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Racial Gimmicks and your thoughts?

WWE hasn't had too much racial gimmicks as of late. There was Tensai who arguably had a Japanese gimmick but that was dropped pretty quick.

I wouldn't say Sin Cara or Rey M. are racial gimmicks.

Some past racial gimmicks have been,
Mexicools (riding lawn mowers to the ring)
Cryme Tyme (black people stealing)
Eddie and Chavo (latino people lying, cheating and stealing)
Tajiri with Torrie Wilson dressed as geisha
Muhammad Hassan (terrorist...? He finally got people in masks to attack his opponents)
R Truth (black rapper)
FBI (Full blooded Italians)
Curtis White (remember white Chavo lawl)
Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter (racist white folk)
Alberto Del Rio (rich mexican)


I kinda wish WWE could just do a straight out heel that was racist to the core. Hates on every race except his own. That guy would draw so much heat...
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Re: Racial Gimmicks and your thoughts?

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R Truth (black rapper)
They've done a white rapper, so I wouldn't say that a black guy getting a rapper gimmick is necessarily racist. Now, when you consider that his original gimmick was an ex-convict recently released from prison...

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Alberto Del Rio (rich mexican)
Not sure there's anything racial about ADR's gimmick.

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I kinda wish WWE could just do a straight out heel that was racist to the core. Hates on every race except his own. That guy would draw so much heat...
You mean like this?

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Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter (racist white folk)
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They've done a white rapper, so I wouldn't say that a black guy getting a rapper gimmick is necessarily racist. Now, when you consider that his original gimmick was an ex-convict recently released from prison...



Not sure there's anything racial about ADR's gimmick.



You mean like this?
Well Alberto Del Rio, clearly flaunts the fact he's Mexican, had his own Mexican ring announcer for a while that put the RRRRRRRRR in his name. Jack Swagger and Zeb Coulter doesn't take it far enough, they attack nationality, not race. If they instead of attacking people from Mexico but instead attacked Mexicans, now that's different. Kinda like when JBL attacked Mexicans crossing the border in that one promo.

It's one thing to insult someone because they are from China, it's another thing to insult them because they are Chinese.
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Re: Racial Gimmicks and your thoughts?

Racial/Racist gimmicks will always be a staple in pro wrestling/WWE, no matter how much the times have change. Depends how far you take it and what it's purpose is.

Like Zeb Coulter. As much as WWE tried to push the envelope, they didn't go far enough with him and Swagger when Swagger feuded with ADR for the World title. Which is why the feud was so flat by the time Wrestlemania had come about. Swagger should have been antagonizing "suspected illegal aliens". Should have used more explicit language (no profanity, of course). They attempted to cross the line but pussied out.

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Re: Racial Gimmicks and your thoughts?

well it should be a great way to get heat but then you have the american people who chant with zeb coulter, cesaro and swagger.
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Re: Racial Gimmicks and your thoughts?

I like them. However I wish they got an actual Russian that had a Ivan Drago gimmick from Rocky V and have the guy want the Soviet Union back and praise Vladimir Lenin and have hate for all of the America but I don't think a gimmick like this would ever happen, they dropped the ball on Vladimir Kozlov and turned him into a joke unfortunately.

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Re: Racial Gimmicks and your thoughts?

I don't care if they use them, but racial gimmicks/storylines tend to be average at best. NoD wasn't even that great.
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Re: Racial Gimmicks and your thoughts?

Racial gimmicks? Don't need them.

Racist gimmick? I've badly been wanting to see this for a while, done by someone who could really carry the gimmick but sadly it isn't likely to happen. So interesting how wrestling is only "fake" until someone gets offended, then it's complaints and lost sponsorships everywhere. A legit neo-nazi like gimmick would get insane heat, but it would never be allowed.


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Re: Racial Gimmicks and your thoughts?

yeah they really pussied out with Zeb and Swagger, no idea why they did that stupid viral video thing to that politician. they broke kayfabe just to make a politician look like a mug, says more about Vince's ego than anything else. I just find the Swagger/Zeb stuff really cringeworthy, especially after that video came out.

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Re: Racial Gimmicks and your thoughts?

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I kinda wish WWE could just do a straight out heel that was racist to the core. Hates on every race except his own. That guy would draw so much heat...
Closest WWE ever had was Bad News Brown.
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