Herculez Gomez knows how to spot a social-media opportunity as well as anyone. So when an idea basically fell into this lap , he knew to run with it. The result was the very entertaining hashtag #HercPunchOut. It was so successful on Wednesday night that it was actually trending in Seattle around 10 p.m. on Wednesday.
Here’s how the "story" developed and some of our favorite images:
The genesis of the meme was this Tweet from our very own LikkitP:
@herculezg more like Herculez Gomez' Punch Out! pic.twitter.com/p0beveSuCN— Just LP (@LikkitP) July 6, 2016
That prompted Gomez to stage a contest, with the winner receiving the jersey he’s wearing in the picture:
Let’s have some fun..Photoshop this celebration w/#HercPunchOut .. Most RT-pic (by 7/8) gets the jersey in said pic. pic.twitter.com/N7AntIp3Tg— herculez gomez (@herculezg) July 7, 2016
The best photoshops managed to build off the inspiring image in that they made the photo of Gomez feel like it was part of the original work.
#HercPunchOut @herculezg Poor guy never had a chance. pic.twitter.com/HyusvPDyqy— Meghan Bingham (@meghanschwab) July 7, 2016
@herculezg #HercPunchOut pic.twitter.com/mNIWtqWLaR— José Rivera (@whoisjoserivera) July 7, 2016
Down goes Frazier! #HercPunchOut pic.twitter.com/j9lRuU6w1g— Die-lan. (@Elcharizogrande) July 7, 2016
We had a couple of dueling Game of Thrones references.
.@herculezg Game of Herc #HercPunchOut pic.twitter.com/qgSAX6Eir6— Just LP (@LikkitP) July 7, 2016
Funny. I was watching Game of Thrones, and took a screenshot and… #HercPunchOut (@herculezg) pic.twitter.com/JE8d7NZ5iv— Giani Californiaroll (@NOTrommelraymon) July 7, 2016
This one even managed to reference a previous punching meme.
As if the people of Dallas didn't like @herculezg enough #HercPunchOut pic.twitter.com/cfJtn0B2NY— Dan Crooke (@Crooke86) July 7, 2016
Not sure if it was intended, but enjoy this for its call back to the USL Sounders’ mascot.
He's free! #HercPunchOut @herculezg Please RT! pic.twitter.com/1gLyoHmRq4— Emily Cummings (@emilyrcummings) July 7, 2016
This was just pretty.
Simply beautiful. #HercPunchOut @herculezg pic.twitter.com/TkF35ICNH8— Constellation & Co. (@ConstellationCo) July 7, 2016
Of course, there had to be a Timber Joey one.
It's former guest @herculezg taking out that mascot from down south. RT to help us win #HercPunchOut for #SFFT17 pic.twitter.com/gFqzuopn8T— SonarFeed (@sonarfeed) July 7, 2016
But my personal favorite was this:
Not sure how many people will get this one @herculezg #HercPunchOut pic.twitter.com/16zwkdCzK3— Just LP (@LikkitP) July 7, 2016
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