Wrestling is full of crazy characters. It’s part of the act. For every serious wrestler in boots and trunks, there are a dozen evil clowns, plumbers, hockey players and, yes, even one guy in a turkey costume. Most of those gimmicks are short-lived, never making it past the role of opening match comedy act, something for the fans to laugh or marvel at before the “real” wrestlers take over in the main event. But sometimes, wrestling fans will get attached to the weirdest things, and the result is that some comedy gimmicks end up leading to oddly successful wrestling careers.
15. The Mountie
Ah yes, the evil scourge of Canadian law enforcement, who was actually prohibited from wrestling under his gimmick in Canada due to the fact that the RCMP didn’t particularly like being mocked (and despite the outfit, they are not an organization you want to mess with). Actually, the Mountie (also known as Jacques Rougeau) was fairly successful over his career, winning the Intercontinental title from the legendary Bret Hart, and was a three-time WWF Tag Team champion with his partner Pierre Ouellet (due to the continuing legal issues, the team was actually known as The Quebecers and had theme music that literally stated “We’re Not The Mounties”). But perhaps, the most shocking fact about Rougeau, and possibly his biggest claim to fame, is that he is one of a very small number of people who has pinned Hulk Hogan cleanly, doing so when both were in WCW at an non-televised live event in Rougeau’s home town of Montreal.