The Rock: Ranking the 15 Greatest Insults and One-Liners of His WWE Career
Back with WWE after a lengthy absence, The Rock is again entertaining fans with his expertise in verbal smackdowns.
Everyone's favorite bully has long been making fun of opponents, announcers and even fans in the crowd. The Rock is the undisputed champion of putdowns.
Vickie Guerrero and Paul Heyman have become his latest victims, seeing firsthand how deft The Rock is at tossing out insults and quips with bite.
The following one-liners and affronts are ranked on their creativity, how long of a shelf life they've had and the reactions they earned from the crowd.
15. You Looking Like a Bloated Transvestite Wonder Woman Ready to Fight Crime
Before John Cena and CM Punk got down to business, signing the contract for their SummerSlam championship match, The Rock had a few things to say to his WrestleMania 28 opponent.
The Rock blasted Cena via a video.
He ripped Cena for wearing jean shorts which he said "nobody's worn since '92." The real meaty insult though was a comparison to a less attractive version of Wonder Woman.
With how sensitive WWE has been since adopting a PG rating, it's surprising the company approved of this harsh comment. Then again, with as many penis and hooker jokes as he's thrown out over the past few episodes of Raw, it looks like The Great One has free run of the place.
14. You Got the Spinnerooni, the Dipsy Doodle and the Sufferin' Succotash
When Booker T came over from WCW, he first faced a lashing from The Rock in preparation for their SummerSlam 2001 bout.
The WCW World title hanging on his shoulders and Shane McMahon at his side, Booker T had to stand in the ring as The Rock made fun of his signature move, the Spinnerooni.
The move, while fun to watch, has a name that makes it quite easy to insult.
The electrified crowd gobbled up every moment of this.
13. Undertaker with His Mickey Mouse Tattoos and 33-Pound Head
A touch insane, a touch goofy, this SmackDown promo in Las Vegas saw the Rock trash talk Big Show, Kane, Undertaker and Mankind.
It was his remark about Undertaker that is most memorable.
To say, "You have a big head and ugly tattoos" wouldn't have much of an impression at all, but The Rock makes the idea far funnier by being extra specific.
Are Taker's tats of the Mickey Mouse variety? Is his head really 33 pounds?
Not at all, but it's unlikely that anyone's momma has ever been as fat as the jokes suggest. In the game of verbal abuse, reality is to be ignored.
12. You Shrank and Got White
The Rock didn't limit his victims to wrestlers. Interviewers like Mark Lloyd got Rock's smackdown treatment as well.
Lloyd gets mistaken for the taller, darker Jonathan Coachmen.
Rock channels his inner high-school bully and mocks Lloyd before shoving him aside. His line about Lloyd's changing size and skin color isn't the cleverest thing he's said, but it's among the funniest.
It's a moment that shows up time and again on clip shows.
11. You Can Go Right Back to the Waffle House and Sling Hash All Day
Lance Storm was fighting for his WWE job. The Rock stood in his way.
As one might expect, The Rock didn't just quietly go about his business. He felt the need to humiliate Storm and entertain the fans simultaneously.
In the middle of a beatdown, he pulled out a list of alternative employment options for Storm. The funniest and most notable was a gig at a Waffle House.
It takes special skills to be able to toss out insults while in the middle of a match, to be out of breath and still nail your lines.
10. The Rock Gets More Pie in a Week Than You Get in a Lifetime
The true mark of an entertainer is how they fare when the show veers off the script.
The Rock flourished in a moment of improvisation. In the middle of a promo, a fan held out his middle finger for The Rock to soak in.
The Rock took the opportunity to bring the fan in as part of the show. He guessed that he had a lot more luck with the ladies than this angry wrestling fan.
9. I'll Be Sure to Come Back When the Lakers Beat the Kings in May
Heels dissing the local sports team is a time-honored wrestling tradition. Most of the time, it's nothing memorable, a quick way to get a boo. The Rock made his jab stick.
In a song directed at the Sacramento crowd, The Rock delivered an expected blow where it likely hurt the most.
