12 Wrestlers Whose Ring Names Outlasted Their Gimmicks

Young wrestlers beware! Your goofy gag name might stick with you for life.

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Gimmicky names are a staple of professional wrestling, whether it be the radioactive mutant Adam Bomb, the race car driver Sparky Plugg, or the evil architect Bill Ding (okay, that last one existed only in Disco Inferno’s mind).

Thankfully, these embarrassing ring names are usually abandoned once a wrestler adopts a new gimmick; Bob “Spark Plugg” Holly couldn’t wait to rid himself of the automotive nickname and become “Hardcore,” even if that meant calling himself, “Bombastic Bob” along the way.

And you didn’t see Brian Clark try to hold on to his Adam Bomb name when he joined WCW, especially when his character was changed from a nuclear survivor to a living Mortal Kombat character and, later, a pot-smoker.

But there are a number of wrestlers who hung on to their assumed names for far longer than they held on to the gimmicks that gave them their names in the first place. Some of these men gradually morphed into new personas, others added more and more aliases on top of their assumed names, and still others simply became so well-established under their witty nicknames that everyone forgot that their monikers came from cheap plays on words. Hey, it worked for the Beatles.

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Long-time contributor to Wrestlecrap.com and operator of the How Much Does This Guy Weigh? blog, Art has been a fan of pro wrestling since 1993.

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