Brock Lesnar, Mick Foley: The 10 Most Dangerous Wrestlers in WWE History
WWE is not often thought of as being a hardcore wrestling company.
But over the years, they've had a lot of dangerous men walk through their doors, and quite a few powerbombed through their tables.
Nearly every man or woman who becomes a professional wrestler has to be tough.They must have a certain level of danger to them, if they're willing to risk their body night in and night out.
Which wrestlers are the most dangerous, though? Who wouldn't you want to get into a bar-room brawl with? Who would you run away from if you saw them in an alley at night?
This list of most dangerous wrestlers mixes their on-air personas with their real-life toughness. It highlights guys that could take a ton of pain, and dish it out even more.
Some on the list have real-life backgrounds in wrestling and MMA. Real-life fighting credentials don't necessarily make someone dangerous though. It's all about attitude.
Here are the top 10 most dangerous men in WWE history.
10: Jeff Hardy
When people think of Jeff Hardy, the first thing they think of probably isn't the word "hardcore."
He has weird hair, strange wrestling attire, and recently has taken to painting his eyelids.
But that man was dangerous in WWE.
Jeff didn't seem to care about his own well-being, as he took some of the craziest bumps ever seen in the history of the WWE.
He's been in classic ladder matches where he's dove off the top of 20-foot ladders that most men would have been too scared to even climb.
A daredevil at heart, Jeff has some of the most reckless offense in wrestling, and is prone to botching these dangerous moves, which could have serious repercussions.
As Jeff enters his mid-30s in TNA, he still moves around very well for the amount of punishment his body has taken over the years.
He's already cemented his place as a tough man, so hopefully he can slow it down a bit to enjoy his later life as a painter or musician, or whatever non-dangerous activities he's up to in his free time.
9: Chris Benoit
Yes, Chris Benoit was literally a very dangerous, unstable man outside of a wrestling ring as we found out.
But his on-screen character was one of the most dangerous men ever seen inside of WWE.
Simply, no one had more intense matches than Benoit.
Every kick and knife-edge chop that he dished out looked absolutely brutal, often leaving deep red marks on the chests of his opponents.
His finishing move was also one of the most dangerous you could perform, as he dove off the top rope and delivered a flying headbutt.
In hindsight, the move should have been banned as he gave himself innumerable concussions which led to his brain damage.
When people think of Benoit now, the first thought isn't what he did as a wrestler, but for years he was one of the toughest, most dangerous men in all of wrestling.
The dangerous matches that Edge fought in during his career surely led to his retirement much earlier than it should have.
Edge took part in the crazy TLC spectacles against the Dudleyz and the Hardy Boyz which helped prove how tough he was.
Along with Jeff Hardy, it was often Edge who would take the biggest bumps in those matches.
Even when Edge broke away from Christian and became a singles act, he was still taking big risks.
At WrestleMania 22, in one of the pay-per-view's most insane moments ever, Edge speared Mick Foley through a flaming table.
It will probably be years (if ever) we see an act like that again in WWE.
It's too bad that Edge didn't find his footing earlier as a singles star, as he wouldn't have had to have so many hardcore-style matches.
By the end of his career, though, it was clear that The Rated R Superstar was one heel you didn't want to mess with.
How could the homicidal, suicidal, genocidal maniac not make this list?
Compared to others on the list, Sabu wasn't in WWE very long, but he makes it due to his extreme wrestling style and total disregard for his own well-being.
Just take one look at Sabu and try to say that he isn't dangerous.
Even into his 40s in WWE, Sabu had the highest risk offense of anyone on the roster.
Fans may complain that he would screw up his moves too often, but I don't know if anyone else could have a higher percentage of success with his insane moveset.
Hitting a springboard tornado DDT, a Somersault Plancha or a Triple Jump Moonsault aren't exactly moves you can master in training camp.
Lucky for Sabu, he nearly always hit one of his most dangerous moves with ease: just throwing a chair in a man's face!
6: Terry Funk
During Funk's WWF run in the late '90s, he'd carry a chainsaw to the ring while wearing pantyhose over his head.
Sounds pretty hardcore to me.
Apparently carrying a branding iron to the ring like he did in his earlier run was no longer enough for him, and he needed something that could rip a wrestler in half instead.
Funk's legendary status in wrestling is highlighted more often by his time in other wrestling organizations than his time in WWF.
Still, he had his share of memorable hardcore brawls in the World Wrestling Federation.
Terry Funk showed he had a lot of attitude and danger left in him when he teamed up with friend/rival Cactus Jack, and took on the New Age Outlaws in a dumpster match at WrestleMania 14.
Most men in their late 50s probably spent that evening on the golf course or out to dinner with their wives.
Funk was falling off a ladder and taking chair shots that night.
After that short run, he retired (as he seemed to do every other week), and didn't show up in WWE again for a few years.
When he came back, even in his 60s, he was still a hardcore freak of nature.
