In wrestling, you can always change your character if you have to. If your act gets old, or the fans don’t respond to it the correct way, if you’re creative enough (or if the people writing for the promotion are), you can always go away, then come back as an entirely different persona. The problem is, sometimes you have to run through an encyclopedia’s worth of bad ideas before you hit upon one that works. And after getting stuck with these terrible, horrible, awful gimmicks, everyone on this list were quickly searching for a completely new role, if they even still had a job afterwards.
When you really think about it, it wasn’t entirely a shock that Kevin Nash would eventually try to destroy WCW, after you consider the ridiculous gimmicks that he suffered under in his early years with the company. There was the generic Road Warrior rip-offs The Master Blasters, goofy lounge singer Vinnie Vegas, and this horrible cross-promotional idea dredged up by the marketing department, one which clearly hadn’t actually even watched the movie they were referencing! As “Oz”, Nash played a big guy dressed in green with an funny looking hat and a rubber mask with a fake beard, who was accompanied by “The Wizard”, Kevin Sullivan, and a dancing leprechaun. Now, if you’ve ever seen the movie The Wizard of Oz (and at this point, who hasn’t), you might point out that, aside from the fact that there is a city full of people who wear green clothing, absolutely none of that gimmick is an actual reference to it at all. The Lollipop Guild aren’t leprechauns, The Wizard is a normal guy pretending to have magical powers (wait, that’s probably a spoiler), and most importantly, Oz is the name of the entire world, not a person. After spending way too much money on the idea, WCW dumped the Oz gimmick after only a few weeks, but it was never forgotten, and Nash even mocked it as part of his WWE Hall of Fame acceptance speech.