At the peak of the first Gulf War in 1991, the WWF brought in this villain, an Iraqi-flag-waving Saddam Hussein sympathizer.
A failed NBA basketball player, Gonzales was a lanky 7’7″ and not muscular enough to wrestle. Solution: He wore a rubber suit covered with fake hair and painted muscles.
THE GOBBLEDY GOOKER
He was a giant turkey, complete with feathers, a beak, and wings. When the character debuted, he popped out of a huge egg.
DOINK THE CLOWN
In tag-team matches he’s assisted by “Dink the Clown,” an identically dressed dwarf clown.
He wore plain black Amish clothing, a black hat, and a long beard. He lost most of his matches, because the Amish don’t believe in fighting.
A steroid addict? No—the Juicer was introduced in 1989 to capitalize on the movie Beetlejuice. Like the movie’s title character, the wrestler sprayed “death breath” (green mist) and attacked with Silly String.
With dyed scarlet hair, he flapped his arms like wings and chicken-danced around the ring, screaming “Cock-a-doodle-doo!”
Coming to the ring wearing a graduation cap and gown, the Genius appeared to be highly intelligent, speaking in a haughty accent and peppering his sentences with big words…and then he beat people up.
ISAAC YANKEM, DDS.
An evil dentist, dressed in a white smock and face mask, who threatens to remove his opponents’ teeth.
IRWIN R. SCHEISTER
Somebody everybody could fear: an IRS agent. He wore glasses, a shirt, and a skinny tie, and hit people with his briefcase.
He read poetry before fights…and then beat people up.
AKEEM THE AFRICAN DREAM
Akeem dressed, talked, and acted “black.” He wore a traditional African dashiki, spoke in 1970s jive, and his sidekick was a street pimp named Slick. He was portrayed by a white guy.
He looked like a road. He had a yellow “dead end” sign painted on his stomach, hit opponents with a barricade, and dressed in a black bodysuit (to look like pavement).
With his skin was spray-painted gold, Goldust wore a sparkly robe and a long blond wig and intimidated opponents by licking their faces.
A deep-voiced, smooth-talking ladies’ man based on the South Park character Chef.
THE BOOTY MAN
On his way into the ring, he dropped his pants and shook his bare buttocks (while wearing a flesh-colored prosthesis).