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Top 15 Silliest Wrestling Gimmicks of All Time

The WWE is seeing some of the worst television ratings in its history and TNA appears to be on life support. A lot of the people inside the business like to fall back to the familiar argument that like everything, wrestling's popularity runs in cycles and we're just in a "down period" right now.

If promoters really wanted to figure out was wrong, they'd figure out what used to be right. In this era of "reality" programming when fans know just as much about what's happening behind the scenes as they know what's happening in front of the camera, promoters probably figure it's impossible to develop great characters like they once did. Aside from The Undertaker, what WWE wrestler is truly over-the-top these days? They tried with Fandango, but that failed for whatever reason.

One of the key components missing from wrestling today is the joy. It's the humor. It's the fun and when all is said and done, it's the silliness. We know it's not a real hillbilly really beating up a real evil clown, but this is wrestling, we're willing to suspend our belief for a little while. Not all silly characters were great. Some were downright stupid. However, there were a few that really stuck in the minds of wrestling fans. Here are the silliest among the silly.

15 The Repo Man 

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14 The Goon

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13 The Yeti

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12 The Spirit Squad 

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11 Beaver Cleavage 

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10 Duke ‘The Dumpster’ Droese

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9 Waylon Mercy

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8 Crash Holly

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7 The Bushwackers 

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6 Mr. Backlund 

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5 The Berzerker 

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4 Bertha Faye 

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3 Saba Simba 

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2 The Collective Works of Mike Shaw 

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1 Andy Kaufman 

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People remember the Taxi star and stand-up comedian for the two pile drivers given by Jerry "The King" Lawler and the coffee-throwing incident from Late Night with David Letterman, both dramatized in the movie, Man on the Moon. Most people don't however realize that Kaufman had been around for a while before those exchanges and hung around a while after it. Kaufman committed himself to the role of, well, himself, even appearing at the studio on Saturday mornings in Memphis for their live TV shows. He was grating and you wanted to see him get his butt kicked, but you had to admit it was some of the most entertaining, silliest stuff wrestling ever produced. We wouldn't be talking about it 30 years later if it wasn't.

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