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Rarity
Oct 21, 2010

Excuse me, I'm a gamer!!




Rarity posted:

Super Cena couldn't overcome these odds as Muhammad Hassan closes out the first round with a win by 89% of the vote



But it's time to look forward. Half of the field has fallen, half remains. It's time to break down the final 64!



Fake Diesel and Razor (7)

vs.



Billy and Chuck (2)

It's two men lying about their professional identities against two men lying about their sexual identities! Vote here!

If there's one thing we can't get enough of on PSP it's voting for things. This time we're going to vote in a knockout tournament to decide the Worst Gimmick of All Time! But the entrants won't be decided by me, oh no! They will be decided by you, lovely goons. In order to nominate a gimmick post a picture in this thread and write a paragraph about why this gimmick sucked so bad. For now this we're going to limit it to one nomination per person until things slow down and then maybe I'll open up repeats if needed to bump us up to a suitable number for a bracket.

Anyway to get the ball rolling I am going to nominate:



The Gobbledy Gooker

Why is this gimmick bad? I mean, just loving look at it. It's a guy in a turkey suit. It's not even any old guy in a turkey suit, it's one of the loving Guerreros who they put in a turkey suit to dance with Mean Gene and who then never showed up again. Just a complete waste of everyone's time and an idea so bad that even WWE makes fun of it any time they've mentioned him in the last 30 years. This is one turkey that won't bring anyone joy on Thanksgiving.

All right, now it's your turn. Let the nomination period begin!

Entrants:

