WWE's 30 Funniest Wrestlers of All Time
There are few better ways to get over with an audience than making them laugh. Some of the biggest wrestling stars have been armed with quick wit and hilarity.
From the unintentionally funny to the goofy, from the sardonic to the juvenile, we'll see examples of the funniest men to ever step into a wrestling ring.
Most of them would fit right in at the announce table and some would even do well at the Improv. Wrestling fans are lucky to witness not only some of the greatest athletes in the world, but some of the funniest as well.
Special Mention: Bobby Heenan
Though he appeared in the ring from time to time, Bobby the Brain isn't exactly considered a wrestler. But in a discussion of comedy and wrestling, it's hard not to think of Heenan.
He was the king of the one-liner and king of ad-lib.
A throwback to vaudeville or variety shows, Heenan's sharp tongue and deft wordplay was one of the most entertaining parts of wrestling for many years.
Though Jim Ross and Gordon Solie may be the greatest commentators, there's no one more fun to listen to call a match than Bobby Heenan.
In the tradition of Stephen Colbert, JBL played an over-the-top Republican whose complete lack of political correctness was hard not to laugh at.
At the announce table or as a wrestler, he's utilized harshly charming arrogance to get over.
At times he took his act quite far like chasing down illegal immigrants at the Texas/Mexico border, but it was all in an attempt to draw heat as a heel.
29. Ric Flair
Ric Flair can go from the coolest guy in the room to a caricature of himself in seconds.
The older he gets and the more his skin sags, the funnier it is when he's flopping around like a Muppet. The Nature Boy can be a complete spaz who would fit right in a Jim Henson movie.
During matches, his now-famous face-first falls have become more and more goofy, adding to his comic repertoire.
28. Kurt Angle
Whether a heel at whom the fans love to chant "You suck" or a hamming Olympic hero, Kurt Angle's stage presence and charisma has made for some funny moments throughout his career.
Like a lot of guys, he had great comic chemistry with the Rock. Some of his funniest segments have been with the Great One.
27. Ultimate Warrior
In the way that a lunatic who happens to find an available microphone might be funny, the Ultimate Warrior is an unintentional comic genius.
If you like your humor creepy and bizarre, watch a string of Warrior promos.
Just be warned, trying to figure out just what the Warrior is talking about may cause an aneurysm. From injecting the minimum dosage to making sacrifices, he is all over the place.
The laughter he created was the uncomfortable kind.
26. William Regal
It's his reserved and overly proper persona contrasting with any spurt of goofiness that makes William Regal so funny.
A healthy supply of charisma and wit doesn't hurt either.
During the later stages of his career he did more work backstage and in the ring, and fans are the better for it. Try not laughing while watching him dance with Cryme Tyme.
There were also several instances of him attempting to rap which are all entertainingly ridiculous.
25. Vladimir Kozlov
One half of the funniest tag team of all time was not dead weight. Playing opposite Santino, his understated humor isn't as appreciated as it should be.
Kozlov was the straight man to Santino's banana man.
Just like his partner, he used his accent for humorous purposes. Arnold Schwarzenegger-like, Kozlov's stern demeanor is sprinkled with moments of playfulness.
24. Charlie Haas
These parodies were both ridiculous and fun. It certainly helped him stand out.
Even more funny than his chameleon act was his masked wrestler routine where he'd put on a luchador mask on mid-match and suddenly change his demeanor and wrestling style.
As soon as his opponent pulled his mask off, it was back to the old Charlie.
23. Big Show
The World's Largest Athlete’s warm personality is surprising given his intimidating appearance.
WCW tried to turn him into the second coming of Andre the Giant. It wasn't until later in his career, that he was allowed to be himself, that his career started to take off.
The true Big Show is a goofball at heart.
22. Hurricane Helms
As the wrestling superhero, Hurricane Helms had the sitcom-style catchphrase, "What's up with that?' While that line is not exactly a comic opus, it helped him get over with the crowd.
He often played off the Rock, taking the Brahma Bull's verbal jabs as well as delivering a few of his own.
Helms also played a Clark Kent-like character, an "ace reporter" whose over-enunciated delivery provided some great backstage segments.
In a dumb, but funny angle Helms tutored Rosey, his superhero in training. At the very least the storyline offered a hilarious acronym in S.H.I.T.
Goldust's sideshow of a character eventually involved into a bizarre incarnation of Bobcat Goldthwait.
Once Dustin Rhodes realized he'd never live up to his father, he seemed to welcome his new role, as the entertaining spaz. His hyper-Tourette's coupled with his outlandish outfits made for compelling television.
