Memes: Professional Wrestling

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Even the world of wrestling is not safe from memes, most of which were started either by WrestleCrap and their original Message Board (now the Freakin Awesome Network forums), or their rivals over at 420chan's /wooo/, or occasionally, fresh out of Botchamania.


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    General 

  • One common in some wrestling boards is to post a picture of a promotions' booker looking smug, sometimes subtitled "Problem, IWC?" when insane booking decisions come up. Vince McMahon and Vince Russo are most common.
  • Professional wrestling fandom's favorite Butt Monkey, Kent Jones, the self-proclaimed YouTube "shooter".
  • SUPER DRAGON! * clap clap clap* SUPER DRAGON! * clap clap clap* SUPER DRAGON! * clap clap clap* SUPER DRAGON! * clap clap clap* SUPER DRAGON! * clap clap clap* SUPER DRAGON! * clap clap clap* SUPER DRAGON! * clap clap clap* SUPER DRAGON! * clap clap clap* SUPER DRAGON! * clap clap clap* SUPER DRAGON! * clap clap clap* SUPER DRAGON! * clap clap clap* SUPER DRAGON! * clap clap clap* SUPER DRAGON! * clap clap clap* SUPER DRAGON! * clap clap clap*
    • OH SHI-
      • SUPER DRAGON! *SHUT THE FUCK UP!* SUPER DRAGON! *SHUT THE FUCK UP!* SUPER DRAGON!
  • Then there's the tendency of some commentators to talk like living thesauruses. ("[Name] has been completely embarrassed....and humiliated!")
  • You've still got it! Explanation 
  • Curry Man is not Christopher Daniels.
    • Ricochet is not Helios.
    • Eric Young is not Super Eric.
    • Hulk Hogan was not Mr. America, brother.
    • Shane Helms was not The Hurricane.
    • Christopher Daniels is not Suicide... anymore.
      • And neither is Kaz.
    • Giant Machine is not André the Giant.
      • It could be Giant Baba.
      • Super Strong Machine is not Junji Hirata.
    • The Badd Boys are not Jagged and Shane Matthews. in Inter Species Wrestling, anyway.
    • Chief Morley is not Val Venis.
    • R-Truth is not K-Kwik.
    • The Miz is not the Calgary Kid.
    • Juan Cena is not John Cena.
    • Amazing Red is not Sangriento.
    • (Lord) Tensai is not Albert/A-Train.
    • Sin Cara Negro is not, was not, and will never be Hunico.
    • Ryback is not Skip Sheffield.
    • Ricardo Rodriguez is not El Local.
      • Nor is he Chimaera
    • Fandango is not Johnny Curtis.
    • Damien Sandow is not Idol Stevens.
    • Curtis Axel is not Michael McGillicutty
    • Bray Wyatt is not Husky Harris.
    • Sami Zayn is not El Generico (and we'll likely never know who was).
      • El Generico has retired from wrestling and is running an orphanage in Tijuana. Explanation 
      • Number 116 - Armbar
    • Primo and Epico are not Los Matadores.
  • And, let us never forget that Sho Funaki and Taka Michinoku are EEEEEEEEVIL~!
  • * CORNETTE FACE*
  • MINUS! FIVE! STARS!
  • Yeah, I don't know either, dude. Explanation 
    • That's awesome on every conceivable level! Explanation 
    • Dennis Stamp wasn't booked!Explanation 
  • Non-western example. The wrestler Hard Gay is memetic both in Japan and overseas. HOOOOOOOOOOOO~!

    AWA 

  • Baron von Raschke's "That is all the people need to know."

    NWA 
  • Not everyone realizes the reference anymore, but wrestlers who were on the losing end of particularly one sided fights or squashes would be called "Destroyed", in reference to a wrestler called Destroyer.
  • "It couldn't happen to a nicer guy." in reference to misfortune befalling someone you don't like. This is mutated from Buddy Rogers's "To a nicer guy, it couldn't happen."
  • "IT'S STILL REAL TO ME DAMMIT~!" as bellowed by an tearful, overenthusiastic fan at an NWA press conference.
    • That guy is known as KongaDave, and he occasionally posts at the WrestleCrap forums.
      • Became an Ascended Meme thanks to his Web Redemption on Tosh.0.
  • Iceman King Parsons: "Like Mama says, it be's that way sometimes. MERCY!"

    All Japan / New Japan 

  • Anything to do with Kenta Kobashi and "burning," "chops," and/or "cancer." Especially him defeating his own cancer (in actuality a tumor which cost him his right kidney) with wrestling moves.
  • LARIATOOOOOOOOO!!!!!Explanation 

