Every wrestler at some point in their career changes their gimmick. The Undertaker spent time away from being demonic to play a biker. Triple H started out as a French gentleman before becoming the sledgehammer wielding tough guy. Even the ‘Big Red Monster’ Kane played an evil dentist named Isaac Yankem. While not all gimmicks have worked out well, it’s important that wrestlers keep fresh and change even slightly.
From the current roster, here are a few gimmick changes for wrestlers who have done little to develop over the years.
Randy Orton – “With All Due Respect”
Maybe it’s just me, but I happen to notice Randy Orton say the words “with all due respect” way too often. This could become an annoying catchphrase for him to repeat, which in time could become something a little more popular in a positive way. With this gimmick Orton would claim he is respectful. He will say “with all due respect” to avoid offending others with his words even though he will always follow it up with something very disrespectful. When his face turn comes, the catchphrase could be what he says right before giving his opponent an RKO.
Brodus Clay – Bullying Victim
When I see Brodus Clay I see an interesting wrestler who deserves a unique gimmick. His time as a Funkasaurus now over, Clay needs a new realistic gimmick that fits his size. Clay could play a heel bullying victim. He would be a heel because he retaliates against everyone for the way others mistreated him when he was younger and even now. He would claim to be an antihero by picking on others. This character would be very manic and somewhat similar to Mankind. There are lots of places Clay could go with this gimmick, especially into a darker schizophrenic territory.
Curtis Axel – Mr. Not So Perfect
Curtis Axel is a third-generation superstar. He first appeared on NXT as Michael McGillicutty and quickly dropped off everyone’s radar. If he is willing to be a butt of the joke, Axel could relive his father’s gimmick in a comical way as ‘Mr. Not So Perfect.’ Axel, real name Joe Hennig, is the son of Mr. Perfect, Curt Hennig. Axel’s new character would attempt to capitalize on his genetics, but fail in the process. Where Mr. Perfect succeeded at being invincible, Axel would fall flat on his face. Since he doesn’t seem to have what it takes to ever become a true WWE Title threat, Axel could work the mid-card for years using this gimmick as either a face or a heel.