The Most All-Out Characters In WWE History
No one really watches wrestling for the actual athletic ability alone. The entire WWE is worth around $5.71 billion, a net worth that has grown from the mere $171.2 million in stock certificates that the company had when it first launched. A huge reason why the WWE and other organizations like TNA, WCW, and more have grown so huge is because of the gimmicks.
The characters that wrestlers portray, whether they are “heels” (villains) or “babyfaces” (heroes) are all an integral part of the entertainment that makes wrestling worth watching. The best thing about wrestling is even the costumes tell a story. Here are some of the craziest, most entertaining costumes in wrestling.
Character: Shirtless & Self-Obsessed Bowtie Wearer
Years Active: 1977-2015
Net Worth: $5 million*
Brutus Beefcake was inducted in the WWE Hall of Fame just last year, after a long time in wrestling spent as an outrageous heel figure. Beefcake usually went shirtless in the ring. He wore brightly-colored, striped pants and a bowtie around his neck. His gimmick was that of a man who was obsessed with himself.
He also carried around huge scissors, which apparently were more than just a fad, as Beefcake was escorted out by security when he appeared to threaten Canadian mayor Rob Ford during a press conference. His other nickname was “The Booty Man,” also a heel.
Character: Pink-Clad “Hitman”
Years Active: 1978-2011
Net Worth: $14 million*
Bret Hart was known for his outlandish, bright-pink outfits in the ring. He gave himself the nickname “Hitman,” and he billed himself as the “Best There Is…Was…and…Ever Will Be.” Hart formed the tag team called The Hart Foundation, where he and his partner wrestled together, with Hart wearing his usual pink and his partner wearing black.
The pair were nicknamed “Pink and Black Attack.” Hart was known as a heel in the ring, and he often brushed off criticisms of his bright, neon outfits. His signature move was the finisher called “Sharpshooter,” which he learned from two greats: Pat Patterson and Konnan.
Character: Leotard-Wearing Behemoth
Years Active: 1964-1992
Net Worth: $10 million*
Andre the Giant was one of the most fearsome competitors in the ring. He stood 7’4” and weighed a whopping 520 pounds. He always wore a one-shouldered leotard in the ring, keeping up with his character of a fearsome, gigantic behemoth.
Outside of the ring, Andre the Giant (born Andre Roussimoff) was actually quite friendly and gentle. He suffered from gigantism, which caused his body to produce an excess of the human growth hormone. He used that to his advantage, wrestling under the names Giant Machine and Monster Eiffel Tower throughout his career. He was billed from Grenoble, in the French Alps.
Character: Tennessee Country Star
Years Active: 1977-2019
Net Worth: $100,000*
As you might have guessed from his ring name, The Honky Tonk Man based his gimmick on that of a country crooner from Memphis, Tennessee. He sported black, slicked-back hair with sideburns. He carried a guitar, and he teamed with wrestler Kerry Brown. He entered the WWF in the late eighties under the Honky Tonk gimmick.
He would come out to a fifties’ era entrance song, and he often would attempt to break his guitar over the head of anyone challenging him. He joined the tag team Rhythm and Blues, but he departed the team in 1998 after a feud with Dusty Rhodes (AKA “The American Dream”).
Character: A Dragon
Years Active: 1976-1994
Net Worth: $1 million*
Trained by Verne Gagne and the Iron Sheik, Ricky Steamboat had the nickname “The Dragon,” which he played up by stating that he was billed from Hawaii. He also wore an elaborate dragon costume in the ring, complete with a yellow headpiece and yellow wings. The Dragon got his own WWE toy line because of his popularity.
Men’s Health ranked his costume one of the top ten WWE costumes of all time. The Dragon started his career as “Rick Blood,” but he quickly ditched that for a more fantastical approach. He retired in 1994, though he briefly returned to the WWE in 2005.
Character: Man from the Far Future
Years Active: 1992-1993
Net Worth: $2.5 million*
Max Moon was a gimmick gifted to Paul Diamond from the wrestler Konnan. Diamond used the gimmick from 1992 until 1993, taking it up after Konnan ditched the WWF due to a backstage disagreement. Diamond wore the same size as Konnan, so he took the costume. The costume consisted of a powder-blue bodysuit that had circuit board markings.
The costume also had white rings around the arms that shot out fireworks. He wore a jet pack. The idea behind the costume was that of a man from the far future. However, Max Moon ended up losing too many matches for Diamond to stick with him.
Character: Two Honeybees
Years Active: 1985-1994
Net Worth: $800,000*
It was no surprise where the tag team The Killer Bees got their outfit ideas. The pair always wore black-and-yellow striped underwear, which they debuted in the ring whenever they fought. The tag team was comprised of Jumpin’ Jim Brunzell and Brian Blair. They wrestled in the WWF in the late eighties and then in the indie circuits in the nineties.
The Killer Bees was actually a play on an NFL team. The Dolphins’ defensive unit was nicknamed “The Killer Bs,” as it was (at the time) one of the best D-lines in the game. The Killer Bees added honeybee attire and ran with it.
Character: Chain & Collar-Wearing Dog
Years Active: 1976-1995
Net Worth: $2 million*
The Junkyard Dog (JYD for short) actually received his nickname before he became a wrestler, receiving the name while he was doing hard labor in a wrecking hard. JYD started wrestling in the seventies, and he always wore a chain around his neck that was attached to a dog collar. He entered to the song, “Another One Bites the Dust,” by Queen.
JYD was the first Black wrestler to become the star of his promotion, selling out the Louisiana Superdome time and again. Another iconic staple of his outfit was the “THUMP”-emblazoned shorts, which referenced his classic finishing powerslam, the “Thump.”
Character: An Evil Clown
Years Active: 1992-2012
Net Worth: $1 million*
Doink the Clown doesn’t have just one wrestler portraying him. However, Matt Borne was the first wrestler to portray the famously creepy character. Doink the Clown debuted in 1992 in the WWF. It is a clown wearing blue, red, and white makeup and green hair, in addition to a garish suit and tie costume.
The evil clown is either painted-on makeup or a mask decorated with makeup. The same goes for the suit, which is either Spandex painted with a tie and buttons or body paint applied directly to the wrestler. Doink continues to appear in the WWE and on the indie circuit.