The Essentials: Characters who should be Wrestlers
The Professional Wrestling world is filled with characters and “gimmicks” who are not only not plausible, but sometimes downright insane. But often times that is what makes them interesting. As a former (you never know?) wrestler myself, I’m always on the look-out for what seems like a good gimmick to bring into the wrestling universe. It just so happens that I also watch an unbelievable amount of action movies. Put two and two together and you’ll understand what this post is all about; Character from Action Movies that would make great Pro Wrestling Gimmicks.
Los Mariachis: The musical group gimmick worked for 3MB (sorta) for a while and Jeff Jarrett has been hitting people with guitars for over 20 years, and don’t get me started on how much I loved the Honkytonk Man. I think we have room for one more stable of guys dressed as mariachis and carrying guitar cases. What is in those cases you might ask? They could put all sorts of foreign objects in those babies and the costumes could be much darker and more badass than the Los Matadores gimmick that the WWE currently have. Talk about a waste!
Yuri Boyka: He’s the world’s most complete fighter! He makes sure that everyone knows and yet he backs it up with is work inside the ring. The great thing about having a character like Boyka is that he is foreign enough to be a bad guy (ala Rusev) but also harcore and badass enough to be an anti-hero like Stone Cold. His tattoos suggest that he was in some Russian Mafia business and many of the things he has done in his past could come back to haunt in the future.
Jules and Vincent: You may know them better as the characters portrayed by Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolta in Quentin Tarrantino’s amazing film Pulp Fiction, but I know them as a pair of wise-cracking, fast-talking, hit men who value money over most other things. They could play the role of face or heel, depending on who pays more, and they too could garner plenty of fan support just by how cool they are. Think the APA (Bradshaw and Faarooq), but instead of the hard drinking card players, you had two guys wearing suits and taking an “all business” approach.
Machete: There are so many excellent wrestlers from Mexico that it would be easy to bring a couple more up to fulfill the needs for my list. One character who could easily fit into the WWE Universe is the man played by veteran action star Danny Trejo; Machete! In my world, he isn’t necessarily a good guy but he is instead an enforcer for a much more sinister group. He could easily debut with or against any other Hispanic members on the roster just to introduce the character before he moves on to bigger and better competition.
Lionheart: Some guys will do anything for money. Enter Lyon Gaultier, a deserter from the French Foreign Legion and a man who uses his considerable talent for hurting people to make money. Why does he fight for money, you ask? How about for his dead brothers wife and child? Is that enough of a feel good story for you? From the look of him you can already see that he has that everyman appeal that Dean Ambrose currently has and everyone likes to root for an underdog who is willing to die in the ring.
Fandango: My final character isn’t a new one but rather a change of gimmick for an existing roster member. A roster member who has to this point failed to either make an impact or develop a connection to the audience. I say that changing Fandango’s current gimmick to something that more closely resembles the celebrity of Cristiano Ronaldo or maybe a David Beckham could work well. Instead of being a dancer that no one cares about, he’s a premier athlete who also models on the covers of all the major magazines, earns starring roles in commercials and films, and is hated by just about everyone for being so damn good at everything. The character wouldn’t have to change much. I know the Tyler Breeze character currently in NXT has the model deal going but he doesn’t have the international appeal that Fandango could have and who knows; maybe the two could have a walk-off to see who the better model is?
So that’s my list. Can you think of any other ideas? Let us know in the comments below and for goodness sake don’t miss Wrestlemania this Sunday!