Nothing speaks to the razzmatazz and outrageousness of pro wrestling better than a wrestler's outfit.
A costume can make or break your character. Get it right and it will be remembered symbiotically with the character. Get it wrong and you will probably be remembered for all the wrong reasons.
Throughout the years of WWF and WWE, there have been many costumes that stand out. Many attires that have become symbolic of a superstar, like Rey Mysterio's mask or Hurricane Helms' cape.
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Here are five of the most memorable attires, for the good and the bad reasons.
The combination of pink tights, leather jacket with epaulets, and wrap around pink shades helped to create a truly unique image.
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Bret wrote in his book, 'My Real Life In The Cartoon World Of Wrestling', that he specifically chose to wear pink with the idea being that if he wore pink in the macho world of wrestling, then he must be a tough guy.
It's not clear if this predates the saying ‘real men wear pink’, but Bret was clearly either a trend setter or ahead of his time there.
Bret Hart's attire can be remembered for all the right reasons.
Now for a favorite for the wrong reasons: what is going on here?
Initially designed for Konnan, he wisely backed out of his WWF deal before he could be seen in this monstrosity.
Paul Diamond was selected as the man to fill the suit purely because he was the only person who fit the expensive, ready-made costume. Expensive? It had wrist things that shot fireworks, and a ‘jetpack’, but come on.
Just dreadful conceptually and in practice. Memorable, though.
The recently injured New Jersey native has a style all of his own, and you can’t teach that.
He started out as kind of a plainish looking loudmouth on NXT, before disappearing due to injury and returning with elaborate ever changing hair designs, printed jackets, and gold chains.
His style is the wrestling equivalent of 'Fight Club’s' Tyler Durden: a mish-mash of stuff that shouldn’t go together but does due to the person wearing it.
Long may his gaudy outfits light up our screens on Monday Night Raw.
In his introductory vignettes way back in 1995, Goldust seemed that he was made to look like an Oscar statuette, as he waffled on about movies and inhaled deeply. This made him a heel, somehow.
When his debut came and his hair was removed and revealed to be a wig, it probably shocked most of the, then WWF, universe.
He looked extraordinary and acted extraordinary too.
Initially played as an evil gay character, Goldust soon revealed himself to be straight and therefore became a face. Dubious politics aside, the fact that Goldust is still around today shows that a picture is worth a thousand words, as Dustin Runnels has never been the best in the ring.
Bam Bam Bigelow
The fire, the beautiful fire. One of the greatest ever big men, another person who isn’t yet in the Hall of Fame who absolutely should be, Bigelow’s image showed extraordinary commitment by being tattooed onto his head!
Bam Bam was complimented by the equally unique Luna Vachon, and, as a natural heel, his costume and look were designed purely to strike fear into the hearts of whichever goody two shoes opposed him. He wrestled everywhere, WWF, ECW, WCW and Japan and always retained his classic and iconic costume. Rest in peace, Mr. Bigelow.
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