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YMMV / Bob Sapp

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  • Americans Hate Tingle: Needlessly to say, he was not as popular in United States as he was in Japan. It could be said Americans saw Sapp not only as a big joke to the sport, but also as a mix of the worst things from both countries.
  • Badass Decay: One of the worst cases ever, given that he went from giving trouble to the best fighters in the world to tapping out in one minute against regional cans. Partially intentional; Sapp enforced his change from fighter to jobber when he saw that his fame started to falter and that his fighting career would be increasingly tougher once the world discovered how to beat an one-dimensional strongman like him. This propelled further his career to the ground but at least made him obtain some important gains.
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  • Broken Base: Should he be remembered as an entertainer who gave some impressive performances at his time, or just as a clown who went to tap out after three punches?
  • Critical Dissonance: Nobody in the Japanese wrestling magazines believed Sapp could be a good IWGP champion, but he didn't care, because the rest of the people in the country loved him.
  • Critic-Proof: Booking a prime Sapp was always tricky, but it was usually immensely profitable.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: None other gaijin wrestler (or professional athlete, for the matter) has ever been so loved in Japan as Sapp was at his time.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Mike Tyson's negotiations to fight Sapp became this when K-1 head Kazuyoshi Ishii was busted by the Tokyo tax bureau and the Tyson contract was speculated to have been just a medium to divert money all along.
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  • "Holy Shit!" Quotient: His matches against Hoost and Minotauro Nogueira. The former because Sapp won and the latter because it seemed he could win (or rather kill Nogueira) in any moment.
  • Narm Charm: His most fabulous performances and entrances tend to evoke some feeling of wonder in the viewer, for good or bad. Same with his fighting style and overall performance.
  • Never Live It Down:
    • Sapp is so widely disliked by his late tomato can career that some are surprised to find out he used to be an unambiguously powerful fighter back when he really tried.
    • Low points of his early career like his injury reaction against Cro Cop and his breakdown against Fujita are inevitably mentioned every time Sapp is discussed.
  • Unfortunate Implications: As this review notes, perhaps having Ernesto Hoost's manager Vos call Sapp a monkey was not exactly the best promo. (The weirdest thing is that Hoost is black too.)
    Johan Vos: "Mr. Monkey! MR. MONKEY!"

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