With the boom of social media over the past 5-10 years, the massive usage of the meme (pronounced meem) came about. A meme is a photo accompanied by words. The word meme was first seen in 1976 in a book written by Richard Dawkins, but was not a part of our common lexicon until the past few years. Most memes can be found shared on Facebook or Twitter, and there are websites that are solely dedicated to a meme of a specific subject.
While it is up for debate, the first subject in the social media age where the meme really took off was silly pictures of cats. So many people were sharing these hilarious pictures of their feline friends, someone decided to take it upon themselves to add words to the picture to make it even more hilarious. This would help launch the very popular website I Can Haz Cheeseburger?
Now a days you can see memes for almost everything from popular television shows to professional sports. Creating these memes is very simple now a days. Before you'd have to jump through a lot of hoops to create and share them. Now there are great mobile apps that enable you to create your own from any picture, save it to your phone, and share it everywhere possible.
Over the past few years, pro wrestling has seen a big boom in the creation of memes. When the camera catches that right moment, you can paint your own picture as to what is happening inside or outside that ring. Let's take a look at 15 great fan-made memes for the WWE.
15 Developing New Stars From Game Of Thrones
This past August, the Wyatt Family got much bigger with the addition of Braun Strowman. He is one imposing dude and has been booked as such lately. Prior to joining the Wyatt Family, he was actually a Rosebud for Adam Rose. Before his professional wrestling career, he was a very successful competitor in the Strongman competitions.
The creator of this hilarious meme suggested that Braun Strowman is actually the young kid from Game Of Thrones, "Ser Piggy" Sam Tarly. He suggests to fellow Game of Thrones cast member Jon Snow that he can take some steroids and grow a beard to be a WWE Superstar. The resemblance is uncanny...
14 John Cena's Hitlist Of The Prospects
The Internet Wrestling Community (or the IWC) definitely has their heroes and their villains. The meme above definitely has five of their heroes and one of their most hated villains. The heroes are known as The Leaders Of The New School with Kevin Owens, Finn Balor, Neville, Sami Zayn, and Hideo Itami.
The greatest villain (maybe of all-time) from the IWC is definitely John Cena. He's hated due to the level of invincibility he's had for the past two years. He defeated Kevin Owens in a feud, Sami Zayn and Neville in a U.S. Open Challenge. Though Owens has beaten Cena, John won the feud, along with the matches against Zayn and Neville.
Neville and Itami are safe (for now) in NXT and haven't had to face the wrath of Cena yet.
13 Nerd Lesnar
Ever since the dawn of the Internet, readers have always been fascinated with pictures of celebrities before they were stars. For some of those celebrities, they have their awkward phases before they were in the spotlight. In this instance, we see the powerhouse Brock Lesnar in high school wearing a dapper suit and some glasses. He looks like he's about to do your taxes.
Don't let that picture fool you though, he was a beast in high school as well. As the person that created this great meme suggests, Lesnar could have looked like he knew how to fix your computer with this high school photo, but I think it might be a little dangerous to hit F5.
12 Can You Imagine Cody Rhodes As Cinderella?
In the world of professional wrestling, the facial expressions are magnified and overdone. This is called selling, and it is a way to get over how painful a hold can be to the audience in the arena and those watching at home. When that happens and it's captured at a particular moment on film (digitally now a days), it can create some pretty funny moments.
Seen in this meme is The Miz, applying a heel lock on the man formerly known as the mustached Cody Rhodes. A clever fan created a meme that insinuates that Miz and Cody are in some twisted episode of Cinderella where Cody swears that magic glass slipper is going to fit his big foot.
11 For Those Expecting A Cena Heel Turn...
Back in 1996 when Hulk Hogan did the unthinkable and turned heel, we all were in amazement that a wrestler who was such a good guy during his time in WWE and WCW could be such an evil character. What would happen after was the birth of the nWo, which was one of the greatest faction in pro wrestling history. As fans never thought the moment would happen, it revitalized Hogan's career and it was played out very well.
That leads us to our modern day Hulk Hogan in John Cena. He has basically had the same type of gimmick for over 10 years now; which to some has become stale. While Cena has had a few match of the year candidates this year, there is a large contingent that wishes for Cena to turn heel. This meme represents those who are still waiting.
10 A Tag Title Push Up In Smoke...
The person that created this meme combined two different events in the WWE and made it into something hilarious. With the top two pictures of Daniel Bryan and Kane, they were a dysfunctional tag team called Team Hell No from September 2012 to June 2013. Part of the dysfunction was when they captured the WWE Tag Team Championship and would proclaim that "I" am the tag team champion.
The creator of this meme would take Kane and Bryan, and then add a former WWE Superstar by the name of Evan Bourne who was a tag team champion with New Day member Kofi Kingston for a few months in 2011. That November, Bourne was suspended for 30 days for violating the wellness policy, and shortly after the suspension they dropped the tag team championship.
9 A Very Odd Paperweight For The Office
Just a few months ago on NXT, Tyler Breeze was taking on some jobbers after failing to capture the NXT Championship in a contenders match. He would badger the General Manager of NXT, William Regal, to get him some competition. One of those moments was the meme shown above. Regal was on the phone "conducting business" when he turned around and there was Tyler Breeze in his famous pose right on the General Manager's furniture.
