WrestleMania 37 will be the 20 year anniversary of WrestleMania X-Seven, aka the greatest Showcase Of The Immortals there ever will be. On that historic night, after the madness of TLC II, we were treated to the first ever Gimmick Battle Royal.
With a match duration of just over three minutes, 19 of the then-WWF’s most famously strange gimmick acts from past eras, such as Doink The Clown, Jim Cornette and The Bushwhackers competed in an over the top rope battle royal. Hell, even the goddamn Gobbeldy Gooker showed up. Won by The Iron Sheik, the match was an inspired idea which added its own endearing element, on an already stacked ‘Mania card.
It didn’t overstay its welcome, allowed fans to recharge after the grueling spectacular that was TLC II, and celebrated some of WWE’s greatest oddball acts from years gone by. Also, fans at home watching on PPV were treated to brilliantly entertaining commentary by Bobby ‘The Brain’ Heenan and Gene Okerlund, who called the match in hilarious fashion.
With the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal adding no value besides giving lower card wrestlers a WrestleMania payday, the Gimmick Battle Royal could be the perfect palate cleanser on a marathon ‘Mania card. With that in mind, these 20 former characters would be worthy blasts from the past…
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