"Here was just a tough guy looking for a fight. And the fans loved him."
The Cameo: In what would later be revealed to be the first example of WWE working with ECW, Sandman got to stand up and spit beer in Savio Vega's face during his Caribbean strap match against Justin "Hawk" Bradshaw at WWF in Your House 10: Mind Games, September 22, 1996, which was held in Philadelphia.
Combat Pragmatist: What was commonplace in ECW had a rule against it in WWE, not like he followed too many of the rules anyway.
Content Warnings: The back of the T-shirt in the page photo has the following warning:
"PARENTAL WARNING: Sandman Has Been Known To Promote Smoking, Drinking And Ass Kicking. Keep Away From Children."
Crowd Song: The crowd would sing along with "Enter Sandman" during his entrance. During the actual match, they'd chant, "Fuck em up Sandman fuck em up!" or sometimes "Sandman's gonna kill you! Sandman's gonna kill you!"
Garbage Wrestler: To the point that, when he actually would pull off regular wrestling moves, and do them well, it stood out.
I Approved This Message: In 2006, WWE renamed their Taboo Tuesday PPV, where fans would get to vote online on who they wanted in matches and/or what kinds of matches would be on the show, Cyber Sunday. The Sandman was one of the three potential opponents, along with Chris Benoit and Kane (who was the winner of the vote, but not the match), for Umaga. The Sandman cut a promo urging the fans to vote for him. As this was a mid-term election year, he ended his promo with, "I'm the Sandman, and I approved this message."
Nineties Anti-Hero: To the point that some people thought Austin was ripping him off by cursing and drinking beer. Which becomes even funnier when people who hadn't seen the Sandman in the original ECW wondered if he was ripping off Austin! Of course, as beer-drinking brawlers, they were both following in the tradition of Dick the Bruiser and the Crusher.
Wrestling Doesn't Pay: A wrestling pimp. More noticeable in WCW, amusingly, since the "ultra violence" wasn't as much of a distraction as in, say, ECW, nor was that kind of thing the norm such as in XPW.
Wrestling Family: Was originally managed by his wife Lori who used the name Peaches. His son Tyler was involved in the feud with Raven in 1996-1997 and tried his hand at wrestling in 2008-2009 as Twisted Sand, but nothing seems to have come from that.
Wrestling Psychology: An unlikely choice, but he did have his own version. By busting himself open before he got to the ring, it nullified any threats his opponents might make about making him bleed.
Your Princess Is in Another Castle: At ECW's final PPV, Guilty As Charged 2001, he defeated ECW World Heavyweight Champion Steve Corino and Justin Credible in a three-way-dance for the title. Then Rhino came down and issued a challenge. Sandman called for the bell...and Rhino proceeded to squash him for the title.