Art of Gimmickry

The Native American Wrestler

IMG_3038In keeping with the theme of having themed Art of Gimmickry posts, today’s post will feature the Native American gimmick in honor of this past Thanksgiving Day. While few actually achieved national prominence, the reason why the Native American wrestler has been a staple in the media’s representation of stereotypical wrestling gimmicks is because back in the day it seems every damn territory had someone working a Native American gimmick. Whether they actually belonged to a tribe or not.

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What the World is Watching

The A-Team

The A-Team NBC tv show image“Body Slam”
Season 4, Episode 7
11/12/1985

80’s Television. It was nonsensical, over the top, cheesy, and most of all, terribly awesome. So it would make sense that a show like The A-Team would have wrestling’s Hulk Hogan guest star as wrestling’s Hulk Hogan. This episode alone could serve as the sole time capsule that epitomizes everything 80’s about 80’s TV shows.

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Uncle Grandpa

IMG_2349“History of Wrestling”
Season 2, Episode 5
9/11/2014

A character named Uncle Grandpa immediately draws to mind inbreeding. And I’m probably not far off when you consider this cartoon character is one part Eugene, Eric Bischoff’s “special needs” nephew, and one part Beaver Cleavage (but mostly in appearance). Given that the “History of Wrestling” is the extent of which I am able to judge Uncle Grandpa on, I’m going to go out on a limb and say it’s stupid. But hey, I’m not the intended demographic and I liked Beavis & Butthead and The Ren and Stimpy Show growing up so what the hell do I know? I will say that Uncle Grandpa’s treatment of professional wrestling wasn’t that bad. For a stupid cartoon. So there’s that.

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