If you’re a wrestling fan you either love stag combat or enjoy the insane and outrageous characters portrayed in the ring. For me, its the latter. As a child, I saw the likes of Sting and Hulk Hogan, battles of good over evil and so much more. Wrestling boast a wide variety of characters, these men just so happen to be the wildest.
When Bruiser Brody rose to fame in the 70’s, the masses had never seen such an outlandish character. Brody wrestled and looked like a wild man. His hair and beard were always un-styled and his punches looked like they’d take a wrestler’s head off of his own shoulders. Brody seemed to be destined for a legendary career but was tragically stabbed to death in the locker room showers before an event in 1988. Many believe Brody is the influence for other wild man characters in modern wrestling. Other wild men such as The Hardcore Icon…
One such character influenced by the insane ways of Bruiser Brody is one Mankind. Mick Foley had made a name for himself as Cactus Jack for his wrestling style that lead fans to believe he enjoyed pain. As Foley came to WWE, he transitioned into a masked role. A character who lived in boiler rooms and tore his own hair out. Mankind was just one of the many faces of Mick Foley, a man that many fans believe has Multiple Personality Disorder. The character still makes varied appearances but solidified his legacy when he was tossed off the Hell in a Cell cage twice in one match.
When people talk of outcasts and misfits in wrestling, one name comes to mind. The fearsome leader of The Flock, Raven. Raven’s promo style was that of a Riddler Antichrist. He’d speak in ways that only made sense to him. The fans quickly grew to relate to this misunderstood man. People often feel like no one understands, Raven was the embodiment of that feeling. His character was a monument to all misfits. His long, greasy hair and ripped jeans made him look cool but his words solidified that Raven was a cool guy.
From dead men to demons, professional wrestling is always seeking the next big character. With a rich history of so many varying personalities, will we continue to see characters that leave us scratching our heads for generations to come? Who will be wrestling’s next wild card?