Pro wrestling has had its fair share of dirty fighters, or heels. Some are just dirtier than others. One of the most common ways a fighter was shown to be particularly dirty is with the use of illegal weapons, called foreign objects. This can range from things like salt to steel chairs to a title belt. Yet over the years, the use of foreign objects has no longer been exclusive to heels, as there have been faces who have used foreign objects to their benefit as well. Sometimes, a wrestler becomes synonymous with a particular weapon and it becomes a regular part of their overall character.
This list is here to recognize the greatest out of all of these foreign objects and the wrestlers who were best known for using them. These are weapons that have become a part of pro wrestling lexicon and have made not only various moments in pro wrestling memorable, but wrestlers themselves. These are weapons that were either influential in building a wrestler’s in-ring persona or weapons that were used so often by so many in an effective manner. This is not just a foreign object that has been used once in a match, these are objects that have been used enough that when someone thinks about a wrestler, they think of them using this weapon.
Foreign objects were selected according to their frequency of usage, effectiveness, impact in wrestling history, and how well they became a part of a wrestler’s personality. So please read, enjoy, and let us know what you think down in the comments section. How would you have ranked these differently? Are there other foreign objects that you felt should have made the list or that one of the entries should be ranked differently, if so please let us know down in the comments section.
21 Honorable Mention: The Cattle Prod
A foreign object that was both directly tied to a wrestler’s character as well as a part of a huge wrestling moment, the cattle prod earns its spot in the ranking with ease. When Jacques Rougeau came back to the WWE after a year-long hiatus in 1991, he came carrying his now signature cattle prod, which he would use to shock his defeated opponents after a match. He used the weapon so much that opponents would look for ways to counteract the attack, with Roddy Piper eventually wearing a rubber vest to negate the electric charge of the cattle prod.
20 20. The Brass Knuckles
Numerous heels over the years have used knuckle dusters, commonly known as brass knuckles. William Regal used them quite often in the early 2000s as he would level opponents before sneaking them right back into his trunks or boots. Another famous incident involved an Intercontinental Title match between The Rock and Ken Shamrock where The Rock tried to use them on Shamrock, but Shamrock would kick out after getting hit and then pin the Rock after hitting him with a belly to belly suplex. Unfortunately the decision would be reversed as The Rock would claim Shamrock hit him with the weapon as The Rock had placed them in Shamrock's trunks.
19 D’Lo Brown’s Chest Protector
18 John Cena's Chain
17 Hollywood Hulk Hogan’s Slapjack
16 Cactus Jack’s Barbwire Bat
15 Honky Tonk Man/Jeff Jarrett’s Guitar
14 Terry Funk’s Branding Iron
13 Big Boss Man’s Nightstick
12 Jim Cornette’s Tennis Racket
11 Throwing Salt
10 The Ladder
9 Sandman’s Singapore Cane
8 Iron Sheik’s Loaded Boot
7 Al Snow’s Mannequin Head
6 The Dudley Boyz’s Tables
“D-Von, get the table!”
5 The Championship Belt
4 Triple H’s Sledgehammer
3 Mankind’s Mr. Socko
After years of being Cactus Jack and a deranged psychotic version of Mankind, Mick Foley would lighten up the personality of Mankind to that of a lovable albeit misunderstood fighter. To complete this image was a friend he invented to help cheer up Mr. McMahon while he was recuperating in the hospital, a tube sock with a crudely drawn on face named Mr. Socko.
2 Jake Roberts’s Snakes
Talk about a foreign object being completely engrained with a wrestler’s character, the object was even in this wrestler’s name. Jake Roberts and his pet snakes were a mainstay of the WWE in the 80's and early 90's. Used as a way to put fear into his opponents, Roberts would come to the ring carrying a large burlap sack containing any form of his snakes from pythons to boa constrictors to cobras.
1 The Steel Chair
Sometimes you just can't overlook a classic. Out of every foreign weapon used throughout the history of pro wrestling, there has not been anything used as much or in as devastating fashion as the steel chair. From straight chair shots to the head to a variety of finishers like the Van Daminator or the Con-Chair-To, the steel chair has been used as a deciding factor in countless matches. It has even been used to comedic effect at times with wrestlers like Eddie Guerrero tossing a chair to his opponent and then falling to the ground to make the ref think Guerrero had been hit, giving him the disqualification win. In the end, there is no way that the steel chair is not the top ranked foreign object in pro wrestling after the overall impact it has had within the industry.
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