Some people never change. That’s as true in wrestling as anywhere else. Even when it might do the wrestler in question some good.
As the old cliche has it, a change is as good as a rest. You can be desperate for some tired, overexposed performer to take an extended break from WWE TV, only for a change of gimmick to have you giddy with excitement about them all over again.
It wasn’t all that long ago that Bray Wyatt felt like a spent force in WWE. The “Eater of Worlds” was known for talking spooky nonsense and being unable to win any big feuds.
Then, the super creative Windham Rotunda changed up his gimmick and now? Well, arguably he’s now a busted flush again but for a thrilling spell in between The Fiend was the most exciting thing in all of wrestling.
Meanwhile, Roman Reigns, stigmatised for years as the company man pushed ahead of fan favourites, is suddenly the hottest thing in the company. Previously sick of “Super Reigns,” fans now actually want to see “The Tribal Chief” looking brutal and dominant.
All the more surprising then, when some Superstars don’t change or adapt their personas over runs spanning years or even decades...
10. Bret “The Hitman” Hart
Bret Hart went from being WWF’s hero, babyface champion to a smaller but more discerning audience, to the company’s top heel. But “The Hitman” never really changed, the world just changed around him.
Principled to a fault and happy to be a role model for kids worldwide, Bret Hart simply wasn’t built for the impending attitude era. With fans ready for a new kind of anti-hero, Hart’s former nobility now read as pompous.
To his and the company’s credit, they saw what was happening and leaned in, with Hart delivering some career best promos as an entitled, embittered heel.
Really, fans wondered, what right did he have? Acting like he was better than everyone else in the locker room, like that? Honestly, who did Bret Hart think he was?
The best there is, the best there was and the best there ever will be. Just like he’d always told us.