Who ever said a little cheating couldn't do any good?
Cheating goes a long way and sometimes it gets you to the top of the mountain.
John Cena said it so well to The Miz following their match at WrestleMania XXVII: "It doesn't matter HOW you did but you DID it."
Yes, most of the times, cheaters are "heels" but, as we'll all discover in the following pages, even the good guys can play dirty—if only to even the odds a little.
There are so many iconic faces in this business and some have the reputation of being the dirtiest players in the game.
Won't you follow me in here as we take a look at some of the biggest cheaters in history.
I know this video has nothing to do with cheating, but it is so amazing I had to share it here.
Ric Flair IS the dirtiest player in the game. Period!
He has won 16 world titles and is still going. Good for him.
At the end of the day, when you actually hold the championship belt in your hand, it really doesn't matter HOW you did it, does it?
With all this talk about America and it being the land of plenty...happy Fourth of July you guys!
John Morrison and friends...this is how you do a promo. Maybe adding some underhanded tactics to your arsenal could actually nail you a world title.
Just a suggestion.
How many times was this guy at the center of controversy?
We don't call him "The Brain" for nothing. He was the champion of cheating. That's what I would do to ensure my man comes out the winner.
Follow Heenan's rule No. 1: Just win baby!
The evidence: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mP67IK-UlgM%20
I saw this man use foreign objects to win titles or to cost someone his title. Grabbing the tights was also part of his arsenal and you know what? He is one of the greatest of all time.
We can only hope Randy Savage and Elizabeth enter the Hall of Fame next year in Miami. They most certainly deserve it.
The "Macho Man" was as great a face as he was a heel and his legacy will live on forever. I can only hope some rising stars take a look at his career, study it well and learn some of the best tricks in the trade.
The evidence: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLUwTr6ax-k
Ted DiBiase Sr.
He had it all figured out. The challenger was chosen, the referees were paid and the match was signed.
It all would have worked if only he had "pinned" André at another time to truly win the belt.
You just got to hand it to him. His underhanded tactics cost Hulk Hogan his championship and ended his four-year reign...finally!
Though it wasn't the intended plan, it still was a great victory.
The evidence: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFZA7AjnRq4
Look at Hogan's face...poor little poopsie! Boo hoo!
Love how this picture spells "Got ya!"
You pencil neck geeks!
This great manager has been with WWE until his passing in 2003 and in the Hall of Fame class of 1994.
Dirty, underhanded...who cares?! Win at all costs. If you didn't approve, you would have gotten hit over the head with a cane.
The evidence: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GeXtVJqLWOo
Lou Albano was also a recipient of a cane hit. Funny segment.
The evidence: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kO-e_mtpj9E
Another great man behind champions.
With cigar in mouth, he led amazing superstars to championship gold. Sometimes, even the cigar had a role to play in the match.
I love Mr. Fuji!
Let me see now, what are we going to use to win today...salt? A cane? Hahaha...Mr. Fuji knows how to win and after we be very, very happy.
Yes, he led his men to tag team and world championships through controversial fashion. I agree. A manager is paid to ensure you reach the top and he did that so very well.
Mr. Fuji is a legendary tag team wrestler and an incredible man on the mic. John Morrison, The Miz and I think so, take a look here.
Hilarious promo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VucvLUIkDSc&feature=related
"Dangerous" Danny Davis was a former WWE official who helped Jimmy Hart and his Hart Foundation snatch the Tag Team championship from the British Bulldogs in January of 1987.
After being suspended, he became a wrestler and allied himself with heels until being reinstated later on once the angle had played out.
The treacherous act was to allow the Bulldogs to lose the titles because Dynamite Kid had previously suffered an injury, which never really healed, and needed the time away.
**Side note: The British Bulldogs only wanted to lose to the Harts and no others since they were all great friends behind the scenes, having all been part of Stu Hart's infamous Dungeon.
