Let's discuss gimmicks. As a lot of us agree the ability to talk and carry yourself as a character is becoming more important in wrestling. Ring skills are still important but it is the character that makes you come back more often than not. We still see gimmicks in the WWE and in TNA but the indy scene seems a bit void of them. This might have to do with the vast size of the indy scene but still, there is a distinct lack of real gimmicks on the indy scene (except for Chikara but that is a completely different beast). ROH was arguably at its best when it had the clear cut gimmicks and characters of Samoa Joe, CM Punk, Bryan Danielson, Nigel McGuinnes, Christopher Daniels and Austin Aries running around. It seems like indy stars more often prefer to just be normal people with more pronounced characteristics like arrogance or "intensity" than be a more clearly defined character with a gimmick (this does not have to mean you show up in a mask, just a clearly defined character with traits). Wrestlers who have a gimmick on the indy scene outside of Chikara that I can think of right now is: Super Dragon (masked asskicker) Davey Richards (MMA shitbag) Low Ki (MMA shit bag) Truth Martini (Massive pervert) Jimmy Jacobs (Anti-society) Colt Cabana Is the lack of gimmicks a reason why some talent never reach their full potential? Would it hurt the independent scene to introduce more gimmicks or clear cut characters or would it hurt it? Could it use a little cult of personality? Also: If you could introduce a gimmick on the indy scene what would that be?