasted less than a year in the WWE. Is anyone surprised? Maybe. Maybe not. But at first, the Friar was making headlines. The Catholic Church of New York contacted the wrestling network and complained that Friar Ferguson was a culturally insensitive caricature that needed to be changed. Now is anyone surprised? Not at all.

Friar Ferguson
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Anyway, WWE responded by doing what they pretty much had to do: they got rid of the character altogether. Mike Shaw was the man behind the character, and he became Bastion Booger instead. From one mistake to another, it seems. His run ended in 1994 with a loss to Koko B. Ware.

Lord Tensai Was Halloween Ready

Lord Tensai’s entrance costume looks like he bought it at a Halloween costume store. And anyone who has ever been to a costume store knows how cheap those costumes can be. So, in other words, the Lord’s costume looks unimpressive to say the least. But hey, maybe that’s what makes wrestling somewhat relatable to the audience.

Lord Tensai
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Despite his bad costume choice, Lord Tensai had a solid WWE career. Once his robe was off and he was in the ring, nobody was laughing anymore. The man could fight, that’s for sure. He could fight and he wasn’t afraid to do what he needed to do to win.

Who here remembers Johnny B. Badd? Well, you can get a refresher now…

Johnny B. Badd’s Was a Glammed Out Rock Star

If you think about it, Johnny B. Badd looks like he was what the love child of Little Richard and Chuck Berry would be. You know, if they mated and had a kid. The name Johnny B. Badd was taken from the classic song “Johnny B. Goode,” but his look was pure glam rock and roll. And as strange as his costume was, it somehow worked for him.

Johnny B. Badd
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Marc Mero was known as Johnny B. Badd in his WCW days, but he eventually made the jump to the more highly publicized WWF. Mero was then forced to use a different name because WCW owned the rights to his glitzy past.

Next, see what mystery stood behind the next mysterious wrestling character.

Mystery Man’s Mysterious Costume

Mystery Man was another strange gag pulled off by the WWE, also in 1991. There was no mention of his arrival and no backstory even given to his character. He just showed up to the ring wearing a mask and what looks like a giant cheese grater.

Mystery Man
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The mystery of who the guy was behind the mask didn’t last very long. His gig was up when people found out that it was Brutus Beefcake all along.
Edward Harrison Leslie was the man behind the mask and he’s now 62 years old. He’s best known for his work in the ring as Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake. He later moved over to the network World Championship Wrestling (WCW) under a variety of names.

Glacier: Cold as Ice

Glacier could be a combination of Shredder and Sub-Zero, but no, he was his own entity. Glacier turned heads as he made his WCW debut. The network pushed to make him the next superstar, giving him the most elaborate entrance.

WWE’s Glacier
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But fans weren’t buying what Glacier was selling. He never made it past mid-card fighter status. In 1999, he gave up the gig and even sold his gear on air to another wrestler. Glacier was never to be seen again. At least, in the rink. Who is Glacier? The man under the mask is Raymond M. Lloyd is a semi-retired martial artist and actor, as well as a professional wrestler. He is best known for his time on WCW from 1996 to 1999.

Isaac Yankem aka Kane’s First Mistake

Before Glenn Jacobs became Kane, he was Isaac Yankem. The idea behind this character was clearly the fact that no one likes going to the dentist. But the dentist gimmick wasn’t scary in the ring.
Isaac Yankem only lasted for a year, and after that, Jacobs took on the character of Diesel while his next alter ego was being created. Kane then made his official debut in 1997, which introduced the next era of heavy metal-inspired wrestlers.

Isaac Yankem
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Outside of professional wrestling, Jacobs made guest appearances in film and on TV, including the lead role in the 2006 WWE production ‘See No Evil’ and later in its 2014 sequel. Jacobs is actively involved and passionate about libertarian politics. He publishes his views in his own blog.

The Bunny That Ruined Easter

The Bunny is one of the more recent wrestlers, who was kept in secret until just a few years ago. Originally he was a part of Adam Rose’s entrance group, but the Bunny was a wrestler dressed in an Easter Bunny costume. As simple as that.

WWE’s The Bunny
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In 2015, Justin Gabriel bore to Chris Jericho that he was the man behind the furry and let’s just say it – childish character. The Bunny was short-lived (surprise, surprise) but will remain in the nightmares of boys for years to come.
Philip Paul Lloyd is his real name and he is currently signed to Ring of Honor and Lucha Underground, and he goes under the ring name PJ Black. He’s a second-generation wrestler, Lloyd was initially trained by his father.

