Although nothing particularly fancy by face paint standards, The Headbangers used a pair of inverted black triangles under their eyes to accent their shaved heads and various piercings. In 1997, the team of Mosh and Thrasher captured the WWF Tag Team Championship and remained a staple of the Attitude Era.
Recently, Canadian Bulldog's World decided to rank the Top 50 Masked Men. It was a fun article that sparked tons of debate on social media (which - by the way - we love seeing).
It got us to thinking.... what about the wrestlers who choose not to hide their faces under a vinyl hood and instead slather their mugs with colored greasepaint?
Whether you want to call it face paint, make up or war paint, the practice of wrestlers painting their faces has been around for decades. Depending on how it's used, face paint can transform a wrestler's look completely - to something more menacing, more demonic, more intimidating or even more effeminate.
In selecting the Top 50 Face Painted Freaks, Canadian Bulldog's World used the following criteria:
How closely is the face paint tied to their overall persona?
Did the face paint enhance their character?
How much did they accomplish while wearing their paint?
How creative and distinct was their facepaint?
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When Tatanka made his WWF debut in 1992, he had minimal face paint under his eyes to show off his Native American heritage (along with a red mohawk). He enjoyed an undefeated streak that lasted almost a year. Returning to WWE years later, he briefly turned heel and had a black and white warpaint motif.
Not as well known in North America as she is in her native Japan (though she appeared in the WWF in the 1990's), Aja Kong is one of the more accomplished women's wrestlers in Asia. Her close-cropped blond hair has always been accented by red and blue face paint not dissimilar to The Ultimate Warrior's.