10 funniest Superstars in WWE history
Who are the funniest Superstars in WWE history? This is a tougher question to answer than most realize. What makes one person laugh might be met with crickets from another. But like watching a cat trying to understand a treadmill, some things are universally funny. That’s the case with this list of the 10 funniest Superstars in WWE history.
It takes a special kind of talent to be able to battle an opponent for 30 minutes inside a steel cage, then stand in front of the WWE Universe with nothing but a microphone and make them crack up. Whether it was the slapstick comedy of Bobby “The Brain” Heenan, the unexpected musical stylings of “Stone Cold” Steve Austin or The Rock’s mile-a-minute insults, these guys were the best at making the WWE Universe LOL.
Olympic gold medalist Kurt Angle is one of the most competitive, driven and disciplined athletes ever to grace the sports-entertainment mat. However, in an era where being an entertainer was as important — if not more important — than being a great wrestler, Angle made millions laugh. Who could forget a newly bald-headed Angle donning a horrible hairpiece held down by headgear? How about his tiny cowboy hat? And last — but certainly least — the former WWE Champion’s off-key rendition of the folk classic “Jimmy Crack Corn”? I don’t know who Jimmy was and I doubt he found it funny but the rest of us sure did. It’s true. It’s damn true. — JOEY STYLES
Throughout his career, R-Truth’s off-the-wall comments and unpredictable behavior have made for countless sidesplitting moments. But the highlight of The Rapping Superstar’s hilarity came while working alongside his invisible sidekick “Little Jimmy.” Truth’s erratic interactions with his non-existent buddy were not only some of the most unusual segments in WWE history (and that’s saying something), but also the funniest. In fact, if it wasn’t for Little Jimmy’s sudden disappearance from the WWE Universe, they could have been starring in their own Comedy Central sketch show right now instead of Key & Peele. Okay, so that may be a bit of a stretch, but R-Truth is definitely one of WWE’s funniest Superstars. — SCOTT TAYLOR
Don’t let his dry British demeanor fool you: William Regal is funny. Whether he’s a foppish authority figure or a stone-faced lumberjack, the former King of the Ring has delivered the comedy goods each and every time the opportunity has arisen, partly by both playing into his own English background — the tea set Chris Jericho so memorably defiled — or completely going against it, as he did in an unforgettable dalliance with Goldust. If you’re looking for peak Regal, look no further than the infamous “Got Money” dance with Cryme Tyme where he struts around a befuddled Mr. McMahon, repeating Shad & JTG’s mantra before Ron Simmons shows up and “DAMN”s him into silence. Frankly, we’re surprised he stopped laughing long enough to admonish Regal in the first place. — ANTHONY BENIGNO
Chris Jericho calls himself the best in the world at what he does. That includes making millions of Jerichoholics hang on his every word for the next laugh-out-loud moment.
Y2J has delivered countless one-liners, envelope-pushing insults, and harnessed an imitable comedic style that has adapted to each new era in sports-entertainment. From relentless taunting of WCW cruiserweights to priceless exchanges with The Rock and Stephanie McMahon, The Ayatollah of Rock 'n' Rolla has made all of his verbal victims feel the burn of his masterful improvisational skills. Heck, he even trolled the entire WWE Universe when he returned in January 2012.
Just as it’s impossible to settle for a favorite among Jericho’s catchphrases, you can’t capture his evolving comedic prowess with a single joke. Y2J’s sense of humor will simply never, EEEEVER be duplicated again. — TOM HERRERA
We’ve gotten so used to the goofball uncle phase of Mick Foley’s career that it’s easy to forget he was once considered the most dangerous man in pro wrestling. A strange thing happened in the years after Foley took his unforgettable tumble from the top of the Hell in a Cell, though. No longer able to rely on his crash-and-burn ring style, the disarmingly bright Foley began to lean on his cheeseball sense of humor. The shift didn’t just result in the requisite cheap pops that became the lug’s trademark, but a career renaissance. WWE Title reigns, New York Times bestselling autobiographies and the most watched segment in Raw history followed, all because Foley traded in his steel chair for a sock puppet. Now who says funny doesn’t equal money? — RYAN MURPHY
Santino Marella has always been a couple slices shy of a pizza. This is, after all, the same man foolhardy enough to don a bald cap in order to mock “Stone Cold” Steve Austin. Predictably, Santino’s outlandish impersonation earned him a vicious Stunner and a beer bath.