While we highly doubt that Regal would draw Tyler Breeze like one of his French girls, he did find a suitable opponent for Breeze with the NXT debut of wrestling legend Jushin Thunder Liger at NXT Takeover in Brooklyn just before SummerSlam in the summer of 2015.
8 Dolph Ziggler Gets Around!
Some of the ladies who are fans of the WWE would say that Dolph Ziggler is one of the heartthrobs of the company, and Dolph would probably agree with them. His first "on screen" flame would be with AJ Lee during the winter of 2012, which lasted for quite a while.
After taking a break from on-screen relationships, Dolph sure found his fair share of them throughout this past year. Dolph would be paired up with Lana after she turned on Rusev for a few months before TMZ broke the story that Lana and Rusev got engaged. There was also a teased relationship with Summer Rae who sided with Rusev as well.
As this meme suggests, while Ziggler is talking with Miz, maybe he can have an onscreen relationship with Maryse next. Maryse is the Miz's real-life wife who was a WWE Diva from 2006 to 2011.
7 Ryback's Hungry For A Baconator
In the few years that Ryback has been in the WWE, he has captivated the WWE Universe with his display of power and intensity. His drive and dedication to professional wrestling is something that has to be applauded. One of his most popular phrases that the WWE Universe loves to chant along with Ryback is "FEED ME MORE."
Unfortunately for Heath Slater, his long straight orange hair and pale face is prime for the joke that he looks like the icon for the fast food chain Wendy's. So according to this great meme, Ryback says "FEED ME MORE," Slater shows up, and Ryback is extremely happy for a Baconator or two.
6 Sheamus & Randy Orton, Fashion Experts
Great facial expressions are key for a wrestler to have to be able to convey their emotions to those in attendance in the arena and those watching at home. The great thing about photography is if you can catch those expressions at the right time, you will capture a moment that you can take completely out of context. Throw in a meme, and you have a masterpiece.
The creator of this meme captured Sheamus and Randy Orton at just the right moment where it appears they are judging the fashion of someone. While it is unknown if they are judging Lillian Garcia or possibly Fandango, the look on both of their faces is pretty priceless and completely out of their characters.
5 Valley Girl Undertaker
Just like with the picture of Randy Orton and Sheamus, if you photograph a moment at just the right time, you can completely take it out of context. As for what really happened in this picture, referee Scott Armstrong made the Undertaker mad for some reason, so Taker decided that Armstrong needed to eat a chokeslam for his troubles. It was a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time with a pissed off Deadman.
Though it looks like Armstrong is going to meet his demise, the picture was snapped at the right time, or the wrong time if you are the Undertaker. Instead of looking like he's going for a chokeslam, this meme suggests he's ready for a high five. The facial expressions of The Undertaker are just priceless, and this isn't the last you'll see of him.
4 No One Is Safe From An RKO Out Of Nowhere
This meme is brilliant. It takes two viral items, combines them, and then a wonderful meme is created. The top picture has been used as a famous GIF in forums and comment threads for years now when two people get into an Internet slap fight argument. Basically Michael Jackson represents a bystander witnessing the argument and eating popcorn while being entertained.
Probably the biggest WWE item to have gone viral over the past couple of years is Randy Orton delivering the RKO to anyone and everyone. If you do a search on YouTube, you'll be able to see many instances of someone eating an RKO. In this particular meme, it is MJ that has to take the fall.
3 The Difference Between Impact Wrestling & WWE
In the world of professional wrestling, history loves to repeat itself. At the turn of the millennium, we saw the McMahon-Helmsley era where Triple H and Stephanie McMahon took over the WWE. The on-screen relationship would turn into a real life marriage in 2003, and now Triple H is the Chief Operating Officer of a $1 billion company.
Fast forward about a decade, it was revealed that Bully Ray (Bubba Ray Dudley) was dating Hulk Hogan's daughter Brooke during an episode of Impact Wrestling. As this meme suggests, dating the boss' daughter in WWE will get you promoted; while dating the boss' daughter in Impact Wrestling will get you suspended.
2 Erasing Hulk Hogan From History
This past July, Hulk Hogan came under fire after audio was released from several years ago where Hogan would make insensitively racial remarks about how the men his daughter Brooke was dating were African-Americans. Though the remarks were from several years ago, the WWE promptly let him go and pretty much erased him from history as if he never existed.
Once the WWE erased him from their public record, dozens and dozens of memes came out where Hulk was removed from iconic moments in professional wrestling history. This particular one is one of the best from one of the biggest moments in WrestleMania history when Hogan body slammed Andre The Giant. But since he's erased from history, Andre just merely tripped.
1 A Moment Too Good To Not Be A Meme
Earlier we had the Undertaker acting like a Valley Girl with a high five and a "you go girlfriend" for one of the referees. With this meme, we head to this year's SummerSlam and get one of most completely odd facial expressions we have ever seen in professional wrestling.
Both men were laid out on the mat after a grueling battle. Brock Lesnar would imitate The Undertaker's famous sit up with a laugh on his face. The Undertaker would then do his trademark sit-up and then proceed to mock Lesnar's laugh. Putting these two moments