The Mountie from Canada

The Mountie was WWE’s take on the typical Canadian, and he was known as an equal opportunity offender. The Mountie was played by Jacques Rougeau Jr. and only lasted for one year. Fans didn’t like this guy that kept apologizing to his opponents in the ring!

WWE’s The Mountie
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Rougeau Jr. then took a break from the WWE for a year. When he came back, he was a member of the group The Quebecers (still Canadian), but not as stereotypical as the other characters.
Rougeau later teamed up with his brother, Ray (who was a commentator, announcer and host for the French-produced WWF programming), along with Pierre Ouellet in a match for WWF Shotgun Saturday Night in 1997. They defeated the team of Edge, Shawn Stasiak, and Tom Brandi.

Dusty Rhodes Wasn’t Defined By His Costume

Dusty Rhodes was one of the legendary wrestlers that graced the ring. After he passed away in2015, WWE named a tag team tournament in his honor. After such a long career, there had to be at least one costume mishap.

Dusty Rhodes
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Here, Rhodes looks like a black and gold ladybug. We’re not sure why and who convinced him that it looks intimidating. But it somehow made its way into the ring. Well, to each his own, I guess.
Before he passed away, Dusty Rhodes had a net worth of $3 million dollars. Born in Austin, Texas, Rhodes, also known as Virgil Riley Runnels, Jr., began his wrestling career in the late 1960s, appearing as a “heel” with the AWA, the American Wrestling Association.

Vito LoGrasso Wore a Dress

After being a professional wrestler for 14 years, Vito LoGrasso took a risk in 2004 when he chose to make cross-dressing his gimmick. He wore dresses into the ring, and would then “expose” himself to other wrestlers.

Vito LoGrasso
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Yes, it was a strange choice, but the gimmick sent LoGrasso on an undefeated streak, starting in 2006. And so for four months, he was untouchable. But when Elijah Burke started taking him down, things went downhill. In 2007, LoGrasso was released from WWE, ending his professional career.
Lograsso did some acting, too. He had a minor role as Bodo in the sci-fi film, ‘The Survivor.’ He also had a leading role in the 2014 horror, ‘The Church.’ He’s also set to play the role of Ricardo Lewis in the action thriller film ‘Apnea.’

Cody Rhodes or Ziggy Stardust?

Stardust Cody Rhodes, the son of Dusty Rhodes, was also a wrestler, and he took on the persona of himself but from another universe. But it was really just a play on his brother’s character Goldust, who wore a similar costume.

Stardust Cody Rhodes
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Rumor had it that Cody got tired of this gimmick and wanted to become his own superpower. The WWE had no plans to let him do that, so they told him he would be Stardust for the rest of his wrestling career. Rhodes ended up leaving WWE.

Rhodes is a fan of The Legend of Zelda’s video games and incorporates its style into his wrestling gear. He has stated that he replays A Link to the Past every year.

Goldust Became a Big Baby

This list wouldn’t be complete without Dustin, the other Rhodes brother. And Dustin was one of the weirdest wrestlers because he was the man behind Goldust. And his career went to new extremes when the WWE caught up to his act.

Dustin Rhodes
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Rhodes had to introduce a whole slew of new characters, and some were too inappropriate to include on this list. The one that stands out, though, is the man-baby. When it didn’t work, he tried being a living Christmas tree.
Dustin Runnels’ autobiography, ‘Cross Rhodes: Goldust, Out of the Darkness,’ was released in 2010. He mentioned that he was married twice; the second time to an unnamed woman. “I also had a short-lived and highly volatile second marriage. We only dated for a few months, then, one day, we just went to the justice of the peace and did the deed.”

Chainsaw Charlie Wasn’t Intimidating

In 1997, Terry Funk returned, after a long-awaited return to the ring, as Chainsaw Charlie. But the effort put into this costume was beyond low. They basically told him to put pantyhose on his head and carry a chainsaw into the ring.

Chainsaw Charlie
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You could see Chainsaw Charlie’s true identity. He went on to team up with Cactus Jack (aka Mick Foley), only to be beaten by The New Age Outlaws in 1998.
In 1999, Funk was featured in the wrestling documentary, ‘Beyond the Mat’ by director Barry Blaustein. The cameramen followed him to a medical appointment, and there he was told by the doctor that he should not even be able to walk without intense pain. This really rivaled his legendary toughness.