1. Abe "Knuckleball" Schwartz (WWE) - nominated by ItohRespectArmy
2. Adorable Adrian Adonis (WWE) - nominated by Davros1
3. Akeem (WWE) - nominated by Rarity
4. ANTIAS (DG) - nominated by Dimebags Brain
5. Arachnaman (WCW) - nominated by Saucer Crab
6. Bastion Booger (WWE) - nominated by Gonzo McFee
7. Beaver Cleavage (WWE) - nominated by Gonzo McFee
8. Billy and Chuck (WWE) - nominated by Hedgehog Pie
9. Biker Taker (WWE) - nominated by Gumball Gumption
10. Bisexual OJ (TNA) - nominated by Critical
11. Black Reign (TNA) - nominated by Max Caveri
12. Black Scorpion (WCW) - nominated by Benne
13. Blood Runs Cold (WCW) - nominated by KungFu Grip
14. Bone Soldier (NJPW) - nominated by Benne
15. Boo Boo Bradley (WWE) - nominated by Gonzo McFee
16. Braden Walker (WWE) - nominated by Max Caveri
17. Bullet Club Elite (NJPW) - nominated by KungFu Grip
18. Buzzkill (WCW) - nominated by Saucer Crab
19. Canadian Jim Duggan (WCW) - nominated by Saucer Crab
20. Cancel Culture (Impact) - nominated by rare Magic card l00k
21. Claire Lynch (TNA) - nominated by Lid
22. CM Punk (WWE) - nominated by Cavauro
23. Conor the Rat (WWE) - nominated by Jerusalem
24. Corporate Kane (WWE) - nominated by KungFu Grip
25. Daniel and Rolles Gracie (NJPW) - nominated by I Before E
26. Dexter Lumis (WWE) - nominated by Edward Mass
27. Dixie Carter (TNA) - nominated by Lid
28. Emmalina (WWE) - nominated by Defiance Industries
29. Eugene (WWE) - nominated by bladeworksmaster
30. Evad Sullivan (WCW) - nominated by Critical
31. Fake Diesel and Razor (WWE) - nominated by ShallNoiseUpon
32. Fake Kane (WWE) - nominated by Gonzo McFee
33. Fake Trump and Rosie (WWE) - nominated by Venomous
34. Gas Mask Dean Ambrose (WWE) - nominated by Cerebral Bore
35. GI Bro (WCW) - nominated by Saucer Crab
36. Goldust (WWE) - nominated by Pinstripe Hourglass
37. Harlem Heat Original Edition (WCW) - nominated by Vince MechMahon
38. Heel Michael Cole (WWE) - nominated by ChrisBTY
39. Heidenreich (WWE) - nominated by Macksy
40. Hornswoggle (WWE) - nominated by ChrisBTY
41. Isaac Yankem (WWE) - nominated by Critical
42. Jamison (WWE) - nominated by Rarity
43. Jillian Hall's Mole (WWE) - nominated by Wazzu
44. Joey Ryan's Dick (Indies) - nominated by KungFu Grip
45. Justin Credible (ECW) - nominated by Saul Goode
46. Legion of Doom 1999 (WWE) - nominated by rare Magic card l00k
47. Kamala (WWE) - nominated by Gonzo McFee
48. Kerwin White (WWE) - nominated by Vandar
49. Kung Fu Naki (WWE) - nominated by CarlCX
50. Lo Down (WWE) - nominated by Rarity
51. Lord Tensai (WWE) - nominated by Tarasenko Tank
52. Los Matadores and El Torito (WWE) - nominated by I Before E
53. Mae Young (WWE) - nominated by Rarity
54. Mantaur (WWE) - nominated by Kirios
55. Marianna Komlos (WWE) - nominated by Xerxes
56. Master Wato (NJPW) - nominated by Aesculus
57. Max Moon (WWE) - nominated by Kirios
58. Mexamerica (WWE) - nominated by Senerio
59. Molly Holly (WWE) - nominated by Davros1
60. Mordecai (WWE) - nominated by Nipponophile
61. Mr. McMahon (WWE) - nominated by Shard
62. Muhammad Hassan (WWE) - nominated by CarlCX
63. Naked Mideon (WWE) - nominated by Edward Bass
64. Natty Fartz (WWE) - nominated by Karma Tornado
65. Nuggets vs. Lakers (WWE) - nominated by Punch McLightning
66. nWo 2000 (WCW) - nominated by Rarity
67. Okato (TNA) - nominated by Rarity
68. Oklahoma (WCW) - nominated by Selachian
69. Oz (WCW) - nominated by Testekill
70. Phantasio (WWE) - nominated by Gonzo McFee
71. Piggie James (WWE) - nominated by Benne
72. Pretty Mean Sisters (WWE) - nominated by Senerio
73. Prince Kharis (SMW) - nominated by CombineThresher
74. Puppet the Psycho Dwarf (TNA) - nominated by Lid
75. Rapist Kurt Angle (WWE) - nominated by Gonzo McFee
76. Rellik (TNA) - nominated by Erainor
77. Repo Man - nominated by ChrisBTY
78. Retribution (WWE) - nominated by NienNunb
79. Reverend D-Von (WWE) - nominated by NienNunb
80. Rusev the Cuck (WWE) - nominated by Do not even ask
81. Saba Simba (WWE) - nominated by Critical
82. Santina Marella (WWE) - nominated by Nostradingus
83. Seven (WCW) - nominated by Queer Salutations
84. Sexual Chocolate - nominated by The Berzerker
85. Shaniqua (WWE) - nominated by Selachian
86. Shelton's Mama (WWE) - nominated by Gonzo McFee
87. Shorty G (WWE) - nominated by Benne
88. Sister Abigail (WWE) - nominated by BodyMassageMachine
89. Stardust (WWE) - nominated by KungFu Grip
90. Suicide (TNA) - nominated by I Before E
91. Ta-gar the Volcano (Memphis) - nominated by Davros1
92. Tadao Yasuda (NJPW) - nominated by SatoshiMiwa
93. The Aces and Eights (TNA) - nominated by Lid
94. The Angelic Diablo (WWE) - nominated by Saul Goode
95. The Anonymous Raw GM (WWE) - nominated by Rarity
96. The Artist Formally Known as Prince Iaukea (WCW) - nominated by BrigadierSensible
97. The Booty Man (WCW) - nominated by Maxwell Lord
98. The Christmas Creature (USWA) - nominated by Gonzo McFee
99. The Christopher Street Connection (ROH) - nominated by forkboy84
100. The Constable (WWE) - nominated by Rarity
101. The Ding Dongs (WCW) - nominated by Fentry
102. The Doctor of Thuganomics (WWE) - nominated by Reality Protestor
103. The Empire (NJPW) - nominated by Rarity
104. The Fat Chick Thrilla (WCW) - nominated by Liquid Communism
105. The Fiend (WWE) - nominated by BodyMassageMachine
106. The Firing Squad (NJPW) - nominated by Benne
107. The Funkasaurus (WWE) - nominated by Tarasenko Tank
108. The Gobbledy Gooker (WWE) - nominated by Rarity
109. The Johnsons (TNA) - nominated by Benne
110. The KISS Demon (WCW) - nominated by Gumball Gumption
111. The Marine John Cena (WWE) - nominated by Reality Protestor
112. The Masterpiece (WWE) - nominated by Saul Goode
113. The Mexicools (WWE) - nominated by ARMBAR A COP
114. The Modern Day Maharajah (WWE) - nominated by Venomous
115. The New Day Original Edition (WWE) - nominated by iospace
116. The Nightmare Collective (AEW) - nominated by Junpei Hyde
117. The Red Rooster (WWE) - nominated by Edward Bass
118. The Sherra Shuffle (TNA) - nominated by Critical
119. The Shockmaster (WCW) - nominated by Kirios
120. The Spirit Squad (WWE) - nominated by Rarity
121. The Truth Commission (WWE) - nominated by Alaois
122. The Yeti (WCW) - nominated by Better Than You
123. The Zombie (WWE) - nominated by Hedgehog Pie
124. Voodoo Kin Mafia (TNA) - nominated by ItohRespectArmy
125. Well Dunn (WWE) - nominated by CopywrightMMXI
126. Who (WWE) - nominated by Better Than You
127. Xanta Claus (WWE) - nominated by Gonzo McFee
128. Zodiac (WCW) - nominated by bladeworksmaster

