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The WWE has long promoted wrestling gimmicks as an integral part of its product. According to long serving WWE Creative Consultant Pat Patterson, Vince McMahon continues to be of the opinion that wrestlers without the ‘wrestler look’ benefit from being given a gimmick; a character to portray as a successful means of getting ‘over’ with the fans. As a result the WWE in its sixty two years of existence have peddled hundreds of wrestling gimmicks, from the absurd and cartoonish, to the ruthless and outright inappropriate. Images of Doink ‘The Clown’ and ‘The Red Rooster’ immediately spring to mind as evidence of when the WWE has got a wrestling gimmick absolutely wrong, but more recent wrestling gimmicks such as the crazed Wyatt Family come Cult Leader Bray Wyatt is a rare example of when the WWE has got a wrestling gimmick absolutely right.

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