Anyone who follows the WWE scene today knows that part of World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus’ gig is that he in an extremely pale Irishman — thus the nickname “Great White.”
Sheamus may be the whitest star in the WWE in the last 25 years, before which another pasty pro wrestler graced WWF rings: the Mighty Hercules.
Hercules, also known as Hercules Hernandez, was another guy who clearly never tanned either in the sun or in the booth. His gimmick was somewhat similar to Sheamus as a big strongman.
Hercules was one of those guys who was always near the top of the mix and occasionally challenged for the WWF Championship, but never held any kind of gold in the WWF. Hercules often came to the ring with a chain, playing off his strength and moniker as the son of Greek gods.
Hercules was part of Bobby “The Brain” Heenan’s stable, and had feuds with Billy Jack Haynes and the Ultimate Warrior. Like so many 1980s WWF stars, Hercules died young in 2004 at the age of 47.