5 WWE Superstars with split personalities
Gimmicks are an integral ingredient of the world of WWE, distinguishing each WWE superstar with their specific set of characteristics. Gimmicks may change from time to time and a superstar or the company may decide to freshen their appearance.
In some cases, the new character provided to the performer may be a massive turnaround from his previous gimmick. One instance is the case of Husky Harris, the shakiest member of Nexus, who went on to become a prominent cult leader in the form of Bray Wyatt.
Husky Harris and Bray Wyatt would make a great tag team pic.twitter.com/Nhkf5OWj6U
— WWE DOCUMANIA™ (@WWEDocumania) January 24, 2015
However, in certain cases, a WWE superstar may juggle two or more personalities. These personalities can be polar opposites. For example, a superstar may produce fear in their opponents through a persona, while in the other persona they are just another superstar.
In the history of the company, such occurrences have transpired intermittently and, in most cases, fans have approved of the multi-gimmicked wrestler. Here is a list of five WWE superstars with split personalities.
#5 Former WWE Universal Champion Bray Wyatt (Funhouse Bray Wyatt / The Fiend)
— WWE (@WWE) March 22, 2021
Prior to his shocking release earlier this year, Bray Wyatt experienced a storied career in WWE. The third-generation professional wrestler started as the unimpressive Husky Harris but, as Bray Wyatt, he achieved much success, although fans believe he could’ve achieved even more if WWE booked him better.
In the final years of his run, Wyatt juggled two personalities: the fun-loving Bray Wyatt trying to dispose of his wicked past self, and The Fiend, destructive and dark, looking for revenge. The performer managed to maneuver the characters successfully, although WWE ended up eliminating him from their plans, providing Alexa Bliss with much of the gimmick’s essence.
#4 WWE Hall of Famer Kane (Devil’s Favorite Demon / Corporate Kane)
— WWE (@WWE) November 25, 2014
When Kane became a part of WWE’s The Authority storyline, aligning himself with the heel authoritarian group, he relinquished his mask to Stephanie McMahon and transformed into a corporate yesman. Positioned as a man of power, Kane became a thorn in the paths of numerous faces on the rise, including his former tag-team partner Daniel Bryan.
However, Kane soon became volatile and started sporadically appearing as The Devil’s Favorite Demon. During his rivalry with Seth Rollins, the former world champion appeared as both his personas. The fluctuation continued until he was fired from his station by The Authority.
#3 Former WWE Universal Champion Finn Bálor (Finn Bálor / The Demon)
— WWE (@WWE) September 25, 2021
A timely entry as The Demon recently participated in a match for the WWE Universal Championship against long-time champion Roman Reigns. Bálor previously lost a title match to the same opponent, yet fans are fascinated about the outcome of the upcoming contest because The Demon exclusively appears in special circumstances and it’s impossible to overthrow him.
The Bálor in Finn Bálor’s ring name also refers to a demon king, although he continues to be a human entity without face paint. When The Demon materializes, Bálor unexpectedly turns into a supernatural being, cultivating fear in his opponents.
#2 WWE Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan (Hulk Hogan / Mr. America)
— Rick Del Santo (@TheRickDelSanto) July 2, 2018
Even Hulk Hogan, one of the most marketable performers in the history of WWE, had to don a mask at one point in his career. In 2003, the villainous Mr. McMahon forced the former franchise to stay away from the ring and events. A mysteriously familiar masked superstar entered the scene shortly after.
Mr. America copied all mannerisms of The Hulkster, including his gestures, moves, and verbal style, although he was fierce in his rejection of the fact of him being Hulk Hogan in disguise. Meanwhile, Hogan left the company in real life, and McMahon fired the masked sensation in kayfabe. In his subsequent returns, Hogan has donned familiar colors.
#1 WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley (Mankind / Cactus Jack / Dude Love)
— WWE (@WWE) November 1, 2020
Carrying the usage of multiple individualities to a different tier, Mrs. Foley’s Baby Boy went on to use three personalities in WWE to some success. They comprised of the deranged and deserted Mankind, the hardcore legend Cactus Jack, and the relaxed hippie Dude Love.
In a glorious moment, the 1998 edition of WWE Royal Rumble saw all three personalities take part in the eponymous match, much to the enjoyment of the spectators and the confusion of the opponents. In WWE, Mankind remained the most prosperous gimmick, but all three linger beloved amongst fans today.