So often in the world of professional wrestling, a unique
gimmick or stipulation is placed on a match in order to give it that little something
extra or to put a definitive end to an intense or long-standing rivalry. Or, in
recent years, simply because it’s the time of the year that there’s a PPV
titled Elimination Chamber or TLC.
Still, the point is that a gimmick match is meant to be
special and offer wrestling fans something different. For the most part, that
has been the case over the decades, yet there are those times where certain
gimmick matches have had a negative effect on that particular match type.
The aim here is to explore the very notion of when a
once-great gimmick concept hit the point of no return where that stipulation or match type could
never be looked at in the same way again. Sometimes that may be down to jumping
the proverbial shark, other times that might be from somebody doing something
that can’t be topped, on occasion it might be down to bonkers booking, and other times it might be down to sheer in-ring insanity.
With that in mind, here are ten wrestlers who unwittingly
ruined gimmick matches for anybody else who was tasked with having to follow in their footsteps.