That is what is missing in the present-day WWE: MANAGERS!
They are the key to turning any wrestler into a superstar. If you cannot speak well, hire someone who can.
Jimmy Hart not only delivered great promos, he did it loud and clear via his reputable megaphone; a piece of history that was as controversial as he was.
The evidence: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MoxOnkKwdiA
He even ended up managing Hulk Hogan at one point until he turned on him to represent The Giant.
That little runt!
Watch out! She has a loaded purse!
She definitely knew how to get inside your head. Whether it was by smashing it with her purse or perhaps driving it insane with her screaming, Sherri was always there behind her man.
This incredible woman not only managed some of the greatest of all time in Randy Savage and Shawn Michaels, to name a few, but she also defeated the Fabulous Moolah to win the women's championship in 1987.
The '80s and '90s were great decades for managers. They could be as important or impressive as any superstar.
I hope we see the return of this faction soon because so many Superstars and Divas lack the speaking skills to establish themselves as credible contenders.
The evidence: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6YlBaE1cDQ
Finally!!! I have found this wretched Crown match!
This is the man who almost won the Monday Night Wars a decade ago.
Getting himself involved in the WCW-NWO feud turned him into one of the most hated personalities in pro-wrestling.
Heck, he is still pulling his weight around today. How many decisions has he reversed? Many times have his boys been given back the titles they had lost.
That was a ridiculous abuse of power and down right cheating...but it worked.
Vince McMahon's character may not always have been a wrestler but, in the ring or out, only a handful can claim they are bigger cheaters than him.
Whether it was through chair shots, low-blows or pure manipulation, the big boss used all his immense power to further his own ends.
He even tried to destroy his own company once, rather than share it by allowing a poison to enter. I refer to the return of the original NWO back in 2002.
That, however, pales in comparison to what happened back in Montreal in the Fall of 1997.
That was the most vile, underhanded, disgusting tactic ever in the history of professional wrestlers...because it was all real.
Vive le Québec!
I love it when they spoke English with such a French accent or French with such a Québécois accent. Brings tears to my eyes how proud I am.
Seriously, these two were such cheaters they even won the titles under questionable means (a.k.a "Province of Quebec" rules).
Titles could switch on count-outs of disqualifications. Ingenious idea!
They have held the belts on three separate occasions.
The evidence: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jp9S-Ni8-E
Ah bin les Steiners, vous auriez du y penser peut-être deux fois avant d'avoir accepté un match comme ça.
They are the longest reigning Tag Team champions in history and the face of the division at one time.
Before the "face" years, they had been managed by the notorious Mr. Fuji and secured themselves the titles at WrestleMania IV with a little help from the cane.
In 1990, Ax contracted an allergy to shellfish over a trip to the orient and there was fear for his health afterwards. In order to secure his champions, Vince McMahon added in a third member to the group by the name of Crush.
With Crush along, the team turned to more sinister ways in defending their belts and began going by the old "Freebird" rule, where any member can participate in matches.
**Sorry, I cannot find the SummerSlam '90 match
Once Ax had permanently been replaced, the magic of Demolition faded as the arrival of the Legion of Doom in WWE quickly eclipsed them.
This legendary tag team has been the instigators of the Freebird rule where any one man or woman of the unit may participate in the match.
It has been used by Demolition, Lay-Cool and The Outsiders (in TNA as the Band) to name a few.
There is nothing fair and honorable when you think about it. It leaves the door open to interference and questionable victories.
Then again...why the hell not? I'm sure you'd feel the same way after your match with the shiny gold belt in your hands.
The evidence: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0RFXv43U2Ko
LOVED this tag team.
Jim Cornette was that annoying, loud mouth character whom still makes headlines today with his "opinions" of certain Superstars.
He always carried around his trademark tennis racquet and, believe me, was a master when it came to knowing how to use it.
How many times did his teams (Midnight Express, Heavenly Bodies, etc.) claim victory and championships because of him?
