WWE History: 3 WWE Superstars who wore a mask for their gimmicks
Masks add a sense of mystery and excitement to a star's career. From Hulk Hogan and John Cena who threw on masks for short spells, to our top 3 picks who used them for character changes and due to injury.
These WWE Superstars, though established names in the company, were given a mask to improve their characters.
#3 Mick Foley (Mankind)
Mankind, aka Cactus Jack, aka Dude Love, made his presence felt in the WWE on April 1, 1996, on Monday Night RAW. Foley made a name for himself due to his hardcore wrestling style.
In an interview with ESPN, Foley mentioned that he hated the mask because it smelled really bad and only got worse the more he wore it. He couldn't take it anymore, which led him to ditch it altogether.
He donned the mask as a disturbed character, created by Vince McMahon because he reportedly didn't like the way Foley looked, as McMahon wanted bigger and tougher guys, and still does to this day.
#2 Gregory Helms (Hurricane)
Helms went from being the bad boy wearing skullies and leather vests to being a superhero wearing colors green and black as inspired by DC Comics' Green Lantern.
Though gimmicks such as these are mostly used for jobber matches nowadays, Helms managed to capture the then European Title and held the Hardcore Title momentarily as well before being betrayed by a sidekick, Molly Holly.
WWE took the gimmick a step further by including Rosey and Stacey Keibler to the mix. However, the team disbanded in 2005.