But it’s that oblivious bravado that made The Italian Stallion so endearing and laugh-out-loud hilarious. Ever since his improbable debut in 2007, in which he defeated Umaga to capture the Intercontinental Championship, Santino has made the impossible possible and the stoic sidesplitting.
Not only did his goofy charm thaw icy, Russian tag team partner Vladimir Kozlov and earn the pair the WWE Tag Team Titles, his odd appeal also helped forge several amorous, albeit uproariously awkward, alliances with the likes of Maria and Beth Phoenix. For these reasons and more, WWE’s manly buffoon has earned a symphony of his own “air trombones” as well as a chorus of our applause. — GREG ADKINS
"Stone Cold" Steve Austin
You know you’re hilarious when you can get a crowd grabbing their sides by uttering the same four-letter word over and over and over again. But “Stone Cold” Steve Austin showcased his funny side long before he started asking “What?”.
Whether singing Jimmy Buffet with longtime rival The Rock or filling Mr. McMahon’s Corvette with cement, The Texas Rattlesnake loved to raise some hell. Sure, some of his jokes seemed a bit mean-spirited — like when he hunted D-Generation X and kidnapped Mr. McMahon — but his heart was always in the right place.
“Stone Cold” became an icon because he never put on an act. He was a beer-swilling, foul-mouthed Texan who loved to get a laugh out of the WWE Universe by tormenting his boss. — JEFF LABOON
Edge & Christian
When is a pose more than a pose? When it’s held for five seconds … duh! Not only were Edge & Christian one of the most innovative tag teams of WWE’s groundbreaking Attitude Era — watch their Tables, Ladders & Chairs Matches on WWE Network if you need an “Edge-ucation” — but they also had us rolling with their snapshot-worthy contributions to the art world (all “for the benefit of those with flash photography”), their endless wit at the expense of Raw and SmackDown’s host cities and their kazoo skills that totally “reek of awesomeness” to this very day. And to think, these hilarious Canucks got their start in WWE as vampires! — JAMES WORTMAN
Bobby "The Brain" Heenan
More than any other performer before or since, Bobby Heenan carried the scorn of the WWE Universe squarely on his shoulders. Yet, what made him such an interesting case, especially in the cut-and-dry era of the ’80s, was that when audiences stated that they “loved to hate” The Brain, they really meant the part about the love.
For as much as he drew the ire of the WWE fans, Heenan always had this twinkle in his eye that quickly turned scowls into smiles. Whether it was him goofing off with Gorilla Monsoon, being forced into a weasel suit, or getting chased all over the arena by Matilda the bulldog, Heenan’s charm and quick wit always (inevitably) left crowds laughing, entertained and going home happier than they arrived. — RYAN PAPPOLLA
What isn’t Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson good at? No, really, do you know if there is anything he can’t do? Some people are a jack of all trades, but master of none. Not The Great One. No, he is a jack of all trades and master of all, including comedy.
The People’s Champion could ruin rivals on the microphone, shooting off hilarious insults like a gunslinging outlaw in the Wild West. Who can forget The Brahma Bull comparing John Cena to a bowl of Fruity Pebbles? But what is most impressive about The Most Electrifying Man in All of Entertainment is his uncanny ability to have millions of WWE fans hanging on his every word, ready to erupt in laughter. Whether he is laying the verbal smackdown on a backstage reporter like Jonathan Coachman or performing his own in-ring comedy concert, The Rock has earned the title of the funniest Superstar in WWE history. — SCOTT TAYLOR