Ranking WWE's 10 Funniest Comedy Segments of All Time
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What makes a truly great WWE comedy segment?
Well, it has be funny, obviously. Which can be harder than it looks (check out some of the awful skits from DX's 2006 revival to see comedy in wrestling gone badly, horrifyingly wrong).
It also has to be well-acted, too. OK, so none of these guys or girls are Groucho Marx, but they should be able to deliver believable and lively performances; otherwise, the segment will go down like a lead balloon.
Then there's durability. Do fans look back and remember the angle fondly, or has it been forgotten about?
With these factors in mind, let's examine and rank the top 10 funniest comedy segments of all time.
10. Kurt Angle Gives the Alliance a Milk Bath
The one thing we can take away from this hilarious skit, which took place on Raw in August of 2001: Don't mess with an Olympic hero.
Following the Alliance's lengthy, over-the-top and totally disingenuous tribute ceremony to evil leader Steve Austin, good guy Kurt Angle, driving a dairy truck, stormed to the ring to soak his arch-rival and his acolytes in gallons and gallons of milk.
Is it funny? Of course. How can it not be?
Is it well-acted? Yes. Austin's and Stephanie McMahon's stunned and irate reactions are genuinely hilarious.
Is it durable? Sadly, not really. Maybe fans are so eager to forget about the dreadful Alliance angle, they've buried memories of the good parts of it, too.
9. Ariane Shows off Her Wrestling Knowledge
The highlight of the revived Tough Enough reality series in 2011 was undoubtedly this priceless skit. Eager to find out how truly passionate she was about wrestling, head coach Steve Austin asked contestant Ariane Andrew (now Cameron in the Funkadactyls) what her favorite match of all time was.
Simple question, right? So, out of all the terrific matches that have taken place in wrestling history, what did she pick?
The phenomenal Bret Hart vs. Owen Hart cage match at SummerSlam 1994? The superb Shawn Michaels vs. The Undertaker bout at WrestleMania 25? Or how about their equally thrilling rematch a year later? Or maybe, in a bid to get into Austin's good graces, she mentioned a bout he was in?
Er, no. She instead offered up that iconic all-time classic of "Melina vs. Alicia Fox" as her personal best.
Is it funny? Yup. Austin's flabbergasted reaction to her answer alone is totally priceless.
Is it well-acted? Sadly, no one in this skit was acting. Ariane genuinely was that clueless about the industry at that point.
Is it durable? Ariane will probably be hearing jokes about this moment for the rest of her life, so, yes, probably.
8. Shawn Michaels Kicks Stan
The sole comedy highlight of the 2006 DX reunion, random backstage worker "Stan" found himself the recipient of a nasty superkick courtesy of one Shawn Michaels.
Is it funny? It's so casual and nonsensical, it has to be.
Is it well-acted? Well, Stan sold the move like he'd been hit by a ton of bricks, so yes.
Is it durable? Who doesn't still wonder if Stan ever worked the nerve to go to WWE's Human Resources department and complain about being assaulted backstage for no reason whatsoever?
7. Steve Austin Sings to Mr. McMahon
In a bid to cheer up his deeply depressed boss Mr. McMahon in 2001, Steve Austin whipped out his guitar and started playing. Later, Kurt Angle, who was also trying to work his way into McMahon's affections, grabbed the guitar and also churned out a tune. Neither Austin nor McMahon were impressed.
Is it funny? It's hard not to laugh at the once-tough and scary redneck Austin as a deluded wannabe-musician completely unaware of the fact he can't sing. The earnestness of Angle is also hilarious.
Is it well-acted? Everyone involved performs terrifically.
Is it durable? Well, it does get mentioned on official WWE video releases a lot but, like a lot of the things from Austin's 2001 heel turn, many seem to have forgotten about it.
6. Bob Barker and the Price Is Right
Legendary TV star Bob Barker guest-hosted Raw in late 2009, giving WWE the perfect opportunity to do a wrestling version of Barker's long-running game show The Price is Right.
Is it funny? The grumpy, annoyed Jericho, and his name tag, are genuinely hilarious.
Is it well-acted? All involved are pretty decent. Credit to Jericho for not breaking character and laughing, especially toward the end when Barker attempts to disarm his irate contestant with his trademark affability and niceness.
Is it durable? Thanks to his impeccable work here, and on the rest of the show, Barker won a "Best Guest Host" at that year's Slammys.
5. William Shatner Sings WWE Themes
Star Trek's William Shatner provided a truly hilarious moment when WWE had him film a spoof commercial for an upcoming wrestling-themed spoken-word album. Shatner sang along to various popular themes, including "Sexy Boy" and "My Time is Now."
Is it funny? It's hilarious. And it even makes you actually sorry that they didn't release a full version of this album.
Is it well-acted? Shatner's comedic timing is spot on, so yes.
Is it durable? Hmmm. This remains to be seen. It's not really brought up or mentioned much amongst fans.
4. This Is Your Life
Lovable everyman Mankind decided to bond with his occasional tag team partner The Rock by hosting a WWE version of "This is Your Life" and bringing back some old faces from Rock's past for a series of heartwarming reunions.
Things didn't exactly go to plan.
Is it funny? The segment is very hit-or-miss, but when it works, it really works.
Is it well-acted? While the guests are pretty bad, both Foley and Rock are very good. Foley, in particular, should get credit for managing to hold the entire thing together and stop it from turning into a total debacle.
Is it durable? It's still talked about to this day and is considered one of the highlights of the entire Attitude era.
3. JBL Fights an Inflatable Godzilla
Heel champion JBL, who had apparently been mistakenly shot earlier on in the show with a tranquillizer dart, wandered out to Raw to issue a drugged and rambling challenge to his foe Big Show.
He also brought along a giant inflatable Godzilla and bickered with it on air before stripping down to his (pink) boxer shorts.
Oh, but in the end, it turns out he faked it all.
Is it funny? It's hilarious.
Is it well-acted? Yes. JBL is fantastic in the segment.
Is it durable? It's still seen as one of the undisputed highlights of JBL heel turn.
2. Vince McMahon Takes a Lie Detector Test
At which point, Mr. America hijacked the mic and insisted on asking a few questions of his own.
Is it funny? It's great, especially as McMahon continues to dig the hole he's in even deeper, with his answers revealing him to be an immoral, power-hungry, sex-mad pervert who occasionally lusts after Mae Young.
Is it well-acted? Yes. It's not hyperbole to say McMahon deserved an Emmy for his work here.
Is it durable? One of the funniest skits in history, easily.
1. Kane and Daniel Bryan Attend Anger Management Classes
Per this 2012 storyline, rage-prone stars Kane and Daniel Bryan were sent by Raw GM A.J. Lee to Dr. Shelby's anger management classes in a bid to calm them down.
Unsurprisingly, both wrestlers made quite the impression on the class.
Is it funny? There are so many great moments here, it's nearly impossible to name them all. Bryan's delusional, self-pitying rants. Harold's work woes and his doomed attempts to make friends with the two wrestlers. Shelby asking Kane to remove his giant welder mask only for the star to take it off and reveal another mask underneath. And, most memorably, Kane revealing his dark and complicated history to the increasingly terrified class.
Is it well-acted? Everyone involved in these classic skits was fantastic. Kane's monologue, in particular, is one of the all-time great Raw moments.
Is it durable? Hey, many months after these segments, the anger management/feuding tag partners angle is still going on.