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2001 R.S.P-W Awards

Worst Wrestling Gimmick


Award Description:

To be given to the wrestler who had the worst character gimmick in the
past year.

Previous Winners:

  1991: Mike Rotundo as Irwin R. Shyster
  1992: Papa Shango's voodoo
  1993: Doink the Clown
  1994: Doink the Clown
  1995: Dungeon of Doom
  1996: The Leprechaun
  1997: Glacier / Blood Runs Cold
  1998: Warrior appears in "strange mist" / forms One Warrior Nation
  1999: Beaver Cleavage (Chaz)
  2000: That 70's Guy / Not a Mullet / Fat Chick Thriller / Career Killer
        Mike Awesome

**2001**: Diamond Dallas Page as Sara's Stalker

275 first place votes
266 second place votes
262 third place votes

 42 37 12  345   Diamond Dallas Page as Sara's Stalker
 36 28 25  314   Lo Down as turban wearing charges of Tiger Ali Singh
 29 20 20  245   "The One" Billy Gunn
 12 17 21  153   Road Dogg and K-Kwik as rappers
 15 14 15  147   Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley as owner of ECW
 15 14 11  139   Perry Saturn gets dizzy, falls for mop
 10 16 11  120   Right to Censor
 13 10  7  109   WCW/ECW Alliance
 11  9  9  100   Chyna as Women's champ, role model
 12  6  7   92   Diamond Dallas Page as self-improvement guru
  6 13 10   89   Misfits in Action
 10  6  8   84   Shane McMahon as unpredictable athlete
  8  8 10   84   Undertaker as American Bad Ass
  7  5  9   68   Buff Bagwell
  7  6  5   63   Hurricane as real life superhero
  4  4 13   58   X Factor
  2  6  7   42   Spike Dudley as Little Show
  3  4  7   41   Big Show, Big All Over
  4  3  3   35   X-Pac looks for respect
  1  5  7   34   Kwee Wee develops split personality named Angry Allan
  2  3  4   27   Tazz as guy who's pissed at Maven / everyone in general
  2  2  3   22   Jerry Lawler
  1  3  4   22   Scotty 2 Hotty
  2  3  1   21   Kurt Angle obsessed with breaking people's ankles
  2  1  4   21   Jim Ross being likable
  1  2  5   21   Shawn Stasiak as human Wile E. Coyote
  1  2  2   15   Mighty Molly as Hurricane's sidekick
  0  0  6   12   Tajiri, Torrie Wilson as a couple
  2  0  0   10   Test
  1  1  1   10   Slam Dunk
  1  1  1   10   Rock
  1  1  1   10   Albert
  1  1  0    8   Kurt Angle, milk drinking American hero
  1  1  0    8   Kane
  1  1  0    8   K-Kwik
  0  1  2    7   Tanja the Warrior Woman
  0  2  0    6   Terri Gold loves the kids
  1  0  0    5   Scott Steiner as Genetic Freak
  1  0  0    5   Mr. McMahon
  1  0  0    5   Mae Young as Gobbledygooker (?)
  1  0  0    5   Linda McMahon drugged up
  1  0  0    5   Jane Blond
  1  0  0    5   Genichiro Tenryu as "tradition smasher"
  1  0  0    5   Debra as The Cookie-Baking, Submissive Wife
  1  0  0    5   Chris Benoit as a "badass"
  1  0  0    5   Beckie the Farmer's Daughter
  0  1  1    5   Raven as smart guy who uses big words
  0  1  1    5   Boom Boom the Volcano
  0  1  0    3   Vince, Triple H & Austin teaming up for no real reason
  0  1  0    3   Team Xtreme
  0  1  0    3   Rhyno
  0  1  0    3   Lance Storm "Without Canada, Just Play Dull Guy"
  0  1  0    3   Ivory
  0  1  0    3   Fat Ohtani learns from defeat
  0  1  0    3   Eddie Guerrero Hangin' with the Hardy Boyz
  0  1  0    3   Booker T as a Wannabe Rock
  0  0  1    2   Wendi Wheels
  0  0  1    2   WAR
  0  0  1    2   Thurston R. Throckmorton III
  0  0  1    2   Justin Credible
  0  0  1    2   Goodfather
  0  0  1    2   Duchess of Queensbury
  0  0  1    2   Caged Heat


  0  0  1        Vince's Ass (time ineligible)
  0  0  1        "Tie" votes

RYAN HALL: Chaz, the fun lovin' Beaver Cleavin' Bin Laden look alike from
New Jersey!

EDDIE BURKETT: Lo Down in turbans did NOTHING to get two decent wrestlers
over with the crowd AT ALL.  If anything, it worked against them.  DDP was
never too believable as the stalker.  What does "the One" mean anyway?  
The one of what???

HIRO: I can't believe Perry Saturn actually agreed to do this gimmick. The
things some people would do just to hold on to their jobs.

