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#1 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.41
...and if you say yes, who could benefit from it?

During Hogan's last WWE run, they kinda tried it with putting Hogan in a mask and not pretending at all that it was someone else. Back when Dusty Rhodes did it, everyone knew it was Dusty and he didn't 'pretend' to be someone else, he played it like himself with a mask on. Who today could or should attempt a gimmick like this.

Actually, just last year, we had 'Juan Cena' doing house shows for a week. I almost forgot that.

I actually think, if the WWE had any long term plans for John Morrison, that it could work for him. Only thing with that is he's boring as fuck with promos, so they'd need someone as a mouth piece for him. If they wanted to do it as a joke story, Big Show could probably carry the gimmick to comedic heights unlike we've ever imagined.

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    Originally posted by Cerebus
    If they wanted to do it as a joke story, Big Show could probably carry the gimmick to comedic heights unlike we've ever imagined.








Andre as Giant Machine accomplished that in '86.
I don't think the Midnight Rider would work in this era. It could be argued the Midnight Rider didn't work in '88 when Dusty tried it in Crockett after the baseball bat incident. You need an announcer like Gordon Solie, Lance Russell etc. who can sell it in all seriousness, you aren't getting that today. For one night, maybe it works. As a prolonged angle, I highly doubt it.
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    Originally posted by redsoxnation
    You need an announcer like Gordon Solie, Lance Russell etc. who can sell it in all seriousness, you aren't getting that today. For one night, maybe it works. As a prolonged angle, I highly doubt it.


I dunno. I think the "Mr. R." version of the angle could work. I'm sure it's been done elsewhere, but the Mr. R. angle was basically...

- Tommy Rich loses a Loser Leaves Town match to Ted DiBiase.
- This dude in a mask named "Mr. R." shows up. (Kind of like "Juan Cena".)
- Everyone pretty much knows that Mr. R. is Tommy Rich but nobody can prove it.
- DiBiase gets fed up and wrestles Mr. R. for DiBiase's National Heavyweight title. During the match, Tommy Rich walks out and distracts DiBiase, who gets rolled up and pinned by Brad Armstrong, who was under the Mr. R. mask for this match.

I'm pretty sure they could pull this off today, especially with Michael Cole shitting on everything going "of COURSE that is (whoever) under the mask, King! Don't act like you think it's not!" I'd bet they could do it with Punk as "Mr. P." and then have, say, Daniel Bryan work the final payoff match.



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I think Kane could totally benefit from having a mask on again...



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It mildly worked with Hogan as Mr. America.

They could have gotten good mileage out of Juan Cena if they had done it in an old school way.



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Just a few years ago, The Miz was banned from Raw and only able to return after winning a match in disguise as the masked Calgary Kid.

I think it would work better as a heel angle today, especially with a guy like Cole, who would simply drown out any claims that the masked man was whichever wrestler the audience would clearly know him to be. And the obvious answer - one that I'd be shocked if they never get around to doing - is to have Alberto Del Rio compete under his Dos Caras Jr. mask at some point to fool some dumb, trusting face like Misterio/Sin Cara/Daniel Bryan/John Morrison. I think Del Rio is actually good enough in the ring and with body language that, if you covered up his tattoo(s?) and gave him full pants, he might even get away with working a match or two under the mask without the people who already know he used to use it immediately guessing.

Alternately, it's not that hard to imagine them throwing both Del Rio and Rodriguez back under their masks, or just new ones, to do a brief redux Conquistador Edge and Conquistador Christian.
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    Originally posted by odessasteps

    It mildly worked with Hogan as Mr. America.

    They could have gotten good mileage out of Juan Cena if they had done it in an old school way.
I thought the Mr. America fimmick was pretty fun. Juan Cena would have been pretty cool if given TV time.



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