His mother would have been so proud!
Wait a sec! Didn't she constantly nag at him?
Michelle McCool and Layla—the resident mean girls of the WWE.
For the first time ever, we had co-champions of a singles title. They did almost everything together and reigned supreme over the Divas division for close to two years.
At one point, they even had the help of SmackDown's then-executive consultant Vickie Guerrero, to carry on their dirty work.
The evidence: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_35liBZHbo
Talk about putting all the advantage in your corner.
The biggest heel turn in history followed by one of the darkest periods of all wrestling.
I mean "dark" because with the NWO running wild and "Hollywood" Hogan in charge, things didn't look so good for the forces of the light.
Cheating and stealing was the motto of the NWO. It secured them as winners of the World Heavyweight, Tag Team and Cruiserweight championships simultaneously; not to mention, they had some of the best superstars on their roster.
That's what I call a pack of hungry wolves.
Kevin Nash and Scott Hall...
Their arrival in WCW back in 1996 made headlines as we still remembered them as Diesel and Razor Ramon.
They controlled the tag team division for so long and held the titles many times, sometimes through controversy.
Even at times when they were at odds, they still managed to cause trouble.
The evidence: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjDWPLlLX1k&NR=1
Haha! I hate Goldberg.
Who is to say their arrival in WCW wasn't ultimately a plot to finally destroy the company?
It did happen in 2001.
"Cowboy" Bob was part of the main event of the very first WrestleMania and is the father of current World Heavyweight Champion, Randy Orton.
This man is famous for using that bloody cast he had. Though the injury was legit as a result of a match with Jimmy Snuka, it came quite handy at times.
The evidence: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iHPFidkFEjE
You just have to watch this video...HILARIOUS!
Piper and The Ace—part of the golden age of wrestling.
Rick Rude took the Ultimate Warrior to his very limits—like no other, honestly.
Not only did he steal the Intercontinental title from him at WrestleMania V, but they had a series of matches the following year over the WWE championship and the "Ravishing" One would pull out all the stops to ensure he was declared the winner.
The evidence: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qz2_ylIvBO8
Look at the weasel in there...him and Rude, always up to something.
R.I.P. Rick, you were an awesome performer.
Randy Orton and company had solidified themselves as the top heels of 2009.
Ted DiBiase and Cody Rhodes assisted "The Viper" and made certain he retained his coveted WWE Championship.
Funny how they are all currently under the SmackDown banner. Better yet, Rhodes and DiBiase are on the same page again.
Could a reunion be that far away?
Might not have saved Orton and his title right there, but you get the picture.
The most annoying faction ever!
Not only were they conservative prudes, they also interfered in most of each member's matches.
There is nothing good I can say about them. I may be a heel supporter most of the time, but them? Hell no!
Cheaters all the way! To think: they preached about what was "morally" right. Pff!
Jacques and Raymond, the Rougeaus.
I've often wondered why they never held the Tag Team championship. After all, they had Jimmy Hart and his megaphone at their side.
I actually think they played incredible characters back in the day. They certainly knew how to strike at first sign of an opening.
The evidence: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HCSqAm342OM
I find it amazing to see the "Rocker" Shawn Michaels. The dude has come a long way since then.
Who would have thought?
The Cougar! Excuse me!
She's always up to something and that usually means ripping off a Superstar or Diva of either a title or, simply, a great opportunity.
The evidence: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9J9Ujoa0TF8
She just admitted it!
What a cheater! A powerful cheater!
Yeah, you heard it here first.
It's J. E. Double F. J. A. Double R. E. Double T.
I would have smashed a guitar over his head 50 times for all that cheating but I'd rather have you watch him smash his piece on other superstars.
The evidence: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9sX9FB0qlW0
Him being such a nuisance, I suppose that means he played his role to perfection.
Now, hit the music!
