The Miz, The Rock and the 9 Funniest Superstar Impersonations in WWE History
I'm back again with another light-hearted countdown. Last week I covered 5 of the Most Underrated Match Promos in WWE History.
Over the years, the WWE has provided us with countless funny moments in the midst of great feuds.
One of the greatest feuds of all time; The Rock vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin featured many hilarious promos and moments.
Today I am looking at the nine funniest instances of a superstar impersonating another wrestler. At the minimum this impersonation should comprise of a visual imitation. The only exemption from this is The Rock, because well, he's The Rock.
Wrestlers impersonate their rivals usually as an attempt in mocking them, attempting to be greater than they are, or simply for our amusement.
As I'm sure there are many great imitations out there, comment on those you don't see in this list. I have no doubt there are some impersonations I am not aware of or haven't tracked down.
9) the Miz Impersonates the Rock
"This is one the greatest things I have ever seen..." - Michael Cole
Beginning with the most recent impersonation in the WWE. In the midst of the John Cena, The Miz and The Rock feud, things were looking grim for The Miz.
The constant spotlight on Rock and Cena had made him, the WWE Champion, seem irrelevant leading into the biggest pay-per-view of the year, WrestleMania 28.
The Miz became relevant once more with a brutal attack on John Cena. However, this came after The Miz entered the arena under the guise of the People's Champion.
The funniest thing about this imitation beyond Miz's appearance is just how many fans in the audience believe it is The Rock. In my opinion, one of the most memorable encounters in the build up to WrestleMania.
8) Shawn Michaels Impersonates Hulk Hogan
"Well on camera brother I'm a great guy. But when that camera goes off brother, it's a different story brother, oh brother, brother, brother, brother!" -Shawn Michaels (impersonating Hogan).
In 2005, Shawn Michaels had a feud with Hulk Hogan leading in to SummerSlam. While this feud was meant to be extended, Hulk Hogan was allegedly only prepared to wrestle one match.
Famously, Shawn Michaels goes on to make a mockery of their match by over-selling every move he is hit with.
Regardless, leading into SummerSlam Shawn Michaels engaged in a Larry King-esque interview, imitating Hulk Hogan. What followed was one of the most notable imitations of the last decade (although arguably not the funniest).
Despite it's ranking on this list, Shawn Michaels provided us with a classic impersonation during his short-lived heel turn for the benefit of Hogan.
7) Kurt Angle Impersonates John Cena
"Get it? I rhymed Tutt with butt, then I put the microphone in the air so you people could...Oh you people feel me!" - Kurt Angle (dressed as Cena).
Back in 2003, Kurt Angle engaged in a quality feud with a very-green John Cena. Kurt Angle has proved himself to be one of the funniest characters of the Attitude Era and beyond.
This is only the first of two Angle imitations on this list. Kurt makes this a hilarious SmackDown moment for numerous reasons. Obviously, his rapping and the lyrics he raps.
Afterwards he makes it perfectly clear to the fans the genius behind rapping; rhyming words.
Sorry in advance for the poor video quality.
6) Kurt Angle Impersonates Shawn Michaels
"I think I'm cute, I've got gold medals. I've got the moves, that make 'em all tap out." - Kurt Angle
The second, and in my opinion, funnier of the two Kurt Angle impersonations. This occurred in the build to WrestleMania 21, with Angle claiming "whatever you do, I can do better" to Shawn Michaels.
As we all know, this resulted in one of the best matches in the last decade, and what else would you expect from these two?
Shawn's old manager Sensational Sherri also makes an appearance. Kurt dances to HBK's music, talks trash and proceeds to sing mock lyrics to Shawn's entrance music. Pure gold.
5) Goldust Impersonates the Rock
"What you need to concern yourself with is...Jumping into the grill of the cheque-cashin', sucka-trashin', never-loonin', spin-a-roonin', slammin' jammin', 5-time WCW Champion, Booker T." - Booker T
This was only one of the many funny moments that Booker T and Goldust created in 2002. At King of The Ring, Goldust arrives dressed as The Rock, and tries to imitate him.
The segment is hilarious mostly due to the banter created once The Rock arrives. All three men are able to spout off their own unique version of Ric Flair's catchphrase, which The Rock has imitated numerous times.
The peak of the segment would be The Rock's verbal disgust of Goldust, calling him a "sick freak".
4) D-Generation X Impersonate the Nation of Domination
"The Crock just came from the bathroom...You should have smelled what The Rock was cookin'." - Triple H (Impersonating The Rock)
Arguably one of the more famous segments throughout the whole Attitude Era. Before both men were main event stars, The Rock and Triple H feuded with their respective factions; The Nations of Domination and D-Generation X.
DX enter all dressed as a member of the opposing group, most notable Triple H as "The Crock", X-Pac as "Mizark Henry", and Road Dogg as "B-lo Brown".
Each member gets a turn at imitating the opponent they re portraying, and it quickly becomes hilarious, like many things DX did at the time.
3) the Rock Impersonates All 5 Hell in a Cell Opponents
"Which means I gotta get in my pickup truck, drink some Steveweisser, listen to the Backstreet Boys. And that's the bottom line, because the Great One said so". - The Rock
Finally we arrive at the exception I mention in the first slide. While this wasn't a visual impersonation, it deserves a spot on this list. The Rock, in all his glory, was able to verbally demolish five of the top superstars in the WWF.
He capped off this promo with his impersonation of Stone Cold Steve Austin. Much to the delight of the crowd.
This backstage promo occurred the RAW before Armageddon 2000, where the "Armageddon Hell in a Cell" match happened.
This really is a quintessential Rock promo.
2) D-Generation X Impersonate the McMahons
"Last week DX gave me a rooster. The implication being that I love c****." - Triple H (Imitating Mr. McMahon).
One of the main differences outlined between the original DX are the "new and improved" DX was that the reformation in 2006 was far less edgy, and didn't push the envelope.
Well, while that may be true, this is not an example of it. In the long feud between DX and The McMahons in 2006, DX create many funny moments.
None better than the imitations of Vince and Shane, played by Triple H and Shawn Michaels respectively. Triple H imitated Vince's voice, Shawn imitated Shane's dancing, and all throughout, via use of subtle implications, they get away with saying that Vince loves...things I can't say on Bleacher without censoring it.
The climax of the segment sees the real Vince and Shane McMahon showered in waste. It truly is one of the funniest moments of the WWE before the PG era. I wouldn't be shocked if GLAAD gave the WWE a call over this one...
1) Edge Impersonates Ric Flair
"All I care about is me, 'cause I'm the Nature Boy. Wooooo!" - Edge (impersonating Ric Flair)
Mid-2005, in the early days of Edge's "Rated-R Superstar" gimmick, he feuded with Ric Flair. Flair at the time had recently been charged with road rage.
This fuelled the funniest superstar impersonation ever. From Edge's quickly-spoken lines, to the detriment of Ric Flair, to the over use of Flair's catchphrase "Wooooooo!". It was similar to Shawn Michael's imitation of Hulk Hogan.
What sets it apart in my view is it's existence as a "video of Flair succumbing to road rage". It begins with Edge singing, and progresses to the Edge t-shirt wearing fan cutting him off. Finally, with Edge's application of Flair's signature figure-four leg-lock in the middle of a highway.
It was a hilarious moment from Edge. One that helped kickstart the Rated-R Superstar into the main event.