WWE: The 50 Best Props in Wrestling History

Daniel Massey@EPWWEfan1Senior Analyst IIIOctober 20, 2011

WWE: The 50 Best Props in Wrestling History

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    Wrestling has had many props over the years, some more memorable than others.

    From Jimmy Hart’s megaphone to Triple H’s sledgehammer, many props have been used to entertain us over the years.

    Props are an essential part of wrestling’s presentation.

    Most props in wrestling are used as weapons, showing the nature of the profession as you will see. Without them, wrestling would get very stale, very quickly.

    I have listed 50 of the best props in wrestling history.

    Some are old classics, some are quite new and some are so obscure you may not have even seen or heard of them being used!

    Enjoy!

Punjabi Prison

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    The Punjabi Prison was supposed to be more dangerous than a cage and deadlier than Hell in a Cell, but people didn’t really go for it.

    It was a huge prop that was only used twice in the WWE.

Razor Ramon's Toothpick

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    Hey yo. When I spit a toothpick at you, you sell it, capiche?

Green Mist

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    Can mist be a prop? I’ll say yes.

    Tajiri utilised his green mist and boot his blinded in the head to pick up the win.

    What I don’t understand is why he never got caught.

    Did the referee not ever wonder why one of the competitors suddenly had a green face?

Powder

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    Powder is an understated prop that needs to be brought back.

    However, I am just wondering how effective it would be nowadays with these referees who seem to be too smart for their own good.

Road Sign

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    This makes it onto the list because of the pure absurdity of keeping road signs under a wrestling ring.

    What’s even more absurd is the fact that no-one ever questions it...

Pepper

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    Unfortunately, a dog was used as a prop in late 1999.

    Al Snow owned Pepper, whom the Big Bossman abused over a period of a few weeks, appearing to kill it at one point.

    After an apology to viewers, this feud culminated in a Kennel from Hell match.

    Pepper deserves to be on the list just for being inadvertently responsible for one of the greatest matches in wrestling history.

    What a prop!

The Elimination Chamber

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    Another massive prop is the Elimination Chamber.

    With four pods to hold wrestlers until their time comes to enter the ring, the Elimination Chamber is a huge structure, boasting large chain walls to enclose the six competitors until one is eliminated. 

Monitors

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    The monitor in the announce table is an amazing prop.

    Not only can the commentators watch all the action on it, but superstars can use it to inflict pain on each other as they strip the announce table down!

Fireballs

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    Before The Undertaker denounced the devil and became...a normal human being, he was the supernatural brother of the equally supernatural Kane.

    Kane was a pyromaniac and could seemingly shoot fireballs from his hand.

    This doesn’t win best prop but it wins best supernatural prop!

    Unlucky Chyna.

Austin's Beer Truck

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    Austin gave the Corporation a beer bath in 1999 with one of the more elaborate props of the 20th century—a beer truck with a hosepipe attached to it.

    He returned with it in 2007 and hosed down Santino Marella. 

Angle's Milk Truck

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    Same as the previous slide but with Angle and milk.

Trash Can

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    I love trash cans.

    Who misses them?

    They crumple if a superstar even looks at them but make an awesome sound when they are folded around someone’s skull.

    It’s the perfect weapon.

    A popular way of utilising this weapon would be placing it over an opponent’s head and smashing it with another prop.

Steve Blackman's Nun-Chucks

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    Steve Blackman was a martial arts specialist who loved to use weapons you would expect to see in Bruce Lee films.

    Feuds with Ken Shamrock and the hardcore matches he was involved in in the new Millennium gave him a chance to show off his exceptional skills with these weapons.

    Anyone else think his expressionless face was classic?

Beer

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    Stone Cold Steve Austin loves beer.

    I love the bloke who throws him a beer.

    If the other props above this weren’t better it would be first.

Hacksaw Jim Duggan's 2X4

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    Not quite as effective as a 2X4 you will be seeing later on in the list, but effective nonetheless.

    It was weird seeing Hacksaw without this weapon in hand.

Dumpster

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    This prop may have slipped many people’s minds as it hasn’t been used in years, but a few dumpster matches have surfaced in the history of wrestling.

    The most famous use of a dumpster was when The New Age Outlaws threw one off the stage, with Cactus Jack and Chainsaw Charlie (Terry Funk) inside.

The Million Dollar Belt

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    The Million Dollar Belt was designed when Ted DiBiase failed to become WWF Champion.

    He had a custom belt made and it resulted in some interesting storylines and made Ted DiBiase stand out even more as a millionaire.

    The prop was brought back in 2010 when Ted DiBiase Jr. wore it for 224 days before abandoning it as it failed to revive a flagging career.

    It never had any prestige as a title but was still a pretty prop.

The Undertaker's Bike

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    Undertaker became a biker in 2000, so this prop makes total sense.

