Wrestlers are famous for many things. Whether it's their unique dress sense that dazzles the crowd - think someone like Goldust, for example - or a particular style in the ring that the crowd loves, there's always something about a great wrestler that they're remembered for. The hallmark of any great wrestler is that they have something that nobody else doesn't - just look at the WWE Hall of Fame to find proof of that.
Another thing that can hold wrestlers in high acclaim is their signature catchphrases. Not all wrestlers have them - some don't need to, due to the rest of their character being so complex and interesting that they don't really bother with them - but most of the greats do. Catchphrases are something that are becoming less and less common in modern WWE, with focus much more on how the wrestler looks than what they say. Daniel Bryan is perhaps the shining exception to that, but apart from that, not many of the top stars have a favorite phrase.
However, that wasn't the case back in the 1980s, 1990s and even the 2000s. Wrestlers were once famous for the phrase that came out of their mouth; probably because it helped the crowd to relate to them. The wrestling archives are stacked full of guys who had the most iconic phrases which have stood the test of time, and still see crowds saying them to this very day. There were plenty to choose from, but here are the top 20 catchphrases in the history of professional wrestling.
20 "Oh Yeah!" - Randy Savage
19 "Rest In Peace" - The Undertaker
18 "To Be The Man, You've Gotta Beat The Man!" - Ric Flair
17 "What?" - 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin
16 "Get The Tables!" - The Dudley Boyz
15 "I'm a Limousine Ridin'.." - Ric Flair
14 "Raw Is Jericho" - Chris Jericho
13 "Everybody's Got A Price!" - Ted DiBiase
12 "Woo!" - Ric Flair
Back to Ric Flair again - and the one catchphrase above every other that made him famous. Even without Flair on WWE TV too much these days, crowds will often scream "Woo!" whenever someone gets a chop across the chest - such is Flair's impact and legacy in the WWE. However, there's no substitute for Flair himself screaming the catchphrase, often in the face of his unsuspecting opponents. Flair even incorporated it into his promo work, and it still remains one of the most iconic catchphrases in wrestling history.
11 "Have A Nice Day!" - Mick Foley
10 "Finally, The Rock Has Come Back To.." - The Rock
9 "Hey Yo!" - Scott Hall/Razor Ramon
8 "It Doesn't Matter!" - The Rock
7 "Oh, You Didn't Know?" - The New Age Outlaws
6 "What'cha Gonna Do.." - Hulk Hogan
5 "The Best There Is.." - Bret Hart
4 "You're Fired!" - Vince McMahon
3 "Suck It!" - D-Generation X
2 "If Ya Smell..." - The Rock
1 "And That's The Bottom Line.." - 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin
Any of the top bunch on this list could have come out top - as they're all fantastic catchphrases that helped to develop and solidify the careers of many top stars. However, if one catchphrase suited a wrestler to perfection, then it was 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin's iconic promo-closer. There's not a catchphrase that gets people more excited than it, and it's a phrase that fans simply love shouting. When Austin makes his returns in the modern-day WWE, crowds are falling over themselves. And when he utters his famous "And That's The Bottom Line.. 'Cos Stone Cold Said So!", you know you're in the presence of one of the wrestling greats.
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