The world of professional wrestling is one where a lot of strange things can and often do happen. It’s a world that requires us to suspend disbelief in order to enjoy the product. There are many things that happen in a wrestling match, promo, or storyline that couldn’t possibly happen anywhere else. So when a wrestler speaks, the words that come out of his or her mouth don’t always make the most sense. For the most part, it’s easy for us to believe why a wrestler’s character would say such a thing given the storyline they are involved in. However, once in a while, a wrestler says something that is just too dumb for us to ignore. Whether it be a comment that lacks basic logic or one that is based on hatred of a specific group of people – ie. racism or homophobia – we can’t help, but wonder how those words were ever uttered.
Sometimes the dumb words from a wrestler aren’t entirely the fault of that specific individual. Often a superstar’s words are written for them by some else. So they could take the blame for a bad promo that was the idea of someone backstage. Other times, the dumb words actually came from the man in charge. In other instances, the words simply didn’t come out they way they were planned.
On a few occasions, the dumb words of a wrestler came outside of the wrestling business and just so happened to be captured and shared for all of the world to hear. They’re often followed by an apology from the wrestler. Regardless of the reason these words were allowed to be spoken, they are still dumb. So let’s take a look at the top 20 dumbest things wrestlers have ever said.
20. The Ultimate Warrior’s WrestleMania VI promo
The late great Ultimate Warrior was known for his high intensity promos which people loved despite the fact that no one had an idea what he was talking about. Perhaps his most infamous promo came prior to the biggest match of his career against Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania VI against when he asked the Hulkster, who he referred to as Hoke Hogan, to high-jack a metaphorical plane:
“…Do you, Hoke Hogan, try and comfort the normals that have even more fear than you? Or, do you, Hoke Hogan, kick the doors out? Kick the cockpit door down? Take the two pilots that have already made the sacrifice so that you can face this challenge. Dispose of them, Hoke Hogan. Assume the controls, Hoke Hogan. SHOVE THAT CONTROL INTO A NOSE DIVE, HOKE HOGAN! Push yourself to total self-destruction. AS YOU REALIZE, Hoke Hogan, you are about to enter a world close to Parts Unknown. Ah, smell it Warriors…”
19. Lex Luger doesn’t like tight t-shirts
Lux Luger was wrestling for an independent promotion where he was scheduled to fight Ron Killings when he was approached for his thoughts on the match. Luger completely botched the promo. He couldn’t remember the promoter’s name, referring to him as “Billy whatshisname”, couldn’t get the name of “Super Brawl Saturday” right, and at one point pulled off his shirt and yelled, “And your t-shirts are too tight too Billy!” The promo may have been messed up on purpose, but it didn’t make Luger look very bright.
18. Scott Steiner butchers his promo
Scott Steiner has been around for a long time and has cut some of the most memorable promos in wrestling history. His promo at the 2011 TNA pay-per-view Against All Odds will be only be remembered for Steiner stumbling over his words. “It’s going to be my first match back, it’s going to be just like my last match,” said Steiner before taking a sip of beer. “It’s going to be like the match I had two years ago…It’s going to be like a match I had at the beginning of my career.” As Steiner continued to stumble through the promo, he referenced Hulk Hogan’s “say your prayers and take your vitamins” schtick and then said, “it’s too bad they don’t make vitamins for co-ordination” before walking around awkwardly as his Beer Money partners continue the promo.
17. Sid Vicious has half a brain
During a segment on WCW Monday Nitro, Kevin Nash and Scott Hall were in the ring, with Nash dressed up like Sid Vicious, when the real Sid Vicious came out to put an end to it. What ensued was both dumb and hilarious. “It all stops tonight,” said Vicious. “See Nash, you can wear any Halloween costume you want to, but you know and I know that you’re only half the man that I am. And I have half the brain that you do!” As the camera cut to Nash and Hall in the ring, the two couldn’t help but laugh. Sid Vicious has since said that the promo was the idea of Vince Russo.
16. Gene Snitsky’s poem
Several years back the WWE did an angle in which Kane kidnapped, raped, and impregnated Lita. Then during a match between Kane and newcomer Gene Snitsky, Lita got inadvertently knocked down by Snitsky and suffered a miscarriage. Snitsky was blamed for the miscarriage and continuously used the catchphrase “It’s not my fault”. After Lita became Edge’s real life girlfriend, the storyline switched to Lita leaving Kane for Edge. Snitsky was now a friend of Lita and when Edge and Lita got married, he showed up at the wedding to read a poem. Since the WWE thought miscarriages were funny, the poem contained the following lines.
“It’s not my fault the things that love can do to us,
Just like it’s not my fault you had a dead baby in your uterus.”
