If you skip the intro and title of this article and jump right into the list, it may look like we are doing a ranking of the greatest of all time. In all actuality, we will be highlighting the wrestlers with the biggest egos of all time. It’s kind of ironic that so many of the best would be on this list, but not all that surprising. In fact, professional wrestling is a business that is predicated on believing in yourself, even if nobody else shares that opinion.
Just the mere idea of becoming a professional wrestler is an intimidating concept; you will be walking out in front of strangers, in your underwear and trying to please and pander to a new audience every night. Think about how much self confidence it would take most of us to do one of those things, let alone all of them plus more.
Remember that irony that was mentioned earlier? Well it’s also pretty ironic that every single person on this list has been through the WWE for at least one run, with all but two winning the a major Championship while employed by the sports entertainment company. It’s that kind of success that can drive an otherwise humble wrestler, to have an inflated ego, which can result in a bad reputation. The negative rap is usually created from these egotistical wrestlers protecting their top spot from would be challengers with accidental collateral damage happening from time to time.
We are going to count down the wrestlers with the biggest inflated egos in all of wrestling. Admittedly, we could probably find a reason to call every wrestler who has tasted success egotistical, but today we are only looking at the top 15. As always let us know how you feel in the comments below, and let us know who we forgot….unless you put Brock Lesnar...don’t put Brock Lesnar.
Although Diamond Dallas Page has saved countless careers and lives with his innovative DDP Yoga over the past few years, it doesn’t change the fact that his ego has always been a little skewed. When Page started in the wrestling business, managing Scott Hall (then the Diamond Stud), Hall stated that Page would draw all of the crowd attention away from the match and to himself.
17 Mick Foley
He may be an ambassador for Santa Claus, and the darling of the IWC, but Mick Foley is actually just as egotistical as all of the other people on this list. Foley is a notorious self promoter, and is always trying to hop into the spotlight that others are in.
The Hardcore Legend follows the money, and has stated that he came back into professional wrestling to make a few bucks, even though he knew he lost a step. One of the biggest ego plays, is taking a spot on the card away from a younger talent who is still at the top of his game.
16 Chris Jericho
While it can be said that Chris Jericho is one of the most respected men in the wrestling business, it can also be said that he carries a huge ego. Jericho has gotten into many fights backstage, and outside of wrestling, because of his obnoxious/know it all nature.
Bill Goldberg’s ego isn’t his fault, it is the cause of being built up too much and too fast, for someone so green in the business. Due to the fact that he beat everyone and their mother on the roster at WCW, Goldberg’s ego was through the roof by the time he was in the main event picture.
13 Jeff Jarrett
If you can’t become a successful World Champion in your current company, and can’t get hired anywhere else, why not be like Jeff Jarrett and start your own...twice. Yes the King of the Mountain and former TNA Champion literally has built companies around himself, hoping to become the largest draw on the card.
12 Kevin Nash
11 Ric Flair
Ric Flair is considered by many to be the greatest wrestler of all time, and it may have gone to his head. The legend goes that Flair would often segregate himself from other wrestlers whom he felt were beneath him; former WWE talent Gangrel even went as far as to claim that The Nature Boy wouldn’t make eye contact with low-card wrestlers.
10 The Rock
Despite the fact that The Rock has been named as one of the most humble people in Hollywood, the former WWE Champion has a spot on this list. The Rock was extremely protective of his character while working full time in the WWE. During two separate Talk is Jericho Podcasts, both the Dudley Boyz and Chris Jericho talked about how The People’s Champion would refuse certain angles.
9 Bret Hart
Bret Hart is notoriously known for being a fan of himself in the world of professional wrestling, and believing his own hype. Now for the Canadian audience Bret considered himself a hero, which means that there were certain things he refused to do in Canada; losing being one of them. The Hitman’s ego led to him refusing to drop the title to Shawn Michaels at Survivor Series in 1997, prior to his departure from the company.
Until this day, Hart pats himself on the back for his ability and accomplishments in wrestling during his interviews. He truly believes that he is the best there is, the best there was, and the best there ever will be.
7 Triple H
There are probably more reports about Triple H’s ego than any other wrestler on this list, but the fact that most of them can’t be corroborated with facts is why he is in the middle of this list. The lore of Trip’s scumbag nature is bigger than the actual trail of evidence, but that’s not to say there isn’t any proof at all.
6 Shawn Michaels
Shawn Michaels is known for having one of the worst egos, and attitudes in wrestling during the 1990s, often angering everyone who came into contact with the rising star. The story goes that HBK refused to lose to anyone that wasn’t in the Kliq, or who didn’t comply with the group. Michaels was out of control by the time he was injured in 1998, and left the WWE for four years.
4 Stone Cold Steve Austin
Although Steve Austin regrets some of his decisions while at the height of his career, it doesn’t change the fact that they happened. Most infamously, Austin refused to do a job for Brock Lesnar on an episode of RAW, and subsequently left WWE television for a few months. Vince McMahon confirmed that The Rattlesnake was difficult to work with during his WWE Network interview conducted by Austin.
3 CM Punk
CM Punk was good, but best in the world?...meh. Well that’s a subjective opinion, much like Punk’s own opinion about himself. The former World Champion and current UFC fighter has gone off on more tirades about his own talent than anyone else on this list.
2 Hulk Hogan
Perhaps the most deserving of a big ego is the Immortal Hulk Hogan. Hogan single handedly saved wrestling in the 80s, and elevated it to a national stage unlike any other person in history. Earning this iconic status obviously inflated Hogan’s ego, as he demanded full creative control when eventually signing to WCW in the mid 90s. Many claim that Hogan’s control of the company is what drove WCW to its demise, citing that Hogan would only lose to handpicked opponents, and even that was rare.
1 Vince McMahon
You have to have an ego to be as successful as Vince McMahon. Creating an empire that his spanned four decades isn’t what makes McMahon arrive on this list, but rather it is his creative control that does.
At one time, Vince had his finger on the pulse of pop culture and was able to make rational decisions about the creative direction for the company. Over the years, his age has caught up with him and he has fallen out of touch, but his ego will not allow him to hand over full control to anyone else. His ego is often left unchecked in this area, as most of the bad ideas of the past decade are spawned out of his head. His ego is what created the industry we all love, and will possibly be the thing to destroy it.
Side note: Vince McMahon also defeated God in a match. Yup, that happened.
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