Over the years, professional wrestling has become more about entertaining the masses with the larger than life personalities of wrestlers and less about the actual wrestling. As the "Sports Entertainment" tagline has grown in relevance, WWE has turned into an industry where a wrestler cannot survive on wrestling skills alone, but also needs to have a compelling personality (or gimmick) and ability to connect with the crowd to become a star.
The wrestlers have to come up with innovative ideas to entertain the crowd and put themselves over with the masses, and a witty catchphrase often does the trick. We've seen so many iconic catchphrases elevate a wrestler to cult status over the years, as a catchphrase is often the thing by which a fan can identify a wrestler. There have been a lot of catchphrases in WWE history, with some of them so popular that they're still used to this day, but there have also been a lot of terrible catchphrases, as well.
Let's have a look at 8 of the best and 7 of the worst catchphrases in WWE's history.
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23 BEST: "Oooooh Yeah" - Randy "Macho Man" Savage
"Macho Man" Randy Savage was quite the specimen, as he would be able to woo fans in spite of being a heel for most of his career as his promos and irresistible personality attracted a lot of fans at the time. Savage would slowly grow as a superstar, with his backstage interviews catching everyone's eyes as he used the catchphrase of "Oooooh Yeah!" most of the times to implement more content into his promos. Savage's deep voice went really well with his catchphrase to produce an iconic dialogue as the Macho Man soon became a superstar and most fans at the time recognizing him because of his talent and iconic catchphrase. Savage went on to use the trademark catchphrase for years and created such a legacy with it, that many budding wrestlers would be inspired by his irresistible character and try to imitate him as well, but no-one else could match the charm Savage's "Oooooh Yeah!" had to it.
22 WORST: "You Gonna Get Got" - R-Truth
R-Truth has been a very faithful worker for the WWE for almost a decade now, but he has had to go through some horrible gimmicks throughout his WWE career. Though a hilarious worker in general, R-Truth has been given some of the dumbest gimmicks in his career which didn't allow him to become a star which he should've become. His gimmick in 2011 was that of a heel with an imaginary friend named "Little Jimmy" and he had this catchphrase where he said " You Gonna Get Got" to anyone he disliked. This was extremely dumb and didn't do anything to get him over with the fans, who couldn't seem to take a character like him seriously with his catchphrase only making for some shallow laughs. Although a very good man and entertaining wrestler, Truth has been held back by the WWE and stupid catchphrases like "You Gonna Get Got" do nothing to put one over with the fans and it only made him look really dim-witted.
21 BEST: "The Gift Of Jericho" - Chris Jericho
Chris Jericho has had so many catchphrases in his wrestling career that you could make a whole list only filled with Y2J's catchphrases, but Jericho seems to be on a roll lately ever since returning to the WWE about a year and a half back. Jericho came back with his new heel persona where he'd call everyone "stupid idiots" and tell them that he's gonna give them "The Gift of Jericho" and to "Drink It, Man". Jericho's amazing, hilarious ability to perfectly execute the catchphrase has added to his comical behavior recently, as he's also gotten the word "IT" and "The List Of Jericho" over with the fans. Y2J is constantly showing why he's considered as one of the GOATs as he's still one of the most entertaining things about Monday Night Raw and is overshadowing much of the young talent with his new persona. We are all bound to drink the gift of Jericho or be considered as stupid idiots.
20 WORST: "Misteeeeeeeeer Kennedy.......... Kennedy!"- Mr. Kennedy
Mr. Kennedy was quite the character during his WWE run, as he'd be this arrogant, egoistical heel who loved to showboat his name. He loved it so much that he ended up making a catchphrase out of it, as he'd shout out "Misteeeeeer Kennedy........ Kennedy" to introduce himself before his matches to the annoyance of many. He did it for every single match and it started to become really irritating after a point of time, as this man shouting his name at the top of his voice week in week out ticked off many (which was the point of his gimmick honestly). We could get WWE trying to garner heat for his character, but this catchphrase became really bad fairly quick and hampered Kennedy's chances at becoming a big star in the company as well, as him shouting out his catchphrase made him very annoying and not in a good way.
