This week’s top five is inspired by the recent success of Matt (Don’t call me Zack Ryder) Cardona and his venture into the world of death matches. We look at wrestlers who may or may not have had great success under a certain gimmick or character…but have had a long career with the ability to reinvent themselves and adapt to the ever changing world of professional wrestling.
Back in the 80’s and 90’s, it was very common to see some no name wrestler go up against a proven star of a promotion. Whether that be from the WWF, NWA/WCW, AWA or elsewhere, these nomads of professional wrestling were there to make the stars look great. They were known as enhancement talent, preliminary wrestlers or as many fans have come to know them…”jobbers.” While fans were clamoring to see big time match ups, these “squash matches” served a very important purpose. While perhaps not appreciated at the time, they were just as important as the stars themselves.
Many things in professional wrestling come and go. What was once the standard, soon becomes passé and disappears for a few years or never returns at all. One thing that seems to be a lost art, is the well produced vignette. A vignette in pro wrestling is a series of short videos that help promote a new gimmick or character to a promotion. They usually ran these vignette for a few weeks to get fans interest piqued.
Vince McMahon has gotten some heat (and deservedly so) for tinkering with wrestlers looks, name and gimmicks throughout the years. What are your top five WWF/WWE changes that actually paid off well for the company?
This week’s top five is the opposite from a previous week. It is all about wrestlers we personally thought wouldn’t become as successful as they did. Whether it was their look, a dumb gimmick or wrestling skill set…these were wrestlers we totally got wrong and went on to have great careers.
Every New Year, many people proclaim a New Year and a New Me! In wrestling, wrestlers have been repackaged after a failed gimmick or two and become something of greater success. This week’s top five is the Best Repackaged Wrestlers of All Time.Continue reading →