Before he was a New Age Outlaw, he was known as "The Roadie" and cost several people their matches.
Always at the side of his employer Jeff Jarrett, Jesse James made sure he was the most useful tool one could possibly have.
Too bad for Jarrett, the Roadie interfered one too many times at In Your House: The Lumberjacks and cost his "boss" the Intercontinental championship against Shawn Michaels.
The evidence: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aw5643QSD70
What was up with that hair? I am so surprised I didn't add him on my "Nastiest Hair" article.
Was there any doubt this man was a cheater?
The evidence: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxoJ2MDEvtU
"Eat your heart out Houdini! Eat your heart out Copperfield!" Bobby the Brain was amazing!
Doink, Dink, Dank, Denk...I don't care how many there were, I hated them all.
The worst part of all this was, they always managed to get away with it. I don't remember them as heels ever getting destroyed.
My consolation: Bam Bam Bigelow did the job a while later.
Say what you want about all the cheaters on this list.
Chris Jericho, good or bad guy, cheat or no cheat, is on my most wanted list.
Here is a match between JoMo and Y2J—as much as it was amazing, I never expected it to end like this!
Shame on you Chris...NOT!
Come save us again Jericho and break the walls down!
If you look back at her stuff on video, I want you to try and count how many low blows she delivered in her time.
She put that move on the map!
The following is self-explanatory.
The evidence: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwcIau9NxvI
Chyna has become quite the controversial figure in the world of entertainment but, in my eyes, she will always be a pro-wrestling icon. If some people can get acquitted for murder, I am CERTAIN we can look past her little adult film roles.
I mean, what's the big deal?
If I was asked to do some films and they paid me well enough, you're (insert bad words here) right I'd do it!
See that chain? That chain led him to the United States championship and a victory over John Cena himself.
En français si vous préférez! So funny I found this.
You don't need to understand French to know John Cena just got screwed out of his United States title.
Carlito was never above using shady methods if it meant he was to win gold.
You don't like it? I spit in the face of people who aren't cool.
He and his brother Primo made a great team...too bad that's over.
The excellence of tag teams and half of the Four Horsemen at one time.
They are credited for having ended the awesome title reign of Demolition in July of 1989.
The evidence: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=flU0O_ruhSg
I am so glad to have been able to watch that great match back then.
The Brain Busters were so great. It shows how much experience each member had and how well they worked as a unit.
I can only wish Anderson enters the Hall of Fame someday because this footage is just a piece of his legendary career.
The Busters held the titles for just a little while before they lost them back to Demolition.
Apparently, Tully Blanchard failed a drug test and, soon after, Anderson returned to WCW while Tully left wrestling to become a minister.
It is so unfortunate this awesome Superstar's career had to be cut short a few months ago.
To call this man a cheater is a real understatement. We don't get called the "Ultimate Opportunist" for nothing.
Edge was the winner of the very first Money in the Bank ladder match and, as luck would have it, after 10 months of waiting he cashed in successfully on a battered and bloody John Cena.
The evidence: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uThiSco0PHE
Yes, I know cashing in is not really cheating because it is legal, but come on! There is nothing honorable in waiting to strike on an unsuspecting champion right after a grueling match.
You know what? To hell with honor...I want the belt!
More evidence: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZrFoBnJo7ow
He really was the "Ultimate Opportunist." Why not let someone hand me the victory?
Way to go Edge!
This guy cheated as much out of the ring as he did inside...in storyline, of course.
Lie, cheat, steal...nice motto!
If it means winning titles, sure!
There was a time when he and Chyna had an on-screen relationship. The "Mamasita" really cared for Eddie until...
The evidence: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I6A7z4xYzzU
He even stole her Intercontinental championship once too—what a player!
Living in excess and preserving what he's gained by any means necessary.
JBL was one of the longest reigning WWE champions of the 2000s.
He won the WWE title amidst controversy during his Texas Bullrope match with Eddie Guerrero.
