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Top 20 Worst Gimmicks in the History of Wrestling

One thing that has remained constant in the sport of professional wrestling, even back to the days when events didn’t air on pay per view and there weren’t multiple broadcasts throughout the week, are the gimmicks. To be one of the best performers in the business, you need to have a gimmick. Talent can only take you so far, as it’s how you present yourself to the fans that helps you gain popularity, stay relevant in an otherwise difficult business to become a star, and continue to be a hated or popular star. Any fan of Ric Flair and the Four Horseman who have watched their DVD knows that these men didn’t only talk the talk, they actually did everything they said they did in their vignettes. It’s what helped them stand out.

On the flip side, for every gimmick like Ric Flair, The Undertaker, Sting, and Hulk Hogan, there are gimmicks that simply don’t work. From The Goon and Men on a Mission to The Oddities and Duke “The Dumpster” Droese, these terrible gimmicks have left lasting impressions on the professional wrestling world.

Some of these gimmicks were rip-offs of other successful characters, chances at a second-life for some wrestlers, and some were just terrible ideas. Many of the worst gimmicks ever involved former champions, but many times, the men wearing the masks were lifetime jobbers and were just looking for their big break. Regardless of the reason behind these terrible gimmicks, these are the 20 worst gimmicks in the history of professional wrestling.

20 “Das Wunderkind” Alex Wright

via bleacherreport.com

19 Funkasaurus

via wrestlezone.com

18 Repo Man

via wwe.com

17 Bastion Booger

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16 Akeem the African Dream

via kayfabenews.com

15 The Renegade

via forums.prowrestling.com

14 The Boogeyman

via whatistheexcel.com

13 Glacier

via droptoehold.com

12 T10. Fake Undertaker

via droptoehold.com

11 T10. Fake Diesel

via chinlock.com

10 T10. Fake Razor Ramon

via slam.canoe.ca

9 The Ringmaster

via wrestlingforum.com

8 Dean Douglas

via wwe.com

7 “The Fat Chick Thrilla” Mike Awesome

via whatculture.com

6 Hornswoggle

via nlineworldofwrestling.com

5 The Great Khali

via sportskeeda.com

4 Gillberg

via knockoutnation.com

3 Kerwin White

via starchaser187.wordpress.com

2 The Gobbledy Gooker

via bleacherreport.com

1 The Shockmaster

via wwe.com

The shortest tenure of any gimmick on this list is The Shockmaster. Played by Fred Ottman, who is better known for his roles as Typhoon and Tugboat, The Shockmaster was heavily hyped and was set to take part in a huge angle on WCW with Sting. During a segment on live television, The Shockmaster tripped over a piece of lumber on a wall with sheet rock that he was supposed to crash through. His helmet fell off him and his face was exposed, ruining the gimmick. WCW tried to keep the gimmick going for a bit, but it fizzled and his career was never the same.

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