Love is a beautiful thing. It captures your heart, and makes it skip a beat when that special someone is around. When it comes to professional wrestling, love appears in a whole range of different forms. We’ve had raunchy to classy to downright odd, involving strange fetishes. In this particular list, we tackle wrestlers that imposed on us a character that claimed to represent love. Whether it was a character that demonstrated a romantic or suave quality about themselves, or an addiction to sex, these characters all appear set to make Valentine’s Day their personal holidays. As Valentine’s Day approaches, one has to wonder how much chocolate, flowers or perfume was purchased in these characters’ pursuit of female counterparts.
At times, love isn’t simply the exchanging of affections, but rather the pursuit as well. Other times these characters may have been desired by fans, but lacked the personable nature to make them liked by others. These characters didn’t care because they had confidence, and believed they were the gift that women wanted. One particular case was a character that professed love, but fans questioned his intentions. Wrestling has had live “sex” on camera to help boost ratings, but it did more to prompt questions about the integrity of the characters of Lita and Edge than show how loving they were. Good or bad, these choices will certainly show you how much they are capable of loving. Here are 11 wrestling characters that brought the LOVE:
11. Brother Love
Former manager and WWF/E producer Bruce Prichard played an on-screen character that was reflective of a Televangelist. There was a gospel choir playing in the background while he stood on set, and he “confessed” to everyone how much he loved them. Brother Love, however, didn’t necessarily practice what he preached. He said he loved others, but talked poorly about them unless they were heels. The character was created during the time when televangelists were prominent, and were ironically taken off television for showing too much “love.” (Evangelist Jim Bakker reportedly cheated on his wife with a call girl, and his extra marital affairs gained him more notoriety and publicity.)
Love’s easily dislikeable and slimy televangelist character clearly rubbed fans the wrong way. He spoke of love and yet created issues and incited hate. He was a walking contradiction for viewers: he would say he loved us, but would get under the skin of fan favorites. Maybe he was misunderstood, and in fact Brother Love was filled with more warmth and caring than fans could appreciate at the time. Well, it’s always a possibility.
10. Dude Love
Foley is Good! That’s often been said about Mrs. Foley’s baby boy. However, during the “Three Faces of Foley” era, we ended up seeing multiple personalities for him. While he was quite popular as Mankind and Cactus Jack, it was as Dude Love where he truly showed the love. At times the character appeared to be a bit of a parody of Shawn Michaels‘ Heartbreak Kid persona, without any of the wrestling high spots. Though he did use a finisher called Sweet Shin Music! As Dude Love, Mick Foley would walk to the ring accompanied by a couple of women.
We aren’t saying he isn’t an attractive man, but often his missing tooth stood out, making him a little difficult to love. But his bright and enthusiastic personality showed that he had all the makings of a loveable character, and his brightly coloured tights and boots also demonstrated his upbeat nature. Was Dude Love a chick magnet? As a husband and father, it’s hard to argue that he isn’t a keeper. Dude Love is most noted for his feud with Stone Cold Steve Austin, and they could easily be referred to as “when love and hate collide.”
9. The Romantic Touch
Unlike a number of the other characters that are seen as they are, The Romantic Touch had an air of mystery about him. While some have claimed to know his true identity, The Romantic Touch said a lot without saying anything at all. He was led to the ring by a seductive guitar solo that set the mood for when he got into the ring.
Beginning with his debut in 2013, The Romantic Touch would often blow rose petals, and offer a rose to a woman within his sight. The women that he has come into contact with and made overtures towards included ODB, Veda Scott and Maria Kanellis, just to name a few. The character was mostly used to enhance the talent of others during his run in Ring of Honor.
He would often lose, but not without making it known that he was there to entice and seduce any and all females. His suggestive gyrations were intended to entice women either attending the show or acting as valets for opponents. It would have been nice to see what the character could have done had he been given a chance to shine.
8. ‘Double Ho Seven’ Dean Malenko
Dean Malenko was always known as a man of many holds. His father wrestled before him, and so Malenko was always known for being as technically savvy in the ring as anyone. But at one point Malenko went out of character and became someone that was quite suave and sophisticated, a character to which women would often find themselves drawn. During his feud with The Hardyz, in particular Matt Hardy, Malenko was known as Double Ho Seven, a name that manages to draw from both the James Bond character and Malenko’s relationship with The Godfather. The character came about when The Godfather’s offered for one of his “hos” to escort Malenko to the ring.
Malenko was able to pull off the character, as his no-nonsense persona remained each time he came to the ring. It was as this character where Malenko pursued Lita, even offering her a title match for his Light heavyweight championship, with the condition that if she lost she would have to date him. There was one instance where Malenko and Lita were supposed to have spent the night together, but that was ended by Hardy. Malenko certainly had all the qualities of a lover during this character’s run.
7. Joey Ryan
For anyone that is unfamiliar with Ryan, he has earned a name for himself competing for such promotions as PWG, TNA and, recently, Lucha Underground. Ryan brings the love in a number of different ways. Often referred to as sleazy because of his look, Ryan manages to bring the love as one half of The World’s Cutest Tag Team with Candice LaRae, but more importantly because the way he dresses is reminiscent of a 1970s adult entertainment star. In 2015 Ryan’s member became the topic of discussion as it was apparently used to subdue an opponent.
While wrestling Danshoku Dino, he beat down his opposition in a test of strength using his penis. While the macho, sleazeball Ryan isn’t everyone’s fantasy or dream, his character certainly believes that he has the adulation and admiration of the women in attendance. He is often known for competing against women, and primarily focuses on inter-gender wrestling matches. Ryan uses social media to say he wants equality, but really he just wants to give the love. Is Joey Ryan just trying to give the love to fans watching or is he keeping it all for himself?
