Behind every great wrestler is a great catch phrase. For years and years wrestlers have been personified by many things.
The way they bring out their character, their in ring skills, and also their Mic skills. And with Mic skills comes the catch phrases.
Whether it be "The Limousine riding, jet flying, kiss stealing wheeling dealing son of a gun, or Whatcha gonna do brother when Hulkamania runs wild on you!
There have been many catch phrases over the years and once it gets popular with the fans then its makes the wrestler more popular.
In this article I'm going to go over ten of the best catch phrases ever invented in my opinion.
These will be in no particular order except for number one.
A catch phrase to remember, and it all started at the 1996 King Of The Ring. Austin had just defeated Jake "The Snake" Roberts to become King Of The Ring and when Austin went up for his coronation and cut a now infamous promo.
"You sit there and you thump your Bible, and you say your prayers, and it didn't get you anywhere! Talk about your psalms, talk about John 3:16... Austin 3:16 says I just whooped your ass!".
For the longest time Austin would come down with his black leather vest with Austin 3:16 on the back of it.
Fans always making Austin 3:16 signs, to this day whenever Austin returns back to Raw, you will always see at least one fan with an Austin 3:16 sign.
Thus making this one of the most popular catch phrases in WWE history.
The catch phrase still used to this day by the Jet flying, limousine riding, kiss stealing, wheeling dealing son of a gun, Ric Flair.
He uses it constantly during his promos and during his early wrestling days he used it to taunt his opponents.
Ric Flair is re known world wide for that catch phrase, Sting even uses the catch phrase himself.
During his promos you will always here Flair belt out a couple WOOO'S, some of his opponents will even mock him with it.
Flair is a 16 time World Champion and his legacy along with his catch phrase will live on forever...WOOOOOO!
The Undertaker made his debut in the WWE in late 1990 on a taping of WWE Superstars, where he was originally called Kane The Undertaker.
The appearance of The Undertaker's first Deadman persona was modeled after a mortician from old Western movies, wearing a trench coat and black hat with Grey gloves and boot covers.
Under this Deadman persona, he was impervious to pain, something accomplished by him no-selling his opponents' attacks.
He made his official on-camera debut on November 22 at Survivor Series as a heel when he was the mystery partner of Ted DiBiase's Million Dollar team, where he was simply called The Undertaker.
With his manager Paul Bearer by his side he would rarely speak, but when he did he would always end his interview segment with three simple words, Rest In Peace. before groaning and rolling his eyes back in his head.
The crowd always has signs that say R.I.P., and whenever The Undertaker says it at the end of his segment they always say it along with him making it another one of the most popular catch phrases in wrestling history.
This is one of my favorite catch phrases, its simple yet original, and only Anderson can pull it off.
He made his WWE debut back in 2005, some may not know that he originally referred himself as Mr. Anderson (which he now goes by in TNA), but he then changed it to Ken Kennedy or Mr. Kennedy due to different reasons.
Such as more famous Anderson family in wrestling, as well as former Cincinnati Bengals quarterback going by the same name.
The idea to change his name from Anderson to Kennedy was suggested by Paul Heyman and was chosen as his name because it is the middle name of WWE Chairman Vince McMahon.
But Anderson's entrance has become a favorite among fans mainly for his over the top way he announces himself.
It has become such a hit that he sometimes doesn't even have to say it, he lets the fans set it up for him.
He then left the WWE in mid 2009 and would then make his debut in TNA in the beginning of 2010 under his original ring name (which happens to be his real name) Ken Anderson then shortened to Mr. Anderson.
Though whether it be Kennedy or Anderson you can't deny that Mrrrrrrr. Annnndddeerrsssooonnn, wait for it, wait for it, wait for it.......Annnnndddddeeeeerrrrrrsssssoooonnnn! is definitely one of the catchiest catch phrases ever.
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is a man among much controversy since leaving the WWE for movies and some would say now wanting nothing to with the company that made him.
But one thing is for certain he sure knows how to entertain.
When first making his debut in the WWE he wasn't that popular among the fans, chants of "Die Rocky Die" would irrupt in the arena, but that would soon change.
After coming back from an injury he then joined the Nation Of Domination turning heel, and changed his name from Rocky Maivia to The Rock.
He then started ending his interview segments with the infamous saying if ya smell, what The Rock, is cooking. He would even put a tweak on it sometimes by going if ya smelllllllllllah what The Rock, (raises eyebrow) is cookin!
Another superstar who sometimes wouldn't even have to finish the line because it was so popular that the fans would finish it for him.
Once again we come back to Stone Cold Steve Austin, and once again this catch phrase originates back to when the Stone Cold character was born, the 1996 King Of The Ring.
Austin was dominant on the mic, he always had that I just don't give a f*** attitude, a foul mouthed beer swelling hethan as Mr McMahon might say.
Every time Austin was on the mic, he would always close with that catch phrase. Ask anybody who knows anything about wrestling what Stone Cold use to say at the end of each promo, and you will get the same anwser everytime.
Stone Cold Steve Austin is probably one of the best mic workers ever to grace the grounds of WWE, he is a legend, a hall of famer, and probably one of the only people who has the cohones to give two middle fingers up to Mike Tysons face when he was in his prime.
AND THATS THE BOTTOM LINE CUS STONE COLD SAID SO!!!!
ARE YOU READY? The very first time those words were played I don't think anyone knew what a success this group would be.
