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Top 15 Wrestling Gimmicks That Lasted Too Long

Storylines are the heart of professional wrestling. The athletics make up a good majority, but matches are booked based on storylines developed by creative teams. What helps build these storylines are characters that are created by these same teams. In every form of professional wrestling, competitors are given gimmicks, or personas, to help make things more entertaining. There are no gimmicks given to MMA fighters, as that is strictly fighting. If wrestling did not have gimmicks, the sport would be much more relative to MMA. Wrestling is so much more as its focus is on the storytelling. It is what brings you in and keeps you. This also includes the direction of the character.

Plenty of gimmicks have been portrayed by the same wrestlers over the years. However, some have stuck with one gimmick the entire time. That takes a lot of story and character development, along with the ability to sell the character and win over the crowd. While this works, most of the time the gimmick begins to wear thin and gets stale. The crowd loses interest and the story for the character does not go in the right direction. Bad gimmicks have even ruined careers for wrestlers, while long and drawn out gimmicks have left a lasting, bad taste in fan’s mouths.

This list, in particular, takes a look at the top fifteen gimmicks that lasted entirely too long. This list includes plenty of fan favorites, and maybe some things that people do not realize. The list consists of WWE and WCW Superstars, as these two companies have been the biggest part of professional wrestling and what fans will remember most. Some of these characters will seem like obvious choices, while others will jog your memory and make you think: “oh yeah…”. Remember, these are not about bad gimmicks, they are about gimmicks that got stale, annoying, or eventually even brought down a company.

15 Glacier

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14 Disco Inferno

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13 Jack Swagger

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12 Adam Rose

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11 Bo Dallas

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10 Goldust

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9 Biker Undertaker

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8 Spirit Squad

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7 Goldberg

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6 Sting

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5 Kane

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4 D-Generation X

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3 John Cena

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2 Hulk Hogan

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1 New World Order

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The nWo is arguably the best faction in the history of wrestling, and the image that was created by it was a gimmick in its own right. The persona had to be exemplified by each of its many individuals over the years. However, you hit a point when you say enough is enough? WCW beat the name to death, way past its peak. There would even be a split faction with the nWo Wolfpack (which I honestly did not mind). But thinking back, it was all a cash crop for merchandise. You even had the LWO (Latino World Order) featuring all the Luchadores from the Cruiserweight Division. Everyone wanted to be a part of the nWo, including people like Jeff Jarrett. The gimmick wore out its welcome, which inevitably helped lead to the demise of the company.

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