The Kings had suffered a number of agonizing defeats courtesy of Kobe Bryant and the Lakers. The Rock ran his nails across the wound.
The fans' reaction quickly turned from cheering to guttural booing, signaling a job well done.
8. Who in the Blue Hell Are You?
The Rock has dismissed many a superstar with this succinct line. It immediately categorizes the victim as insignificant with just seven words.
What exactly is a blue hell? It doesn't matter what a blue hell is.
The Rock has delivered this line so forcefully and convincingly that it has become a regular part of his verbal repertoire.
The more famous a person is, the more this stings. Ask Booker T.
Only a handful of men can make up words and have them become part of everyone's lexicon.
The Rock's term for losers is now a regular part of his speech and something folks beyond the wrestling world know. Characters on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia used the term on an episode of the show.
When Chad Ochocinco asked The Rock to define the term, The Brahma Bull sent out this Tweet:
6. It Doesn’t Matter
Whatever variation The Rock has done on this, it remains remarkably funny.
When The Rock asks you what you think, don't then begin to say, "I think." He is bound to jump all over whatever it is you have to say and tell you matter-of-factly that it doesn't matter what you think.
The same goes for essentially any question he asks.
What's your name? Where are you from? What do you want?
Just don't answer him!
This simple yet effective joke has had staying power, becoming a permanent part of Rock's toolbox.
5. I Know the Answer to That. 2+2? Thomas Jefferson, Sucka!
John Cena may have thought last year that he was being abused by The Rock like no one else, but all those moments seem tame to how Rock took apart Booker T.
In this hilarious segment, The Rock describes in detail how Booker T's school life must have been.
From the bus ride to the amusingly wrong answers, Rock painted a picture so vivid, so harsh that it is now one of the most famous mockeries in WWE history.
4. I Gotta Get in My Truck, Drink Some Steveweisers...
Many of The Rock's impressions of his foes have not exactly been Saturday Night Live material.
These wildly inaccurate mockeries are done more with humor in mind than realism.
Before a Hell in a Cell battle with Rikishi, Triple H, Kurt Angle, Undertaker, and Steve Austin, The Rock went down the list and made fun of all them.
The most memorable of the bunch was his ridiculous take on Stone Cold. The Rock donned a camo cap and said in a fake Southern accent, "I gotta get in my truck, drink some Steveweisers and listen to some Backstreet Boys."
On paper, that may not have sounded like a TV-worthy joke, but out of The Rock's mouth, it sounded golden.
3. Know Your Role and Shut Your Mouth
This catchphrase is short on the funny and much longer on the effectiveness.
Imagine saying this to someone at work, or a mouthy in-law. It would certainly get a normal person in a good bit of trouble, but for The Rock, it's just yet another phrase for him to hammer his foes with.
Its fame grew to the level of being put on various T-shirts. Being so direct, so punchy, it's a putdown that Rock may never retire.
2. SmackDown Hotel
“The Rock will take you down Know Your Role Boulevard which is on the corner of Jabroni Drive and check you directly into the SmackDown Hotel.”
This lengthy one-liner incorporates a variety of The Rock's catchphrases into one mega-insult.
Like with many of his catchphrases, he'll vary this one up, but ending up at the same location, the undesirable SmackDown Hotel.
It's one of the sayings that he’s seemed to have the most fun with over the years.
Here is an excellent rendition of it here.
1. Shine It Up Real Nice…
Take an object, any object really and The Rock will find a way to insert into his most entertaining insult.
It could be Dolph Ziggler's briefcase, Santino's cobra puppet or one of John Cena's wristbands. If The Rock is unhappy with one of these gentlemen, he will lay out his detailed plan for where to stick the item in question.
He will talk about how he'll shine it up real nice, turn "that sumbitch" sideways and stick it right up someone's candy ass.
It's a catchphrase that suffers when one thinks about it too much. Why shine something when you are just going to use it for a purpose sure to ruin that new shine?
Still, it's too fun to be held back by logic. It's Rock's most lasting insult, one that he could toss out when he appears on Raw years and years past his prime.
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