Degeneration X was originally consisted of HHH, Shawn Michaels, and Chyna with Michaels being the leader.
The group came about on screen by Bret Hart calling them a bunch of Degenerates, however in Michaels' autobiography he says that Vince Russo, then-WWF head writer is who first conceived the moniker for the faction.
They went around doing whatever they wanted to whoever they wanted and according to Michaels in his DVD that just came out last year none of the stuff they did was ever rehearsed before hand they did it all pro bono that nobody knew about it the refs, the announcers, if I'm correct I think he said that even Vince didn't even know before hand about the stuff they would do.
These guys as a heel faction gained some major heat mostly because of Michaels and his shenanigans.
However, during a casket match with The Undertaker at the 1998 Royal Rumble Michaels was back dropped out of the ring and smashed his lower back on the edge of the casket, herniating two disks and completely crushing one.
With Michaels no longer in commission HHH took over as leader and added X-pac and The New Age Outlaws to the mix.
Whether it be the first DX or the second incarnation any time any member had a mic in hand they always ended with the same two words SUCK IT!!
The phrase grew as popular as the group and anytime you speak of DX you know we got two words for ya.....
One of my favorite wrestlers of all time, "The Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase.
The most stylish and classy wrestler besides Mr. Perfect to ever grace the WWE in my opinion.
It is said the Million Dollar Man character was based off of the type of wrestler Vince McMahon would want to be.
DiBiase always said everyone has a price and he made sure that anything he wanted, he got.
Skits featured DiBiase traveling in limousines, giving $100 tips to waiters, and using $100 bills in convenience stores for small purchases like chewing gum.
In reality though DiBiase's road travel was deliberately booked for first-class airplane flights and five-star hotel accommodations.
He was given a stipend of petty cash from WWE Offices so that he could throw money around in public like pick up tabs and over-tip, buy drinks for entire bars, actually pay for small items with a $100 bill and so on, in order to make the character seem more real.
One time he even had a young boy come in the ring and told him if he bounced a ball 15 times in row that he would give him 500$. The boy got to 14 before DiBiase kicked the ball away which of course had the boy leave with nothing.
One of DiBiase's trademarks was stuffing a hundred dollar bill in his opponents mouth after he beat them with his finisher The Million Dollar Dream.
All this makes the catch phrase everybody has a price just that more memorable.
Probably the most recognized wrestler in the world today and the man that made wrestling what it is today, Hulk Hogan.
During the 1980's Hulk Hogan was to wrestling what John Cena is today except bigger.
When Hulkamania was running wild, Hogan was always telling the fans to train hard, say their prayers, and eat their vitamins.
He had some of the greatest feuds with Andre The Giant even body slamming him for the very first time at Wrestlemania III.
Hogan also was apart of one of the most famous tag teams of all time The Mega Powers with Randy Savage.
When people talk about Hulk Hogan or do Hulk Hogan impressions your almost always going to here Watcha gonna do brother when Hulkamania runs wild on you!
WHAT? The most popular catch phrase in wrestling history WHAT?
Steve Austin has contributed some popular catch phrases to wrestling but this by far is thee most popular ever.
Any time any superstar is in the ring talking, usually a heel there's a chance that a WHAT chant will break out in the crowd.
Its not limited to the WWE either just not to long ago they were doing it in TNA also. Now you know that a catch phrase is popular when you got people saying it in a whole 'nother organization.
It started when Austin would put his ear to his watch and say WHAT? It eventually spread and a wrestler could be in the ring talking and during any pause the crowd would yell WHAT?
You don't see fans saying catch phrases from a wrestler that has never even worked for the company, they don't even sometimes use a catch phrase from a wrestler that does so that should tell you something.
Some may agree some may not but when a catch phrase originates in the WWE back in early 2000 and people still use it today even though the wrestler is no longer there, and fans even do it in TNA which to me makes it the most popular ever.
Cactus Jack/Mick Foley - BANG BANG
Macho Man Randy Savage - OOOOOOOHHHHH YYYEEEEAAAAA
John Cena - You Can't See Me
Kurt Angle - Oh Its True, Its Damn True!
Ric Flair - Limousine riding, jet flying, kiss stealing, wheeling dealing son of a gun!
Scott Hall - Hey Yo
Road Dogg - Oh you diddn't know? Your ass betta call somebodddyyyy!
New Age Outlaws - Ladies and gentleman boys and girls children of all ages Degeneration X proudly brings to you the Tag Team Champions of the WOOOOOOORRRRLLLLLDDDD, the Road Dogg Jesse James, The Bad Ass Billy Gun, THE NEW AGE OUTLAWS!
The Rock - It doesn't matter
Booker T - Can You Dig It Succckkkkaaaa!
Vince McMahon - Your FIIIIIIRRRRREEEEDDD!!!!!!!!!!!
Ric Flair - To be the man you've got to beat the man
Steve Austin - Give me a Hell Yea!
Tazz - Beat me if you can, Survive if I let you
Dudley Boys - 1,2,3.......GET THE TABLES!!!!
Bret Hart - The best there is, the best there was, and the best there ever will be
Hacksaw Jim Duggan - HOOOOOOOO!
And that concludes my article of the 10 greatest catch phrases of all time, if you have any suggestions for my honerable mentions comment and let me know.
Hope you enjoyed the article thanks for reading.