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It's Shark Week on Discovery Channel, and I figured I'd cash in on the hype as well. Wrestling has had its share of shark and sea life gimmicks, so I figured I'd stroll down memory lane and share a few with you.
Admittedly, I had to do a Google search to find a third shark related wrestling gimmick. Of course I remembered "The Shark" and "Shark Boy", but I had no idea there was a "Shark Girl." Thank you Internet for helping me. Let's start with the ones I know more about.
The Shark wore similar tights that Earthquake wore, but instead of the seismograph, an almost grinning shark appeared on Tenta's belly. He also had teeth painted into his beard on both sides of his mouth. Tenta went so far with the gimmick that he changed his trademark tiger tattoo into a shark. Online reports say it was a 24 hour process. That's dedication.
|Photo from Sharkboy.net|
I enjoyed the gimmick, because in this day and age, I don't think there are enough "gimmicky" wrestlers. Everyone has a real name and lack personality as far as I'm concerned. But for some reason TNA turned him into a Stone Cold Steve Austin impersonator. While the schitck was funny at times, it got old fast as far as I'm concerned. And I don't think it was ever meant to be something to insult Austin, as I've read that Shark Boy is a big fan of the WWE legend. They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but in the wrestling business, it can become annoying and stale.
|From Impact Wrestling|
I'm not exactly sure where the idea for Shark Girl came from, I would assume it has something to do with Shark Boy though. Her outfit is obviously a bit more revealing with those shark bite marks in the tights.
Shark Girl wrestled in different organizations, including Shimmer and CWA. From what I could find, she was most active in 2008. Shark Girl also has a My Space page, so click here to check out more photos and get more information about her.
So while Shark Week on Discovery Channel is a widely popular thing, I think it's pretty safe to say shark gimmicks aren't quite as popular in the world of wrestling. Shark Boy and Shark Girl each made the list of the 20 worst masked wrestlers on one website. Take that for what's it worth though.
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