19 BEST: "S*ck It!" - D-Generation X
The Attitude Era was a time in the WWE where they didn't hold back in terms of vulgarity and violence, and D-Generation X was the stable which represented the raunchiness for the promotion. Consisting of some of the most careless and offensive people in Shawn Michaels, Triple H, The New Age Outlaws, Chyna and X-Pac, this stable would not hold back as they originated the words "S*ck It" to be the catchphrase for their stable. This was of course followed by the crotch chop. DX became hugely popular, mainly because of their raunchy promos and using the catchphrase to end their promos. The catchphrase got them cemented in WWE history, as generations of fans continue to use the phrase and crotch chop between themselves. The madness which DX created during the Attitude Era in addition to the vulgar words of "S*ck It" are what makes fans instantly remember this crazy, rebellious group of wrestlers.
18 WORST: "Really?" - The Miz
The Miz has turned into a really good heel over the past few years, as he has developed himself really well and is carrying himself like a top heel nowadays. With the ability to instantly get heat from the crowd, The Miz has also had quite a few catchphrases in his WWE career but the one which really got into our skins was "Really, Really?". The Miz started to do this a few years back and this did successfully reap a ton of heat towards him, but it was a really lame way for the WWE to actually get people to hate him. The Miz would say this catchphrase whenever someone talked something bad about his character and after a point of time it really got unbearable for the viewer. Thankfully he has stopped using the catchphrase for some-time now, and we could use this catchphrase on WWE Creative because of how they overbooked it to become horrible after a point of time.
17 BEST: "Rest In Peace" - The Undertaker
The Undertaker is not only one of the biggest icons of WWE History, but he's also probably the scariest wrestling character of all time as his presence would not only spook out his enemies, but the fans as well. The Deadman had this supernatural persona to him and pulled out some unbelievable acts to terrorize his enemies, as his promo skills were just as important to get him over as his gimmick itself. With a chilling manner to his promos, The Undertaker often stated that his enemies would "Rest In Peace" which soon became his catchphrase and you could figure out that bad things we're happening to his opponents after he uttered these words. This catchphrase mixed with his supernatural antics cemented his legacy in the company, as wrestlers would be terrified when feuding with him as the words "Rest In Peace" often meant the last nail in their coffins.
16 WORST: "You Can't See Me" - John Cena
John Cena might be the face that runs the place for a few years now, but he has a lot of haters because of remaining the same for almost a decade now as fans are tired of how predictable his character has become. Cena has been using the catchphrase of "You Can't See Me" from as early as one can remember, and it really fit his Doctor of Thuganomics character who didn't give a rat's ass about anyone. But as he became Mr. Hustle, Loyalty and Respect, this catchphrase didn't seem to suit him but Cena went on with it anyhow as it got stale to the point that people just stopped caring. The catchphrase might be the reason why people recognize him, but it has become so annoyingly stale in the past couple of years that people are now trolling him because of him, creating internet memes mocking his catchphrase. He still keeps on using it and annoy fans with it, as Cena himself cannot seem to see that fans are just tired of this catchphrase and want something new from him now.
15 BEST: "The Best There Is, The Best There Was, And The Best There Ever Will Be" - Bret Hart
Bret Hart is often considered at the top in the list of the best wrestlers of all time, and he didn't shy away from mouthing off about how good he was early in his career. Hart was initially a heel in the WWE who would later become the face of the company, but Hart would excel as he started calling himself "The Best There Is, The Best There Was and The Best There Ever Will Be". Going by how good he was in the ring and such an entertaining character as well, fans bought into his catchphrase and often referred to him as the best there is, was, and ever will be. This catchphrase slowly cemented him in becoming the face of the company and brought in a lot of fans to start cheering for him, as many still consider him "The Best There Is, The Best There Was and The Best There Ever Will Be" because of how amazing he was, with this catchphrase cementing him as one of the greatest of all time.
14 WORST: "Your A** Is Grass And I'm Going To Smoke It" - X-Pac
X-Pac might have had a hand in creating one of the most iconic catchphrases of all time in "S*ck It", but he wasn't all that good on the mic and definitely sucked at creating interesting promos for himself. It turns out he wasn't all that good creatively at all, as he came up with a horrible catchphrase and used to say "You're A** Is Grass And I'm Going To Smoke It" during his singles run in the Attitude Era. This catchphrase is just so wrong on so many different levels, as he weirdly tries to promote smoking weed in this one and also indicates that he likes to smoke someone's a$$ (?!). Something was really wrong with X-Pac at the time and thankfully this catchphrase wasn't around for that long, as it would've completely destroyed his career and image and left him smoking grass for the rest of his career.