KEN DREILING: DDP/Stalker; I know WWF doesn't care about past storylines
from WCW; but DDP has always been about coming up from nothing to achieve
greatness.  His first WWF storyline is what?...Trying to beat one man for
instant fame.  Totally opposite of DDP's past character for years.  
RDogg/K-Kwik The reason Too Cool worked was becuase other than the fact
they were flat out hysterical, everyone could tell it was a joke and they
were making fun of people.  RDogg/Kwik were a little too serious, Too Cool
was already doing well with a psuedo hip-hop gimmick, and wrestling fans
stereotypically are not that big of hip-hop fans.  Shane McMahon/athlete
seeing a normal guy wrestle and win just kills so much of the credibility
and our suspension of disbelief.

CHIP BOOTS: Chyna just doesn't work as a face Women's champ.

SCOTT WORDEN: Worst thing was Chyna as the woman's champ..  and you
thought Harvey winning was bad.  That whole Perry Saturn turned out to be
absolutely nothing worth remembering.

CHRIS BIRD: Shane McMahon as a main-eventer. Uh huh. I think I'd prefer to
see Friar Ferguson in the main event before I see Shane again and those
stupid juke-and-jive punches. I knew Road Dogg, sir, and you are no Road

SEAN FLYNN: The Undertaker as the American Bad Ass is just awful.  
A big no-selling uninteresting redneck.  I've got cousins who can do that
for me for free, I don't need it on my tv.  DDP as stalker was an idea
that could have been interesting, but fell into the vortex of suck and
politics that is the Undertaker.  And Steph as the owner of ECW is
blasphemy, pure heresy.

CANZ: Do people really think Benoit is a bad ass?

DONNY L: Chyna womens champion, SHE is beneath even that title, not
vise-versa, DDP as a stalker is an awful way to bring him in, Lo Down in
turbans is offensive even for the WWF

PETER HAZLETT: Not bad gimmicks really, just very poorly done.

SIMON GRIER: Just why does Chyna think she's such a role model? And why
does she expect sympathy from the WWF's demographic? Just Shut up, Joanie.
And you won't even get to Hollywood, let alone succeed there. Lo Down's
turban-bearing shenanigens wasn't funny and didn't get them over while
insulting millions of WWF fans. The WWF failed to realise that for a
stupid thing like Moppy to get over its owner would have to be over in the
first place. Socko was over because of Foley. Moppy wasn't over because of

ESTRAGAND: A comic book-related gimmick would appeal to all sorts of
wrestling/comic nerds..if it was done right. Instead, the Hurricane is
reduced to cliched/steretypical comic book crap like "the Hurri-cycle",
"mild mannered Gregory Helms" and calling everyone "citizen".

JOHN C.: Is Billy Gunn as "The One" really a gimmick or a bad nickname?
Saturn getting dizzy was funny at first and pathetic later on. Seeing Dogg
& Kwik come out to dead silence as they did their rap was painful because
they were trying so hard to get over yet nobody reacted to them because it
was so bad.

JOE GENTILE: Rappers and wrestling don't mix. I hope K-Kwik/Road Dogg will
be the last attempt at this. The Tazz crap just sucked. Tazz, you are such
a BAD ASS, after watching you get squashed for the 40th time, I'd NEVER
mess with you! Undertaker's American BadAss means he no-sells everything
and rides a motercycle. The Gimmick Sucks.

PIEMAN: Oh, here's Billy Gunn again.  The One?  I don't think so.  He's
something, but it's not the one.

BLAZEJ SZPAKOWICZ: First, Billy Gunn. So what does "the One" mean, anyway?
"The one wrestler guaranteed to interest absolutely no member of fandom?"
Second, K-Kwik and Road Dogg. Yuck. Yuck. Yuck. Musical wrestlers went out
of fashion after Honky Tonk Man lost the intercontinental belt. And
*rapping* wrestlers... were they ever even *in* fashion? Third, we have
Lo-Down in turbans under the expert care of Tiger Ali Singh. What an utter
waste of what could have been a fine team. And how could anyone honestly
think sticking *any* promising team with Singh would *help* them, anyway?
Poor D-Lo.

YNAE316: Mighty Molly as Hurricane's sidekick & Lo Down in turbans:  Talk
about lameand stupid Spike Dudley as Little Show:  Am I GLAD when they put
him back in Dudley fatigues...

SHANE SPEAR: First of all, who let Hugh Morrus lead a group?  Secondly,
who decided that Stephanie should be the owner of ECW?  WHY WHY WHY??

RYAN FAULCONER: Poor Booker T was stuck with the Wannabe Rock gimmick
because the WWF is run by morons..

THE CUBS FAN: Hey, WCW, thanks for taking a guy I adored on Worldwide and
making me want to flip anytime I saw him. I hope you go out of business.

SHAWN MULLIN: The whole Alliance concept was unbelievably stupid.  It's
like the WWF forgot that the whole reason people wouldn't accept WCW as a
face organization was because of how much they hated the brand... yet they
did everything they could (with the Alliance name) to NOT mention WCW and
the history it had with the WWF.  Why even buy WCW!? They could have just
put a big group of WWF wrestlers together who wanted to take over the WWF
and it would have meant just as much as the "Alliance" did.  God, they
missed the whole point, and it really makes me wonder if the writers
understand wrestling at all.

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