Bring it Back!: Animal mascots

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February 02, 2012

Bring back animal mascots!

WWE Superstars have always had animalistic tendencies, a notion backed up by monikers like “The Texas Rattlesnake,” George “The Animal” Steele and, more recently, “The Funkasaurus.” But if you watched WWE in the 1980s and 1990s, you’ll remember that grapplers like Jake “The Snake” Roberts, The British Bulldogs and Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat lived up to their monikers … literally.

The '80s and '90s were truly a golden age for WWE animal mascots, as they were about as prevalent in those days as long hair and brightly colored tights. Since then, however, it seems that mascots have all but disappeared from the ring, and WWE.com demands that they be brought back! (PHOTOS)

For longtime WWE Universe members, names like Frankie, Damien and Matilda immediately conjure fond memories. OK, maybe not so much “fond” with Damien, but still. The WWE Universe shivered just thinking about Damien, the prized python utilized by Jake “The Snake” Roberts. Later on, Damien’s successors, Lucifer and Revelations, were also used to gain the upper hand against opponents by instilling in them a crippling – and completely justified – fear.

But, hey, if Andre the Giant was afraid of snakes, anyone could be.

While Damien could strike fear in the heart of any adversary, there were certainly other scary animal sidekicks. Take the 200 pounds worth of Harlem Sewer Rats, kept at ringside by Bad News Brown in an effort to thwart Roberts during their match at SummerSlam 1990.

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