Who here remembers when wrestling used to be filled with colorful characters and “supermen?” I know I do and that’s what got me into wrestling during the early 90’s. It was like watching a real life cartoon at the time and the fighting helped make it entertaining (yeah, yeah the “fake fighting” for some of you). Either way, that’s how wrestling was before the whole “Attitude Era” started and we got more “real” characters.
This list is to point out ten of the many silly gimmicks that had a Fantasy/Sci-Fi theme to them. From a Mortal Kombat rip-off to a man from the future, these may be some of the wrestling gimmicks that may have gotten you into wrestling. So jump ahead and check out some of these gimmicks as I’m sure some of you will wondered why they even attempted to create such character.
Figured we should start this list off with something outrageous and stupid. What you see above is the Yeti… yes, that bandaged covered giant was called the Yeti. The Yeti has been frozen in a giant block of ice and the oh so evil Dungeon of Doom was waiting for the time when the “7 foot 8 inch” monster will helped them destroy Hulk Hogan. When the ice thawed out, the Yeti was revealed to be a giant mummy and made quite the impact on his debut which you can see below.
What was suppose to look like a Double Bear Hug, it instead looks like the Yeti was humping the hell out of Hogan.
The evil voodoo doctor who can cast spells on folks, such as making his foe feel pain and having them barf for no reason. The highlight of Papa Shango’s career is with his feud with the Ultimate Warrior, in which we were introduce to the curse. What kind of curse you ask? The curse that cause black goo coming out of people. Shango pretty much disappeared after the feud and the wrestler, Charles Wright, went on to become Kama Mustafa and The Godfather.
Speaking of the Ultimate Warrior, here he is on the list. The ultimate of all warriors, Warrior was known for his energy and face paint. During matches, he would point to the heavens for power and then start hulking up in his own way. He also had the ability to cut a promo that made no sense yet fit his character. The video below shows a few examples of the Warrior’s promo and how it always made me wonder why the wrestler was cheered as a face as most of his promo seemed fitting for a heel. To further prove his possible insanity, the wrestler officially changed his real name to Warrior.
“A spoonful of sugar, helps the medicine go down, helps the medicine go down… I’m the Boogeyman, and I’m coming to get’cha” Yes, this was a man who would recite some nursery and say his catch phase while eating some worms. Although The Boogeyman was mainly used for comedic purposes, he did bring some entertainment and grossness to the WWE. The man ate a “growth” off a women’s face, while knowing it was fake, it still made me sick to my stomach.
The half man and the half bull, The Mantaur was known to squash jobbers around. While wrestling with his opponent, he would perform antics that bulls were known to do. So pretty much you had a fat guy mooing at his opponents. Probably the best match Mantaur was a part of was a match with the “Bad Guy” Razor Ramon. The match proved that the character can be a mid-carder but unfortunately, the gimmick didn’t even last for a whole year.
Oh yes, a wrestler that had somehow fused martial arts and wrestling together, Glacier was the master of the Cryonic Kick. While the character had an amazing entrance and outfit, in which both cost WCW a lot of money, the character just seemed to get no reaction from the live crowd. Some blame that with the NWO invasion, fans didn’t want gimmicks like Glacier around. While some people out there will say that he is nothing but a Sub-Zero rip-off, there is a pretty big internet fan base that will say he was one of the greatest.
Here’s Damien Demento, who hails from the outer reaches of your mind. Demento portrayed a character who was mentally disturbed. Personally, I thought the man looked like a vulture when he had the shoulder gear on. Demento was undefeated against no names for a few months but sadly, it came to an end when he lost to the Undertaker for the first episode of RAW’s main event. After that, it seemed that his career just went downhill from there and eventually was gone from the WWE. Now a days, you can find Demento ranting on YouTube about various of topics, in which, it shows that maybe the mentally disturbed behavior was not an act.
Maxmillion “Max” Moon was a man from the future. Apparently, people from the future wears a helmet and suit that suppose to look like a circuit board. The character was created by Konnan and WWE actually payed $1,300 to make the costume. Once Konnan left, WWE hand it to another wrestler who could fit the suit so that the money wasn’t wasted. While the suit and the fire works shooting armbands caught the attention of children, his wrestling ability couldn’t keep my attention at all.
I don’t think I can introduce the man no other way but by having you check out the video of the shocking debut of the man who was suppose to shock the world.
Was that shocking enough for you? Not only was Shockmaster wearing an obvious Stormtrooper helmet covered in glitter, this gimmick and debut became one of wrestling’s most embarrassing and hilarious moments. They tried to make it up by introducing the Super Shockmaster (the nephew of The Shockmaster), who was pretty much a klutz like his “Uncle Fred.”
You probably could say that I’ve saved the best for last as this wrestler actually has a cult fan base. When (WW)ECW was revived, it was going to be aired on the Sci-Fi channel. In order for the wrestling show to “fit” with the sci-fi theme of the channel, we get the awesome, one time appearance of The Zombie. Unfortunately for this zombie, he had a sad fate against The Sandman, just like the mummy that appeared on the next episode.
I’m sure by now, some of you are probably asking where the hell is the Undertaker or Kane? For this list, I wanted to point out the characters that aren’t used in today’s world of wrestling and who knows, maybe there will be a sequel to this list. Anyway, leave a comment on other wrestlers you remember that had a fantasy/sci-fi gimmick that you liked.