“Nobody knows anything...... Not one person in the entire motion picture field knows for a certainty what's going to work. Every time out it's a guess and, if you're lucky, an educated one.”
That’s Hollywood legend William Goldman on making movies - and it seems that, as on the silver screen, so in the squared circle.
The fact is, no one really seems to know what works and what doesn’t, what makes a hit angle or a household name. How many heavily pushed Next Big Things have crashed and burned over the last twenty years or more?
Of course, that hasn’t stopped everyone and their monkey from declaring that they know what gets over. There’s one supposedly cast iron truth, however: characters and gimmicks that are the performer turned up to eleven feel more authentic, connect better with the crowd.
So, if that’s a truism you can take to the bank... why is it that so many talented wrestlers are given roles to play that blatantly don’t fit who they are or what they do? Why ask an already sceptical fanbase to suspend their disbelief further still by selling them apples and calling them oranges?
These are some of the most absurdly mismatched gimmicks, characters, roles and wrestling personas in WWE.