Whether it’s for the promos, gimmicks or in-ring work, the world of professional wrestling has never failed to amuse with its interesting costumes over the years. When we say interesting, it doesn’t necessarily mean ‘good’. Right from garish, hideous, provocative to outright disturbing, these costumes stand out for all the wrong reasons. Let’s take a look at some of the most bizarre outfits in wrestling history (warning: be prepared for some scandalous images).
1. Giant Gonzales
We’re not fascinated with the idea of a 7’ 7” lanky guy wearing a bodysuit with airbrushed muscles and bushy hair attached to the shoulders, arms, legs and underwear area. The late Jorge González did manage to nauseate us with this ridiculous costume, which is reminiscent of a giant in a fairytale.
For some unpardonable reason, Mike Halac debuted in the World Wrestling Federation as Mantaur – a Minotaur-inspired character with a massive, lopsided bull’s head that looked like a funny (and hairy) leotard instead. We can’t possibly forgive the furry elbow pads, furry boots and weird crotch patch.
3. Gobbledy Gooker
Wrestler Héctor Guerrero pulled off the gimmick of getting “hatched” from an oversized egg by wearing this silly turkey costume. This look also “won” the Worst Gimmick award at the Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards in 1990 and it’s hilarious to see the dearth of creativity in wrestling.
4. The Shockmaster
Fred Ottman sported this Star Wars Stormtrooper helmet painted in garish purple and covered in glitter, along with a pair of jeans and an unsightly black, puffy vest. He looked utterly ridiculous and we now know why the world still makes fun of this disastrous look.
5. The Artist (Formerly Known As Goldust)
A scary blend of probably Nicki Minaj (sorry, Nicki) and the possessed Annabelle doll, this horrendous look was worn by Dustin Runnels in 1997. We just can’t dissect the logic behind that green bodysuit, hideous green wig, red and green face paint and Christmas decoration over the head.
Why would anyone attempt this obvious rip-off of Spiderman and make it in cheap gold and purple colours instead? Marvel Comics successfully sued WCW over this gimmick, forcing it to drop the idea as soon as Brad Armstrong wore it inside the ring.
7. Max Moon
WWE spent almost $13,000 for this outfit worn by Paul Diamond who was supposed to resemble a cyborg who hailed from “Outer Space” or “The Future”. But unfortunately, the laughable attempt looked like something stitched together with pieces bought from a scrap yard.
8. The Bunny
A huge disappointment for fans, this rabbit costume would probably be looked back upon with major embarrassment. It is rumoured that wrestlers Sami Zayn and Justin Gabriel both have been the ‘Bunny’, but nevertheless, it’s bizarre to use this childish idea for wrestling.
9. Bastion Booger
Mike Shaw’s Bastion Booger publicity stunt was all about a smelly, slovenly, unhygienic man who was meant to repulse the onlookers. Unflattering and stupid, the stained grey singlet looked too small on him, making all his body bulges and fat more than noticeable. Argh!
10. Naked Mideon
We are not complaining about the almost-naked look. If WWE did want to try something different, why choose a strategically-placed fanny pack clubbed with atrocious thongs? Unfortunately, Dennis Knight was the victim of this streaker gimmick that was not worth even a moment of airtime.