You don’t become a professional wrestler without expecting to encounter a little humiliation from time to time. Professional wrestling is an inherently silly form of entertainment, and even the most serious promotions and bookers occasionally decide to dip into that element of the business by forcing their performers to engage in some sort of wacky antics. Enduring some sort of humiliation at some point in professional wrestling is a lot like accepting that being a secretary is going to include some light typing. It’s just part of the job.
But just because the occasional humiliation is included in the job description doesn’t mean that a performer should expect to spend the majority of their career being the butt of every joke. Professional wrestling may be a strange place, but it’s still a professional world where throwing a never-ending series of embarrassments at an employee to the point where everyone feels sorry for them whenever they step on-screen would never be allowed to happen.
No, I’m just kidding. That’s exactly what happens.
Yes, the occasional humiliation is expected in pro wrestling, but there are a select group of performers who have turned degradation into an art form. It’s not just that they were humiliated more times than anyone else, but rather the sheer magnitude of the insults they had to endure all in the name of entertainment.
Anywhere else in the civilized world, any one of these performers would have quit the very moment that they had to endure any single humiliation of their career. Instead, it’s their ability to keep pressing on while asking for more embarrassment that makes them the 15 most humiliated wrestlers in history.
Without further ado, here are the top 15 wrestlers that were humiliated the most.
15 Terry Taylor
14 Trish Stratus
13 The Spirit Squad
12 William Regal
11 Ric Flair
10 Vickie Guerrero
9 The Ultimate Warrior
The Ultimate Warrior may have spent a moment atop WWE as their supposed future champion, but he spent most of his career after that as a participant in some of the worst wrestling angles ever. You may think that the highlight of Warrior’s embarrassments would have peaked the very moment that Papa Shango made him violently vomit all over himself after being cursed, but that honor would have to go to his time in WCW as an impotent sorcerer during his feud with Hulk Hogan. Even The Ultimate Warrior’s career retrospective DVD was mostly a series of jabs and jokes at his expense.
7 Billy Gunn
6 Mickie James
4 Mark Henry
3 Brutus Beefcake
There are times when it’s hard to know what to make of the wrestling career of Brutus Beefcake. While it’s tempting to praise the man for remaining gainfully employed despite his obvious shortcomings as a wrestler, the fact that he spent his entire career being bounced between a series of increasingly awful gimmicks is something of a blight on his accomplishments.
2 Jim Ross
1 Jillian Hall
If I were to ever become a WWE wrestler, the very first thing I would do is ask what it was that Jillian Hall did to the WWE creative team so that I can be sure I never come close to doing the same thing. Jillian Hall made her debut in WWE as a corporate consultant to JBL who so happened to have the world’s most grotesque mole on her face, and would end her career as an awful singer who participated in some of the most cringe-worthy WWE moments of all-time. It was an interesting run, to say the least.
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