Goldust is one of WWE's better actors, and it's no more apparent than during his comedic scenes.
20. Booker T
It's fitting that Booker T should follow Goldust on this list as they made such a complementary comedy pair.
With someone as wacky as Booker, it's hard to imagine that he'd be assigned the straight-man role, but he did it to perfection as Goldust's partner.
After winning the King of the Ring tournament, Booker T put on airs and a fake British accent. While I'm not sure how seriously we were supposed to take it, it came off as extremely funny.
Booker T then took his high-energy comedy to the announce table when his active wrestling days were over. Some folks find his commentary grating, but it's hard to deny how funny it is.
19. Brodus Clay
After unveiling his new Funkasaurus gimmick, fans didn't know what to think of Brodus Clay.
A match in and we knew if nothing else he'd be making us laugh throughout this run.
Ernest "the Cat" Miller had an extremely similar gimmick before Clay, even using basically the same theme song, but there's an added level of humor because of Clay's size.
As silly and simple as it is, watching a fat man dance is entertaining.
Catchphrases like "My bad" and "Should I get him?" may not make Clay's matches five-star worthy, but they've gotten him over and been fun to watch.
18. Colt Cabana
Even when having his cup of coffee with WWE, Colt Cabana (wrestling as Scotty Goldman) was asked to host a show on wwe.com. WWE may not have thought enough of his wrestling skills to keep him around, but they recognized how natural he is in front of a camera and how precise his comic timing is.
Now wrestling on the indy circuit, Cabana always looks like he's having fun.
Cabana gets most of his points for his clever YouTube show Creative Has Nothing for You. He writes and stars in the show which consists about one-minute episodes where Colt the wrestler struggles to communicate with the head of creative.
17. Iron Sheik
Warning: The obscene tirades captured in this video are not safe for work and will likely corrupt your children.
Like a Persian Jerry Stiller, the Iron Sheik has turned crotchety and ornery into a comic art. He's the only wrestler on this list that found his comedic rhythm post-retirement.
Catch the Iron Sheik at a wrestling conference or legends reunion and you'll be witness to an unending supply of venomous barbs directed at old foes, current stars or the guy who didn't get him a big enough dressing room.
During any encounter with the foul-mouthed Sheik he may make you laugh or else break your back and make you humble.
16. CM Punk
At some point CM Punk went from being a wrestler known for kicks and not drinking to the top of the WWE food chain. His snarky humor is a big part of that.
Whether he's doing the weather, holding an invisible mic or appearing on Jimmy Kimmel, Punk is flat out funny. Tearing into Alberto Del Rio, John Laurinaitis, John Cena or whoever he's put up against, Punk always come out looking wittier and more entertaining.
He is the king of inside jokes and obscure references, all doled out with a measured delivery.
15. Dusty Rhodes
The American Dream's delivery is well timed, it doesn't matter what he says. It's no surprise how great his commentary was after he retired.
Rhodes is the Robin Williams of wrestling, motor-mouthed, frenzied with a magnetic personality. Just listening him say the word "public" can make you laugh.
When Rhodes came to the WWE, many believe that they made a joke out of him; dressing him in polka dots and having him dance around like a fool. He made the most of it, though, by turning every moment into great entertainment.
The Americana vignettes to build up his debut were stellar.
Edge and Christian arguably made an even better comic duo than tag team.
Five second poses, reeking of awesomeness, Edge and Christian delivered a series of memorable gags and promos for several years. In a way they took over DX’s role as WWE's princes of irreverence.
Once Christian ventured out on his own, he quickly earned the name Captain Charisma, turning his often-obnoxious braggart character into a source of great laughs.
In the tradition of the Highlight Reel and Piper's Pit, WWE gave Edge his own interview segment to show off his comedic skills.
Of course, plenty of his funniest antics came from his partnership with Christian, but he's gone on to make us laugh on his own as well. Something as simple as painting a mustache on a portrait is gold in Edge's hands.
He's as comfortable with a mic in his hand as he is spearing an opponent in the center of the ring. Now that he's retired from in-ring action, it'd be great to see him come back to host the Cutting Edge or do commentary.
12. Triple H
Extremely versatile, Triple H can effortlessly go from brooding bad guy to lovable and mischievous. During his time with DX was where he got to see the humorous side of the Game.
He played off of Shawn Michaels perfectly. Fans couldn't wait to see what DX would do every week.
11. Zack Ryder
Long Island Iced Z's middling career was saved by his sense of humor and his forward thinking.
His YouTube Show Z! True Long Island Story is silly fun. Watching him sing in his car or play with his action figures has been great.
Endearing goofiness has been Ryder's trademark. His spiked hair, oversized sunglasses and supply of catchphrases hasn't hurt, either.
