She’s loud. She’s shrill. She flaunts a sexuality that gives the WWE Universe nausea. She is Vickie Guerrero, and she is the most powerful manager in the WWE.
The self-proclaimed “cougar” manages United States Champion Dolph Ziggler, and she recently acquired the services of “The All-American American” Jack Swagger. Ziggler and Swagger may be joined by others soon as Guerrero builds a stable.
One thing is for sure: Vickie Guerrero is annoying. But she isn’t the first manager to inspire the sale of ear plugs.
Let’s take a look back at the most annoying managers in WWE history.
The last thing a fast-talking Southerner needs is a bullhorn, and that is exactly what “the Mouth of the South” used to annoy wrestling fans for decades. Whether managing heels like Greg Valentine and the Honky Tonk Man or faces like Hulk Hogan, Hart could be heard and misunderstood for miles.
The only thing louder than his voice? His trademark jackets. I give him credit for committing to the gimmick in a business when many wrestlers change personas in the time it takes you to finish reading this slideshow, but that doesn’t make the jackets attractive.
The Colonel managed some of WCW’s finest wrestlers in the 90s, including Arn Anderson, Sid Vicious, Terry Funk and Steve Austin. He also managed his real-life cousin, Bunkhouse Buck. His stable feuded heavily with Dusty Rhodes, and Parker even entered the ring at WCW’s Fall Brawl 1994.
Watching the Colonel, a molasses-voiced Southerner, parade around in his plantation suit and cowboy hat was like watching Foghorn Leghorn come to life. Other than his voice, Parker’s trademark was sweat. His ability to conjure perspiration when members of his “Stud Stable” were in trouble is still a medical marvel.
Ricardo Rodriguez is not the first Hispanic ring announcer to annoy members of the WWE Universe. Estrada managed the monster Umaga and served as the voice of one of the WWE’s most dominant heels. Later, Estrada was named General Manager of ECW, but he was quickly replaced by Teddy Long.
Estrada was actually a fun figure to follow. He held his own cutting promos against Ric Flair and John Cena, but his ring entrance was so long that he deserves a place on this list.
Most recently, Mitchell controlled Abyss on TNA, but he worked for ECW and WCW in the past. Besides Abyss, he managed Mortis and Wrath in WCW, and worked with Mike Awesome, Raven and Mikey Whipwreck in ECW.
This may not be entirely his fault, but I find Mitchell’s cult-leader/crypt-keeper persona annoying. No matter how well he sells it—and he sells it smashingly—I just cannot buy it. His long fingernails, his pointed beard and triangular eyebrows are more silly than scary.
From Randy Savage to Shawn Michaels, Sherri Martel managed some of the biggest names in the business. Whether she was throwing around Ted Dibiase’s cash or cheering on the Harlem Heat, her voice was piercing.
A predecessor for Vickie Guerrero, Martel was the Anti-Miss Elizabeth. She was loud, assertive and disloyal. Toward the end of career in WCW, she was involved in a romantic relationship with Col. Robert Parker. This affair makes me wish I didn’t have an imagination.
“The Golden Greek” John Tolos worked for the WWE briefly in the early 1990s as The Coach. He looked exactly as you would imagine a gym teacher. He wore sweats, a baseball cap, Aviator sunglasses and carried a clipboard. None of that was annoying, but what was an assault on the ears was his whistle.
Many perfectly good Mr. Perfect matches were ruined by the incessant noise of The Coach’s whistle. The sound was relentless as Tolos demonstrated amazing lung capacity and a lack of concern for ear drums. Thank goodness he was quietly dismissed in the early 90s. At least he made the wrestling world safe for Bill Alfonso.