12 Wrestlers Whose Ring Names Outlasted Their Gimmicks

12. The Sandman


Believe it or not, Jim Fullington didn’t always come to the ring to the strains of Metallica’s “Enter Sandman”. Instead, Sandman’s original theme music was The Beach Boys’ “Surfin’ USA”.

Instead of a ratty t-shirt and jeans, (Mr.) Sandman wore a wet suit and sunglasses.

And instead of a can of beer, a cigarette, and a Singapore cane, the Sandman carried a surfboard to the ring.

Yes, ECW’s Hardcore Icon was named for the radical surfer dude he was in those early days of Eastern Championship Wrestling. Fortunately, Sandman saw the writing on the wall and soon developed a (much) edgier character, reinterpreted his ring name, and became one of the most popular wrestlers in Extreme Championship Wrestling history.

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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.