COMMENTARY | Although the WWE is often accused of going too far in promoting the "entertainment" side of professional wrestling, every promotion delves into this area to an extent.
Even WCW, which was associated with more of a traditional form of wrestling, had its share of wacky characters. Many of the managers, announcers, and wrestlers that made WCW special for 13 years are unknown to today's younger generation of fans.
Take a look back at the top 10 forgotten characters of WCW:
10. Mark Madden
Most heel wrestling announcers such as Bobby Heenan, Jesse Ventura, and JBL are very entertaining. But Mark Madden was just obnoxious when he joined WCW. His "shoot" style of commentary also grew tiresome quickly.
9. Sonny Onoo
WCW had many legendary wrestling managers, but Sonny Onoo is somewhat forgotten today. Onoo had great facial expressions and his humorous antics helped many WCW lower and mid-card wrestlers get over with the fans.
8. Karl Malone
Karl Malone is certainly not forgotten as a Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame member. However, many fans may not know that Malone wrestled Dennis Rodman in a tag-team match at WCW Bash at the Beach in 1998.
Who is Z-Gangsta? This is the guy who played Zeus opposite of Hulk Hogan in "No Holds Barred." Z-Gangsta's WCW wrestling career didn't fare any better than his WWF career, as he once again failed to end Hulkamania.
I will never forget the year of my life that I wasted anticipating the WCW debut of Glacier. It was the biggest build of any wrestler I've ever seen in my lifetime. But once he debuted, Glacier failed to make a serious impact in WCW.
In a stable full of strange characters, Lodi was the most bizarre character in Raven's Flock. He also had a number of other eccentric gimmicks in WCW. Despite his small stature, Lodi was certainly a larger-than-life WCW wrestler.
4. Judy Bagwell
As WCW became more and more painful to watch near the end, wrestling fans were treated to characters like Buff Bagwell's mom, Judy. This misguided storyline failed to help Bagwell land a job in the WWE a couple of years later.
3. The Maestro
Just when you thought you had seen it all in pro wrestling, along came The Maestro. This WCW character had the rare combination of both wrestling and musical ability. In fact, his WCW entrance music was a piano instrumental.
2. The Demon
Wrestling often tries to blur the lines between other forms of entertainment to introduce more fans to its product. But WCW's attempt to make one of its grapplers look like Gene Simmons of the rock band KISS failed miserably.
Although I have criticized many of the aforementioned WCW characters, I absolutely loved Ralphus. He was an overweight, toothless member of the WCW ring crew who somehow later became attached to Chris Jericho.
Note on viewing these forgotten WCW characters: To see a picture of each performer, click on the link in each paragraph.
Patrick Michael lives in New Orleans and has always been a big fan of pro wrestling. Patrick's favorite wrestling promotion was Mid-South Wrestling back in the 1980s. Patrick's favorite wrestling angle of all-time was the NWO and his favorite wrestler is Roddy Piper. Follow Patrick Michael on Twitter at patmichael84.
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