Bring it Back!: Animal mascots

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February 02, 2012

The Deadman brought a vulture to the ring with him at WrestleMania IX.

However, not every animal sidekick was terrifying. There were happier mascots, as well. Like Matilda, The British Bulldogs’ mascot, who would accompany the legendary tag team to the ring. And who didn’t love Frankie, WWE Hall of Famer Koko B. Ware’s beloved pet parrot? Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat, another WWE Hall of Fame member, got into the mascot mania, too, occasionally entering the ring with an actual Komodo Dragon who was, unfortunately, unnamed.

Even The Deadman himself, the Undertaker, was not opposed to bringing a mascot to ringside. At WrestleMania IX, The Phenom entered to his familiar funeral dirge. But, in addition to Paul Bearer, there was another creepy cohort at his side – a giant-winged Black Vulture. Perhaps the enormous bird of prey was a symbol of things to come, as the legendary Superstar went on to defeat Giant Gonzales that day, improving his record to 3-0 on The Grandest Stage of Them All.

Finally, who could forget Torrie Wilson’s puppy, Chloe, and her signature move, the Chloe Tush Push? Chloe was such a popular presence, in fact, that she became the first animal to ever have a Superstar profile on WWE.com. And, really, who doesn’t love puppies?

So, WWE, we implore you – bring back animal mascots right now! Maybe an actual eagle for Jack Swagger, or a hell hound for Kane, or a real cobra for Santino. On second thought, that last one sounds like it might be a bad idea.

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