Rarity fucked around with this message at 23:16 on Nov 27, 2020

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The goddamn Mexicools.

From Wiki:


Wikipedia posted:

The Mexicools are a professional wrestling stable and tag team, that were signed to World Wrestling Entertainment's SmackDown! brand. The team consisted of three well-known Mexican wrestlers of the late 1990s: Super Crazy, Psicosis and Juventud.[1] The stable became a tag team when their unofficial leader Juventud was released from WWE on January 6, 2006.[2] The team's gimmick was that of a group of Mexican wrestlers who were fed up with the stereotypical portrayals of Mexicans in the United States as laborers for the "gringos." They frequently parodied this view of Mexicans with their interviews and skits.



Around the same time WWE champion JBL went hunting for illegal immigrants during his feud with Eddie Guerrero.

Abhorrent racism has always been a staple of the WWE!

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Better Than You
Apr 23, 2010





The Yeti

For weeks during Monday Nitro's early run in 1995, a giant ice cube of sorts was on display near the entrance. The announcers would be baffled as to why this mysterious object appeared every week. As time was running out on an episode of Nitro prior to Halloween Havoc '95 (which may or may not have been the go-home show for the PPV - I honestly do not recall), this giant ice cube would finally explode to reveal a large, tall man wrapped in soiled bandages. Later during the days leading up to Halloween Havoc, we would learn that this mystery man was called The Yeti (or "THE YET-TAAAAAAAY" as Tony Schiavone would put it). Thankfully, this was a short-lived gimmick best remembered for dry humping Hulk Hogan in the middle of the ring along with The Giant.

Better Than You fucked around with this message at 04:13 on Oct 22, 2020

ItohRespectArmy
Sep 11, 2019

Cutest In The World, Six Time DDT Ironheavymetalweight champion, Third ever International Princess champion And a pretty good singer too!
"When I was an idol, I felt nothing every day but now that I'm a pro wrestler I'm in pain constantly!"




Abe "Knuckleball" Schwartz is just purebrain vince shite. there was a baseball strike so he had brooklyn brawler dress like a baseball in a baseball uniform and go around blaming the fans for him being on strike. Even as far as new generation WWF goes this gimmick is so lazy, uninteresting, unfunny, it dosen't get over and it dosen't get heat. It's just vince hating on the idea of collective bargaining again.

Otherwise he was Brooklyn Brawler, he jobbed to people and sometimes won on house shows.

Senerio
Oct 19, 2009

Ooh! Are we messing with Adora?



