As Jim Ross has warned crowds on countless broadcasts, what the WWE does isn’t Shakespeare. At its peak, it can actually get pretty close, at least in terms of basic story structure. But at its nadir, nothing in this world works quite like wrestling, whether it’s as highbrow as Shakespeare or as lowbrow as fail videos on YouTube. In all other forms of entertainment, there are basic rules behind how crowds will respond. A good idea will be praised, and a bad idea will be maligned. But sometimes in wrestling a crowd knows an idea is bad, so bad there’s nothing redeeming about it…and they’ll just cheer the hell out of it, appreciative of the audacity of a performer willing to attempt to entertain us in such a unique way. Given enough time, sometimes it turns out those dumb ideas actually work, when given the proper, bizarre context only professional wrestling is capable of giving.
Let’s be clear about one thing: each of these gimmicks, stupid as they were, had one thing in common, which is ultimately what caused them to get over. The performers gave the role everything they had, committing fully to the dumbest ideas Vince McMahon and company had to offer (and sometimes, the dumb ideas were even their own). Professional wrestling is acting, and the key to acting is conviction in your character’s beliefs and motivations, and these superstars all had that in spades. Unfortunately, those characters were ridiculously, outrageously stupid.
15 Goldust Has A Shocking Stutter
14 Val Venis Is A Wrestler/Adult Film Star
13 Spirit Squad Had Spirit, Yes They Did
12 Doink the Clown Was No Laughing Matter
11 The Blue Meanie and the bWo
10 Are Kai En Tai Evil? INDEED!
9 The Boogeyman Eats Worms
8 The Mountie Was The World's Most Famous Mountie
7 Rosey, Superhero In Training
6 Repo Man Repossesses The Crowd
5 Eugene Is Offensive On All Levels
4 Papa Shango Made People Bleed, Vomit
3 Viscera, The World's Largest Love Machine
2 Disco Inferno Has Disco Fever
1 The Undertaker and Kane
There’s no denying that The Undertaker is one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time, performing with one of the greatest professional wrestling gimmicks of all time. There’s also no denying, however, that if you simply heard about it, and never actually saw Mark Calaway perform, the whole thing sounds pretty stupid. The man can shoot lightning out of his hands. And so can his brother Kane, who we include along with the Undertaker as a proxy. And sometimes they still lose!
Despite how much suspension of disbelief is required, as soon as you reach that level, the Brothers of Destruction make it clear why they’ve been two of the most dominant forces in WWE history. Of course, it’s hard to reach that level of disbelief with them. Kane has buried the Undertaker more than once, and it’s implied the Undertaker is revived back to life, and then is able to travel, through lightning bolts. Both the Undertaker and Kane have magic powers, including the lightning tricks, Kane’s fire tricks, and being able to lift the entire ring telepathically. It’s really easy to break it down and say the Undertaker is the gimmick that destroys any pretense of wrestling being legitimate, but who would want a version of wrestling without the Undertaker?
To anyone offended we dared called the Undertaker a dumb gimmick, we suggest you check out WWE’s other attempt at a wrestling zombie and see just how poorly it could have gone.
Sources: WWE Network, Wikipedia, Online World of Wrestling
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