    WCW 

  • You are only half the man Sid is and he has half the brain you do.
  • A Lex Luger T-shirt promo in 2005 gave birth to many memes, such as "I DON'T KNOOOW!" or "Billy what'shisname."'
  • Ric Flair: One-Man meme-machine:
    • WOOOOOO! (Especially in response to someone getting a "knife edge chop" to the chest)
      • *stagger-faceplant*
    • "To be the man, you gotta beat the man"
    • Using "Thus Spake Zarathustra" as an entrance theme
    • Elbow-dropping his own coat.
    • According to my rowlex...
    • Many a little brother was tortured by the Figure Four Leg Lock because of him.
      • Many a college fratboy was ICE'd because of his group, Fourtune.
    • "Time to ride Space Mountain!"
    • "Now we go to school!" (usually before he applied the Figure Four Leg Lock)
    • "MY SHOES...COST MORE...THAN YOUR HOUSE!!!"
    • "Shut up, fat boy!"
    • "GOD!"
    • "You better shut up or I'll make a woman out of your girl!" Usually said to someone in the audience sitting by a female.
    • Space Mountain may be the oldest ride in the park but it's still got the longest line!
    • "Leave the memories alone..."Explanation 
    • GO TO BED!Explanation 
  • *takes guitar shot* "Never drew a dime!"explanation 
  • *Ron Simmons observes this foolishness* "DAMN!"
    • On the Dating Game: "If you were to bring me breakfast in bed, what would it be?" "SPAM!"
      • "If you could go back and time, and stop any war, what would it be?" "'NAM!"
      • "Who do you think is Jim Halpert's soulmate?" "PAM!"
      • And just what does he usually show up for? BLAM!invoked
  • We comin' fo' YOU, nigga! *facepalm* *Sherri corpses*
    • You're lookin at the six time, six time, six time, six time, six time, six time WCW World Champion!
    • Oh mah guut-ness!
      • Aaaaaaaaaaaaaw here we go!
      • What da hale?!
    • Shucky, ducky, quack, quack!
    • WE GOT A NEW CHAMP!Explanation 
    • This list is now in Booker T's Fave Five.
  • DDT Digest knows that you cannot powerbomb (Billy) Kidman.
  • I wonder what Vampiro's doing right now.
  • Bret Hart: "Who are you to doubt El Dandy?"
  • Scott Steiner: "WHO'S THE MAN? HUH? YOUR MOTHER SUCKS! HUH? I'M HUNGRY! HUH? HUH? HUH? HUH? HUH? HUH?"
    • Scott's thoughts on Samoa Joe? "HE'S FAT!"
      • Lampshaded by Steiner himself at Turning Point 2011, when describing Abyss' fictional girlfriend.
    Scott Steiner: "And not only is she ugly, SHE'S FAT!" *three seconds later* "SHE'S FAT!" *End of the promo* "And don't bring her any food, 'cause SHE'S FAT!"
  • "CALL THE WCW HOTLINE, I DON'T GIVE A FUCK"Explanation 
  • "That'll put a lot of butts in seats..."Explanation 

    WWE 

    FMW 

  • Besides being the trope namer for Garbage Wrestler, Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling also gave rise to the notion that Japanese tables were indestructible.note 

    ECW 

    CZW 

  • JESUS! Explanation 

    ROH 

  • "WHAT YOU KNOW ABOUT SHRIMP COCKTAIL, HANH?" Explanation 
  • lol ill pretend u said 18

    TNA 

  • Kennedy...AAANNNDERRRRSON!
    • MISTEEEEEEEERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!! ANDERSON!
    • ...
    • ...
    • ...ANDERSON!
      • And now we wait for The Matrix jokes.
      • It is inevitable, Mr. Anderson.
      • Matrix Jokes? INJUSTICE!
  • Rellik is Killer spelled backwards.
    • Which, in the hands of Smart Marks, mutated into "Rebboj is Jobber spelled backwards."
  • You ain't on THE LIST, bro!
    • You're a total hamster, bro!
    • OHH! (fist-pumps)
  • "You can't wrestle!" "I disagree!" "You can't wrestle!" "I'm very good!" Explanation 
  • Jeff Hardy: "Austin, my nuts hurt..." Explanation 
  • Soon a surprise is coming to TNA Impact Wrestling that will change it on every level FOREVER!!!
    • Repeat every four to six weeks.
  • The Impact Zone thinks this is bullshit!
  • Any reaction from TNA color commentator Don West:
    Don West: DID YOU SEE THAT?! DID YOU SEE THAT?! PELE! PELE! HE HIT THE PELE! FROM OUT OF NOWHERE! YOU GOTTA BE KIDDING ME!!!
    • The smarks would strike again, as one sign could clearly be seen that read, "YES, DON WEST, WE DID SEE THAT."
      • YOU SELFISH PRICK!
    • And, of course Mike Tenay has to answer every "This is awesome!" chant with a "You're DAMN RIGHT this is awesome!"
    • Let us not forget Tazz and his desire to "Let the pigeons LOOSE!"
  • "What is [insert real name or similar ring name of a well-known wrestler who recently left WWE] doing in the Impact Zone?"
  • TNA Knockout Champion Taylor Wilde was so underpaid she works at Sunglasses Hut.
  • Death puns and TNA, and or demands that Sabu return to TNA with a new gimmick called Genocide, after Homicide "cashed in" his feast or fired briefcase on Suicide. TNA has since renamed Suicide Manik, perhaps to try and cut back on this.
    • Which is funny, since ECW billed Sabu as being "homicidal, genocidal, and suicidal."
  • Lil Kaval is the only reason for some TNAExplanation 
  • You haven't seen my brother Chris? You know, (hand) Abyss!Explanation 
  • "Tag of the Waaah!!!" Explanation 
  • HE'S NOT READY BROTHER DUDE JACK Explanation 
    • Bobby Roode spitting. Explanation 
    • Bobby Rooooooo!!!
  • LOLTNA Explanation 
    • "Did I use the tacks?"

      Sixty days later, "What's Memetic Mutation: Professional Wrestling Fad Metamorphosis: Vocational Grappling doing in the iMPACT! Zone?"Explanation 

      One week later, Memetic Mutation: Professional Wrestling Fad Metamorphisis: Vocational Grappling: *insert gratuitous anti-WWE rant here*Explanation