15. Scott Steiner’s math lesson
Prior to his triple threat match with Samoa Joe and Kurt Angle at TNA’s Sacrifice pay-per-view in 2008, Scott Steiner cut a promo calculating his odds of winning the match. According to Steiner’s math, Samoa Joe only had a 8⅓ percent chance of winning and Steiner himself had a 141⅔ percent chance of winning, while Angle was a non-factor “cause Kurt Angle knows he can’t beat me and he’s not even going to try!” The whole thing was confusing and didn’t make mathematical sense.
14. CM Punk’s homophobic tirade
During a 2011 house show in Adelaide, Australia, CM Punk was involved in a confrontation with fans in which Punk went on a homophobic tirade. “I guess you’re right, I only pick on women,” said Punk. “That’s why I’m picking on you two jerks right now. You have a v****a. You have a v****a. Nice faux hawk, you homo!” After video of the incident was shared by TMZ, Punk took to Twitter to apologize.
“I’m glad TMZ posted that video because everybody needs to be held accountable for their bulls***, me included. What I said was bulls***. I’m embarrassed. I own up to being a total douche in this situation and I offer a sincere apology to anybody I hurt with careless words.”
13. John Cena’s homophobic rap
After The Rock was announced as the special guest host for WrestleMania XXVII, he cut a promo mocking John Cena. Cena responded by cutting a promo of his own in which he rapped about the Rock, using homophobic language. Cena questioned the Rock’s choice of movies, with works like “You left us high and dry to play a fairy with a tooth?”, “He wore lipstick in Get Shorty, and rocked a skirt for The Game Plan” and ” Just don’t go racing to Witch Mountain, Rock, cause your mountain is Brokeback.” Cena’s words got the attention of GLAAD, the WWE apologized and shortly thereafter launched their “be a STAR”, anti-bullying campaign.
12. “Rowdy” Roddy Piper’s racist promo
The late “Rowdy” Roddy Piper had a lot of great moments throughout his Hall of Fame career. Unfortunately, his promo prior to his WrestleMania VI match with Bad News Brown was not one of them. Piper painted his face half black and cut an obviously racist promo, insulting his opponent’s “bugging eyes” and “wide nose“. In a 2012 interview, Piper tried to explain that he wasn’t racist by giving the strange answer, “I was born in Saskatoon. It’s 100 below. There are no black folks stupid enough to go up there and live.”
11. Michael Cole mocks J.R.
Jim Ross is arguably the greatest commentator in wrestling history. When many people think of their favourite wrestling moments of all-time, it’s often good ol’ J.R. calling the action. Yet, since his departure from the WWE, the promotion has taken shots at Ross on more than one occasion, specifically they’ve disgustingly mocked his Bell’s Palsy, a medical condition that causes facial paralysis. During a December 9, 2011 episode of SmackDown commentator Josh Mathews complained about fellow commentator Michael Cole “speaking out of both sides” of his mouth. Cole replied, “Actually, there is nothing wrong with my mouth, unlike J.R.’s.”
Ross did not take too kindly to the dumb remark and took to Twitter to say, “We can blame a ‘writer.’ That’s cowardly. Poor attempt to be a villain.”
10. Vince McMahon drops the “N” word
At the 2005 Survivor Series pay-per-view, Vince McMahon shook hands backstage with John Cena and asked him, “What’s good in the hood?” To which Cena replied, “Just holding it down, trying to take care of business.” The WWE boss then replied with, “Keep it up, my n***a.” Cena looked at McMahon awkwardly as he strutted away and walked past Sharmell and Booker T, who then said his signature catchphrase, “Tell me he didn’t just say that?!” Oh, Booker, I’m afraid he did.
9. Vince McMahon mocks J.R.
Unfortunately, Michael Cole isn’t the only one in the WWE to mock good ol’ J.R.‘s Bell’s palsy. In a June 2012 segment on Monday Night Raw, Vince McMahon taught his “illegitimate” son, Hornswoggle, how to do a Jim Ross impression. McMahon put on a cowboy hat, scrunched his face to the side and yelled, “STONE COLD, STONE COLD, STONE COLD.” McMahon drew much criticism for the segment as people were quick to point out the hypocrisy of the WWE chairman mocking the long-time commentator’s condition while the WWE simultaneously promoted their “be a STAR”, anti-bullying campaign.
8. Randy Orton invokes Guerrero’s death
It was a tragic loss for the world of professional wrestling when Eddie Guerrero died on November 13, 2005. Following his sudden passing, the WWE honored Guerrero with a memorial edition of Monday Night Raw that featured superstars expressing their grief and sharing their favorite Guerrero memories. Yet in the months that followed, the WWE used Guerrero’s death to promote his friend Rey Mysterio into the World Heavyweight Title picture.
During the run, Mysterio had a feud with Randy Orton who came to the ring and told Mysterio, “Eddie ain’t in heaven. Eddie’s down there…in hell!” Thankfully, brighter minds prevailed and the angle ended a short time later.