Most of his defenses were won through shady acts. No surprise when you think about his reign being a long one.
The evidence: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-KjqnhQ6Jo
That was so smart...crawling from UNDER the ring.
If it wasn't that way, it would have been with a belt shot to the head or something along those lines.
The Honky Tonk Man was not the longest reigning Intercontinental champion for nothing.
JBL has nothing on this guy who made cheating a way of life.
Not only did he have the belt, he also had manager Jimmy Hart and Peggy Sue by his side. The odds were obviously in his favor, no?
It's amazing how some of these matches I've been trying to find for ages are now starting to appear. Miracles do happen!
Why do heels always have to be perceived as cowards or cheaters?
Oh! You didn't know?
The evidence: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXCX1e81cvI
Yo'ass bettah' call somebody!
The evidence: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_F5YPh2nKU
Such dirty players! I loved this team and with good reason. They really made Tag Team wrestling great to watch.
You had some great times in the '90s, but The Outlaws were really something.
For HBK and HHH to approve, that's got to be something big.
Nothing is wrong when people work together to take control of a championship; or the entire company for that matter.
The evidence: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_P-HIHtsRW8
This moment was what some people call "the beginning of the end for WCW."
I call it pure delight.
Not only was the best NWO group assembled, but they also destroyed the no-good Goldberg. Shock value...pun intended!
We need Must-See WWE TV like that right now. A spark has just been lit by CM Punk...let's hope it doesn't die out.
Triple H, HBK, Chyna...and, at one point, "Ravishing" Rick. You make the rules and they will break 'em!
WCW had The Outsiders, WWE had DX.
All were part of the infamous group known as "The Kliq."
Shawn Michaels called this expansion and rightfully so. They ended ruling both companies pretty much at the same time and helped deliver to us some of the best moments in our pro-wrestling history.
The Monday Night Wars.
D-Generation X had also been part of some very personal issues with the Hart family.
It was only the beginning. Look at all the trash in the ring.
The Hall of Famer was always willing to use sinister tactics. He made it so funny, but vicious at the same time.
Very well done, Mr. Piper.
The evidence: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZbZseTuQ1I
In one match, I remember him almost using the timekeeper's bell on Bret Hart but suddenly stopped because it wasn't right. Really?!
He lost the Intercontinental championship as a result.
He had a sudden moment of integrity. I thought he didn't have any.
Oh well...he is a great Hall of Famer nonetheless.
Their antics secured them a Divas title reign recently. Glad that's over.
I totally dislike these two women—their tricks have gotten so old and expected.
The evidence: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JByp2optVEM
Now, we have a much better Divas Champion in Kelly Kelly.
That's enough about the Bellas...such cheaters!
The voice of the WWE.
I wish he would just shut up! Please quote me on this.
For the latter part of 2010 and earlier this year, Michael Cole had become a heat magnet. He literally was one of the most hated personalities on WWE TV and with good reason.
He kept getting involved in things that didn't concern him and bragged about it. Still claiming to be undefeated at WrestleMania, I hope never to see him in the ring ever again.
Not only was he declared the winner at 'Mania due to Stone Cold getting physically involved, he also won the rematch against Lawler and Jim Ross at Extreme Rules.
Finally, the man met his maker and kissed the foot of "The King" just a few months ago and has since repented from his evil ways.
So we think...
Cheats were part of his arsenal as much as his Piledriver finisher.
I really disliked him back in the '90s because he was such a thorn in Bret Hart's side.
The evidence: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHVMla85SKs
Talk about a dirty-playing loud mouth!
Jerry Lawler plays his role very well however, as he is known to be one of the top rulebreakers in history. He really knows how to get under people's skin.
The evidence: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iss-91PnanQ
Man, did I ever hate this guy back then. I also was against him this year when he meddled in The Miz's affairs.
Who is the icon? Who is the showstopper? Who is the Main Event?