So for about five months in 2015, John Cena was the US Champion, having defeated Rusev for the title. He had matches with phenomenal wrestlers like Sami Zayn, Neville, Kevin Owens (which turned into a 3 match series and Owens' official callup) and even a bit of a stinker with future TNT Champion Stardust. One would expect that his opponent would be a new person to elevate, such as Finn Balor or an undercard guy they kinda wanna pretend to push, like Cesaro or Tyler Breeze. No.


It was Alberto Del Rio, manged by Zeb Colter, Mexamerica

Rarity
Oct 21, 2010

Excuse me, I'm a gamer!!




Quote is not edit

Junpei Hyde
Mar 15, 2013


Never believe in lies







The Nightmare Collective

The one gimmick AEW basically completely gave up on, never really went anywhere. Their highs were making everyone mad by interrupting a title match, and they were mercifully cut short by Awesome Kong leaving to film a (cancelled) season of GLOW.

But hey, we got Luther.

Cavauro
Jan 9, 2008





"Fed Up" CM Punk

"Fed Up" CM Punk was a very bad gimmick. When he was talking on the microphone he would always have a red flustered face and make a lot of mistakes while speaking. He would try to be a sarcastic and biting mixture of bad rear end and smarmy, which was as bad as the combination of cream cheese and sour cream, whipped cream, and Casu Marzu, the nastiest food in existence. His name stands for Casu Marzu Punk. He kept on trying to appeal to the fans by kissing a ton of arse and saying slogans directly from corporate in order to make more money for WWE, such as "Bring back the WWE ice cream bars." This was yet another extremely disgusting combination that didn't fit and made people uncomfortable. CM Punk became this gimmick in real life and stopped liking wrestling soon afterward. He hasn't watched any wrestling in five years. That's how bad the gimmick was.

Benne
Sep 2, 2011

STOP DOING HEROIN

You could make a whole bracket out of just TNA gimmicks, but I'll start with The Johnsons



This is Richard "Dick" Johnson and "Rod" Johnson. They are literal penises. That's it, that's the entire gimmick. They're dressed up like dicks and have dick puns for names. Are you laughing yet?

Benne fucked around with this message at 23:16 on Oct 21, 2020

I Before E
Jul 2, 2012

"Why yes, this is a tie with dollar signs on it.

Jealous?"





This is one I'm conflicted on. I love the talent involved and even some of the matches, but the idea behind Los Matadores And El Torito was simply moribund. The Colons have been good tag wrestlers throughout their career, but they've had a lot of boring runs because they're in a company that will never care about tag team wrestling for more than a week. If this was just another bad Colons run, albeit with a slightly more racially insulting gimmick that takes a lazy Hispanic-bullfighter connection and goes no farther, that wouldn't be special, but they're not the ones worst served here.



At this point in his career, Mascarita Dorada had been wrestling for more than a decade. He had won titles and competed in apuestas. He was really loving good at wrestling. The guy was at the very least a valuable free agent in 2013. They made him into a bull. Not only that, they did nothing with him after about 2013, leaving him under contract until 2016.

I get that the fact that they did actually do some entertaining stuff, particularly the classic WeeLC, may make them a less obvious choice than, say, Seven, but the talent involved and the fact they didn't do anything with Dorada for three years after the peak of the gimmick puts it up there for me

Davros1
Jul 19, 2007

You've got to admit, you are kind of implausible




ItohRespectArmy posted:



Abe "Knuckleball" Schwartz is just purebrain vince shite. there was a baseball strike so he had brooklyn brawler dress like a baseball in a baseball uniform and go around blaming the fans for him being on strike. Even as far as new generation WWF goes this gimmick is so lazy, uninteresting, unfunny, it dosen't get over and it dosen't get heat. It's just vince hating on the idea of collective bargaining again.

Otherwise he was Brooklyn Brawler, he jobbed to people and sometimes won on house shows.

Interesting Fact (or not, depending on your POV), he was originally called "MVP".

Aesculus
Mar 22, 2013



In 2020, a young man begins his journey to the pinnacle of professional wrestling.



All to become the best of the best.



He steps forth, stoic in the midst of chaos.



His name, is Master Wato.

