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Top 20 Stupid Wrestling Gimmicks That Could've Been Great

The landscape of professional wrestling is filled with decades upon decades of great characters and amazing moments. But it is also wrought with a number of gimmicks that fell flat with the fans or were just plain stupid. To this day, it is nowhere an exact science to figure out what makes a Stone Cold Steve Austin work and a Roman Reigns flop.

It's astounding to think of the number of gimmicks that came and went, despite how ridiculous they were at the time, which are still thought of with a sense of nostalgia and some level of adoratiom. What if we aren't looking back in misplaced fondness, what if we're just looking back at what might have been? What if the stars on this list somehow found a way to make their gimmicks work better than they did?

Whether it was bad booking, bad writing, or the wrong character fit for a wrestler, all of these gimmicks had something to them and could have grown legs had they been given an opportunity to shine. The following gimmicks all could have been something had the right stars aligned, but sadly they didn't.

20 Papa Shango 

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19 The Goon 

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18 Eugene 

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17 Max Moon 

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16 The Spirit Squad 

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15 The Boogeyman 

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14 The Ringmaster 

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13 The American Males 

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12 The Blue Blazer 

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11 Mordecai 

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10 Jeff Jarrett ("Ain't I Great?") 

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9 Mexicools 

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8 Kevin Thorn 

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7 Rico Constantino 

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6 Waylon Mercy 

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5 The Hurricane

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4 Doink the Clown 

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3 Glacier 

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2 Alex Riley 

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1 Damien Sandow / Mizdow 

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While The Intellectual Man gimmick could have gotten over like gangbusters if Vince allowed it to blossom, Damien Sandow was saddled with the thankless job of being Miz's stunt–double. But Sandow being the performer he is, got the bit over big time and in the process made the once relevant Miz mean something again. In both iterations of his character, the crowds were behind Sandow. Sadly, WWE booking doesn’t seem to know how to capitalize on him. He was hot when he cashed in Money in the Bank on John Cena, but instead of seeing how far Sandow could go, he lost and became a joke. After breaking from Miz, Mizdow would become Macho Mandow, but the guy is far more talented than a comedy act.

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