WWE: The Top 25 Catchphrases in the WWE
Hey there bleachers! Having a bit of my time on my hands now as my University course is coming to an end, is quite a rarity, so I have just been sticking to my regular Raw and SmackDown reviews (Please check them out if you haven’t already).
However, one lazy Sunday afternoon got me thinking about all the different catchphrases the WWE fans have been treated to over the last 25 years.
I decided to do a list of what I believe are the best catchphrases to emerge from this once-dominant company.
I have included a list of honorable mentions at the end, for catchphrases that didn’t make the list.
25. R-Truth: "What's Up!"
Just before R-Truth turned heel—like him or not—it’s likely you joined in with the “What’s Up!” catchphrase in his entrance rap.
It is not the most inventive catchphrase ever by all means, but it definitely results in a big crowd reaction—hence its inclusion on this list.
It is also probably one of the most reliable catchphrases, as you know you are going to be treated to it every time R-Truth comes to the arena—much like the New Age Outlaws.
24. Triple H: "I Am the Game and I Am That Damn Good!"
This was used more in Triple H’s rise in power as he adopted “The Game” as his nickname.
Trying to make a name for himself as the top guy in the company, The Game promoted himself by using this catchphrase.
It will probably go over the head of those who know Triple H as he is now, but during the Attitude Era, the crowd could be heard shouting alongside this catchphrase that helped secure Triple H’s position as the top guy.
23. Val Venis: "Hello, Ladies!"
This never failed to excite the ladies in the audience. Val Venis’ raspy voice echoed this catchphrase at the audience while a woman was focused on camera.
This was due to Venis’ character background of being a successful porn star.
Flirting with the audience was a big part of his entrance and resulted in this memorable catchphrase.
It even featured on the start of his music.
22. Mr Kennedy: “MR. Kennedy!...Kennedy...”
Mr. Kennedy, now known as Mr. Anderson, is well known for having exceptional skills on the mic. So it is no surprise that his catchphrase has made it onto my list.
He introduced himself before every match in an exaggerated, old-fashioned manner—more like a boxing ring announcer than a wrestling one.
It was entertaining to watch and one of the most memorable from my time watching wrestling.
21. Michael Cole: “And I Quote!”
This catchphrase has worked over the past few months to get Cole incredible amounts of heat every time he says it.
I have trouble hearing the GM announcement because of the echoing boos throughout the arena.
“Can I have your attention, please?” precedes it and is just as prevalent as the quote on this list, but I refuse to put Michael Cole on twice.
20. Stone Cold Steve Austin: “What?”
If you ever wondered why everyone in the arena shouts “What?” every time a heel is talking rubbish, you can thank Stone Cold for that.
As the Attitude Era came to an end, his promos would consist of not letting his opponents get a word in edgewise before shouting “What?” in their face.
I thought it was annoying, but it seems I’m in the minority.
Annoying or not, though, the fact that it is still used today by the audience means it deserves a place on the list.
19. Booker T: “Can You Dig That, Sucka?”
This is the start to his entrance music and he has even started injecting the catchphrase into his commentary.
It is a decent catchphrase, but it’s not on the same level as some of the others in this list in terms of quality. No one really joined in when it was spoken.
18. Bubba Ray Dudley: “D-Von! Get the Tables!”
Here is a catchphrase everyone wanted to hear every time the Dudley Boyz were wrestling.
This meant that they were going to get wood! It would usually mean someone from the opposite team would be going through a table, and it was always met with resounding cheers.
Banners would be held up displaying the catchphrase.
Needless to say, it was more than popular in the Attitude Era and was just another great catchphrase from another tag team. (Remember tag teams?)
17. Funaki: “INDEED!”
Taka Minchinoku would talk for about 5 minutes in his native language with a horrendous overdub, pass the mic to Funaki and this overdubbed "INDEED!" would boom across the arena to great laughs and cheers.
This was before he became SmackDown’s No. 1 announcer, obviously.
16. Vickie Guerrero: “Excuse Me!”
Every time you hear this catchphrase spoken in a shrill voice, I assume it makes you cringe. It does me.
This is why this catchphrase is extremely successful.
It gains the reaction it is looking for, and that is incredible booing.
The repetition of this as Vickie walks down the ramp is even more cringeworthy, and that’s why it made the list.
15. Kurt Angle: “It’s True, It’s True”
Kurt Angle's most famous catchphrase, and this reminds me of R-Truth at the moment.
He would use it in almost every promo and it was a substitute for The Rock’s guaran-damn-tee.
Needless to say, it was rather successful and spawned a chain of merchandise with “It’s True” plastered all over it.
14. Ric Flair and Kurt Angle: “Woo!”
I’m prepared for the backlash I will get for putting Kurt Angle’s name on here, but you can’t deny he used it as much as Flair did.
Flair’s woo, however, is more legendary, and you can still hear it every time a wrestler chops his opponent.
It echoes through the arena like Flair himself is there.
