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theidealstranger 10-04-2012 07:51 AM

Analyze this: Copied gimmicks that turned out to be a bigger success
 
This came to my mind while I was reading about Blackjack Mulligan and more importantly Nature Boy Ric Flair. Both of them essentially took up the gimmicks of already existing wrestlers completely in all aspects where Mulligan took it from Lanza and Ric Flair from Buddy Rogers and found immense success.

Has there been similar other cases in history of pro wrestling other than these two where copies has been more if not equally successful?

I can think of Jay Lethal copying Randy Savage to a certain amount of success but both were are different leagues.

mrchrisieclass 10-04-2012 07:57 AM

Re: Analyze this: Copied gimmicks that turned out to be a bigger success
 
Laycool were essentially the Beautifal people but achieved greater fame

The Manowarrior 10-04-2012 01:25 PM

Re: Analyze this: Copied gimmicks that turned out to be a bigger success
 
Vince McMahon kinda copied Eric Bischoff's heel gimmick with his evil Mr. McMahon gimmick, that was much more successful.

YunisTaker 10-04-2012 01:58 PM

Re: Analyze this: Copied gimmicks that turned out to be a bigger success
 
Don't know if Stone Cold copied Sandman's gimmick but didn't he start acting like a crazy lunatic before Austin? If so, we all know who is the most successful one there.

theidealstranger 10-04-2012 02:13 PM

Re: Analyze this: Copied gimmicks that turned out to be a bigger success
 
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Originally Posted by YunisTaker (Post 12094243)
Don't know if Stone Cold copied Sandman's gimmick but didn't he start acting like a crazy lunatic before Austin? If so, we all know who is the most successful one there.

That is highly debatable and a good one there too. I felt Stone Cold was a gimmick taken more from Bad News Brown with added Sandman elements to it. But it was more successful by and large compared to the two guys.

Mike Zybyszko 10-04-2012 05:18 PM

The biggest one of all ----> Hogan copied Superstar Billy Graham's gimmick and had the most successful career in wrestling history.

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Originally Posted by theidealstranger (Post 12094295)
That is highly debatable and a good one there too. I felt Stone Cold was a gimmick taken more from Bad News Brown with added Sandman elements to it. But it was more successful by and large compared to the two guys.

Austin himself admitted that he stole the whole gimmick from Woody Harrelson's character in the movie Natural Born Killers.

King Bebe 10-04-2012 05:23 PM

Re: Analyze this: Copied gimmicks that turned out to be a bigger success
 
Damien Sandow - Lanny Poffo.

Greenlawler 10-05-2012 12:27 AM

Re: Analyze this: Copied gimmicks that turned out to be a bigger success
 
Much easier to think of gimmicks that did not turn out as well as the originals but I am thinking here...

The Rock N Roll Express were created to be younger copies of the Fabulous Ones.

The Sheepherders were more successful than the already established Kiwi Sheepherders although both teams were just awesome in their day.

During the promotion war in Georgia in the mid 70's. Mr Wrestling 2 was created to fill the void left by Mr Wrestling 1 when the NWA sent one off to help their NWA interest. Mr Wrestling 2 easily eclipsed the original's popularity.

Okay I am prepared to get flamed for this one, but The Miz pretty much copied Mr Kennedy's gimmick and has had more success with it.

pagi 10-05-2012 12:49 AM

Re: Analyze this: Copied gimmicks that turned out to be a bigger success
 
Ric Flair took Buddy Rogers's gimmick.

Greenlawler 10-05-2012 12:59 AM

Re: Analyze this: Copied gimmicks that turned out to be a bigger success
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by YunisTaker (Post 12094243)
Don't know if Stone Cold copied Sandman's gimmick but didn't he start acting like a crazy lunatic before Austin? If so, we all know who is the most successful one there.

There were dozens of guys over the history of the sport who did the crazy over the top tough guy gimmick before Sandman. If Austin copied Sandman (which I don't think he did at all) then Sandman copied Killer Tim Brooks, Joe LeDuc, Bugsy McGraw (when he was not doing his comedy gimmick) Dick The Brusier, The Crusher, etc...Heck Tojo Yammamotto was beating the crap out of guys with a kendo stick long before Sandman.

The character Austin created was only similar in attitude. I don't think anyone has a corner on the market at creating being a "could care less" bad guy. That is more of an attitude than a gimmick.


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