Alberto Del Rio's Cars

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    It’s perfectly normal for a rich aristocrat to come to the ring in hired cars.

    He is not the first and he damn-sure won’t be the last...unfortunately.

    I wish they’d take the horn out of those cars.

    However, the fact that it gives us a sneak peek at really expensive cars it gets a place on the list.

Cables

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    Cables always used to be use in No Disqualification matches, usually around the stage entrance.

    As choking is no longer allowed in the WWE, I guess it will be a long time before we see this again.

Jimmy Hart's Megaphone

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    Used as a weapon, this megaphone was a part of Jimmy Hart’s character.

    He usually used it to encourage the superstars he managed, while taunting the opposition.

Barbed Wire Baseball Bat

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    “Barbie” was Cactus Jack’s barbed wire baseball bat and he liked to hug it close to his face.

Barbed Wire 2x4

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    What could be worse than a 2x4 wrapped in barbed wire?

Flaming Barbed Wire 2X4

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    That’s right! A fiery 2X4 wrapped in barbed wire!

    Debuting at No Way Out 2000, Triple H had a meeting of the minds with this very dangerous prop thanks to Cactus Jack, the man who introduced the aforementioned prop at Royal Rumble 2000.

    He would do so again in 2002, when facing Shawn Michaels.

Glass Windows

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    I’m not talking about normal windows.

    I am of course, talking about the sort of window Jericho was thrown through by Kane.

    Sugar glass!

    An excellent prop that makes wrestlers look incredibly strong by throwing other superstars through these “glass” windows.

    It looks painful but actually isn’t, so it is win win! It is fairly violent by today’s standards though so don’t expect to see glass flying anytime soon.

The Sandman's Singapore Cane

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    ECW’s version of Stone Cold Steve Austin carried a Singapore Cane as well as 15 cans of beer to the ring. And boy, did he use it.

    The most infamous scene is probably when he ripped Tommy Dreamer apart with it after an already brutal match.

    Not only was it vicious and inhumane, but really won the fans over for Tommy Dreamer.

Cody Rhodes' Paper Bag

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    You lose to Cody, you get bagged.

    That’s life.

    It is a brilliant prop used to emphasise the more disturbed side of his character.

Jeff Jarrett's Guitar

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    Jeff Jarrett would smash these guitars over his opponent’s head when the referee was distracted.

    He must have spent a fortune in the music shops...

Thumbtacks

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    “It’s thumbtacks, thousands and thousands of thumbtacks.” Jim Ross

    I’ve never known if these were real or not...any ideas?

    Nevertheless they are a pretty gruesome prop and would only be used in the most hardcore of matches.

    We call them “pins” in England.

Money in the Bank Briefcase

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    You win a prop for a year if you win Money in the Bank, because people would forget who won if you didn’t carry the briefcase around with you at all times.

    There have even been matches over the prop containing a contract. I remember the days when wrestlers would fight over titles...

Brass Knuckles

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    Brass “knucks” are banned in the UK and banned in the WWE.

    They used to deliver a knockout blow by an a sneaky wrestler to an undeserving opponent.

    Hidden in the tights, no-one would be any the wiser to the underhanded tactics employed by the heel.

    William Regal was a master of the English Punch.

Kurt Angle's Gold Medals

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    Angle’s Olympic medals were used as props on many occasions.

    It’s true, it’s true.

The Ring Bell

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    Don’t show this slide to Cody Rhodes...

The Referee

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    The referee is probably the most important prop in all of wrestling.

    He is only there to count the one two three and to communicate with the wrestlers.

    Therefore, he is a prop.

    He is used as such sometimes as well as wrestlers inadvertently knock them out to allow the use of weapons or dirty tactics without consequence.

The Announce Table

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    Oh Spanish announcers will you ever learn?

    If you are commentating, don’t expect your table to be their all night.

    The announce table is one of the best props in wrestling history.

    I couldn’t even begin to list the people that have been through one over the years.

    Mark Henry enjoys slamming people through them, but Randy Orton has a job RKOing people through them....

Steel Cage

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    The cage has had two designs over the years.

    The blue bar design and the chicken wire design we see today.

    Whatever design was used, cage matches were always painful and a good way to prevent interference.

    A big prop to make matches seem more exciting, with the added option of climbing over the top of the steel and exiting the structure for the win.

Hell in a Cell

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    One of the biggest props in the WWE at the moment, the Hell in a Cell used to settle feuds and be a last resort when no other match would sort out the differences between superstars.

    However, now it is an annual event, it has become tamer, but it is in no way any less awe-inspiring when looking at it looming over the ring.

    It will go down in infamy.

The Steel Steps

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    This is another prop utilised by many wrestlers.

    Stairs are presented as being extremely heavy and therefore more painful than other props (that are weapons) on this list.

    Sheamus met the cold, unforgiving steel thanks to Mark Henry a few weeks ago.

