Wrasslin flashback: The Gobbledy Gooker debuts (Survivor Series 1990)


"We Turkeys have been held down for too long, Mean Gene! We're tired of bein humble!"


On Thanksgiving Day in 1990, pro wrestling and Thanksgiving holiday history was changed forever with the World Wrestling Federation debut of The Gobbledy Gooker. A young Hector Guerrero donned a turkey costume and hatched from an oversized egg at 1990’s Survivor Series (“The Thanksgiving Night Tradition”). The giant egg was a months long mystery as it was promoted on WWF tv all throughout that fall.

See for yourselves via the video and the Wikipedia recap below:

In 1990, Guerrero appeared in the World Wrestling Federation at the Survivor Series, performing under the name Gobbledy Gooker and wearing a turkey costume. The Gobbledy Gooker “hatched” from an oversized egg, which had been on display at WWF events for months prior to the Survivor Series, and was heavily hyped on television. However, crowd reaction to the gimmick was extremely negative, with fans loudly booing as the costumed Guerrero danced in the ring with announcer “Mean” Gene Okerlund. Play-by-play broadcast announcers Gorilla Monsoon and “Rowdy” Roddy Piper tried their best to be enthusiastic.

The character was abandoned immediately following the Survivor Series, leaving it a mystery if the character was intended for more than a one-off comedy bit, or if it was intended as an ongoing gimmick that was discarded due to the overwhelming negative response. A few years later, WrestleCrap would use the name for its “Gooker Award”, presented for the worst gimmicks, storylines, or events in wrestling.


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