With WWE nonetheless within the early days of its post-Vince McMahon period, will probably be fascinating to see the place essentially the most well-known wrestling promotion on the earth will go within the upcoming Halloween season. While WWE has dabbled within the spookier stuff earlier than, it’s fascinating to see the correlation between their wrestlers and horror film icons.
The superstars of World Wrestling Entertainment, each previous and current, have mined inspiration from the legends of cinematic horror for many years. However, generally these grapplers, both deliberately or in any other case, resemble horror film characters that many wrestling and horror aficionados wouldn’t essentially anticipate.
10/10 Waylon Mercy & Max Cady (Cape Fear)
This one looks like dishonest, as wrestler Dan Spivey’s short-lived heel character Waylon Mercy is impressed by Cape Fear’s villain Max Cady, performed by Robert De Niro. Whether or not it’s the Hawaiian shirts, the southern cadence, the serial killer aura, and even the very 90s hair, it is clear that somebody at WWE was an admirer of Martin Scorsese’s hidden gem.
Mercy was an fascinating character, as he can be well mannered to the gang, the referee, and even his opponent till the bell rang, which led him to turn into a vicious animal, violently choosing aside his opponent earlier than resuming the niceties. It’s clear that WWE was constructing to one thing with Mercy, however a set of accidents ended these plans. To be truthful to the person, Waylon Mercy’s crimes weren’t as heinous as Cady’s, however the character feels very comparable.
9/10 Dexter Lumis & Francis Dolarhyde (Red Dragon)
NXT’s Dexter Lumis, who solely just lately returned to WWE, is impressed by many a movie serial killer. Still, the parallels between the character and Red Dragon’s Francis Dolarhyde are fascinating. At their core, each Lumis and Ralph Fiennes’ characters are terrifying serial killers, however each of their storylines result in them being considerably humanized.
In each circumstances, their humanity is showcased by way of a love story, with Lumis it is with former NXT Women’s Tag Team Champion Indi Hartwell, with their unconventional romance being a shiny spot throughout a few of the model’s darker days. Meanwhile, Dolarhyde falls in love with blind co-worker Reba McClane, however whereas Lumis and Hartwell are nonetheless in happily-ever-after, Dolarhyde and Reba’s love can solely finish in catastrophe.
8/10 Finn Balor & Mr. Hyde (Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde)
On the floor, WWE famous person Finn Balor is a multitalented high-flyer with near-endless potential, however he has a darkish persona that he dips into at his most making an attempt moments. Balor’s demon persona is harking back to one other dual-icon that has terrorized celluloid and cellulose concurrently, none different than Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde.
Making their debut in The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, each the kindly Dr. Jekyll and his extra malicious persona Mr. Hyde have turn into legendary horror characters, up there with Frankenstein and Dracula. Balor’s Demon persona could be very emblematic of the Mr. Hyde archetype, as each characterize the darkish sides of their respective counterparts.
7/10 The Rock & Ash Williams (Evil Dead)
Not each horror icon must be chaotic evil, as there are lots of horror heroes which have made an influence, with Evil Dead’s Ash Williams being one of the crucial well-known examples. The similarities between Bruce Campbell’s beloved Deadite killer bears many similarities to WWE legend Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, as each have very comparable personalities and character progressions.
The Rock and Ash each began as “everyman” characters earlier than the unfavourable experiences they had been a celebration to turned them into acerbic jerks. That is till the charisma the folks behind the characters possess turned them into roguish trash-talkers that followers grew to adore, each with highly effective weapons saved of their appendages.
6/10 Mr. McMahon & Patrick Bateman (American Psycho)
Both McMahon and Bateman reside the “me first” way of life that many rich folks embraced within the 80s, however each have a violent edge that they dip into. While McMahon wasn’t a serial killer, the violent actions he’d carry out on his “independent contractors” proves that it would not take a lot to get him to think about it.
5/10 Kane & Jason Voorhees (Friday The thirteenth)
Kane, brother of fellow legend The Undertaker, was one in all WWE’s dependable horror characters earlier than being diminished with the passage of time. Many agree that Kane’s finest period was throughout The Attitude Era of the late 90s to early 2000s, the place Kane bared many similarities to the endlessly scary Jason Voorhees from Friday The 13th.
Jason, very like Kane, is an immovable monster that inflects violent vengeance upon these he perceives as his transgressors, however whereas Jason focuses on promiscuous teenagers, Kane needs revenge on his brother The Undertaker. At the identical time, each had been by chance killed as youngsters by elemental forces, with Kane dying in a hearth and Jason drowning in Camp Crystal Lake.
4/10 The Fiend & Freddy Krueger (A Nightmare On Elm Street)
Bray Wyatt was one of the crucial artistic superstars on WWE’s roster for over a decade, however his most well-known character was birthed in the direction of the top of his first tenure with the corporate. In 2019, Wyatt started airing promos as an unhinged youngsters’s present host who would flip right into a violent, terrifying demon often called The Fiend.
At WrestleMania 36, Wyatt challenged John Cena to a Firefly Funhouse Match, the place Wyatt introduced Cena to a darkish realm the place his failures had been used in opposition to him earlier than The Fiend completed him off for good. This could be very harking back to how Freddy Krueger from A Nightmare on Elm Street would convey his victims to his nightmarish world and would use their private points to torture them earlier than killing them.
3/10 Karrion Kross & Pumpkinhead (Pumpkinhead)
Monster heels are a dime-a-dozen, however there was simply one thing about Karrion Kross’ days at NXT that made him a hair scarier than most. Kross’ presentation bares a placing resemblance to the underrated terror that’s Pumpkinhead from the movie of the identical title, because it felt like in the event that they had been referred to as upon, everybody was doomed.
Besides that, Kross’ ring entrance had the ominous pageantry that the arrival of Pumpkinhead would entail. The eerie theme, the purple lighting, Kross’ cohort Scarlett terrifying chants, and eventually the fog that stayed within the ring whereas he demolished his opponents gave Kross actual Pumpkinhead vibes.
2/10 Mankind & Leatherface (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre)
Before Mick Foley was the lovable punishment-glutton WWE followers turned aware of, he debuted as Mankind, a mentally disturbed particular person who, regardless of being a heel, had a sympathetic edge that may be emphasised as Mankind turned extra like Foley. Though he clearly resembles Leatherface, albeit, with out his signature weapon of a chainsaw, it is a later incarnation of the slasher villain that resembles Mankind extra.
Whereas The Texas Chainsaw Massacre portrayed Leatherface as a remorseless killer, the sequel made the character extra comical and childlike, making it clear that had he not been raised by such poisonous folks, he would not be the monster followers worry to today. Unlike Leatherface, Mankind ended up turning into a very good man, after which two different folks.
1/10 The Undertaker & Pinhead (Hellraiser)
Never has a WWE wrestler been as mailable as The Undertaker, as his gimmick as a malleable as it’s fascinating. A captivating facet of The Undertaker is that he’s WWE’s embodiment of True Neutral morality, as he confronted each faces and heels throughout his profession no matter his present alignment, which calls to thoughts one other supernatural horror character of impartial standing.
Though the latter Hellraiser films portrayed him as a stone-cold villain, the primary two movies showcase Pinhead as a strong being related to a reasonably distinctive model of Hell, however nonetheless, he and his Cenobite compatriots had been pretty impartial in these films. Another similarity between Taker and Pinhead are their booming voices, which make them really feel otherworldly.