13 BEST: "And That's The Bottom Line" - Stone Cold Steve Austin
Stone Cold Steve Austin was the reason why WWE won the Monday Night Wars, as the rebellious Texas Rattlesnake was always a pain in the side of the villanous Mr. McMahon. Austin started his rise by taking the fight to his boss, as he'd pay no heed to McMahon's authoritative nature and just make his boss's life a living hell. Austin would also create his own catchphrase at the time, where he'd say "And That's The Bottom Line, Cause Stone Cold Said So!" whereas he'd showcase himself to be his own boss. His catchphrase cemented him as this bad-ass rebel who would continuously stick to Mr. McMahon and overthrow all the obstacles presented to him as the fans really connected with Austin because of this catchphrase and would spur him on to kick Mr. McMahon's ass which gave everyone much pleasure at the time.
12 WORST: "I'm THE Guy"- Roman Reigns
Roman Reigns has been on the hit-last of almost every WWE fan after he had started to receive a constant major pushes into the main-event scene after the Shield broke up, as fans felt that he was undeserving because of him still lacking in some departments. Reigns has already main-evented WrestleMania twice and most fans just can't stand him nowadays, as he constantly gets booed out of every arena. So with everyone disliking his lack of mic-skills, WWE decided to get him a new catchphrase after he won the WWE Title at WrestleMania 32 (as if "Believe That" wasn't bad enough) as he came out and stated "I'm Not a Good Guy, I'm Not a Bad Guy", I'm Just The Guy" to the dismay of many in the crowd. He kept on repeating this line for months after as people grew tired of it right after the first week. The catchphrase was really bad and was almost WWE mocking the fans for hating on Reigns, but they soon saw the light as he has stopped using it for some months now. Reigns needs to improve his mic-skills to get over with the fans, and having him utter catchphrases like these won't do any good to him in this era where fans demand more and more from wrestlers every week.
11 BEST: "To Be The Man, You've Gotta Beat The Man" - Ric Flair
"The Nature Boy" Ric Flair has also had so many catchphrases in his career, that it could have multiple spots in this list but his best one is almost something straight out of an inspirational movie. Flair started to say "To Be The Man, You've Gotta Beat The Man" when he was the top guy in wrestling, indicating that someone has to beat him in order to be considered to be as good as him. Although his "Woo!' has attained much popularity over the years to the point that every-time a chop is made, people start to Woo!, but his catchphrase of "To Be The Man, You've Gotta Beat The Man" is amazing. Not only did it make sense at the time, but it has often been used by wrestlers as an iconic way of saying "you gotta go through me to be the champion". Flair's catchphrase has become legendary because of how meaningful it is, as the words are perfectly true for a champion to say and considering that there hasn't been a better champion than Flair, it's fitting for him to make this as his catchphrase.
10 WORST: "What?" - Stone Cold Steve Austin
Stone Cold Steve Austin might have created one of the most infamous catchphrases of all time, but he's also responsible for coming up with the most infuriating one in wrestling history. So during the latter part of his career, a heel Stone Cold Steve Austin would constantly interrupt everyone with "What?" and it was okay at first, but started to get really aggravating, really fast. The fans would join in with him saying "What?" every time someone else is about to say something on the mic, and it was very irritating for the viewer who is watching on TV. This spread so wildly that fans still shout out "What?" when someone they don't like are speaking and its a pain for someone who is watching on TV to get disturbed with the "What?" chants. Austin might have come up with some of the most entertaining stuff during the Attitude era, but his creation of this catchphrase was disastrous as has since then spread like wildfire and is still as annoying as it was when Austin used to shout it out during his days.
8 BEST: "If Ya Smell What The Rock Is Cooking" - The Rock
The Rock is probably the most charismatic wrestler of all time, as he could electrify an audience only with his amazing promo's and personality. After failing at first as Rocky Maivia, Dwayne Johnson became the Rock and turned into this trash-talking heel at first, but soon became the people's champion. It's at this time where he made up many catchphrases, but the most popular one will remain as "If Ya Smell What The Rock Is Cooking" and the way he uttered it is something which cannot be explained in words. The Rock's amazing mic-skills made for him to pump up the audience whenever he was speaking, and this catchphrase was like a cherry on top for his promos as it got the audiences cheering for him and really pumped for his matches ahead. The way The Rock executed the catchphrase with his amazing voice made it something nobody can dislike and this catchphrase cemented The Rock as an amazing face who would become the most electrifying man in all of entertainment because of this catchphrase.
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