Battle Kat Had Some Moves

Before he became a wrestler, Brady Boone had a gymnastics background, and the WWF wanted to utilize it by creating a character called Battle Kat. Boone’s debut as Battle Kat was in 1990 at a house show.

Battle Kat
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To showcase Boone’s gymnastic skill set, the WWF’s most creative idea was to put him in a cat mask and leotard, which actually helped him move around easier to show off his agility. Despite being smaller than most of the professional wrestlers, Peters inspired up-and-coming wrestlers with his athleticism, including Rob Van Dam. Peters helped Van Dam in his early years in wrestling.,
On December 15, 1998, while Boone was driving home to Tampa, Florida from a WCW taping in Orlando, Peters died in a car accident.

Aldo Montoya’s Jockstrap Mask

With the name Justin Credible, why even bother creating a nickname like Aldo Montoya? But, that’s exactly what Credible did in 1994. Inspired by his Portuguese heritage, he wore a yellow mask that covered his nose, which only made him look like he just came out of facial reconstruction surgery.

Aldo Montoya
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While the Portuguese Man O’ War defeated The Brooklyn Brawler, the thing was that he was still mocked by other wrestlers who said that his masked looked like a jockstrap.
Aldo Montoya’s real name is Peter Joseph “PJ” Polaco, best known for his appearances with Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) as well as the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). Polaco is a one-time world champion. He won the ECW World Heavyweight Championship once.

Goldust Takes On the Holidays

We already saw how Dustin Rhodes could be quite the character. When he wasn’t spending his time in the ring dressed up as a baby, he was a character also known as The Artist Formerly Known as Goldust. And for the holiday season, as you can see, it meant that he would show up to the ring dressed as a Christmas tree.

The Artist Formerly Known as Goldust
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What constitutes a Christmas tree costume? Well, you can start with the color green. He wore a green wig, a star tree topper, and wrapped himself in shiny garland and even painted his face. And as ridiculous as this is, it was a lot less insane than the next costume that he usually wore in the ring…

A Yeti or a Mummy?

If you saw this character on TV, what would you think he is? A Mummy? A Zombie? A Toilet Paper Monster? You’re correct in your logical understanding. But you’re wrong. The reality is that it’s supposed to be a Yeti.

WWE’ the Yeti
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In 1995, Ron Reis debuted as The Yeti in the WCW. Who knows why this costume looks more like a monster and less like someone who returned from the dead. But this costume takes the cake for inaccuracy.
Ron Reis was originally trained by Big John Studd.[1] He made his wrestling debut on March 12, 1994 for the New England-based network, the International Wrestling Federation under his birth name. In 1995, he began performing for the National Wrestling Conference in Las Vegas as “SWAT”.

The Spirit Squad

You wouldn’t expect anyone to be intimidated by five male cheerleaders, but then again, looks are deceiving. That’s what the WWE thought when they introduced The Spirit Squad in 2006 on Raw.

The Spirit Squad
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Kenny Dykstra, Mike Mondo, and the others went on to win the World Tag Team Championship. For WWE costumes, these aren’t that bad. But they could have tried to be a little more intimidating.
After losing their tag team championship in 2006, the team broke up. Kenny was the only member to appear on WWE regularly. Nicky, Mikey and went back to OVW, where Mikey and Nicky formed their own tag team.Today, only Nicky was the one who was continually signed since their split, wrestling under the name Dolph Ziggler.

Well Dunn Did Their Thing

When Rex King and Steve Doll teamed up, you got Well Dunn. King was “Timothy Well,” and Doll was “Steven Dunn” and these two wrestlers were a top tag team for two years in the WWF.
They had skin-tight spandex, shirt cuffs, and bow ties, which was basically a Chippendale’s theme. It looks like they enjoyed these costumes maybe a little too much.

Well Dunn team
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Well Dunn are best known for competing in the WWF from 1993 to 1995. They faced the top tag teams and were contenders for the WWF Tag Team Championship. There was a feud with The Bushwhackers that lasted for most of their time in WWF. They split up in 1996, but reunited briefly in 1998. At this reunion, Doll attacked King and the team broke up permanently. Doll later died from complications related to a blood clot in 2009, and Well passed away in 2017 from kidney failure.

Bret Hart’s Fashion Crimes

Bret Hart took on The Miz in a match at the Raw Championship in 2010. It only looks like they called Hart to come in on his day off because it looks like he couldn’t be bothered to put traditional wrestling gear on for the ring. Hart is committing a fashion crime with those long jorts that he’s wearing. Jorts are jean shirts, for those who don’t know. Fashion crimes aside, he defeated The Miz in this match.

