Now, some of you might have just thought your self, “What the hell did I just watch?”, or “JACOB! Why, must you remind me of that horrid debut?”. Well, to answer the first inquiry, as you just wittess the debut of the legendary Gobbledy Gooker! For those of you that knew of the gimmick and scrubbed it from your memory banks, I reminded you of him due to today being Thanksgiving.
Yes, today is the perfect day to mention a gimmick where a dude is dressed as a turkey while stuffing chunks of turkey into your mouths.
It is not widely know what the WWE’s intentions were for the gimmick. It has been speculated that it’s purpose was to be a comic routine, while others have thought up an elaborate storyline to where it leads to another debut to the individual within the custom itself. The world will never know the reason, just like I won’t know how many licks does it take to get to the center of a tootsie pop!
Here’s what I do know: The fans hated the gimmick, and to the point where the WWE pulled the plug on the gimmick on the very next day. It’s been mocked by fans, wrestling promotions, dirstsheets and sometimes even by pop culture itself. The WWE was embarrassed to the point of ignoring Mr. Gooker for over a decade.
The first time I ever heard of the Gobbledy Gooker was during WrestleMania X-Seven. I was sitting on the couch, eating my dunkaroos when I see Mr. Gooker come out for a Battle Royal. It’s not every day I’d see a turkey wrestle in the middle of the ring. I could not even finish my dunkaroos in time before Mr. Gooker was eliminated. I was curious to know the identity of the man, and spent a good amount of my free time researching for the identity.
The identity of Gobbledy Gooker was (drum roll please!): Héctor Guerrero! He’s the brother of Eddie Guerrero, upon that discovery I Hurled a bunch of random things into my bedroom wall, and fell to my knees, sobbing. Okay, at the time it was an overreaction but, with good reason due to the fact the WWE wasted tremendous talent by dressing him up as a turkey!
A TURKEY! I mean, think of the matches he could of had, as I would of love to see a Guerrero vs. Guerrero match-up where Eddie and Héctor feuded. There might of even been a chance to have an all-Guerrero stable where they lie, cheat and steal! The opportunity was wasted, WASTED!
I sometimes wondered if the fans had booed the gimmick out of the metaphorical ballpark, then maybe Guerrero could of lasted in the WWE. Maybe he could of became a legend like his late brother. Yet, their is the possibility that the WWE would of still not utilize him correctly and would have a very mediocre career with only a few good matches.
I suppose we’d should end this by being thankful that we’d even witness the debatable greatness that is the Gobbledy Gooker. On the other hand, you can be thankful that gimmick died on the night it was hatched. Either way I hope you all have a wondrous thanksgiving and enjoy the feast that you all will partake in with members of your family!