WCW, early 90's
Well, maybe not The Shockmaster, but you get the point.
Ok, let's back up a bit. In the early 1990's, WCW had a problem. Sting had already feuded with Ric Flair for months, and there were no other conceivable challengers in sight. So instead of doing something that made sense (have him feud with Lex Luger, maybe), the WCW braintrust went completely off the deep end and came up with The Black Scorpion.
The Scorpion was Sting's arch nemesis. He knew everything about Sting, as he had been his friend years ago. He knew Sting's strengths and weaknesses. And of course, he was shrouded in darkness, so no one knew who he was.
Not even the WCW bookers!
Yep, believe it or not, when WCW began The Black Scorpion angle they had NO IDEA who they were eventually going to be the Scorpion. Of couse, since he would often talk about a past he shared with Sting, it was thought to be someone from Sting's past.
And you'll never guess who it was.
Oh but what fun it was getting to that point. For starters, Scorpion would taunt Sting with long, drawn out monologues that made no sense. Maybe WCW should have spent less on that voice box Ole Anderson used while doing the Scorpions voice and forked out some money on some script writers. (Of course, WCW was able to reuse the voicebox for the equally awful Shockmaster gimmick.)
Even better than a garbled voice is the fact that The Scorpion performed BLACK MAGIC. Yes, he had evil powers that no one could comprehend. Here's a quick rundown of his evil spells:
All the while, fans sat in disbelief. Disbelief that they had spent their hard earned money on some lame ass magic show!
This led up to a big match between the Scorpion and Sting at Starrcade. In one of the most nonsensical endings ever, a ton of Scorpions came out of the woodwork. Sting unmasked them all, before unmasking the final Scorpion, the REAL Scorpion, who turned out to be Ric Flair.
And you thought his stay in a mental ward was bad.