In wrestling, your gimmick can define your career. Find the right one, and you can potentially be set for life, and make lots of money in the process. But if you get stuck with something terrible, it’s possible that your life with be spent desperately trying to escape the stench of that disastrous role. Even some of the best wrestlers on the planet have seen their careers stagnated, and occasionally ruined, thanks to a horrible gimmick. This was the case for everyone on this list, who were all talented wrestlers that never managed to rise above the horrible gimmicks that they got stuck in.
10. Val Venis
Val Venis, the wrestling porn star, is one of those things from the Attitude Era that probably seemed kind of cool and edgy when it happened, but is more than a little embarassing in retrospect, and as a side effect, the character was so memorable that it was impossible for the wrestler who played Venis to ever shed that gimmick and become a more legitimate contender. Oh, Sean Morley tried everything he could think of, attempting to ditch the “porn star” life on several occasions, cutting his hair, modifying his name, even joining the Right to Censor (although he maintained the Val Venis name, which would seem to be contrary to the RTC’s code of conduct). However, he always seemed to end up going back to his roots in adult entertainment, and while that might be an interesting allegory for the porn industry itself, it was death to his chances of ever being more than an opening match guy. The sad part is, Venis was actually one of WWE’s most solid workers, and was kept around for years, despite being little more than a jobber, simply because he was seen as a guy who could have a good match with anyone, and was used almost exclusively to guide new young talent through their first WWE matches.