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6 WWE Superstars who had gimmicks inspired by famous movies

Pratyay Ghosh
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Both Paul Burchill and Kane
Both Paul Burchill and Kane's characters were inspired from films

Wrestlers often get the inspiration behind their characters from a number of sources. These include films and Hollywood blockbusters.

Here's a look at 6 WWE Superstars who had gimmicks inspired by famous movies:

#6 Paul Burchill - Pirates of the Caribbean

Paul Burchill
Paul Burchill's pirate gimmick was clearly inspired by Pirates of the Carribean

Paul Burchill cut his teeth in the English professional wrestling scene before being snapped up by WWE in 2004. After a brief period in OVW, he made his main roster debut on SmackDown in August 2005.

In February 2006, Burchill was given a new gimmick as a pirate, clearly inspired by the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. In storyline, “network representative” Palmer Canon informed Burchill that his bloodline traces back to the famous pirate Blackbeard. Burchill’s whacky gimmick got him over with fans and he quickly became a popular act on SmackDown.

However, WWE didn’t seem to have any faith in the gimmick and it was quickly nixed a few months later. Burchill continued to wrestle for WWE until he was released in February 2010, although nothing else he did was nearly as memorable as the Pirate.

#5 Tyler Breeze – Zoolander

Tyler Breeze adapted his character to be more like Derek Zoolander
Tyler Breeze adapted his character to be more like Derek Zoolander

We move on to ‘Prince Pretty’, Tyler Breeze. Breeze wrestled under his real name Mike Dalton for a long time in developmental but it didn’t really click for him until he adopted the gimmick of Tyler Breeze. Tyler Breeze was inspired by the character Derek Zoolander from the 2001 comedy “Zoolander”.

In a later interview, Breeze said that when he first thought of the character it didn’t have anything to do with the film although soon after watching it, he tweaked his gimmick, taking inspiration from the film.


Breeze spoke out it in an interview with Afterbuzz TV, revealing how his character slowly became more like Derek Zoolander:

“As I started doing more interviews it kind of turned into more of Ben Stiller from Dodgeball than it actually was Zoolander. I was this loose cannon that would get angry at anything and everything you asked me was the stupidest question I’ve ever heard in my life.”
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