Back when he was a little punk in the '90s, HBK became the Intercontinental Champion on many occasions.
He entered a feud with rival Razor Ramon but was stripped of the gold because he failed to defend within 30 days (the real reason was a suspension due to drug use).
Still claiming to be champion, he decided to get himself involved in matches the new champion Razor was in and, eventually, the two settled the score at WrestleMania X and the legendary ladder match.
The evidence: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jKCHNsX8jP8
This is just ONE of his meddling interferences. He also cost Razor the title against Diesel later that year.
HBK has a long list of accomplishments that do not fit on just one slide.
Finding another example of Shawn's cheating would have been easy. Picking the BEST one? Too difficult.
There is only one Cerebral Assassin. His name? Triple H.
You do not become a 13-time champion without having some reserved surprises up your sleeve.
A sledgehammer will do the trick.
The evidence: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0AUHlm9Hfo
He is The Game!
He also cheated on Chyna with Stephanie McMahon, right? Those two fell in love, had three kids and now are set to rule the galactic WWE empire.
I did say a little cheating goes a long way.
I will behave and not force this guy's accomplishments down your throats.
Since WWE constantly makes us believe bad guys win only through controversial methods, it seems fitting to have The Miz as part of the Biggest Cheaters list.
He is a Money in the Bank winner and a former WWE champion in his own right. He's only had a few clean victories during his entire reign.
To preserve his championship, things needed to be done, and by any means necessary. Even using human shields was acceptable.
The evidence: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1l9J3qQg53Y
or even better: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0nDbVgG7fc&feature=related
Just push someone on someone! Smart.
Watch as he wins the briefcase again this year.
The Great One a cheater? NO WAY!
Wait a second...
The evidence: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQhq1GUh3fA
The best moment ever: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mc_iX1p3RhY
The fans want to see him do what he does best and that is "Layeth the smack down on all their candy asses!"
John Cena beware—The Rock is coming for you and he does not play nice.
How could we ever forget him?
Watch this! Best Paul Bearer segment EVER: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G50ujPK05z8
The man behind The Undertaker has been one of the best characters in WWE for ages.
He had returned last year to fill in the missing part of the Undertaker-Kane feud and once again turned on "The Phenom" costing him his match and the title.
The evidence: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DovBFnyRg0M
Not once, but twice: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzVyQn-V3NA
Oh yeahsssss!! Welcome! Welcome to my funeral parlor.
I almost forgot to put her in here!
She was one of the most acclaimed champions of all time, not to mention controversial.
Her second title reign came at the expense of Wendy Richter, but she had been parading as "The Spider Lady" and in 1985 caused what is now called the "Original Screwjob."
The evidence: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MDcc766HzxA
Wendy's contract was coming to an end and, instead of re-negotiating, they simply caused an upset and infuriated Richter right out of the company.
Fabulous Moolah was a very vicious fighter and knew how to hold on to her title. She did it so well her reign lasted 28 years!
The Hall of Famer also became the oldest champion ever as she regained the women's championship in October of 1999.
What a golden woman.
There are too many choices for me to just pick ONE, so I'll let you determine who deserves the honor of being one of the worst cheaters in history.
Choose wisely, for there are so many worthy candidates.
There are some people I just don't really know about and I don't have time to search through 20-30 years of career history, so I am counting on YOU to educate me.
You just witnessed some of the worst cheating in all of WWE history.
It may not be right, but for some reason it seems to get the job done and hands you a piece of justice in the process.
The point is to win. Just win baby!
So much more stuff could of been added here and so many have not made the list.
Not because they didn't deserve it, but because I may have forgotten OR simple not known of their feats.
I am counting on you to name a few more down in the comment box.
We are two weeks away from the Money In The Bank event. With CM Punk set to take on John Cena for the WWE title, all the while speculating on his contract status, I expect so much cheating.
We'll just have to wait and see.