Halloween and wrestling are two great tastes that go great together. Some of the coolest wrestlers of all time have been spooky. Other spooky wrestlers might not be the coolest, but they’re certainly entertaining. Here are some of the spookiest just in time for Halloween. If you’re still short on costume ideas, simply throw on a pair of tighty whities and get your makeup together…
1. Undertaker: This list could really begin and end with the Undertaker. He’s had a number of personas throughout the years, from Old West mortician to outlaw biker, but most of his looks have been some variation on the theme of an unholy, undead badass. Terrifying.
2. Kane: There’s the Undertaker and then there’s his equally spooky “brother” Kane. Glen Jacobs also played Dr. Isaac Yankem, the evil dentist employed by Jerry Lawler to end Bret Hart’s career—who might have been spookier depending how you feel about dentists. Kane later lost the mask and became “Corporate Kane,” but the less said about that incarnation, the better.
3. Kevin Sullivan: Kevin Sullivan lived the gimmick, posing in Satanic rituals to further his public image as an evil cult leader. In a time when wrestling was still holding up the pretense of being real, that was a lot spookier than anything else on this list. Even spookier still? Some conspiracy theorists claim he was the real killer in the Benoit murders.
4. Mankind: Mick Foley is a wrestling chameleon, capable of playing multiple characters seamlessly. Dude Love and Cactus Jack sure are memorable, but when you think of Mrs. Foley’s Baby Boy, you’re almost certainly thinking of the masked Mankind. He wasn’t ever the top guy, but he was always a fan favorite.
5. Missing Link: He didn’t last long in the WWE due to drug abuse issues, but the Missing Link was a top draw in territories like World Class, Mid-Atlantic and Mid-South throughout the 1980s. He even got a full-page picture in Sports Illustrated in the ’80s. He ended his life working in prison ministries.
6. Doink the Clown: Unlike the Ultimate Warrior, Doink the Clown was played by several different people. The first and the greatest was Matt Borne, a veteran of the territories who played Doink as an unholy mixture of Krusty and Pennywise. Borne later died of an accidental overdose, but others still play Doink on the indies.
7. Gangrel: Gangrel is the man who originally introduced Edge and Christian to WWE as The Brood, and Matt and Jeff Hardy as the New Brood. He was never referred to on camera as a vampire, with announcers instead making oblique references to his “gothic lifestyle.”
8. The Boogeyman: What was the Boogeyman like in the ring? It’s hard to remember, because he was mostly known for eating worms or forcing others to do the same. He didn’t last long in the ring, but he currently has a Legends contract and makes sporadic appearances.
9. Vampiro: Lucha Underground announcer Vampiro looks relatively normal these days, but he used to be a sort of punk rock vampire wrestler. He did three years in WCW but arguably had his biggest successes in Mexico. While often thought of as a “Mexican wrestler,” Vampiro is actually Canadian.
10. Bray Wyatt: Bray Wyatt is actually Windham Lawrence Rotunda, and he has quite a wrestlng pedigree, being the son of Mike Rotunda, a.k.a. IRS (a scary wrestler if you haven’t paid your taxes), the nephew of Barry Windham and grandson of Blackjack Mulligan. Like Kevin Sullivan, he’s a cult leader not to be taken lightly.