13. The Godfather: “It’s Time, Once Again, to Get Aboard the Ho Train!”
This is possibly one of my favourite catchphrases of all time. Godfather always had a pre-match routine where he would try and buy a win by offering the services of his women.
But before this, he would rally support from the crowd getting them into his character by asking them to come aboard the Ho Train!
This was definitely a lot of fun for the audience.
12. Rob Van Dam: “Rob Van Dam!”
The fact that his own name is his catchphrase shows that even the simplest sayings can become popular.
"The Whole F’n Show" had the crowd in the palm of his hand when he pointed to himself and said his own name.
11. Chris Jericho: “Welcome to (insert Event Here) Is Jericho!”
Bleacher is Jericho! To be fair, anything could be Jericho if you were a fan, because that’s what the catchphrase does—makes things Jericho.
It works with anything. Try it yourself.
10. Cactus Jack: “Bang! Bang!”
Short but sweet, these were the words of a deranged madman who would put his own body on the line just to injure his opponent.
This catchphrase was accompanied by two hand gestures shaped like guns and usually followed a gratuitous move to his opponent.
Have a nice day!
9. The Miz: “'Because I’m the Miz! and I’m Awesome...”
Everything about this catchphrase shows it has the potential to become as big as the Rock’s.
It isn’t as big now, because The Miz hasn’t been a face for a long time.
However, once he gets the crowd behind him, there’s no reason why the whole arena won’t join him in saying it. A few already do.
8. D-Generation X: “SUCK IT!”
“Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages, D-generation X proudly brings to you, its WWF Tag Team champions of the wooooooooorld! The Road Dogg Jesse James, The Badass Billy Gunn, The New Age Outlaws. And if you ain’t down with that we got two words for ya... Suck It!”
I’m fairly sure most people who watched wrestling during the Attitude Era will know this catchphrase by heart.
7. “I’m the Best There Is, the Best There Was and the Best There Ever Will Be”
Not far from the truth, this catchphrase epitomises the typical self praising attitude we had all come to expect from the business.
Most would argue that it was well deserved, however, after Bret "Hitman" Hart carved a legacy for himself, and paved the way for guys of his small body size to make it in the business.
His technical wrestling skills displayed in all those years led some to believe this catchphrase held a lot of truth.
6. “What You Gonna Do When Hulkamania Runs Wild on You?”
Hulkamania certainly was running wild during the 1980s and Hulk Hogan made his opponents worried by promising to unleash this superhuman strength—while all the Hulkamaniacs cheered him on!
5. The Undertaker: “Rest in Peace”
When the Undertaker spoke these chilling words, whether it was on the Titantron or in the ring, you knew someone was going to meet their demise.
The time when this catchphrase was at its most chilling was when he was feuding with his brother Kane in 1998. It heated up the feud and the crowd really easily.
4. Steve Austin: “And That’s the Bottom Line Cos’ Stone Cold Said So!”
Awesome catchphrase and that’s all I got to say about that!
03. John Cena: “You Can’t See Me!”
John Cena’s catchphrase is like the Rock’s but a couple of octaves higher due to all the kids shouting it back to him.
Regardless of whether you like him or his fanbase, you can’t deny that this catchphrase is echoed through every arena every night.
Coupled with the hand across the face this catchphrase is possibly the most famous of the modern era.
2. The Rock: “If Ya Smell!... What the Rock...Is... Cookin’!”
The Rock is undeniably the King of the microphone when it comes to promos and when he stepped into Austin’s shoes as the top guy in the company, this was the catchphrase that the Millions...and Millions shouted alongside him.
1. Steve Austin: “Give Me a Hell Yeah!”
This catchphrase is definitely my favorite of all time. During the attitude era one could argue that it was the most used catchphrase of this time, and the one that elicited the biggest response from the audience.
This was before the Rock became big and the crowd were well into the feud with Mr McMahon.
Getting the crowd involved with this catchphrase resulted in many funny situations as they never failed to give a “Hell Yeah!”
This is a quick list of catchphrases I considered but didn't make the final cut. Enjoy!
“Nobody does pay-per-view like the WWF!” – Jim Ross
“It doesn’t matter what you think!” – The Rock
“The Rock says...” – The Rock
“Just bring it!” – The Rock
"Finally, The Rock has come back to (location)!!" – The Rock
“Have a nice day!” - Mankind
“The Champ is here!” – John Cena
“Whippin’ him like a government mule!” – Jim Ross
“Stone Cold! Stone Cold! Stone Cold!” – Jim Ross
“Puppies!” – Jerry “The King” Lawler
“Vintage!” – Michael Cole
“They will never, eeeeeever, be the same, again!” – Chris Jericho
Ain’t I great! – Jeff Jarrett
“EEEEUUUUUURGH What a Rush!” – L.O.D
Tell Me What You Think!
So there you have it. A list of what I believe are the best catchphrases we have been subject to over the years.
If you disagree with any of my choices, or I missed any out, please don’t hesitate to let me know in the comments section below.
I do my best to reply to all comments and despite what the Rock says, I believe it does matter what you think!
Thanks for reading.
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