    I seriously don’t know why the WWE continue to put them there, they’re just asking for trouble.

    Superstars will use anything to injure their opponents.

A Casket

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    The casket is a large prop that is most famously used in casket matches naturally.

    However, there have been instances of caskets being used for other purposes.

    They usually ended up with a chokeslammed wrestler in them.

    However, they have also been used to re-introduce The Undertaker and Paul Bearer in the past.

    Please enjoy the conclusion to this casket match from Royal Rumble 1998.

The Big Bossman's Nightstick

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    The Bossman’s nightstick is one of my favourite props.

    Stemming from his SWAT persona, the Bossman carried this weapon to intimidate his opponents and to incapacitate them if they annoyed him.

    The Rock catching the nightstick in mid-air has to be one of the greatest moments in that nightstick’s career.

Head

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    What does everybody want? What does everybody love? What does everybody need?

    HEAD!

Tables

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    Wooden tables used in wrestling look painful when used, but they actually break the falls of wrestlers.

    Popularised by the Dudley Boyz in the late nineties, the tables became a big part of the then WWF.

    When the Dudley Boyz were in town someone was guaranteed to go through a table.

    They usually did much to the delight of the crowd who would chant “we want tables” to encourage the use of the wooden props.

Championship Belts

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    A really important prop as without Championships what would the superstars be fighting over?

    I mean seriously, for the creative team to come up with a storyline (a decent storyline) not involving a title would be nothing short of a miracle.

Jake “The Snake” Roberts' Snake

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    Another animal, this time it’s the snake of Jake Roberts.

    He would this after matches to scare his opponents.

    He had many snakes but one Cobra actually bit Randy Savage on the arm at one point!

Handcuffs

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    Handcuffs are a simple prop that if used properly, can drastically alter a match.

    Two incidents spring to mind, both of which involve Mick Foley.

    Royal Rumble 1999 featured The Rock handcuffing Mankind before delivering many chair shots to the head of the tormented character.

    A year later at Royal Rumble 2000, Cactus Jack would receive the same treatment from Triple H, but was freed by a copper that was standing by just backstage for reasons which nobody can fathom.

The Urn

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    Paul Bearer’s urn is possibly one of the most iconic props in wrestling history.

    When Paul Bearer first became The Undertaker’s manager, it was said to give The Deadman superhuman powers.

    He would draw strength from it mid-match, when it looked like he could be beaten, allowing him to defeat his opponents with ease.

    Mankind would rock back and forth with the urn when he was under Paul Bearer’s managerial eye.

    The urn would be used in many storylines and was most recently used in 2010, when a weakened Undertaker regained his original strength from it.

Triple H's Sledgehammer

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    The Cerebral Assassin would be nothing without this little beauty!

    OK that is probably quite an exaggeration but it did help in terms of building his ruthless nature as a character.

    It’s a shame he wouldn’t be allowed to fully utilise it in the current WWE.

    The amount of superstars that could have eaten sledgehammer since 2008 is too long to mention.

Ladder

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    Ladders are dangerous and make for extremely exciting matches.

    Shawn Michaels vs. Razor Ramon, The Rock vs. Triple H and Chris Jericho vs. Chris Benoit are just three ladder matches that helped to popularise the ladder prop.

    Ladders are still used today in the WWE at their annual Money in the Bank PPV and at the TLC PPV.

    The high-flying chaos that happens in these matches is simply astounding and the superstars continue to find new and innovative ways to make use of the simple prop year in and year out.

    Highlights include Kofi Kingston using them as stilts, Shelton Benjamin running up them like a cat and Jeff Hardy leaping off a 20 foot ladder.

    They can be extremely painful though as Joey Mercury found out in 2006.

    I covered this injury in my broken bones article

Mr. Socko

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    The only prop on this list that probably has more fans than most wrestlers nowadays.

    I bet if it appeared on Twitter it would get more followers than Cena.

    It was only supposed to make one appearance but was later signed to a lengthier contract with the WWE.

Steel Chair

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    Without the doubt the best prop in the history of wrestling.

    So many brilliant moments have been made with the right chair shot.

    Although extremely dangerous to the health and well-being of superstars when taken full blast, un-guarded to the head, it has made for some memorable scenes as you will see in the video.

    The chair is probably the most recognisable prop in wrestling and has a place in popular culture. “Get the chair” is a quote often used when being parodied in other forms of media.

    The wrestling scene in Shrek comes to mind for some reason...Chair shots to the head have now been banned in the WWE due to the adverse effect it can have on the brain, so body and back blows are all that are allowed—but they still connect with an almighty crack!

    The chair is probably the longest standing prop in wrestling and I’m sure we can all think of at least one memorable moment with a chair.

Thanks for Reading!

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    I hope you enjoyed a look back at some of the best props in wrestling history! I am sure I have missed some out so don't hesitate to let me know!

    Thanks for reading!