In wrestling, gimmicks are like a paint job on a car; a really good one can enhance what’s underneath dramatically, while a really bad one can make something great seem completely horrible.
When a good gimmick is done right it can almost overshadow the person beneath and the gimmick itself becomes part of the person that portrays it. For proof, look no further than The Undertaker.
Arguably the most famous gimmick in wrestling history, The Undertaker has survived three decades at the top of the WWE and clocked up a WrestleMania streak that’s almost as legendary as the event itself. Despite the character essentially being a walking corpse, The Undertaker persona has endured and it’s hard to imagine anyone else playing the role of The Deadman.
Sadly, not all gimmicks are created equal - just ask Hector Guerrero who played The Gobbledy Gooker - and most gimmicks are designed with a specific individual in mind. However, on occasion, the creative minds behind a character don’t always get their first choice. In fact, some of wrestling’s biggest gimmicks ended up in the hands of a second or even third choice talent.
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