He finally joins the fight in New Japan Pro Wrestling, debuting as a goofy kung fu master and is immediately beaten up by a man with a lead pipe who did not even beat out Jado or Gedo for a NJC spot. Every single match he has, he is introduced as "Way To The GrandMaster Master Wato" even when actual champions don't get special introductions.He wears blue pants with a pink belt. The one promotional video they did for him, the soundtrack was weird 90s fighting game SFX. KWAH WHOO WAH WOO KYUH

They expect us to believe that this man is the master of pro wrestling who will become the greatest wrestler in all of history.

Also, he does the discount convenience store version of Hiromu's pose.

Aesculus fucked around with this message at 23:32 on Oct 21, 2020

forkboy84
Jun 13, 2012

I thought the redtext someone dumped on you was in bad taste and a bit much so here's a corgi instead.

To go for something slightly more off the beaten track

The Christopher Street Connection


(Apologies for the lovely screengrab but there are no good pictures of them on Google.)

The Christopher Street Connection, Buff-E & Mace, were a regular team in the North East US indie scene around the turn of the millennium. If you saw Jersey All Pro or ICW you probably saw them. Two pretty unremarkable wrestlers whose gimmick was a pretty exaggerated take on gay stereotypes. It's probably not the most offensive take on homosexuality in wrestling because wrestling is bad, but the way they were used kind of was. Specifically the way they were used in ROH. ROH starts in 2002, the show opens with this interminably long promo in a coach full of funs by Da Hit Squad talking about how this is real wrestling not dumb sports entertainment poo poo. And then the first segment of the very first ROH show, YMCA by The Village People comes on & out comes Buff-E, Mace & Allison Danger. Instantly the commentators are talking about how this isn't on the running order & ROH isn't about "people wearing boas or weird hats, it's about honour & discipline" & Steve Corino talks about "alternative lifestyles". The crowd start chanting a homophobic slur, Buff-E on the mic says to a heckler, "Young man, I might be gay but at least I'm not queer" which I don't even understand, then there's a line about it not being Ring of Honor but the Ring of Homosexuals & then they kiss. While the commentators act like they are witnessing someone being tortured to death, it's really loving bad. And then Da Hit Squad rush the ring and there's an impromptu match where The CSC are squashed, big suplexes & poo poo. "German suplexed on his big gay head" is a line uttered by a commentator. And then they put Allison Danger through a table on top rope powerbomb to huge face pops because hey, it's 2002 & you think wrestling fans are terrible today? Well they are but they were even worse then.

They actually ended up turning face eventually & it was a lot less awful, with fans volunteering on the barrier for kisses & stuff, but "heel because you're gay" combined with the entire presentation of it was just vile, and it did go on for a while, forget how long.

As an added bonus, trying to find a decent picture I came across their old Angelfire website because who doesn't love looking at Year 2000 web design: http://www.angelfire.com/wrestling/CSC/

Fentry
Mar 7, 2003





The Ding Dongs



Take a team, make them bell themed for some reason. Have the one not in the ring constantly ringing a bell. Have their costumes be covered in small bells that jingle when they do moves. Have those small bells rapidly fall off and become shrapnel covering the ring.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZHcMK3a4Vj8#t=58s

ChrisBTY
Mar 29, 2012

this glorious monument



You know how sometimes you have a guy and his gimmick is an rear end in a top hat who shits on everything and he never shuts up until somebody shuts him up? Yeah? Now imagine that gimmick again. Now imagine the guy doing it is the announcer so he's doing it entire shows on end, never shuts up and never gets shut down. Then imagine it goes on for over a drat year. That's Heel Micheal Cole

Xerzes
May 16, 2012




I know someone mentioned Beaver Cleavage in this thread already, but I hold that that crappy sleaze was considerably better than what followed. Beaver Cleavage came out to the ring, decided that his gimmick was poo poo, and he's just Chaz now. The lady playing his mother is actually just his girlfriend. They are adults in a consenting romantic relationship. Hooray! So Chaz is just some guy having wrestling matches. Then he and his girlfriend break up and she's sad. These things happen.

So the week after that she shows up looking like this.