He teamed up with Tommy Dreamer and Beulah McGillicutty to take on Mick Foley, Edge and Lita at ECW One Night Stand in 2006.
Funk showed up prepared as he pulled out a 2 x 4 wrapped in barbed wire, and then set it on fire for good measure before attacking Foley with it.
With or without a deadly weapon, Terry Funk has proved he's one of the most dangerous men to ever appear in WWE.
5: The Dudley Boyz
Technically, this would make the list the 11 most dangerous men in WWE history, but these two only seemed to get up to some really dangerous shenanigans when they were together.
In the WWF, The Dudley Boyz didn't invent putting people through tables, but they perfected it.
If any tag team was foolish enough to take them on in a match, there was a good chance they'd wind up through a table when it was all said and done.
It wasn't just men, as anyone at any time could feel the Dudleyz wrath.
It didn't matter if they were Trish Stratus, Lita, Stacy Keibler, Torrie Wilson or 80-year-old legendary wrestler Mae Young (who went through one twice!), if they were close to the Dudleyz, it was time to get the tables.
The duo was just plain dangerous to be around and took part in some of the craziest, most spot-filled matches in the company's history.
Their ECW act would nearly start riots, their brutal feud with Edge and Christian and the Hardyz is legendary, and the Attitude era just wouldn't have been the same without this crazy team.
4: Kurt Angle
Kurt Angle is one of the toughest men ever to step foot in a WWE ring.
Like Jeff Hardy, Kurt has been known to put his body on the line and take insane bumps. What's even crazier is that Angle did this even after years of terrible neck problems and surgeries.
What made Kurt so dangerous is that he gave it his all every match. He was intense and competed at a higher level than nearly everyone on the roster.
He was a talented wrestler with a ton of charisma, but he always took risks that guys at his level didn't need to take.
His famous moonsault off the top of a cage onto Chris Benoit is one of the most breathtaking moves in WWE history.
Nothing seems to slow Kurt down, and he puts on amazing matches no matter how injured he is.
An Olympic gold medal winner, Kurt could manhandle any wrestler on the roster if he was healthy.
Even if he was injured, had his arms tied behind his back, and was sleeping, the average man still wouldn't stand a chance against him.
Jake Roberts said it best when talking about Haku's toughness:
"If I had a gun and was sitting inside a tank with one shell left and Meng (Haku) is 300 yards away? He's mine, right? Well the first thing I'm gonna do is jump out of the tank and shoot myself because I don't want to wound that son of a bitch and have him pissed off at me."
Over the years, a few wrestlers have claimed that Haku is the toughest wrestler they have ever met in real life.
Listening to stories of him, it's hard not to agree.
The dude once bit off a man's nose.
Now that's hardcore!
Besides what he did off-screen, he was a tough dude to take down on-screen. He was the last reigning WCW Hardcore champion, and would no-sell for mid-carders around the world during his WWF run.
While I could go more in-depth in his in ring career to prove how dangerous he could be, it's best left up to other wrestlers to tell the story.
Another great quote about Haku is when Saturn was asked who would win between himself and other tough wrestlers like Scott Norton, Finlay, Haku, Barbarian, Rick Steiner and Jim Duggan in a real fight.
Saturn replied "Tonga (Haku). Nobody else would stand a chance. Not even a question. He could kill everyone without blinking."
Sounds pretty dangerous.
2: Brock Lesnar
Storyline wise he broke Triple H's arm.
In real life, he broke Bob Holly's neck.
He also should have been knocked out cold after a botched Shooting Star Press at WrestleMania 19. But he got right back up, delivered an F-5 on Kurt Angle and then pinned him.
Simply, Brock Lesnar is a beast.
He's a former UFC heavyweight champion, and legitimately one of the toughest men on the planet.
There is a scary power that Lesnar possesses, and tremendous athleticism that would make anyone think twice before trying to start something with him.
Brock is so dangerous, that it defies believability that even guys like HHH or John Cena would last a minute against him in a fight.
It's hard to imagine anyone joining WWE in the years to come who would be more dangerous than Brock Lesnar.
1: Mick Foley
Foley's characters were demented, psychotic and loved to feel pain.
He may not be able to take out Kurt Angle or Brock Lesnar in a real fight, but the way he takes punishment could put those guys to shame.
Mick Foley fell off of the top of Hell in a Cell, and got back up to fight some more.
How much more dangerous can you get?
He's fallen on countless thumbtacks, been tossed into steel stairs full blast, had his ear ripped off, and been hit in the head with a folding chair more times than any man should ever have been.
Whether he was Cactus Jack, Dude Love or Mankind, Foley was one tough dude.
While Sting carried a baseball bat to the ring, that wasn't good enough for Foley. A barbed-wire bat was his weapon of choice.
No one in the history of WWE has taken the amount of beatings that Foley has taken.
He was the WWF's first hardcore champion, and set an impossible and dangerous bar for that belt that no one could ever live up to.
There's no doubt about it, Mick Foley is the most dangerous man in WWE history.