We take a look at some of wrestling's most unusual characters, those of the Attitude Era.
10: Steven Richards. This guy was a character because he had no character. Richards was constantly a bit part player in the WWE and spent most of his time being beaten up. But his role as "Right to Censor" leader was a masterstroke which drew him real crowd anger thanks to his politically correctness. He later went on to...well, still get beaten up regularly.
9: Mark Henry. The Henry of today is dubbed the "World's Strongest Man", but back then his character was just weird. A previous member of black power group "Nation of Domination", when that disbanded he sided with Mae Young, a woman who at the time must have been in her seventies. Disturbing scenes ensued, which eventually ended with her giving birth...to a hand. Vince McMahon has some explaining to do one day.
8: Perry Saturn. Saturn was a member of the Radicalz, yet was the most unsuccessful of those. His strange appearance included a wonky eye, and tattoos wherever he could fit them. Saturn was aligned with the glamourous Terri Runnels for a time, but the two broke apart when he became infatuated with a kitchen mop, who he named "Moppy." To this day, it is unsure whether he was acting or being deadly serious. He also beat up a rookie in the ring for no apparent reason. Years later, he went missing for two years, with family and friends genuinely not seeing him, until he randomly appeared.
7: The Headbangers. This unusual pairing were two bald headed men, who came to the ring in fishnet tights, lace shirts and dresses. They were pretty rubbish.
6: Mean Street Posse. The Posse were a group of three, who came from the mean streets of Greenwich. The upper class triplet wore jumpers and smart trousers to the ring, and looked to pride themselves simply on beating people. They can be easily forgotten, winning nothing. The three have since retired.
5: Big Boss Man. The Big Bossman was an integral part of wrestling in the 1990's. A tough "cop", he took pride in beating people up, and The Shield's attire is similar to his, perhaps drawing inspiration from the character. He was a success in the ring, winning the Hardcore Championship four times, and the Tag Team Championships. In one of wrestling's grimmest moments however, he was "hung" by the Undertaker to a steel cage. He also fed Al Snow his dog in a feud, and wrestled a match vs Snow with wild dogs packed outside the ring. The Bossman passed away in 2004, aged 41.
4: Al Snow. Snow was technically a very good performer, but he was perhaps the oddest man to step in that ring. Whether it be the storyline where his dog got eaten, carrying a doll's head to the ring with him or fighting, representing different countries or beating himself up with trashcans and chairs, he certainly caught the eye. Looking back, his theme song of "What does everybody want? Head!" was just plain wrong. e
3: Too Cool. The triplet of Grandmaster Sexay, Scotty 2 Hotty and Rikishi were huge crowd favourites. Sexay and Hotty were two lightweights whilst Rikishi was a heavyweight who was known to give people the "stinkface." The three drew huge fan reactions when they took part in celebratory dances after winning matches, but a personal highlight was Scotty's finishing move, "The Worm", which was basically an elbow drop, but he did the worm dance before it. Real entertainment.
2: The Godfather/Val Venis. These two both take second for me, both different yet so similar. The Godfather was a pimp, who was accompanied by a group of women who he referred to as "Ho's." Dressed in a pimp outfit, with a pimp cane, he was another success in the ring, first in the Nation with Mark Henry, and then in Right to Censor, where he became "The Goodfather"
Venis' career mirrored his. His porn star gimmick meant men hated him but women loved him, and his attire of a towel was questionable. Venis' high or lowlights whichever you look at it, was him being "castrated" with a sword, a promo with real life adult actress Jenna Jameson and being involved in a story where he slept with peoples wives. He won three separate titles.
1: Mick Foley. Foley has to go at the top, purely because he had so many characters. His tireless workrate, dogged effort and amazing bravery (or stupidity) turned him into one of wrestling's best loved performers. Being thrown 30 feet off the steel cage is perhaps wrestling's most memorable image, whilst his team "The Rock & Sock Connection" achieved glory and hilarity. Foley's finisher, the mandible claw, saw him stick his hand down people's throats, but he usualy preffered to do it with the aid of his friend, Mr Socko. His Mankind personality was a deranged psychopath, and probably his most successful. Foley won twelve titles, including three WWE championships, and is in the WWE Hall of Fame.
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