Every wrestler in the WWE has a gimmick that coincides with their character, and this fictional representation is just as important, if not more important than their skill in the ring. With that said, let’s talk about the importance of a wrestler’s entrance.
Every wrestler has their own unique way of coming out to wrestle, usually followed by cheers and jeers. But this is all part of the show; it’s what gets the fans pumped up before the fight. There isn’t a fan out there who can deny that when their favorite wrestler makes his or her entrance, they cheer at the top of their lungs.
Which wrestlers hold the title for best entrances of all time? So many amazing entrances have been crafted over the years and it’s hard to say which ones are truly the best. Surely you have your own opinion of which entrances get you most excited, but check out our picks for the top 15 WWE entrances of all time.
15. Eddie Guerrero
Eddie Guerrero would do anything to win a match, as he lied, cheated and stole victories. The skilled Mexican wrestler built on the stereotype that surrounded him, flourishing in the ignorant perception of his foes.
His entrance involved the use of a low rider which he drove up in following his Latino Heat theme song. As Eddie drove up with his cocky confidence, none could argue the fact that this skilled wrestler knew how to bring fans to their feet. Guerrero definitely made an impact with his personality and wrestling skills alike.
14. John Cena
John Cena originally entered sporting a big chain with a lock on it, but he has retired the hulking neckless and his old entrance song. His current entrance theme features Cena himself rapping, pumping up his fans with his signature catch phrase “You Can’t See Me”.
Flashing his colors and saluting the fans, he dashes to the ring with unparraleled energy. What really sets Cena’s entrances apart from the rest are his special WrestleMania ones. Whether it’s being a gangster, a parade of clones, or driving a Mustang, there’s no denying that Cena puts on a show in the ring and out.
13. Brock Lesnar
With a daunting finisher move named the F5, this American power house quickly became a house hold name for all wrestling fans everywhere. Brock Lesnar has also competed in professional American football and mixed martial arts.
This multi-skilled athlete broke into the wrestling world with a bang; his explosive entrance grasps the attention of thousands as he enters the ring. Wide shoulders and big muscles gave this wrestler a fierce sense of intimidation to work, but not without a little help from the notorious Paul Heyman who managed him from the beginning.
12. “Macho Man” Randy Savage
Talk about pizzazz, this guy had just about more than any other wrestler in the business. Macho Man wore elaborate outfits that were so flashy, he could have walked to the ring without any music. But that wasn’t the case; the illustrious Macho Man himself chose to enter the ring to the famous song “Pomp and Circumstance March No.1”, written by Sir Edward William Elgar, an English composer.
This song has been used in many movies and is widely recognized by the general public. With the combination of his flashy attire and world renowned theme, this wrestling legend sure knew how to make an entrance.
11. Ric Flair
This Hall of Famer made a name for himself by winning countless titles during his lengthy professional career that spanned over 40 years. Known as “The Nature Boy”, Ric Flair is notorious for his glamorous robes and cocky attitude; the word “flair” is in his name after all. Following his extravagant entrance, Flair made his catchphrase so popular that fans would scream “Woooooooooo!”.
10. “Rowdy” Roddy Piper
Once the bag pipes sounded off, the crowd stood to their feet and the cheers followed. Although some may believe Roddy Piper to be Scottish, he is actually Canadian. The “Hot Rod” hails from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, but because of his Scottish heritage, he chose to build his wrestling personality around a quick witted, kilt wearing badass.
This character choice led to one of the greatest wrestling personalities the WWE has ever seen. As Piper made his way to the ring, he would radiate energy with every movement, from his shaking head to his jolting mannerisms. He was truly a showman at his best.
9. Rey Mysterio
With spectral contacts and a luchador mask, this high flying individual sure knew how to make an entrance. Following an echoing drum sound, the sparks would fly and Rey Mysterio would fly even higher, blasting from underneath the stage. Upon landing from his explosive introduction, Mysterio would have the crowd in the palm of his hand.
The lyrics in his theme song fit perfectly with his character, mentioning things like jumping in the sky, and flying off the top rope. Melding an entrance that foreshadowed his love for acrobatics with his skill in the ring, all fell into place once Rey Mysterio hit the ring.
Goldberg would enter the arena following a daunting theme song that sounded similar to medieval battle music. Once he appeared from the backstage area, a blinding burst of golden fireworks would spray all around him, followed by a burst of upper cutting explosions.
