The Oddities (professional wrestling)
Insane Clown Posse
George "The Animal" Steele
|Name(s)||The Parade of Human Oddities|
The Jackyl formed the group in 1998 and called them "The Parade of Human Oddities." The group consisted of "freakish" wrestlers, including the masked Golga (formerly Earthquake, whose mask had stubby 'horns' on top, thus making him look deformed, and also known for carrying an Eric Cartman plushie to the ring), the towering Kurrgan (who stood at seven feet tall) and Giant Silva. On the 25th May 1998 episode of Monday Night Raw, the stable appeared in a segment with Howard Stern Show regulars Hank the Angry Drunken Dwarf and Crackhead Bob. Under the leadership of the Jackyl, the Oddities were a fearsome group of heels though they did not win any titles.
Jackyl, however, soon left the Oddities to become the manager of Hell's Henchmen (later renamed The Acolytes). Sable reintroduced the Oddities in a more respectable light, and they were now portrayed as fun loving faces in spite of their "freakish" appearances. As part of their new persona, the group would dance after matches, whether they won or lost. Their new entrance music was performed by Insane Clown Posse, who also accompanied them to the ring for their matches. They also rapped the song live during the Oddities' entrance for their match at SummerSlam in August 1998. At the event, Kurrgan, Golga and Giant Silva defeated Kaientai (Taka Michinoku, Dick Togo, Mens Teioh and Sho Funaki). That same month, Sable, who had previously feuded with Luna Vachon, was introduced as a member of the stable. Off-screen, the idea to pair Sable with the Oddities was Vince McMahon's.
By December, however, Sable had cut ties with the group and once again began feuding over the WWF Women's Championship with Luna. Meanwhile, the Insane Clown Posse feuded with The Headbangers. However, on the November 23 episode of Monday Night Raw, the Insane Clown Posse turned on the Oddities and joined The Headbangers, while Thrasher cut a large part of Luna's hair. The Oddities assaulted the Headbangers the following week on Sunday Night Heat. They eventually challenged the Headbangers at Rock Bottom: In Your House but lost.
At the Royal Rumble in 1999, Golga made a short appearance before being eliminated by Steve Austin. Kurrgan also appeared in the 1999 Royal Rumble (longer than Golga's) before being eliminated by Kane. For a brief period, they were joined by George "The Animal" Steele, who was referred to as the "original Oddity".
Championships and accomplishments
- Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards
- Worst Tag Team (1998)
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