10 of wrestling's craziest personalities
Wrestling personas tend to be over the top, larger than life affairs. From street thugs to aristocrats, the characters in sports entertainment portray archetypes performing ritual drama. So, naturally many of them are going to be a bit strange.
But what about those wrestling gimmicks which revolve, specifically, around insanity? What conditions do they have that influence their bizarre behaviour? We take a look at some of the "Craziest" wrestlers to ever grace the squared circle
Please note we are not diagnosing the athletes themselves but rather the characters they portray.
#10 The Undertaker, Cotard's Syndrome
The Undertaker has built a career on the belief that he is not a mortal man, but a member of the walking dead. With his zombie-esque resistance to pain and more comebacks than the Rolling Stones, he has instilled shock and awe in his opponents for more than two decades.
If one diagnoses 'Taker, the character, one comes to the inevitable conclusion that he suffers from Cotard's Syndrome. A person with this disease believes that they have already died and are nothing more than an animated corpse. Even when provided with evidence to the contrary (the person still breathes, eats, and doesn't look rotten) they will persist in their belief that they are undead.
One can imagine a scenario where the sinister Paul Bearer discovers the Undertaker suffering from this condition, then pushes him further down the road to madness in order to exploit his talents in the ring.
Cotard's Syndrome is not actually an official 'diagnostic entity' in the world of psychology. However, many patients are still treated for Cotard's, up to a thousand a year in the US alone. While some psychiatrists insist Cotard's is just a specific manifestation of Schizophrenia, there are specific treatment plans for those suffering from Walking Dead syndrome.
Doctors usually treat Cotard's with anti-depressants and psychotherapy. In rare cases, electroshock treatments are used. Most sufferers of Cotard's have a good prognosis for recovery.