On any great television drama, a character can change their looks, and even their entire personality, throughout the course of the series. Sometimes, the more outlandish changes could happen within the same episode. In the world of professional wrestling, not unlike other great dramas, wrestlers will often play the same character for their entire career, which could last anywhere from a few years to a few decades.
Which means in order to be truly successful, you have to be willing to change with the times, or stay ahead of them. Use inspirations from movies and comic books, be completely outlandish, become grounded or change your hair color, but, most importantly, consistently get over with fans.
With this list, we're going to be look at the most important and drastic character changes in wrestling history. Had these changes not happened, we may never have had some of the most iconic storylines in wrestling history. Without further ado, here are the 15 most drastic character changes in wrestling histoy.
15 JBL (Rough and Tumble Texan to New York Tycoon)
He started as many big, tough Texans start out – a cowboy complete with a Stetson hat, chaps and a bullrope. Then, he teamed up with Barry Windham as the New Blackjacks. However, it was as one member of the Acolytes and then later the APA (Acolyte Protection Agency) where Bradshaw, along with Farooq, became known for his strong style. The APA is where Bradshaw would enjoy his greatest success, or so we thought.
14 The Godfather (Supreme Fighting Machine to Pimp Daddy)
13 Vince McMahon (Wholesome Commentator to Evil Boss)
12 The Rock (Third Generation Superstar to First Rate Jerk)
11 Kane (The Devil’s Favorite Demon to Corporate Kane)
10 The New Age Outlaws (Obscurity to Legendary)
9 Lex Luger (Narcissist to American Hero)
8 Goldust (The Bizarre One to the Artist Formerly Known as Goldust)
7 Cody Rhodes (Wrestling Legacy to the 5th Dimension)
6 Triple H (Connecticut Blue Blood to D-Generate)
5 The Undertaker (Deadman to American Badass)
4 Sting (Surfer to Crow)
3 Chris Jericho (Rock Star to Honest Man)
2 Mick Foley (The Three Faces of Foley)
1 Hulk Hogan (Childhood Hero to Hollywood Bad Guy)
Since January 23rd, 1984 Hulkamania had been running wild. Hulk Hogan was the reason so many of us watched wrestling. Hogan fans would eat up everything the blond behemoth said, as he beckoned Hulksters, big and small, to eat their vitamins, train, and say their prayers (believing in yourself would come in 1990). There was no wrong Hogan could do in those days. How on Earth do you go from being one of the most beloved icons in America to being the most hated man in wrestling?
Well, you go to WCW and side with an invading Kevin Nash and Scott Hall to form the New World Order. Gone was the trademark Hogan yellow and red, in its place the nWo’s black and white. He’d deliver the same style promo, but he wouldn't ask Hulkamaniacs to do anything except bow down to him and declare him the God of wrestling. The story is that if Hogan didn’t end up turning, it would have been Sting. However, we all know it needed to be Hogan and it should have been – WCW would have never gained the heights it did without the Immortal Icon.
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