6. ‘The World’s Biggest Love Machine’ Viscera
Nelson Frazier Jr. competed for the WWE on a few different occasions, and during those runs he had a number of different characters. He was Mabel, Big Daddy V and of course, Viscera. There was a time, however, when Viscera was transformed into The World’s Biggest Love Machine. While he was working with Trish Stratus at the time, Viscera started making the moves on Trish only to be rejected, as Trish said he would have to take care of Kane first. While it didn’t happen between him and Trish, Viscera transformed his character, dressing like Hugh Hefner and making sexual gyrations in the ring.
At one point he had his eyes on Lillian Garcia and attempted to seduce her, only to again be rejected. When Garcia did reciprocate, Viscera declined. Viscera eventually fought for Garcia’s honor when she was injured. But Viscera eventually hurt Lillian and ended their relationship. The problem for The World’s Biggest Love Machine was we weren’t sure if he was honest about his love or just being a player. Regardless, Viscera carried with him a whole lot of love and it always made us uncomfortable to watch.
5. ‘Sexual Chocolate’ Mark Henry
Mark Henry has gone by a few different names. When he first came into the WWE he was The World’s Strongest Man, a character that reflected his Olympic and powerlifting achievements. But that wasn’t his only character. During his run with the Nation of Domination, Henry became known as Sexual Chocolate. The character was involved in a few on-screen relationships that showcased his cunning ways with the ladies. He was also involved in a couple of controversial angles during this time.
One was an on-screen threesome with Chyna and Sami The Transvestite. Another was when he revealed that he had an addiction to sex, and had to attend sex addiction therapy. It was also at this time where the character revealed an uncomfortable and unsettling backstory, when he said he lost his virginity to his sister at the age of eight. He is also known for his on-screen relationship with Mae Young, who gave birth to a hand. The odd pairing did allow for some humor, and if not for Henry’s loving qualities where exactly would the legend of Sexual Chocolate be today?
4. The Godfather
One wrestler who has worn many masks is Charles Wright. Previously known as Kama and Papa Shango, Wright earned a whole new level of notoriety with WWE during the Attitude Era as The Godfather. The Godfather was a pimp that always wanted to give the love regardless of the situation. Originally a member of the Nation of Domination, after the group split he started coming to the ring surrounded by his “hos.”
The Godfather would often promise a good time to those that sided with him. He interrupted marriage proposals, reminding wrestlers of what they would be giving up if they got married. What a loving guy! The Godfather reflected the era, and his scantily clad hos were hard to resist. Although now retired, it should be noted that Wright actually owned the strip club Cheetah’s. It appears as though art was imitating love. The Godfather wanted to have a good time and was always about the love.
3. ‘Latino Heat’ Eddie Guerrero
The late Eddie Guerrero was one of the most captivating characters on television. Whether he was a heel or a face, Guerrero would garner a reaction. Even in his “lying, cheating and stealing” persona, Guerrero always showed the love in the ring. One persona that only added to Guerrero’s captivating nature was when he used the Latino Heat nickname. In 2000, Guerrero began to pursue Chyna and would often refer to her using endearing nicknames such as mamacita. He was initially rejected with his attempts, but it wasn’t until Chyna turned on Chris Jericho and assisted Guerrero that their relationship was ignited. Her reason for aiding him? His LATINO HEAT was irresistible.
He would often bring her flowers to show her how much he loved her. He expressed his affections for his mamacita by interjecting himself in her matches. He would say it was to protect her, but it is hard to dispute that jealousy reared its ugly head with Guerrero at this time. The relationship would ultimately come to an end when Chyna caught Guerrero showing the love with two of the Godfather’s hos. The name was inspired by the film The Birdcage, where Latino Heat was used.
2. Val Venis
Hello, ladies! During his time in the WWE, Sean Morley was among the most popular characters of the company’s Attitude Era. His character was supposed to be an adult star, and regularly made crude, suggestive innuendos. In fact, he was featured in a number of on-screen relationships with others in the company. Whether it was interactions with Terri Runnels or Ryan Shamrock, Val Venis would always be...”up” for the challenge. To further his character, popular adult actress Jenna Jamison appeared with him, and they were seen canoodling in the bushes.
Venis is compared to former WWE Intercontinental champion, Ravishing Rude Rude with his gyrations and alleged appeal to the females in the audience. During one of the more infamous incidents for Venis he was featured in a storyline where his penis had gotten him in trouble. The faction Kai En Tai tied him up naked and said that they would chop of his manhood. While that didn’t bring the love, his defined physique and appeal to the women in the crowd certainly did.
1. ‘Ravishing’ Rick Rude
“So what we need right now is for all you fat, out of shape (insert name of city) sweathogs to shut your mouths so your women can see what a real man looks like…”
Richard Rood was without question one wrestler that drove the women wild. Not a fan favourite each and every time he walked into a WWE ring led by Bobby “The Brain” Heenan, he would pick the most attractive women in the audience and give them a kiss. While they lie on the mat in complete awe he would gyrate over them.
Even though a chorus of boos could distinctly be heard through the audience, Ravishing Rick Rude managed to get a smattering of cheers from women in the audience. His mustachioed look was similar to Magnum P.I., and his physique was as defined as you will see on any wrestler. His music often boasted how simply ravishing he was. Despite being cocky and arrogant, during his WWE run it was highlighted how Rude’s character could be loved because of how women appreciate his well put together body, despite his less than attractive personality.