Dustin Patrick Runnels
  • Birthdate: 04/11/1969 (age 47)
  • Height: 6'6"
  • Weight: 232 Ib

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Professional wrestling is fun. It's hard work for the guys who lace up the boots night-in and night-out, travel all over the globe on a non-stop basis and miss a considerable amount of time away from their families. At its' core, however, wrestling is about the suspension of disbelief. It's about kicking back, relaxing and enjoying an athletic show. A performance. The performance requires legitimate athletes who have a multitude of talents. To be a pro wrestler you need to have strength, speed, conditioning and charisma. A colorful personality. That is what we're going to take a look at in the latest editorial: colorful personalities. Literally. Below we will list some of the coolest face-painted wrestlers in the history. The list is not about who the best wrestlers were to wear face-paint. Instead, we're going to rank some of the coolest face-paint jobs in history. Some of the most memorable paint-jobs and some of the most colorful personalities in the business who are synonymous with face-painting.

#10. The Boogeyman

He's The Boogeyman and he's coming to get you. The Boogeyman got the attention of the WWE Universe in the 2000s with his weird persona, ability to pop out of nowhere and gargle a mouth full of worms and to have his face covered in various colors and styles of paint. The character was about as weird as they come, but give it up -- the guy had one bad-ass paint-job.

#9. Papa Shango

As written in one of my past editorials (Five Of The Scariest Characters In History), Papa Shango scared the crap out of me when I was a kid. He was frightening to small children at the time, but much like The Boogeyman, he was considered a joke to older fans of the product in his day. Regardless, Papa Shango had one wicked paint-job.

#8. Kamala

"The Ugandan Giant" was born in the Memphis wrestling territory ran by Jerry "The King" Lawler. Again, much like Papa Shango and The Boogeyman, Kamala was a terrifying character to young fans of the product and a corny gimmick to the older fans. His paint-job was one of the most memorable, however. Who could forget the white star-shaped paint on his chest and the yellow crescent moon on his stomach? I know I never will. Kamala reached a pretty high level of success as a gimmick-based wrestler and he rocked some pretty cool face and body paint.

#7. The Great Muta

Keiji Mutoh is a pro wrestling god in his homeland of Japan. He was a top star in the world-famous New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) organization before creating All Japan Pro Wrestling (AJPW) which was the equivalent of WCW to WWE in the United States. He is arguably the most successful cross-over star from Japan to the U.S., as his character "The Great Muta" made a huge impact on the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) and later WCW. Anyone who grew up on Muta remembers three things: his awesome moonsault, the green mist he would spray out of his mouth to blind his opponents, and oh yeah, his face-paint! The Great Muta is the man.

#6. Doink The Clown

What list involving anything to do with face-painting would be complete without the inclusion of a clown? Doink The Clown is recognized to modern fans mostly as the embodiment of the goofy characters that dominated the WWE scene in the early 1990s. The origins of his gimmick was actually pretty cool. It was simple, too. An evil clown. It sounds pretty decent on paper, right? Well, maybe not. But at first, Matt Borne's portrayal of an evil clown was great in my opinion. Road Warrior Hawk, who we'll be talking about later on, is actually partially credited with coming up with the idea for Borne. The character would get watered down as time went on, as it became a regular goofy clown with a sidekick named "Dink." More clowns would follow, but the original Doink The Clown was actually pretty cool. I promise!

#5. Jeff Hardy

Jeff Hardy was a major part of the Attitude Era in WWE in the late 1990s. After spending a few years as a job-guy in WWE, along with his brother Matt, Hardy exploded onto the scene and made himself a permanent fixture in the wrestling world with his daredevil approach. During that time period, Hardy did not wear face-paint. Like every tag-team eventually does in pro wrestling, The Hardy Boys split up and each went their separate direction. Nobody was surprised when Jeff became the...