Bret Hart
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Outside of wrestling, Hart was in a bunch of films and shows, such as The Simpsons. He was also featured in several documentaries, about himself, his family, or the wrestling industry in general. Hart also helped found the major junior ice hockey team the Calgary Hitmen.

Giant Gonzalez Went All Out

If you saw Giant Gonzalez in the ring, then you’re probably familiar with what his costume looked like in full. He wore a skin-tight suit that looked like a naked, hairy giant. While the costume didn’t reveal anything too explicit, it still left nothing to the imagination.Regardless of being named one of the worst wrestling costumes ever, Giant Gonzalez defeated The Undertaker and Wippleman on occasion. He was played by Jorge Gonzalez, an Argentinian basketball player that was no less than eight feet tall!

Giant Gonzalez
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González was in the 1988 NBA draft, chosen by the Atlanta Hawks in the third round. He became the first Argentine player drafted in the NBA. But, when the Hawks bought the player’s rights from his Argentine team, he was unable to adapt to the physical demands of basketball, partly due to a serious knee injury.

Mantaur Was Based on a Minotaur

In 1995, Mike Halac became the WWF’s Mantaur and was able to defeat Walter Slow in his first match. The inspiration behind the character was the mythological Minotaur, a creature that would charge and trample his opponents. This costume wasn’t very intimidating, but it had a bit of style to it. Mantaur’s leotard would kinda make for a cute swimsuit. Mantaur enjoyed a small winning streak that fizzled out in the late ’90s.

WWF’s Mantaur
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In 2016, Halac was part of a class action lawsuit filed against WWE which alleged that wrestlers incurred traumatic brain injuries during their time with the company. And they claimed that the company concealed the risks of injury. The case was later dismissed by US District Judge Vanessa Lynne Bryant in 2018.[22]

The Warlord: a Real-Life Cyborg

The Warlord was introduced in the mid-80s with Jim Crockett Promotions before turning up at WWF in 1988. Terry Scott Szopinski was the man behind the costume, and he went through several ideas before going with The Warlord.But The Warlord had enough strength to make a dent in the ring, and he later teamed up with the Barbarian to form “The Powers of Pain.” They were a successful pair until they split up in 1990.

The Warlord
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Szopinski met Chris Jericho early on, and helped him out with diet issues while they traveled together around the world. Dave Batista claims that Szopinski is his all-time favorite wrestler. In 2016, Szopinski was also named as part of the same class-action lawsuit that Mike Halac was involved in. 

Zeus Was Bad With Names

If you remember the days of Hulk Hogan, then you remember one of his most infamous rivals, Zeus. Named “The Human Wrecking Machine,” he wore an impressive vest but yet he never actually brought it into the ring.Perhaps what made it all the more ridiculous was that fake lazy eye and his uni-brow. He would also shout and pound on his chest in interviews. Zeus was played by actor Tim Lister Jr.

 WWE’s Zeus
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Lister Jr. is best known for his role as as Deebo from the movie, ‘Friday.’ He reprised the role in the sequel, ‘Next Friday.’ He also played Obodo in Mario Van Peeble’s ‘Posse’ in 1993. He also had numerous guest appearances on TV series and was the first Klingon ever to make contact with humans, in the pilot episode of Star Trek: Enterprise.

The Boy Band We Never Asked For

If there was a wrestling crew that made you ask, “Why though?” it would be 3 Count. 3 Count showed up in the WCW in 1999, including Shane Helms, Shannon Moore, and Evan Karagias. Their gimmick was to be a boy band that wore matching pants, and they would sing and dance in unison before losing badly in the ring. The WCW was trying to capitalize on the popularity of NSYNC and the Backstreet Boys.

3 Count
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On Twitter, Shane Helms announced that 3 Count would be reuniting in November of 2014. The trio appeared at WrestleCade in North Carolina at the Benton Convention Center.[9] Helms and his proteges Trevor Lee & Andrew Everett performed a 3 Count song during TNA’s Total Nonstop Deletion.

Too Cool Was Not Cool

If you thought it couldn’t get worse than 3 Count, it sure can. And it did. In the late ’90s, the WWF introduced Too Cool, a tag team of Grandmaster Sexay, Scotty 3 Hotty, and Rikishi. What a joke, right? They were supposed to be a hip-hop gimmick. And while one was going at it with a rival, the other was dancing to the music. The last time they were ever seen was in a 2014 episode of Old School Raw.

