So today were gonna take a look at the greatest gimmick changes in wrestling history! Without further ado, let's get this list started.
Dustin Rhodes to Goldust
When Rhodes made his debut in WWF as Goldust he became one of the most memorable gimmicks in the company's history! It certainly changed the career of Rhodes as he held the Intercontinental Championship three times and became multiple time Tag-Team champion with Booker T and his brother; Cody/Stardust!
The Undertaker isn't the only one celebrating his anniversary as Goldust is also now have been with WWE for 20 years and still going!
Dr. Isaac Yankem to Kane
Before he became The Devil's Favorite Demon he was first Jerry "The King" Lawler's personal evil dentist. Isaac Yankem was never a success. But when Jacobs was re-packaged in 1997 as Kane, he quickly became one of the biggest stars in the roster at the time as he feuded with his "brother" The Undertaker.
Obviously Kane isn't what he used to be anymore but he is still a respected legend in the WWE. Let's just not talk about Isaac Yankem and all will be fine.
The Prototype to John Cena
When Cena first wrestled in WWE's developmental territory at the time; OVW he was called The Prototype. He is basically like The Terminator only less cooler and had an awful haircut! The Prototype even wrestled for a few dark matches in WWE before Cena finally made his debut as himself... in pink trunks of all things!
Rumor has it that while Cena is on backstage, Stephanie heard him rapping and was amazed by this so she told Vince that they should re-packaged Cena as a rapper and thus the Dr. of Thuganomics was born!
Later on as we all know WWE turned full on PG and Cena became the Mr. Goody Two-Shoes that he is now. Still from being an awful Terminator-ripoff to the current face of the company, it's not a bad transition at all.
Terra Ryzing to Triple H
Oh yes who would have thought that a WCW jobber would later become the COO of WWE? Triple H certainly did not only have a rough start in his wrestling career, but with his hair as well. He looks like a weird barbie on steroids on that picture! (sorry Hunter, please don't beat me up!)
Anyways enough with the jokes, Paul Levesque or as we all know him as Triple H did in fact started his career in WCW as a jobber named "Terra Ryzing" who is supposed to be this French guy. His best notable feud with Terra Ryzing was against Alex Wright. If you're best feud was against Alex Wright then you're certainly not going anywhere.
So when WCW did not decide to push him he went to WWF in 1995 where he became Hunter Hearst Helmsley. Not the best of gimmicks but certainly not as horrible as Terra Ryzing. He became Triple H in 1997 with the birth of DX and became one of the best badasses of the company!
From being a jobber to a 13x World Champion! That's Triple H for ya!
Rocky Maivia to The Rock
After suffering an injury, Rocky returned in 1997 as a heel and member of The Nation of Domination and ditched his first ring name and was just called "The Rock." And as they say the rest was history!
If Dwayne Johnson stayed as Rocky Maivia I think he would have never gotten the superstardom that he has at the palm of his hands right now! In some ways, Rock's situation at the beginning of his career is kinda similar to his cousin Roman Reigns, he isn't fully experienced yet and WWE is already pushing him. I think a heel turn would benefit Reigns a lot just like his cousin!
Blade Runner Flash to Sting
After The Blade Runners split up, Borden became Sting in 1987 and became one of the biggest babyfaces in the NWA at the time! Later on in 1996 the Sting that most of us know was born and started to feud with the nWo!
Sting would later spend most of his wrestling career in TNA and in 2014 he made his unexpected debut in WWE! Sting is the best example that you don't need to be successful or big in WWE to become one of the greatest wrestlers of all time!
Terry Boulder to Hulk Hogan
Anyhow before he became the ever famous Hulk Hogan he was first Terry Boulder. He was a part of a tag-team known as "The Boulder Brothers" with Ed Boulder (aka Ed Lesie/Brutus Beefcake.) The Boulder Brothers were quite the attraction in CWA because of their physiques.
Later on though in 1979 Bollea went to WWF as "Hulk Hogan" but he actually made his debut as a heel managed by "Classy" Freddie Blassie. He would later on become a babyface in 1983 and defeatedt The Iron Sheik for the WWF Heavyweight Championship and thus Hulkamania was born! If NBA had Michael Jordan, WWF had Hulk Hogan!
After leaving WWF and went to WCW, Hogan shocked the world in 1996 by turning on his partner Randy Savage and form the nWo! Who would have thought that one of the biggest babyfaces of all time also became one of the biggest heels of all time!
Sure his career changed drastically but one thing never changed though; he always looked old!
"Rambling" Ricky Rhodes to "Nature Boy" Ric Flair
Later on though when he went to NWA, Ric Flair became The Nature Boy that he is now best known for! With all due respect to Buddy Rogers I think Ric Flair is the best Nature Boy!
To many Ric Flair is the greatest wrestler of all time in history and I cannot disagree with them! He is a 16x World Champion afterall!
Ric Flair literally started from the bottom as Ricky Rhodes and slowly became one of the biggest names in the industry! That deserves a WOOOO!
The Ringmaster to "Stone Cold" Steve Austin
In 1995 however, Austin came to the WWF as The Ringmaster under the management of Ted DiBiase. Austin said he never liked this gimmick and when DiBiase left him he had to carve his own path for his career.
In King of the Ring 1996 Austin 3:16 was born after defeating Jake "The Snake" Roberts for the King of the Ring. He would continue to wrestle for WWF until the Monday Night Wars and had one of the best and memorable feuds of all time against Mr. McMahon!
Austin would sadly cut his career short and retired in 2004 after suffering multiple injuries. He was inducted on the WWE Hall of Fame in 2009. And that's the bottom line!
Mean Mark Callous to The Undertaker
Mark Callaway started his wrestling career in 1984 under various ring names such as "Texas Red" and "The Master of Pain" but the most notable one was Mean Mark Callous in his WCW run. Oh yes, one of the biggest legends in WWE History did began his career in WCW! He would also go by the name of "Punisher" Dice Morgan in Japan.
But everything changed in 1990 when Mark Callaway made his debut on WWF as The Undertaker! 25 Years later and he is still with the WWE not leaving once throughout those years. Thanks to The Undertaker, I fell in love to this crazy world of professional wrestling! And it's better late than never; thank you for the 25 Years of entertainment!
Sorry if it took a while to post a new blog, life is just really getting on the way.
Also you might be wondering on what happened to the Top 100 list? Well change of plans, the actual Top 100 list will just be posted on Dec. 19 which is MWC's 1 Year Anniversary! We will have the whole Top 100 on that day instead of having to divide the whole list part by part every week.