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13 Embarrassing Wrestlers That Seemed Cool When You Were Young

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The 80s and 90s were a golden age for everything from television and movies to fashion, and professional wrestling was no exception. Stars like Hulk Hogan, Macho Man Randy Savage and the Ultimate Warrior all made an impression on us during our childhoods, but for every smash hit there were at least a dozen totally forgettable wrestlers.

It was an era when the only limit on creativity was how far you dared to push the envelope, and that was a double-edged sword for the WWF.

Relive your childhood and see how many of these wrestlers you can remember. Be warned: your nostalgia might not hold up after all these years!

1. The Goon

Hockey in the 1990s was a sport full of big-name stars: Wayne Greztky,  Mario Lemieux....the Goon? Yes, this short-lived gimmick was billed as a hockey player so violent he was "kicked out of every league he ever participated in," including the WWF - he only lasted a few months.

2.  The Mantaur

You would think there would be rules preventing non-humans and mythical creatures from wrestling, but nothing could stop the Mantaur. The Mantaur would bull-rush his opponents and even "moo" at them, which sounds more threatening than it really was.

3. Koko B. Ware

Koko B. Ware lasted years in the WWF despite having no recognizable personality besides the bird (named Frankie) sitting on his shoulder. While Koko was less annoying than other wrestlers on this list, he was basically pointless - yet somehow made it into the Hall of Fame.

4. Papa Shango

There's a long list of rules in professional wrestling - 3-counts for pins, 10-counts for ring-outs - but nothing forbidding witchcraft and voodoo, which is why this witch-doctor character was allowed to compete against mere mortals. He returned later on as the more popular "Godfather" character.

Click the next page for more awful gimmicks, including the Gobbledy Gooker!

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