Professional wrestling's always been known for being extravagant and over the top. Athletes and hard bodies enter the squared circle wearing eye-catching apparel that makes fans in the arena (and at home) instantly take notice. For some professional wrestlers, like Ric Flair and Macho Man Randy Savage, their outfits were built into their persona. Their look helped fuel their character's gimmick as a heel or face and worked in tandem with the various storylines to help propel their likeness. It’s no surprise so many up-and-comers have tried to make a name for themselves by sporting exuberant outfits or crazy gimmicks.
But while some wrestling costumes are indelibly etched into the minds of hardcore wrestling fans for good reasons, there are dozens of costumes that fans - and wrestlers - wish they could forget. Not all fashion choices in professional wrestling are home runs: whether it’s because they’re ridiculous, unflattering to the wrestler performing in it, or just flat out hideous, this list showcases pro wrestling’s all-time worst outfits.
Some costumes are dumbfounding, some are eyesores, and most of them are very dated (1993 was obviously a very bad year for wrestling fashion). But while all these outfits may be cringe-worthy, most of the wrestlers wearing them went on to have extremely lucrative careers.
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Giant GonzalezPhoto: WWE
Official debut: 1993
Former WCW star El Gigante debuted in the WWE at the 1993 Royal Rumble as Giant Gonzalez when he interfered during the Royal Rumble match itself and took out The Undertaker. At more than 7 and a half feet tall, he was supposed to have an intimidating presence and look like a formidable foe for 'Taker (and he would have...if not for the weird bodysuit he wore throughout his entire tenure with the company).
The bodysuit was airbrushed with fake muscles and strategically placed hair, which didn't make him look so much intimidating as it made him look like the world's worst Harry and the Henderson cosplayer. The only thing worse than Giant Gonzalez's costume were his matches with The Undertaker!13816Does this look dumb?
Battle KatPhoto: WWE
Official debut: 1991
Using his cat-like reflexes, wrestler Dean Peters would hop into the ring and strut around the squared circle as a fearsome kitty kat. Naturally, crowds weren't too keen on a guy wrestling in a cat mask and Peters was cut from the WWE altogether a few months later. Maybe most wrestling crowds are dog people?9415Does this look dumb?
Max MoonPhoto: WWE
Official debut: 1992
Where do we even start with Max Moon? He wore a jetpack to the ring, which would give him enough elevation to hop on the ring steps (you've read that right). Moon also had wristbands that shot out fireworks, which, more than anything, was a lawsuit just waiting to happen. His actual wrestling attire was adorned with a gauche design that resembled a circuit board. It was quite an eye-catching look for all the wrong reasons.
A few months after his debut, Max Moon would depart WWE. Maybe he used his jetpack to fly into a galaxy that thinks his dumb wrestling costume actually looked good.10121Does this look dumb?
Official debut: 1993
Whoever thought dipping a Stormtrooper helmet in glitter was a good idea definitely had to face some serious life choices after this on-screen fiasco. Complete with sleeveless coat and beer belly, Shockmaster made his now-infamous WCW debut in 1993 by literally breaking through a wall and tripping over himself. In addition to his mask falling off, his teammates couldn't help but break character, which is a huge taboo in the pro-wrestling world.
Shockmaster failed to make an impact in WCW, but that didn't stop the company from continuing to market the character, even going so far as to introduce The Super Shockmaster, who was allegedly Shockmaster's nephew.10224Does this look dumb?