Every time this hulking beast made his way to the ring, he put fear in the heart of his adversary. His famous “Spear” finishing move reflected his time spent as a professional football player and no wrestler wanted to feel the pain that came with it. Goldberg was a force to be reckoned with and his intimidating entrance fit his character perfectly.
7. The Ultimate Warrior
The Ultimate Warrior’s up beat entrance theme flowed perfectly with his high energy and over the top attitude. The guy came charging towards the ring like a bat out of hell, ready to rip the head off of whoever dared to challenge him.
When he got to the ring, he took hold of the top rope and shook the hell out of it, proving he was truly out of his mind and ready to fight. No other wrestler has ever seemed so eager to fight than he did. The Ultimate Warrior will surely go down in history as one of the most intimidating wrestlers ever to fight in the WWE.
6. Triple H
The first time Triple H entered the arena as “The Game” fans were shocked to see this new intimidating version of the wrestler. His theme song featured metal band Motorhead playing a raunchy riff, which fit perfectly with his new demeanour.
Nicknamed “The Cerebral Assassin” he would enter under dim lighting with his head down and chest puffed out. Once he got to the ring, he would spit water into the air and go off on a rant, resembling an angry bull. This entrance quickly got the point across and began his rode to victory.
5. Shawn Michaels
Following the high pitched vocals at the beginning of Shawn Michaels’ theme song, he would then enter the arena and strut his stuff all the way to the ring. He usually wore very flashy outfits during his entrances, claiming he was a “sexy boy” as his theme song stated.
Known as the “Heart Break Kid” Shawn was cocky, arrogant and very sure of himself. Once he entered the ring, he always broke into his famous pose flexing his arms while a line of exploding fireworks set off behind him. Michaels was one of the most athletic and edgy story tellers in the business, loved and hated throughout his career, but none could deny the raw talent of HBK.
4. Hulk Hogan
Although Hulk Hogan has been renounced from the WWE as of late, he was quite the entertainer back in his prime. Every time the all-American would enter the ring, his “Hulkamaniacs” would cheer louder than ever. The blond haired, handle bar mustached wrestler would always bring the excitement level to a ten.
From his patriotic theme song to his famous taunt urging the crowd to cheer, the Hulkster had the fans standing to their feet every time. Whenever he entered the ring, he would always tear off his shirt, accentuating his strength and energy before the fight. Hulk Hogan may be the most recognized wrestler off all time, proving his skill as a showman and athlete.
Even though this daunting character rarely spoke, his wrestling character was one of the best the business had ever seen. Kane’s entrance would begin with the eerie sound of an organ piano which flowed into a gothic sounding theme song. As the masked wrestler entered, a giant blast of fire would ignite all around him, lighting up the sinister looking contender.
His infamous mask looked like something Hannibal Lecter would wear if he was resurrected from hell. As Kane made his way into the ring, he would raise his arms and shoot them down, signaling four flames to expel from the ring posts. This pyro-happy entrance quickly became a fan favorite and will forever be tied to the harrowing wrestler known as Kane.
2. The Undertaker
When the lights went out and the bells began to ring, everybody knew who was coming to the ring: The Undertaker. This wrestler would enter through a haze of smoke, ominously walking to the eerie sound of church bells. His entrance was by far the most intimidating, his slow walk gibing off the impression that he was back from the dead and prepared to take out the living.
His long, dark walk to the ring built up tension for fans and wrestlers alike. Once he arrived to the ring, the lights would come back on and everybody knew The Dead Man was about to take down his next victim. The Undertaker holds the record for the longest winning streak at WrestleMania, which to this day is considered one of the greatest feats in WWE history.
1. Stone Cold Steve Austin
If any wrestler deservers a belt for the greatest entrance ever, it would have to be “Stone Cold” Steve Austin. When you heard the glass break, you knew a can of whoop-ass was about to be opened up on someone – Oh Hell Yeah! This rowdy Texan would enter the arena with so much energy, he looked like he had already won the fight before it even started.
Once he got inside the ring, he would then climb up on each corner and point that middle finger, defying authority to the fans’ excitement. This electrifying act of showmanship pumped up the crowed like no other. Stone Cold proved that his carefree, badass behavior made for one of the most popular personalities in WWE history.