Professional wrestling has never been accused of being particularly highbrow. Plenty of the gimmicks and storylines related to WWE and the various companies that have tried to oppose their monopoly have been almost gleefully geared towards an LCD audience. Occasionally this has worked out to their grand advantage—there’s nothing particularly classy about a disgruntled employee beating the hell out of their boss, and no story in wrestling history has been as successful as that one. However, more often than not, going for the cheapest and easiest forms of entertainment can very easily start to get extremely stupid. If that stupidity isn’t somehow placed in check, it can also start to get offensive.
Some of these gimmicks were intended to be a little offensive. The point of wrestling is to entertain and excite an audience, and sometimes being crass is a way to get the audience to hate a heel, or start begging a babyface to make their comeback. If that offensive idea is also stupid, though, it ends up failing on every level and just making the participants look clueless and weak. Fans start wondering what any of it has to do with wrestling in the first place, and start tuning out. Keep reading and discover 15 gimmicks that blurred the lines between stupid and offensive.
14 The Sisters of Love, Wrestling Nuns
13 Friar Ferguson, The Wrestling Monk
12 The Undertaker at the 1994 Royal Rumble
11 The Mexi-Cools, Wrestling Stereotypes
10 The Kerwin Whitewashing of Chavo Guerrero
9 LayCool Bully Mickie James
8 Molly Holly's Big Butt
7 Mark Henry and Mae Young
6 Snitsky, the Accidental Baby Killer
5 Cloudy, the Transgendered Manager
4 Pimpinela Escarlata Kisses Referees
3 Adrian Adonis is Flamboyantly Offensive
2 WCW's "Ultimate" Solution
1 Goldust Shocks Himself Into Tourette's Syndrome
Goldust and Booker T formed one of the most popular tag teams of late 2002. Shortly after losing the titles, they were forced to break up, which left Goldust feeling despondent. Randy Orton and Batista attacked him for no reason and threw him into an electric outlet, causing sparks to fly, and Goldust to develop a strange stutter, with an inclination towards dirty turns of phrase. Although Goldust and WWE were steadfast that Goldust was suffering an electrical shock and not Tourette’s syndrome, it was extremely hard to distinguish the two, and some fans were upset WWE dared mock a serious disease. The fact he only seemed to show his symptoms for naughty innuendos took it to a stupid level as well, but someone must find it funny, since Goldust has been stuck in comedy segments ever since with the old habit weirdly popping up on rare occasions when appropriate.
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