When they arrived on the scene in WWE, they were among some of the most fierce and dangerous competitors in WWE history. They could devastate entire rosters, crush their opponents and announcers referred to them as monsters.
These monsters were given main event pushes until something during their runs switched. Either because they showed a personality or WWE believed their gimmick as a destructive force was no longer working, they became comedy acts.
Some of these men survived the character change. In other cases, it spelled the end of their WWE careers. In most cases, the switch was not a welcome change. Here are 5 WWE Monsters Vince McMahon Reduced To Comedy Acts.
5. Tensai and Brodus Clay
We stuck these two together to start our list because they ended up together and it was as a pair that these two wrestlers saw the end of their respective WWE careers. Brodus Clay was a huge man, set to be one of the WWE's scariest figures. He'd actually just finished shooting a horror film for WWE Studios when they decided to completely flip the switch and turn him into a dancing dinosaur.
Funkasaurus was born. It wasn't long before Matt Bloom (A-Train, Tensai) joined him. His gimmick as Lord Tensai never got over because people kept chanting for his former characters.
4. Vladimir Kozlov
Like Rusev is now, Vladimir Kozlov was supposed to be a Russian monster. He was big, quick, mean and had a purpose. His career in WWE started out strong and he was actually a main event player for some time. Something happened and WWE switched things up, teaming him with Santino Marella and turning him into a dancing comedy routine.
Once he'd gone down that path, there was no way for him to recover as the monster character. He ended up leaving WWE and is now running his own production company and starring as an extra in a number of action films.
3. The Great Khali
Perhaps no WWE Superstar got quite the push upon his arrival as The Great Khali did. His first time on a WWE stage he decimated The Undertaker. Quickly after that, he was given the WWE’s World title. The problem was, Khali was a terrible wrestler.
Not sure how to maintain his status as a monster, WWE began to move him more in the direction of a comedy character than a monster. He was given the nickname the Punjabi Playboy and he strutted around the ring barely speaking English, being completely awkward and making all the women go crazy for him.
2. Big Show
When he came over from WCW, Paul Wight was considered a major get for the WWE. He arrived in a program with Vince McMahon and Steve Austin and was an unstoppable giant. But, to his credit, Big Show was more than a monster without a personality. He proved he had comedy chops when he appeared on Saturday Night Live and that must have been the opening Vince needed because he turned Big Show into a gimmick machine.
Since that flip Big Show has been the WWE's largest jobber. He's constantly going back and forth between heel and babyface and putting over talent that needs a win against a giant to look good.
Kane makes our final spot on this list for a couple reasons. First, he was the Big Red Monster and brother of The Undertaker. He could clear a ring of eight or nine WWE Superstars and destroyed everyone in his path. After a strong run for a number of years, he got a character reboot.
He lost his mask, changed his voice and started talking more. Some of his lines were funny and from there on he became a more comedic presence. He had moments with Daniel Bryan that were classic moments on WWE programming. The WWE isn't treating him as a comedy act now, but the reality is that he spent so much time not being a monster, it's hard to look at him as nearly as devastating as he once was. That in and of itself, is kind of funny.