Ryder is the type of guy you barhop or watch the game with and who cracks everybody up along the way.
10. Mick Foley
As Mankind, he gave us a demented brand of humor, delving into the darkness while still finding a way to insert jokes.
And had a non-wrestling fan walked in on a Dude Love promo, they might have thought they'd turned the channel to Saturday Night Live.
The highly rated "This Is Your Life" segment between him and the Rock on Raw was funny from start to finish.
Another hit from his collection is when all three of his personas appeared together and interviewed each other.
Later Mick Foley went on to do stand up where his comic timing is on full display. And while he's no Chris Rock, he's pretty darn good.
9. Scott Steiner
Scott Steiner doesn't try to be funny. He can't help it.
With the garbled chaos that comes out of his mouth, with his bloated bravado and chain-mail headgear, he's an unintentional comic genius.
His humor is avant-garde, unintelligible ramblings and overly aggressive promos.
You will likely need subtitles for Big Poppa Pump aka Big Bad Booty Daddy's interviews.
8. Roddy Piper
A crazed energy powers Roddy Piper.
During interviews, his voice would climb octaves, he mocked his opponents and we had a great time watching him.
It was his bizarre sense of humor that helped him land the Piper's Pit gig, changing the wrestling landscape forever.
7. Eddie Guerrero
Eddie Guerrero actually managed to be funny while wrestling in a non-comedy match. His cheating antics were as innovative as they were entertaining.
Armed with a disarming smile and electric charisma, he put on a show anytime the cameras were on.
He and his nephew Chavo also had a series of vignettes that blatantly ran with stereotypes while making us laugh uncomfortably.
In an act that sometimes borders uncomfortably on a minstrel show, R-Truth has found a niche as an eccentric, lovable madman.
He's taken risks in order to entertain, knowing that his promos may be taken the wrong way. When he dressed as a Confederate soldier in order to secede from the WWE is a good example.
Spider soup, apologizing to a soda and of course a healthy dose of Lil Jimmy have highlighted his recent comedic momentum.
5. Shawn Michaels
DX provided some of the funniest moments in wrestling history. While Triple H certainly handled his business, Shawn Michaels was the funnier one of the pair.
Whether he was mocking Canada or mocking Hulk Hogan, Michaels took his Showstopper nickname to heart and put on as good of a show outside of the ring as he did in it.
You could tell he was having fun goofing around, and that made it all the more entertaining.
Even his Sweet Chin Music have been turned into a source of comedy, Michaels has superkicked a little girl and a random guy named Stan.
4. Stone Cold
Steve Austin was the badass everybody wanted to be. Not only could he knock you flat on your back, he was effortlessly hilarious.
When his knees and neck began to fail him, he turned to more of a backstage role. Some of the segments he did during that period are comic gold.
Playing the guitar or taking over the WWE and giving out beers to the executive, Austin's act never grew old.
Even though the "what" routine is now tired and overused, when Austin first introduced it, it was definitely more than chuckle worthy. It's only boring now because it isn't Stone Cold who's doing it.
3. Chris Jericho
Chris Jericho is one of the most entertaining men to ever lace up a pair of boots. Of course his wrestling skills are phenomenal, but he may be funnier than he is talented.
When his career began to dawdle with WCW, he began a hilarious feud with Goldberg that didn't even include the big man. It ended with Jericho facing off against a fake Goldberg.
Even in the ring, Jericho managed to be funny. From his one-foot pin where he flexed to his "Ask him!" routine, he made us laugh time and time again.
2. Santino Marella
The unibrow, the splits and the accent have all been key components to Santino Marella's uproarious run.
He's fully embraced his role as WWE's comic relief. Everything from his ridiculous walk to the ring to his sock-puppet assisted finishing move is designed to make us laugh at every turn.
The big goofball has endeared himself to fans and his list of funny moments seems to go on forever. A few that stand out are his record-breaking performance at the Royal Rumble, his anti-Stone Cold song and his segment with Freddie Prinze Jr.
If he keeps going at this pace, when Santino retires, it may be impossible to refuse him the No. 1 spot.
1. The Rock
The Rock tops a lot of lists with good reason.
Of course his athleticism and skills had tons to do with him being beloved by fans, but a huge part of that can be attributed to how funny he is.
Dripping with charisma, the Rock tears down other wrestlers like no one else. Even if he's mocking your favorite guy, you'll grow red-faced from laughing.
From making references to his strudel to his "It doesn’t matter" routine, the Rock made every appearance on WWE TV a must-watch.
Is there another more entertaining wrestler outside of the ring?