7. CM Punk tells fan to kill himself
In 2012, CM Punk took to his Twitter account to express his outrage with Amendment 1 which made same-sex marriage illegal in North Carolina. After one fan disagreed with Punk, Punk responded by tweeting, “Kill yourself.” Punk received backlash for the tweett and apologized for his dumb remark.
“I was pretty worked up today. The amendment 1 situation had me all wound up. I stand by my thoughts on gay marriage 100%. How I defended that stance was 100% wrong. I admit it. You can’t stoop to others levels. Sometimes I fight fire with fire and it isn’t ways the best way, I apologize.”
“I don’t want you to kill yourself. I want you to better yourself. Just as I want to better myself. I’ll start by being the better man and once again, apologize for my harsh reaction to your opinion of homosexuals making you “sick.” Sorry y’all. If I let anybody down, I apologize. I’ll make it up to ya and move forward with a better understanding of others feelings.#pma.”
6. Triple H’s racist promo
During a 2003 feud with Booker T, World Heavyweight Champion Triple H cut a promo with obvious racist overtones. He told Booker T, “Somebody like you…doesn’t get to be a world champion. People like you don’t deserve it.” He also added, “You’re not a competitor, you’re an entertainer” and “You’re here to make people like me laugh.”
Triple H later claimed that the comments were not meant to be racist and instead were a shot at Booker T’s troubled past. As the angle continued, Booker T was asked by Ric Flair to carry bags and drive a limousine and asked by Triple H to fetch a towel. The storyline led to a championship match at WrestleMania, which Booker T lost and his main event push came to an end, making the whole thing even dumber.
5. Jerry “The King” Lawler’s homophobic promo
Sadly, homophobic language used to be commonplace in society and professional wrestling was no stranger to this type of language. One of the last homophobic promos that came without an apology was delivered by Jerry “The King” Lawler in 1997. Prior to a match against Goldust, Lawler questioned his opponent’s choice of gimmick.
”First he was Dustin Runnells. Then he was Goldust. Now he wants to be King of the Ring. We all saw you out here with tears running down you face, wondering why your old man, Oldust, don’t love you anymore. Well I know Dusty Rhodes and he told me why. It’s because you married the biggest gold digger in Georgia, then you put on a woman’s wig, and went around the ring kissing men like a flaming f**.”
4. Vince McMahon threatens The Undertaker’s family
A 2003 feud between Vince McMahon and The Undertaker culminated with the two having a Buried Alive match at Survivor Series. Prior to the event, McMahon cut a backstage promo in which he told Paul Heyman that “terrorists are going to burn down the Undertaker’s house”, “his children are going to be kidnapped”, and The Undertaker’s wife is going to be “raped by a motorcycle gang right in front of The Undertaker.” In one foul swoop, McMahon managed to make light of terrorism, kidnapping, and rape. How he thought these comments were a good idea is anyone’s guess.
3. Ultimate Warrior trashes New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina
It’s amazing how once Ultimate Warrior was inducted into the Hall of Fame, everybody quickly forgot all of his actions. Warrior made plenty of dumb comments but not in character. Shortly after Hurricane Katrina, Warrior said that the city being devastated was no big loss to America.
“They never gave a care for order, cleanliness or function before, but now that they can get someone’s attention who will possibly take over the responsibility of their life for them, they go on these tirades about how their life has been ruined. Their lives were already in ruin — self ruin. Ruined by the bad choices they made over and over.”
2. Hulk Hogan threatens his wife
One of the lesser talked about incidents involving real life comments from Hulk Hogan took place in 2009. Hogan was in the middle of a divorce from his wife Linda, who was now rumoured to be dating a 19-year-old, and a war of words ensued between the sides. When interviewed by Rolling Stone magazine, Hogan expressed an admiration for O.J. Simpson.
“I could have turned everything into a crime scene like O.J., cutting everybody’s throat,” said Hogan. “You live half a mile from the 20,000-square-foot home you can’t go to anymore, you’re driving through downtown Clearwater (Florida) and see a 19-year-old boy driving your Escalade, and you know that a 19-year-old boy is sleeping in your bed, with your wife… I totally understand O.J. I get it.”
Hogan later said that the comments were misunderstood and that he “took the high road” and “didn’t do the O.J. Simpson thing”.
1. Hulk Hogan’s racist remarks
In 2015, racist comments came to light that were made by Hulk Hogan back in 2007 while a sex tape (which would be released in 2012) was recorded). In the video, Hogan was critical of his daughter, Brooke, for her decision to date black men. Hogan invoked the “n” word several times while also stating, “I guess we’re all a little racist.”
Following the revelation, the WWE terminated their contract with Hogan and removed all references to him from their website. In response, Mattel halted production on all Hulk Hogan action figures, while his merchandise was removed from online Target, Toys “R” Us, and Walmart stores.
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