Chaz spent a few weeks getting attacked by other wrestlers for abusing his ex-girlfriend, until his good friend Glen, the former Thrasher, came out with a piece of video, showing Marianna applying her bruise with makeup. Because women lying about being abused is such a common and terrible problem, you see. She was then arrested and The Headbangers were reformed.

So, I guess the gimmick I'm submitting here is Marianna Komlos, Lady Pretending To Be Abused.

gently caress this.

NienNunb
Feb 15, 2012
Probation
Can't post for 5 hours!


Reverend D-Von



The champion for all that is holy in the den of sin that was 2002 Smackdown. A stereotypical southern baptist preacher, D-Von split from his perverted white brothers on Raw and led a new congregation of one; a freshly debuted Deacon Batista. Reverend D-Von is today best known for two major contributions: Constantly begging you for money in WWF Smackdown: Shut Your Mouth, and for having a debate with Ron Faarooq Simmons about the morality of masturbation. Oh my brother, testify.

bladeworksmaster
Sep 6, 2010

Ok.





Eugene is an easy as hell nomination for being an insanely low brow insult to people with mental disabilities, not to mention the multitude of uncomfortable angles where people beat him just because of it.

Liquid Communism
Mar 9, 2004


Out here, everything hurts.




How can we not have one of Mike Awesome's worst gimmicks:



The Fat Chick Thrilla, which transitioned into: That 70's Guy and went on to feud with Insane Clown Posse and make absolutely none of them look good.

SatoshiMiwa
May 6, 2007



Hey who doesn't love Inokism? Mixing MMA with Pro Wrestling worked out so well! So lets nominate the IWGP champion that best represents Inokism Tadao Yasuda

Edit: Whoops posted wrong image Pretend Giant Gonazlez is Yasuda!

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Pinstripe Hourglass
Nov 27, 2008

=RIVER PEOPLE=
Ay yi yi! We look
like... cartoons!


I would like to nominate Goldust, in particular but not limited to his original incarnation.



The WWE has done a lot of whitewashing of the Goldust character’s origins, but when he debuted, Goldust was a homosexual, possibly-transgender rapist heel played by a conservative straight man. His first two major feuds, with Razor Ramone and Ahmed Johnson, started when he sexually harassed and sexually assaulted them, respectively. When the Goldust character finally turned face, he did so by saying he was straight and denying he’d ever been gay.

At his most inoffensive, Goldust has been a buffoonish caricature of LGBT people. At his worst, he has been a reflection of the kind of prejudices and misconceptions that have been used to justify the discrimination, assault and even murder of queer people for centuries.

Queer Salutations
Aug 19, 2009

kind of a shitty wizard...





Seven was the character Dustin Rhodes was given (chose?) when he ended up in WCW after his first tenure as Golddust. Seven's debut vignette portrayed him as a creepy ghoul staring in a child's window late at night. Upon his debut, Dustin picked up the mic and immediately broke kayfabe to poo poo talk the character. Just a classic WCW gently caress up.

Better Than You
Apr 23, 2010



Queer Salutations posted:

Upon his debut, Dustin picked up the mic and immediately broke kayfabe to poo poo talk the character. Just a classic WCW gently caress up.
I believe that was part of the act; one of Russo's dumb "worked shoots"

Edward Mass
Sep 14, 2011

The Timeless Child is THE DOCTOR? Oh, for God's sake!


I nominate the Red Rooster

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nogudt0dNLc

Terry Taylor was big in the NWA, and when he went to the WWF Vince McMahon gave him the gimmick of a chicken. Not dressed like a chicken like the Gobbeldy Gooker, but acting like a chicken and with an attire that said “chicken”. Taylor never recovered from this gimmick, even in WCW.

The only other time I can think of that McMahon killed a wrestler’s career with a stupid gimmick was with Chris Harris, and that was a promo more than a gimmick.

Edward Mass fucked around with this message at 04:33 on Oct 22, 2020

Saucer Crab
Apr 2, 2009





GI Bro



You can throw in the whole MIA but that was mostly a bunch of lower card guys trying to make a lovely gimmick work, but Booker T rehashing his first gimmick from the Gulf War era after a long string as tag champ and nice solo run as TV champ was just sad.

Queer Salutations
Aug 19, 2009

kind of a shitty wizard...



