Thursday, July 22, 2010

Top 5 Worst Knockoffs in Wrestling History

In the wrestling world, gimmicks and ideas are recycled constantly. Some with great success, and others... not so much. I've made a list of the 5 worst knockoff gimmicks in wrestling history. Enjoy.

5. Eric Escobar (Razor Ramon Knockoff) - Eric Escobar was an updated 2009 Razor Ramon, and a bad one at that. He debuted as Vickie Guerrero's new boyfriend on Smackdown. He essentially was nothing more than a cheap Puerto Rican Razor Ramon knockoff. If Razor Ramon was Coca-Cola, Eric Escobar was Sam's Choice. There was only one Razor Ramon... and it wasn't Eric Escobar. Is Vince McMahon finally running out of ideas? 

4. The Renegade (WCW's Ultimate Warrior Knockoff) - The Renegade was supposed to be the second coming of the Ultimate Warrior for WCW. Unfortunately, he was a pitiful rehash. Even his theme was a total knockoff (Thanks Jimmy Hart). As one Youtube user commented "What a bootleg ass ultimate warrior". The Renegade was the Ultimate Knockoff, not the Ultimate Warrior, and believe it or not some people actually thought this was the Ultimate Warrior... that he just couldn't use the name "Ultimate Warrior"... how sad...

3. Chuck Palumbo's Biker Gimmick (Undertaker Big Evil Knockoff) - For some reason, Vince McMahon thought it would be a bad ass idea to recreate the Undertaker's "American Bad Ass" gimmick. In all actuality, Palumbo's biker character was moderately popular despite how poor of a rip off it was of the Undertaker. I feel bad for Chuck Palumbo, because he really is a biker guy in real life... but this was just too soon after Taker's Biker gimmick otherwise... it might have worked. Chuck even had a cool theme that was similar to Taker's Big Evil "You're Gonna Pay" theme.

2. Dolph Ziggler (Mr. Perfect Knockoff) - Dolph Ziggler basically copy and pasted Mr. Perfects persona on himself... think. Slicked back curly blonde hair? Check. I'm better than you attitude? Check. Runs hands through hair and flicks his sweat? Check. Mr.Perfect....... I am Perfection..... The difference between these two, is that Mr.Perfect was a far better actor and way more suave. Curt Hennig didn't have to make me believe he was Mr.Perfect. I already knew he was.

1. Chris Masters ("Narcissist" Lex Luger Knockoff) - There is no doubt about it that Chris Masters started out as nothing more than a knockoff of Lex Luger's "Narcissist" gimmick. The more videos you see, the more it really seems like Vince has totally run out of ideas. 

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