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Who's Your Least Favorite Wrestling Manager?

By James Guttman, James Bullock, and Dan Crocker Sep 7, 2016 - 3:57 PM print


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Who’s Your Least Favorite Wrestling Manager?

James Guttman:

Before I begin I have to preface my answer (and the answers to follow) with the disclaimer that this is not an indictment of the person playing the role. In fact, this answer is not even based on the full scope of their work. In many cases, a performer will come into a territory and be highly entertaining. Then, they’ll go somewhere else and stink up the joint.

By the time Oliver Humperdink ventured into my radar, he was stinking up the joint.

Save your pitchforks. I know the resume of Humperdink and the fondness many have for him. However, my first exposure to Sir Oliver was in 1987 WWF. At that point, he was a the lone babyface manager of Bam Bam Bigelow and Paul Orndorff. He was also, in my young opinion, a ginger Captain Lou Albano in shiny multi-patterned jackets. He looked like a wizard who didn’t do magic.

Captain Lou was less than a year retired when Oliver showed up. So the comparisons were simple. Plus, the role of a manager always worked better for heels. They were there to distract referees, trip the heroes, and eventually get their comeuppance. When you’re a good guy manager, all you can do is clap. Who needs a clapper? The whole damn audience is clapping already.

Well, not so much for Oliver Humperdink.

His run in the WWF was forgettable and by the time he was done there, WCW had repackaged him as Big Daddy Dink. That was his name. Years later we would get a mini-clown with a similar name. Oddly enough, the mini-clown wore less garish attire.

So yeah, Oliver Humperdink – the red head Santa in a shiny suit. That’s my pick. Take a look and see why for yourself.


James Bullock:

The “wrestling manager” has become something of a lost art in wrestling nowadays. You know it because the few times managers are utilized it seems like it’s the greatest thing for a particular character even if it doesn’t help him/her in the long run (Curtis Axel, I’m looking at you). But when I was growing up it seemed I’d see at least one manager on every weekly episode of “WWF Superstars” or “WCW Saturday Night”. There were those who impressed me like Bobby Heenan and Jim Cornette. Then there were others that still have me confused such as Oliver Humperdink (though pairing Humperdink with someone like “Leaping” Lanny Poffo probably would’ve given the character some actual meaning rather than having him alongside Bam Bam Bigelow) and Babu (even you Attitude Era lovers don’t remember Tiger Ali Singh, let alone his man-servant). But no manager stands out to me as the worst better than Momma Benjamin – Shelton Benjamin’s fat, loudmouth mother.


Now before you shout that Mama Benjamin was a valet and not a manager, remember that the character played by comedian Thea Vidale (who did a masterful job playing a terrible stereotype) wasn’t just arm candy, but entered WWE with the intent of helping her son get his career back on track. Benjamin, a man full of athleticism and having a vocal base of supporters, was just missing that “it factor” that would take him over the top in WWE management’s minds. Instead of giving him some meaningful feuds, WWE introduced Benjamin’s mother to the world – a morbidly obese woman wearing a moo-moo who had a penchant for telling her boy what was best for him even though he was a grown man who had been in the company for many years up to that point. Momma Benjamin was just like any parent looking to coach their child to greatness by giving on-the-field advice and reprimanding their failure of an offspring by dragging them to the woodshed by his/her ear – eventually putting herself in compromising positions that caused “hilarious” moments like Viscera air humping her from behind and Goldust almost giving her a heart attack. The gimmick didn’t last long, but the fact is Mama Benjamin was brought in to help Shelton’s career; yet did more damage than anyone would’ve expected even after he won the Intercontinental title and everyone considered him a joke champion who couldn’t beat a fifty-plus-year-old Ric Flair. Thank God there were a bunch of ladders around for Shelton to jump off of and almost make people forget he was once managed by Big Momma’s House.



Dan Crocker:

This week, I’m going to let a video do all of my talking for me.





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