World Wrestling FederationEdit
After making appearances in late 1992 in the crowd and at ringside, playing tricks on the fans and wrestlers, the Doink character made his in-ring debut in the WWF in 1993, originally wrestling as a technically sound villain. Doink played cruel jokes on both fans and wrestlers in order to amuse himself and put them off guard. Some of his villainous pranks included tripping The Big Boss Man with a trip wire, dumping water on Marty Jannetty and attacking Crush with a loaded prosthetic arm. He clashed with Crush at WrestleMania IX, a match which he won after the appearance of an identical Doink (played by Steve Keirn) from underneath the ring. Doink also briefly feuded with Randy Savage on an early edition of Monday Night Raw, and Bret Hart, after substituting for Jerry Lawler, who faked an injury, at SummerSlam in 1993.
Doink then turned on Lawler on the September 4 episode of WWF Wrestling Challenge in Lawler's The King's Court segment, making Burger King jokes to amuse the crowd and eventually emptied a bucket of water over Lawler. Matt Osborne, the original man behind Doink, was fired for re-occurring drug abuses, eventually leaving the gimmick (after bouncing through a few others) to Ray Apollo. Now as a fan favorite and with a new midget sidekick Dink, Doink encountered Lawler again the following year in a match at Survivor Series. In this match, Doink and Dink teamed with Wink and Pink to meet Lawler's dwarf team of 'little kings' Queazy, Cheezy, and Sleazy. As a fan favorite, Doink was more of a comic relief character, but continued to pull pranks on other wrestlers (albeit more harmless and silly than outright cruel), mostly villains such as Lawler and Bobby Heenan. Doink and Dink also battled with Bam Bam Bigelow and Luna Vachon in a feud that culminated at WrestleMania X. Doink soon became a jobber, regularly losing to wrestlers like Jeff Jarrett, Hakushi, Waylo Mercy and, in his final televised match in September 1995, to Hunter Hearst Helmsley. Doink reemerged one last time in 1997 at the Slammy Awards and was attacked by Stone Cold Steve Austin, amidst crowd chants of "kill the clown".
Doink is a playable character in Acclaim's 1994 video game, WWF Raw, and Midway's WWF WrestleMania: The Arcade Game (1995).
Extreme Championship WrestlingEdit
Following his departure from the WWF, Osborne appeared (as Matt Borne) in Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) for several matches as Doink in a blue and green clown suit, setting up an angle where ECW champion Shane Douglas criticized Vince McMahon for turning a talented wrestler like Borne into a comic relief character, and claimed that he knew how to bring out Borne's full potential. Borne then made a few appearances with Douglas as "himself", sporting his face half-painted with the Doink makeup. His attitude insinuated that he had developed borderline personality disorder from having been forced to wrestle as a clown; after winning matches he would dress his opponent in clown accessories to humiliate them. His ring name under this gimmick was "Borne Again".
World Wrestling EntertainmentEdit
Since 1996, Doink has appeared sporadically in WWE. Matt Osborne played him in the Gimmick Battle Royal at WrestleMania X-Seven. On December 10, 2007, he participated in a battle royal of 15 WWE alumni for the Raw 15th anniversary special episode.
Chris Jericho dressed as Doink when he attacked William Regal on the March 26, 2001 Raw.
Played by Nick Dinsmore, he showed up in the A.P.A. Bar Room Brawl at Vengeance in 2003. He was selected by Rhino to face Chris Benoit on the July 31, 2003 Smackdown!.
Played by Steve Lombardi, he wrestled Rob Conway on an October 2005 episode of Raw. On June 2, 2007, Doink, Eugene and Kane defeated Umaga, Viscera and Kevin Thorn on the 34th edition of Saturday Night's Main Event. On the July 12, 2010 Raw, Doink teamed with William Regal, Primo and Zack Ryder to lose to Santino Marella, Goldust, Vladimir Kozlov and The Great Khali, when he was pinned by Khali. On the July 2, 2012 Raw, he made a surprise return and lost to Heath Slater. He reappeared on July 23, alongside several other WWE alumni, to take down Slater on WWE Raw 1000, the one thousandth episode of Raw.
In early 2010, Osborne reinvented the Doink character to resemble Heath Ledger's portrayal of The Joker in The Dark Knight, nicknaming the incarnation 'Reborne Again'. The new character debuted on March 27 for ISPW in New Jersey. On May 23, 2010 Doink the Clown, portrayed by Dusty Wolfe, interfered against Skandar Akbar and his men Dr. Knuckles and Rommel. This caused them to lose the Wrecking Ball Wrestling tag titles. In retaliation Akbar called on the original Doink Matt Borne. They were scheduled to meet on Aug. 15, 2010. At that time Wolfe no showed the event to avoid the wrath of Borne. On August 8, 2010, Borne won the Wrecking Ball Wrestling Championship.
Wrestlers who used the Doink gimmickEdit
Seven men have used the Doink gimmick. Six wrestlers (including two tag-teams) have used the costume for storyline purposes, at various times.
- Matt Osborne – the original Doink, left WWF in December 1993, died June 28, 2013.
- Steve Keirn – wrestled as the "illusion" Doink at WrestleMania IX and occasionally the "real" Doink at house shows.
- Steve Lombardi – occasionally wrestled as Doink at house shows and dresses as Doink for various WWE appearances.
- Dusty Wolfe – wrestled as Doink in NWA Kansas and Wrecking Ball Wrestling vs Matt Borne.
- Ray Apollo – wrestled as Doink full-time after Osborne left the company.
- Mark Starr – wrestled Greg Valentine as Doink at a National Wrestling Conference event on October 29, 1994.
- Nick Dinsmore – wrestled as Doink on the July 31, 2003 episode of SmackDown!, losing to Chris Benoit.
Wrestlers who used Doink's costume for storyline purposesEdit
- Jeff Jarrett once dressed up as Doink to pull pranks on Dink.
- Men on a Mission and The Bushwhackers wrestled as "The Four Doinks" at the 1993 Survivor Series.
- Chris Jericho took on the persona of Doink in order to perform an ambush on William Regal.
- Finishing moves
- Stump Puller (Single leg inverted Boston crab, sometimes into a sit-out position)
- Whoopie Cushion (Seated senton)
Championships and accomplishmentsEdit
- Allied Powers Wrestling Federation
- APWF Television Championship (1 time)
- International Wrestling Association
- IWA United States Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- NWA Southwest
- NWA Southwest Television Championship (1 time)
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- PWI ranked him #26 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 1992
- Regional Championship Wrestling
- RCW United States Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with Jay Love
- Wrecking Ball Wrestling
- WBW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards
- Most Embarrassing Wrestler (1994)
- Worst Feud of the Year (1994) vs. Jerry Lawler
- Worst Worked Match of the Year (1994) with Dink, Pink and Wink vs. Jerry Lawler, Sleazy, Queasy and Cheesy at Survivor Series