|"The Natural" Butch Reed|
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The world of professional wrestling has had some pretty out there gimmicks. Sometimes they work (I'd say Goldust is a good example of that), others leave the fans asking "Why?" Today, a just a small sample of guys who got saddled with some ridiculous gimmick, that probably ended up hurting their stock.
|Not so natural...|
But then when he arrived there sometime in 1986 he had bleach blond hair and was going by "the Natural". Of course this was "unnatural" for a number of reasons. Some say it was a tribute to Sweet Daddy Siki. While the gimmick didn't necessarily hurt Reed as a wrestler, I don't think it helped to get him over with the fans.
He basically hovered on the midcard, feuding with Tito Santana, former world champion "Superstar" Billy Graham, and the Magnificent Muraco. Reed beat Koko B. Ware at Wrestlemania 3, but didn't have any other significant wins during his run (at least in my recollection) He lost to Randy Savage in round one of the WWF Title Tournament at Wrestlemania IV.
Of course this was all in a time when WWF pushed the babyfaces and the heels were just kind of there. With only a couple of pay per views a year and no Raw or SmackDown! it was tough to have more than just the likes of Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage, and Ultimate Warrior at the top of the card. In this era the WWF gave a damn about the tag team division. Maybe Reed could have been paired up with a partner and dominated those ranks.
|Ron Simmons became Farooq|
In the WWF he came in dressed like some sort of American Gladiator with a bad attitude. I did not care for this at all. Ron Simmons was a natural athlete, much like Reed. He had plenty of name recognition back in his earlier days, but at this point in the game, Vince McMahon was into changing everyone's name when they arrived in his company.
|APA to the rescue|
But when he returns to the WWF in 1996 (I think) he becomes some hunting fanatic with his face painted and lumbering around in camo. It just didn't work for him. He was basically a face version of the early 90's Skinner character. While I'm on the subject, I didn't care much for "The Widowmaker" gimmick either. I think mostly because they never really pushed him in that persona. Like I said, I loved Barry's first run with Rotunda, and his time in WCW.
|The New Blackjacks|
Of course, these are just 3 of many, many "unnatural" gimmicks. We could write a couple of books on the subject. But I want to hear your thoughts. Which gimmicks do you deem unnatural to the wrestler who was doing them? Post here or on Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube. And don't forget to like or subscribe to those pages too!