They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and sometimes it is. In professional wrestling, however, imitation can be done for so many different reasons. Whether it’s to attempt to replicate the success of an old gimmick, mock your competition, or pay tribute to a legend, the most successful wrestling personas have often found themselves replicated, sometimes multiple times, to varying degrees of success (although usually horrible failiure). Gathered here, we have some of the most interesting stories of wrestlers who assumed gimmicks that copied those which came before. They weren’t always the best, and sometimes they were downright terrible, but as long as wrestling continues to exist, so too will there be pale imitations of the successes of the past.
10. Fake Kane
Leading up to the release of Kane’s first movie, See No Evil, WWE decided to promote the film by constantly having him interrupted by ominous videos repeating the phrase “May 19th”, which just happened to be the day the movie was opening in theatres. The distractions cost Kane and his partner The Big Show the Tag Team titles, and Kane began attacking anyone who uttered anything relating to that date. An episode of Smackdown aired on May 19th, and aside from Kane continuing to attack people (and the movie hitting theaters to mediocre reviews), nothing special happened. A full ten days later, on Raw, Kane was confronted by a mysterious wrestler dressed as he had been when he made his WWE debut (at this point, Kane had been unmasked for a while). The false Kane would attack the real one, and continue to do so, leading up to a match at Vengeance 2006, which the imposter won. Unfortunately, the match was absolutely horrible, the entire angle was scrapped, and Kane threw the fake version out of the arena on the very next Raw, never to return.