Pro Wrestling's 25 Best Signature Taunts
When I think about taunts it's not always just a hand gesture; it could be combination of sounds( such as a woo) or a whole body gesture.
I know I'm probably going to get a lot of people angry with this list because I tried to think back through the entire WWE days and I know I left probably left a few fan favorites, and the some of the ones I did use are out of place.
But I tried my best to remember through all those years and this is what I came up with.
A surprise right from the start, right?
DDP motioning to the crowd that it's time for the diamond cutter is one that sticks with you. Ask Jay-Z he stole it from DDP.
Now I know that he made it famous over on WCW but he was in WWE using it at a point.
So he starts off the list.
Before he was known as the murderer he was known as the crippler, and he had a pretty good taunt, too.
When motioning to the crowd for the diving headbutt he would bring his thumb to his throat in a slashing motion, singling that this match is done (although the match was rarely won with this move).
He would also modify with just crossing his arms and just dropping them, again signaling that it's over.
Captain Charisma, he has had many signature moves over the years, hitting his chest kissing his fingers, and pointing to one of his then fake peeps or throwing a temper tantrum after losing matches.
Or how about the one he uses now, looking into the crowd to find actual peeps this time.
He's got many taunts that were instant classics and that's why he's on this list.
22. Randy Orton
It was like Randy was saying "behold greatness" when he put his arms up and the gold fireworks gracefully fell to the ground.
Kind of like a perfect sculpture, this was his second used taunt after using a over head grabbing his wrist.
Well he found the perfect one, the second time around.
21. Kurt Angle
Kurt Angle's spinning motion when he entered the ring with his gold medals being shown off is a good taunt.
He was called the Olympic hero(self proclaimed.) He always needed to show how great he was and spinning in a circle so that everyone could see his gold medals.
And spinning in circles is a great way to do it.
20. Eddie Guerrero
From his low riders to his unique way of actually getting into the ring (on occasions) Eddie Guerrero had a pretty good taunt.
I'm not sure how to explain it, it was just a basic look at me kind of move, but he made it much more.
That wasn't the only taunt he had though, sometimes he would lay on the ropes and just lie there.
He had many and should be commemorated for them.
19. Chris Jericho
Chris Jericho has had many signature taunts from making a muscle, and step aside junior, from the start of the entrance ramp.(standing backwards and spinning forwards.
He's had too many taunt moves to count; all have been great.
Let's hope that he stops doing the gimmick that he's doing now, and go back to his over the top character, and soon.
When singling for the chokeslam he yells into the air and puts his hand up there too, as a sign that it's over for his opponent because the chokeslam's coming.
His height alone would be a great taunt, but a giant yelling in the air with his hand up, must be petrifying.
The 7-foot tall giant's hand to the air makes the list.
Jeff Hardy took the Free Birds hand gesture as a sign of respect for his mentor Michael Hayes and made it into a gesture all his own.
With the flashy arm bands to the facepaint he sometimes wore, this was a spectacle.
Again I'm not sure if this counts as part of the taunt ,but his entrance was just another thing that was a pretty cool thing to see.
16. "The Million Dollar Man" Ted Dibiase
The newly inducted Hall of Famer Ted Dibiase and his signature laugh, had to be on this list.
If you think about Ted DiBiase you can't really think of him without one the million dollar belt, two million dollars, three his laugh (I'm sure you can think of other reasons too.)
His iconic laugh definitely had to be on this list.
15. Bret Hart
I'm not really sure what to say about this, I never really saw Bret Hart, and this taunt isn't really talked about. I just know that if I didn't put it people would probably be upset.
It would appear to me like he's saying "hey, aren't I great." I don't know.
His pink and black is probably more a part of him than the taunt.
14. Booker T
The 5 time WCW champion and yes this includes the spinnerooni.
Ofton imitated, but never duplicated from the peeparooni (Christian) to the legarooni (Stacy Keibler).
13. Rob Van Dam
12. Shawn Michaels
Shawn Michaels, every time in his ring entrance would sway to the side put both arms up and pyro would go off.
Now with DX he still does it in front of Triple H, it's synonymous with Shawn Michaels.
Although he doesn't do it in his own ring entrance, because he prays to God instead. It is one of my top 25.
Vince's signature strut to the ring just shows his cocky self-indulgence and his power.
I know it's just him walking, but the swagger he puts into it just says "I'm better than you."
Or if he's angry it says, "I'm angry at you."
10. Mick Foley
Bang Bang, with his fingers making to fake guns, Mick Foley's bang bang was a great taunt.
It wouldn't strike fear into any opponents ,but it would be fun for the fans to see him make two guns and say "bang bang."
Another taunt that was, well I wouldn't call it a taunt more of a saying, but when he would say that it's great to be in whatever place they were in and give a thumbs up.
9. Triple H
The Triple H Spitting water into the air is something I'm sure that everyone has tried once in there life time (no? just me, okay)
Another great sight to see when the lights are dimmed and a spotlight just on him, with the iconic "time to play the game" Motorhead song playing.
Just look at the picture and tell me that doesn't look cool.
The Great One was pretty well known for his verbal taunts, but the one when he got to the ring wasn't bad either.
He didn't use it except when entering the ring but when he got to the ring corner and put his fist in the air it was just a sight to see.
Especially when the camera panned from one side to the other it just a great image.
I guess I should put more than the you can't see me as part of this one.
There's many variations to his hand gestures from the original fists connected with pinkies out, to the thumbs and pinkies out, to his latest modification, the OK symbol
I really never understood what any of them meant, So I guess I'm putting him here, basically for the "you can't see me" epidemic.
6. The Undertaker
The bowing down to the urn is a very ominous, cool thing to watch he had done it basically after every win.
When he wins a title, he puts it up in the air and curls his eye's to the back of his head.
I would also put the whole entrance with the smoke, and the taking off of the wardrobe as part of the taunting too; because it will take an opponent out of their game in a heartbeat.
5. Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka
Jimmy "Super Fly" Snuka singling the "I Love You" the crowd when he got into the ring and when he was about to fly off the top ropes.
He did this to show how much he cares for the fans and how he appreciates everything they have done for him.
This hand gesture is still used in our everyday life too, even though I'm pretty sure he didn't invent the hand gesture, he perfected it.
We've seen Triple H and Shawn Michaels alone on the list, but there best taunt was and is , as of today, the DX Crotch Chop.
Every wrestling fan does it to a person that they don't like. With the meaning behind obviously meaning s**k it.
From kids to adults almost everyone has done it. (I haven't, but whatever.)
DX's Crotch Chop is on the list .
3."Stone Cold" Steve Austin
When it wasn't rated PG, Steve Austin would give people the middle finger which is a great taunt to use to show your true feelings.
It was iconic for the "Attitude Era", often turning the bird to the fans telling us what he thought of us.
But when they started using PG he wasn't allowed to use his middle fingers and just put his fists in the air.
The middle fingers in the air was great as it lasted.
2. Hulk Hogan
Another one that you can put as a combination of moves. One move always combined into another move and so on.
It was never just the putting the ear to the crowd or the muscle poses it was all of it at the same time so you can't categorize this as one move.
It might be one of the most well known signature taunts in all of the wrestling world by one of the most recognizable wrestlers in the wrestling world.
Everyone knows this one it's still chanted during commercial breaks all over the world at WWE events, and after every knife edge chop.
This no doubt is one of the most popular and well known taunts the woo or the WOOOOOO!,
As all of us should know of it because it was never uttered quietly, or normally.