The 1990s was a transition period for professional wrestling. Hardcore pure wrestling fans might say that it was the time that wrestling went from a sport to strictly entertainment. Sure wrestling was fake previous to that, but organizations went to great lengths to hide that fact and did everything they could to make things look as real and believable as possible.
In the late 80s into the 90s things started getting out of hand and Vince McMahon was the leader in this. The WWF eventually took over the entire wrestling world, changed their name to WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment), and no longer tried to hide the fact that things weren’t always real in the ring. During this time a lot of those pure fans were turned away and would not come back. But droves more came in and on a business level it made sense and was a successful transition. Even though they had to abandon their original fans to get there.
During that transition period several gimmicks and characters were tried and a good amount of them failed. There are so many failed attempts at gimmicks from that time period, which included some of the worst wrestlers ever to climb into the ring, that we could probably put together a list of 100 without a problem.
Some of the people on this list are not considered bad only based upon their skills or lack thereof in the ring. Some of them are based on the character that they were forced to play. Some pretty good athletes from that time were ruined because they were forced into roles that didn’t even come close to fitting them.
Here we will take a look back at the 15 worst wrestlers to climb into the ring during the 1990s.
15 Razor Ramon 2.0
14 Bastion Booger / Friar Ferguson
13 The Shockmaster / Tugboat / Typhoon
12 Earthquake / The Shark
11 Brian Lee (Fake Undertaker)
10 The Goon
9 The Brooklyn Brawler
7 The Yeti
6 The Berzerker
4 Sycho Sid
3 Lex Luger
2 Disco Inferno
1 Hulk Hogan
There are a lot of bad wrestlers on this list but none of them are as bad as Hogan was. The whole Hulkamania thing, and the ‘hulking up’ after taking a beating for 15 minutes got old and stale very quickly. The only thing that made any Hogan match not boring was his opponent. When you can predict what’s going to happen four moves ahead of time, there is no excitement to be had. Everyone around the world knew that when he was down, he would come back, shake his finger at his opponent, throw some punches, maybe a boot to the face off the ropes, and finish it off with the leg drop. It was as if the beating he had taken never even happened. The ‘Hulkamaniacs’ would always come and save the day for him. But the thing they couldn’t change was that Hogan was predictable, boring, and by far the worst wrestler of the 1990s, brother.
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