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10 Least Subtle Wrestling Gimmicks of All Time


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If you’re a WWE fan, you’ll have noticed that The Miz, star of The Marine sequels, has been playing the part of an egotistical movie star, even going so far as make “not in the face!” part of his schtick, since he refers to that as “the moneymaker.” Believe it or not, that’s one of the more subtle wrestling gimmicks that have been used in the industry. Here’s proof.

10. “The Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase

You may have met some obnoxious rich people in your time, but even they rarely actually wear tuxedos covered in dollar signs.

9. The Iron Shiek

Exaggerating one’s ethnicity (or even assumed ethnicity) to gimmick proportions is one of the more questionable traditions in wrestling. In summary: The Iron Shiek is from Iran, you should boo him.

8. The Bolsheviks

Nikolai Volkoff and Boris Zhukov are from Soviet Russia. You should boo them, too. Or recruit the legendary Steve Allen to make fun of them.

7. Rusev & Lana

These two are from the current Russia, and they love Vladimir Putin. The old gimmick has come back around for an encore, thanks to current events.

6. The Red Rooster

For some reason, they thought it would be a good idea to make Terry Taylor cluck like a chicken.

5. Aldo Montoya, The Portuguese Man o’ War

Aldo later became known as “Justin Credible.” You can decide for yourself which name is worse.

4. Andre the Giant

Andre didn’t even get to have a last name. He was just a large, large man.

3. The F.B.I.

No, these weren’t G-Men. These were the Full Blooded Italians. Of course they were.

2. Hillbilly Jim

The name says it all, and the fact that he hung around with his big Uncle Elmer and little Cousin Junior – all in overalls – may say a little bit more.

1. The Ultimate Warrior

There was absolutely nothing subtle about a guy covered in rainbow tassels and facepaint who sprinted to the ring and screamed a lot of fascinatingly incoherent monologues about lawn mowers.


Rev Up

Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.


Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.

Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…


A-O Rewind

Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.


Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.