It is time for all the ghoulies, ghosties and long-legged beasties to make their annual appearance.
Stuck for a costume idea this Halloween? Below you might find some inspiration in Part Two of our picks for wrestling’s most memorable and most creepy, most outlandish ghoulish grapplers of the last couple of decades of the squared circle.
Here is our rogues gallery, our top ghoulish grapplers of all time.
Who could forget those disgusting worms or his spazzed-out Voodoo dance? Dude was creepy.
Originally a tortured soul who made his home in a boiler room, Mick Foley’s deranged maniac would do anything, including putting his own body on the line, to win.
With his signature dreadlocks and ashen visage, this crazy Canuck has terrorized foes from Thunder Bay to Mexico City. Just ask Sting.
There were two different men who were Leatherface in the squared circle. Leaving his Corporal Kirchner persona behind, Michael Penzel was inspired by the Texas Chainsaw Massacre films to create the diabolical Leatherface. Terrorizing Japan, he became one of the most feared and crazed hardcore wrestlers challenging the likes of Terry Funk. When Kirchner ran into some legal issues, Winnipeg’s Rick Patterson assumed the role, and he talked about it with SLAM! Wrestling in 2000: Leatherface a star away from home.
So dedicated to his vampire gimmick, David Heath filed his own teeth and married his first wife, Luna Vachon on Halloween. Now that’s dedication … or should that be … deadication?
5. Papa Shango
Long before he was Kama or The Godfather, Charles Wright there was the evil voodoo priest: Papa Shango. Main eventers like Hulk Hogan and The Ultimate Warrior quickly fell under his quirky spell. We will never forget that black ooze making the Warrior look like a human oil spill.
4. Jason the Terrible
A mainstay of Stampede Wrestling as well as Canadian Rocky Mountain Wrestling, Karl Moffat’s take on the infamous horror icon Jason Voorhees was hardcore before hardcore was cool. [From the archives: Moffatt’s Jason the Terrible a Stampede original]
3. Paul Bearer
A legit embalmer and mortician, as a manager of monsters, Paul Bearer (William Alvin Moody) was a grave threat to anyone who dare challenge anyone in his sinister stable. Moody’s portrayal was truly unforgettable. While he started as manager Percy Pringle III, he was truly born to play the role of Paul Bearer. Let me repeat that. Moody was a real-life embalmer and mortician.
On the small screen and the big screen, the Big Red Machine has been terrorizing the WWE since 1997. Evolving from a crazed pyromaniac to a brother of destruction, Kane is as unstoppable today as he ever was.
1. The Undertaker
Boo! When that bell tolls and the smoke billows, there isn’t anyone who doesn’t feel the chills brought on by the Deadman.