Better Than You posted:

I believe that was part of the act; one of Russo's dumb "worked shoots"

God, I hate Vince Russo.

I Before E
Jul 2, 2012

"Why yes, this is a tie with dollar signs on it.

Jealous?"



Aesculus posted:

In 2020, a young man begins his journey to the pinnacle of professional wrestling.



All to become the best of the best.



He steps forth, stoic in the midst of chaos.



His name, is Master Wato.

He finally joins the fight in New Japan Pro Wrestling, debuting as a goofy kung fu master and is immediately beaten up by a man with a lead pipe who did not even beat out Jado or Gedo for a NJC spot. Every single match he has, he is introduced as "Way To The GrandMaster Master Wato" even when actual champions don't get special introductions.He wears blue pants with a pink belt. The one promotional video they did for him, the soundtrack was weird 90s fighting game SFX. KWAH WHOO WAH WOO KYUH

They expect us to believe that this man is the master of pro wrestling who will become the greatest wrestler in all of history.

Also, he does the discount convenience store version of Hiromu's pose.

This is a tournament for bad gimmicks

Vince MechMahon
Jan 1, 2008



Saucer Crab posted:

GI Bro



You can throw in the whole MIA but that was mostly a bunch of lower card guys trying to make a lovely gimmick work, but Booker T rehashing his first gimmick from the Gulf War era after a long string as tag champ and nice solo run as TV champ was just sad.

I liked major guns but I was also 15.

Vandar
Sep 13, 2007

Isn't That Right, Chairman?





Kerwin White

So we're going to take Chavo Guerrero Jr., right? A member of the legendary Guerrero wrestling family, yeah? So we're going to take him and have him denounce his Mexican heritage. We're going to turn him into a stereotypical suburban white guy that rides around in a golf cart and insults other minorities and attacks them with gold clubs. Surely no one is going to have an issue with this, right?

Wazzu
Feb 28, 2008

Are you sure I'm winning the Rumble? That does'nt seem right.....

Tying into an existing nomination, but I'll say the current one of The Nightmare Sisters

Brandi Rhodes was the leader of the ill defined cult the nightmare family who wanted people's hair. Then suddenly she wasn't, and instead just Cody's loving wife and the rest of that family went away (Kong, Luther, Mel) .

Allie was a female wrestler. Then with no explanation she was called the Bunny and managed the Butcher and the Blade. Then with no explanation she wanted to gently caress QT Marshall, seemingly to mess with Brandi long term.

Together they teamed despite not liking each other, actively not working together in matches.

Suddenly Eddie Kingston told the Blade to get his wife, and now Allie seems to be back with the Butcher and the Blade for some reason. Just consistently not explained why any of this poo poo was happening, yet getting way more TV time than most of the other nominated gimmicks.

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NienNunb
Feb 15, 2012
Probation
Can't post for 5 hours!


Wazzu posted:

Tying into an existing nomination, but I'll say the current one of The Nightmare Sisters

Brandi Rhodes was the leader of the ill defined cult the nightmare family who wanted people's hair. Then suddenly she wasn't, and instead just Cody's loving wife and the rest of that family went away (Kong, Luther, Mel) .

Allie was a female wrestler. Then with no explanation she was called the Bunny and managed the Butcher and the Blade. Then with no explanation she wanted to gently caress QT Marshall, seemingly to mess with Brandi long term.

Together they teamed despite not liking each other, actively not working together in matches.

Suddenly Eddie Kingston told the Blade to get his wife, and now Allie seems to be back with the Butcher and the Blade for some reason. Just consistently not explained why any of this poo poo was happening, yet getting way more TV time than most of the other nominated gimmicks.



This is a bridge too far

Vince MechMahon
Jan 1, 2008



Wazzu posted:

Tying into an existing nomination, but I'll say the current one of The Nightmare Sisters

Brandi Rhodes was the leader of the ill defined cult the nightmare family who wanted people's hair. Then suddenly she wasn't, and instead just Cody's loving wife and the rest of that family went away (Kong, Luther, Mel) .

Allie was a female wrestler. Then with no explanation she was called the Bunny and managed the Butcher and the Blade. Then with no explanation she wanted to gently caress QT Marshall, seemingly to mess with Brandi long term.