WWF’s Too Cool
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The duo of “Too Sexy” (Brian Christopher) and “Too Hot” )Scott Taylor) were originally a tag team known as Too Much.[1] They appeared in WrestleMania XIV in a tag battle won by L.O.D. 2000. The team had a feud with fellow light heavyweight wrestlers like Taka Michinoku. 

Arachnaman Was Too Familiar

In 1996, the WCW debuted the poor man’s Spiderman – Arachnaman. Apparently, the WCW couldn’t come up with anything more original, but at least they switched up the color scheme. Arachnaman was one of the characters of wrestler Brad Armstrong. He didn’t last long in the ring as this character after Marvel threatened to sue the WCW.

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On November 1, 2012, Armstrong was found deceased in his home in Georgia. He had seen his physician the previous week for an undisclosed medical issue But, his former Lightning Express tag team partner (and best friend) Tim Horner said that Armstrong died from a heart attack. Armstrong was survived by his parents, brothers, wife Lori Spranz, and his daughter Jillian (born 2001).

Yes, Clowns are Scary

In 1992, Matt Borne came to the WWF ring as Doink the Clown. As an evil clown, Doink wore traditional clown makeup, a green wig, and bright spandex. But the costume was more distracting than it was intimidating. People were laughing for the wrong reasons. Borne was the first person to portray Doink, but other wrestlers in the WWF and WWE have taken on this clown persona.

Doink the Clown
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His real name is Matthew Wade Osborne, and he was found dead on June 28, 2013, in his apartment in Texas. Although no weapons were found near him, police said the death appeared accidental. They started a precautionary homicide investigation following it. The cause of death was determined to be an accidental overdose of morphine and hydrocodone. He had also suffered from heart disease, which contributed to his death.

Big Van Vader

Intimidating is what they got when Vader came into the ring with this demonic metal mask. But it was impractical because he couldn’t even fight in it. So he had to take the mask off to reveal a smaller mask underneath that served no purpose. Vader, who was formally known as Big Van Vader, was portrayed by Leon Allen White. Despite this costume, he was known as one of the best super-heavyweight professional wrestlers of his time.

Big Van Vader
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White was also played football, and he was a nationally ranked center who was recruited by 40 colleges. He played offensive line at the University of Colorado. He was a second-team All-American for the Buffaloes in 1977 He also earned a business administration degree.

Hillbilly Jim

Another wrestling costume that needed some more creativity was Hillbilly Jim. Portrayed by James Morris, Hillbilly Jim came out in overalls and a dirty hat. And sometimes he wore a huge horseshoe around his neck. His career started in the ’80s and was mentored by Hulk Hogan. At Survivor Series ’88, he joined Hogan, Randy Savage, Hercules, and Koko B. Ware to beat Big Boss Man, Akeem, Ted DiBiase, King Haku, and The Red Rooster.

Hillbilly Jim
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From 1990 to 2001, Morris traveled around the world, representing the WWF for Coliseum Video sales and then later with Sony Videos.
In 2005, Sirius Satellite Radio added a show called Hillbilly Jim’s Moonshine Matinee as a weekly program. Every Saturday, Morris plays classic country music and Southern rock. Between records, he tells all kinds of stories of his days with the WWF.

Zack Ryder

Zack Ryder was one of the WWE’s top wrestlers since 2004. But he rarely entered the ring in anything remotely cool. He was over-the-top and bright, Ryder’s costumes were “in your face,” just like his Long Island attitude.In this costume, he looks like a human lightning flash, which isn’t scary. He also wore costumes that had QR scan codes, but then again what WWE costumes are not crazy?

Zack Ryder
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Ryder is also known for his YouTube web series called Z! True Long Island Story, which he started in February 2011. The series was a collection of short comments containing comedic allusions to wrestling and pop culture. He also included cameos from his friends, family, and his former fellow WWE colleagues.

Dustin Rhode’s Usual Getup

In 1997, Goldust’s identity as Dustin Rhodes came to light and then he became The Artist Formerly Known as Goldust. At the time, his manager was Luna Vachon, and he would often come out on a leash and a ball in his mouth. Talk about inappropriate.Not pictured here is the walker that he would use to walk into the ring. He was apparently so dedicated to this gimmick that he once told Vince McMahon that he would get breast implants if he was paid $1 million.

Dustin Rhodes
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Alright guys, that’s it for now. I hope you enjoyed this trip down memory lane. The next time you watch a wrestling match, you can compare all the new-age costumes to the ones you say today.