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The Best (and Worst) Animal Based Gimmicks in Wrestling History 

Greg Hahn
Updated January 1, 2018 4.2k votes 653 voters 11.8k views 20 items

Whether it's big cats, ferocious dogs, birds, bulls, or bees, the wrestling world is rife with animal-based gimmicks. From Japan to Mexico to WWE to the American independents, no wrestling company is complete without a few characters straight out of the animal kingdom. Get ready for some of the best (and worst) animal-based gimmicks in wrestling history!

*For clarification, in order to meet the criteria here, the gimmick itself must be animal-based, meaning they must actually wrestle with the spirit of the animal, feign actually being an animal, or have actual animals as major part of their gimmick. Simply having an animal-related name or nickname (a la Hawk & Animal, or "The Rattlesnake", or "The Rabid Wolverine" isn't enough to qualify).
Junkyard Dog is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best (and Worst) Animal Based Gimmicks in Wrestling History
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When you heard the dog barks at the top of his theme song, you knew the Junkyard Dog was on his way to the ring. Adorned with a metal chain, his signature headbutts while on all fours showed that JYD encapsulated the essence of his canine-based gimmick.
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George Steele is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best (and Worst) Animal Based Gimmicks in Wrestling History
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With his oddly-colored tongue and his ability to tear apart turnbuckles with his teeth, George Steele epitomized his "Animal" nickname.
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Koko B Ware
Koko B Ware is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best (and Worst) Animal Based Gimmicks in Wrestling History
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Walking down the aisle with a squawking parrot on his arm, Koko B Ware was one of the most popular stars of the 1980s. With his bright-colored hair and high-flying energy, Koko epitomized his character, "The Birdman."
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Rhino is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best (and Worst) Animal Based Gimmicks in Wrestling History
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Whether it was in ECW, WWE, ROH, or TNA, "The Manbeast" Rhyno embodies his spirit animal, goring his way through every opponent.
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