When Ron Simmons was part of The APA in the late-1990's, he would sometimes utter "DAMN!" at the end of a promo to hammer home the idea that he was a badass. But in retirement, Simmons pops up sporadically on WWE programming and utters the catchphrase whenever a silly backstage situation gets out of hand.
Quick - what's the first thing you think of when someone mentions one of your favorite wrestlers of the last 25 years or so?
Some may recall a classic match or moment, or maybe their theme music. But more often than not, you (subconciously) think about their catchphrase.
For this very reason, wrestlers tend to put lots of work into their catchphrases, while announcers and promoters do their best to hammer these home with the audience. If you can remember a certain wrestler by what they say, you're more likely to identify with them over a plain vanilla or bland competitor.
Of course, not every single wrestler to ever make it in to WWE, WCW, ECW or TNA have their own catchphrase.... but more often than not, the big ones do.
In ranking the Top 50 Wrestling Catchphrases, we looked at a variety of factors, including:
How long has the wrestler been using it for?
When you hear said catchphrase, do you associate with the wrestler immediately?
How faifthful is the catchphrase to the performer?
One note: While wrestlers, managers and even authority figures count here, we've decided to omit phrases used by commentators. Those could fill a Top 50 list on their own, and often times, the announcers have to work in repetitive phrases to build viewer loyalty. So they're off the list... until we do a commentary one, at least.
Ready? Here we go!
Gregory Helms' WWE transition to The Hurricane in 2001 came with a lot of changes - a costume, green hair, his Hurri-powers ("Beeyotch!"); even a sidekick in Mighty Molly. But whenever Hurricane got on the microphone, he was sure to utter the catchphrase "Wassupwidat?" in his squeaky North Carolinian accent.
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The Undertaker has always been a man of few words, but even from his 1990 WWF debut he would keep going back to one key catchphrase, whether heel or face. Rolling his eyes into the back of his head, The Dead Man would growl "Rest.... in.... peace!". Honorable mention to manager Paul Bearer's "Ohhh yessss!"