The Gobbledy Gooker "hatched" from an oversized egg, which had been on display at WWF events prior to the Survivor Series, and heavily hyped on television. However, crowd reaction was very negative, with fans booing as the costumed Guerrero danced in the ring with announcer "Mean" Gene Okerlund (play-by-play announcers Gorilla Monsoon and "Rowdy" Roddy Piper tried their best to be enthusiastic).
Critics were universal with negative reviews, and the character was quickly retired, receiving very few mentions afterwards, and leaving it a mystery if the character was ever even intended for more than short term use, although the gimmick did lend its name to the annual WrestleCrap Gooker Award for worst gimmick, storyline, or event in wrestling.
After the character was shelved the WWF didn't mention it for years, until it became fashionable to mock mistakes made in the past. At this point The Gobbledy Gooker was revived for WrestleMania X-Seven to participate in the "Gimmick Battle Royal". Though the costume was very different from the original, Hector Guerrero did again don the costume, being the second person eliminated in the match, with Repo Man being the first.
When "Mean" Gene Okerlund was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2006, he recalled some of his famous interviews and he acknowledged the fact that it was Hector Guerrero in the costume, saying that "Hector, we had a lot of fun, but all of this is forgotten," as the camera took a shot of a shy Hector Guerrero.
The Gobbledy Gooker returned on the November 23 episode of Raw, as the special guest timekeeper, only to be found out that Maryse was disguised as it and attacked Melina.