10 Of The Most Ridiculous Wrestling Alter Egos
Back in the 80s and 90s, many pro wrestlers adopted profession's their characters. We saw dentists, NASCAR drivers, and even clowns take to the ring. Here are some of the very worst!.
Dr. Isaac Yankem, DDS
Nobody likes the dentist, but as a basis for a wrestling villain, there's not much here to sink your teeth into. Fortunately for all involved, the character was short lived. Wrestler Glenn Jacobs quickly moved on to portray the far more popular Kane.
Duke 'The Dumpster' Droese
A wrestling garbage man is the sort of idea that could only be produced by the mid 90s and its execution was just as bad as the concept itself. 'The Dumpster' wasn't terrible in the ring, but this act was clearly going nowhere from day one.
Doink The Clown
The original, darker Doink the Clown, was a character with some legs, but once he introduced the diminutive 'Dink' as his sidekick, his appeal waned. A scary clown has its appeal in the ring; a regular clown does not.
Brutus 'The Barber' Beefcake
A barber might not be your first pick of a good wrestling persona, but it worked for the Beefcake. With a 25-year career rubbing shoulders with some of the greats, Brutus proved himself to be a cut above the usual standard.
If the above picture doesn't tip you off, Phantasio was a short-lived magician character that may rank as the silliest man in tights to ever enter the ring. Phantasio's finishing move was just as unique as, well, just about everything else about him - he'd used his magic to remove his opponent's underwear from beneath their ring gear.
Fresh off a hot run as a foulmouthed villain in ECW, the man once known as Shane Douglas was hired by the WWF and looked set for the top. Instead, he was saddled with a lame college professor character and languished in the company for a year before returning to ECW.
The Big Boss Man
The Big Boss Man first appeared in WWF in the 80s as a prison guard. He later returned in the late 90s with a more realistic take on the character. His nightstick was the most memorable part of his act and a classic feud with the Big Show, where he stole the casket containing Show's father, remains wrestling legend.
Thurman 'Sparky' Plugg
A strong contender for the worst wrestling persona of all time, Thurman 'Sparky' Plugg was the first the glimpse at the man who would later become known as Hardcore Holly. Plugg never looked comfortable as a grinning NASCAR driver and was far better off as a no nonsense hard man in later years.
Before there was the Road Dogg, there was the Roadie, the tech guy for country singer/pro wrestler Jeff Jarrett. The most confusing thing about the Roadie was the fact that despite his ties to country music, he would dress as if he was working for Tupac.
The Repo Man
Being a Repo Man is a difficult character trait to work into a pro wrestling setting, but it could never be said that this guy didn't try his best (the grin you see above rarely left his face). We're not really sure how his costume represented his profession, though.
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