Together they teamed despite not liking each other, actively not working together in matches.

Suddenly Eddie Kingston told the Blade to get his wife, and now Allie seems to be back with the Butcher and the Blade for some reason. Just consistently not explained why any of this poo poo was happening, yet getting way more TV time than most of the other nominated gimmicks.



This isn't even a gimmick, it's an angle, and it's one we know got killed because one of the people involved got fuckin covid and was gone for a month. This shouldn't count on any level.

Wazzu
Feb 28, 2008

Are you sure I'm winning the Rumble? That does'nt seem right.....

I suppose that's fair enough.

I don't know, Jillian Hall mole on her face?

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Selachian
Oct 9, 2012



Oklahoma



Okay, "good ol' J.R." has a multitude of sins to answer for. But this parody was unfunny and meanspirited even by wrestling standards, unless you think a guy slurring J.R.'s catchphrases while pretending half his face is paralyzed is hilarious.

And of course it led to a non-wrestler writer beating actual female wrestlers, usually via bottle of barbecue sauce to the head. He even ended up being WCW cruiserweight champion for two days (winning the belt from Madusa), but was forced to vacate the belt because he was over the cruiserweight limit. It was won a month later by The Artist Formerly Known as Prince Iaukea (another possible entry for this list).

Seams
Feb 3, 2005


Wazzu posted:

I suppose that's fair enough.

I don't know, Jillian Hall mole on her face?



how was this somehow described as a mole and not a hideous alien organism

Vince MechMahon
Jan 1, 2008



Seams posted:

how was this somehow described as a mole and not a hideous alien organism

It started as a normal, if large, fake mole. It then grew and grew to this.

Vandar
Sep 13, 2007

Isn't That Right, Chairman?





And then the Boogeyman ate it off her face.

CarlCX
Dec 14, 2003

and she walked in
looking like dynamite




Shoichi Funaki is a very good wrestler. He worked shoot, catch and lucha libre styles with equal success. He won championships in multiple countries. He wrestled in the WWE for more than a decade.

In that decade, he had exactly three notable gimmicks:


1) Japanese gang thug involved in the infamous "choppy choppy your pee pee" angle


2) Japanese wrestler whose voice is overdubbed by comically mismatched English dialogue


3) Japanese wrestler who's a Japanese karate fighter named Kung Fu Naki from Japan

Kung Fu Naki happened in goddamn 2008. Kung Fu Naki was still wrestling in 2010. That is way too late for a gimmick that stereotyped. I initially wrote this post to just be about Kung Fu Naki, and I'm still nominating Kung Fu Naki, but in hindsight, his entire WWE run is hilariously racist.

edit: preemptively noting that even though the gimmick is racist trash the Kung Fu Naki theme is still kind of amazing

Alaois
Feb 7, 2012

D U S T M A N


The Truth Commission



A confused paramilitary group led by a South African man simply named The Commandant with a name that's a play on The Truth & Reconciliation Commission from post-Apartheid South Africa. The Commandant cut a promo about how he hates America and it's liberal non-racism and then the Truth Commission didn't really do anything before The Commandant was gone and replaced with The Jackyl.



Why? Who cares. The Jackyl is like a cult leader or something. He doesn't really give a poo poo about the other two guys in The Truth Commission, he only really cares about Kurrgan The Interrogator, a very tall man who is one of the worst professional wrestlers anyone has seen with their eyes. Eventually The Jackyl has Kurrgan The Interrogator beat up the other two guys and that's the end of the Truth Commission I guess, and then Kurrgan and The Jackyl formed The Oddities with Golga, who was John Tenta under a mask playing a mentally handicapped man who loves Cartman from South Park and Giant Silva, who is also Very Tall.

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Benne
Sep 2, 2011

STOP DOING HEROIN

The only thing I remember about Truth Commission (other than Kurrgan being the drizzling shits) was that weird gimmick where Callis would stand on an elevated platform above the ring and cut rambling promos while his people squashed opponents. It lasted, maybe, a month tops? Then they moved Callis to commentary to do the same promos and the whole gimmick just kinda fizzled out with no payoff or explanation as to their motivations.

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