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July 21st is No Makeup Day!

posted Jul 21, 2019, 5:30 AM by Wrestling Scout
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Face paint, not unlike the mask, is almost synonymous with the popular idea of a pro-wrestler.  A roided up monster who yells incoherently and clobbers his opponents.  This caricature probably comes from the Ultimate Warrior 
and the Road Warriors who 
were influenced by the post-Apocalyptic Mad Max movies.

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The character became a something of a trope for years to come.  Any video game, comic or music video that featured a pro-wrestler seemed to love including a face-painted maniac.  The Road Warriors original designs were more random and it was not for a few years that both really settled on the look that they became famous for having.

Image result for adrian streetWhile Adrian Street might have been one of the first, if not the first, he was definitely doing it in Britain in the 1970s prior to coming to the US.  His approach was tied to the glam rock scene and was not what he did when he came over in the early 1980s.  He certainly used makeup in a distinctive way that became part of the "gay" characters that followed him - Adrian Adonis, Goldust, Rico and others.

The other character that should be mentioned is the Great Kabuki.  He, not unlike Adrian Street, used face paint to go from a very capable, but undersized to a mysterious monster heel.  Kabuki's success with the character led to copycats - Kendo Nagasaki and the Great Muta.  
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Dink (Tiger Jackson)
Doink (Matt Borne)
The Gladiator (Mike Awesome)
Goldust (Dustin Rhodes)
Great Muta (Keiji Muto)
Great Nita (Atsushi Onita)
Halloween                                            Who are these men who
Jeff Hardy                                                    donned facepaint and
Kamala                                                                        new identities?
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Mr. Niebla
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