Every Tuesday, we take a look at an outlandish character from wrestling’s days gone by. Sometimes laughable, sometimes revolting, but always preposterous, they’re part of what makes pro rasslin’ so great. Ranging from slightly peculiar to downright ludicrous, these are the wrestlers that time has rightly forgotten.
There’s really not much that I can say about Arachnaman that you can’t deduce yourself by looking at this picture. The character was an unnervingly blatant ripoff of Marvel’s Spider-Man, the only difference being the color scheme; as opposed to Spidey’s recognizable red & blue, Arachnaman donned a hideous purple & yellow jumpsuit. Despite the man under the mask being Brad Armstrong, one of the famed clan fathered by Bullet Bob, there was nothing that could redeem the awfulness of Arachnaman. His entrance was accompanied by music that sounded suspiciously like the iconic theme from the 1960s Spider-Man television series. That was complimented by streamers, or webbing, that he’d launch from his wrists. His move was, I kid you not, an abdominal stretch into a rolling cradle. How’s that for high impact? At any rate, the character was dropped not much long after its inception when WCW was sued by Marvel Comics for obvious reasons. If interested, you can watch Arachnaman’s debut match in the video below. It’s called by Jim Ross, and he name drops a slew of talent throughout (Paul E. Dangerously, Rick Rude, the Steiners), so it’s kind of cool to hear what those guys were up to during the fabled age of Arachnaman. Also, the ring announcer’s name is Rhubarb Jones. That is all.