Biggest Headcases in Wrestling History

By NoelGRSr



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Psycho Sid


Arkansas-born Sid Eudy’s reign as Psycho Sid in the 1990s really cemented his legacy as a headcase. In a stellar career, the menacing, six-foot-nine power-bombing nutjob claimed WWE, WCW and U.S. belts and could really get inside a rival’s mind.

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Boogeyman


A worm-swallowing degenerate from the “Bottomless Pit,” the Boogeyman freaked out almost everyone following his 2005 WWE debut. The frightening fighter was known for shocking and twisted things, including chewing a mole off the unfortunate Jillian Hall’s face.


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Bruiser Brody


In the ring in the 1980s the late, great Bruiser Brody was erratic, violent and more than a little crazy. Brody was a worldwide star, but sadly in 1988 he was killed in a locker room stabbing.


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The Bushwackers


As The Bushwackers, Kiwis Luke and Butch had no teeth, plenty of ink and a penchant for licking fans. They invaded WWE from 1988 to 1996 and were welcomed into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2015.


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“Hacksaw” Jim Duggan


The fearsome “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan was most popular during his late 1980s WWE stint, with the 2 x 4-wielding American patriot delighting fans with his famous clothesline and oversized personality. Hacksaw also competed in WCW and successfully KOed cancer. Legend.


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Kamala


The face-painted six-and-a-half-foot-tall, 350-pound tribal giant that was Kamala – a guy actually from Mississippi – bellowed and grunted at his opponents before unleashing hell on them. Given Kamala’s size, his signature flying splash was definitely something to avoid.


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George “The Animal” Steele


Scary and hairy, George “The Animal” Steele had a moldy-looking tongue and enjoyed eating corner pads in the ring. The volatile wrestler began his WWE career in 1967 and was welcomed into WWE’s 1995 Hall of Fame.


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Kane


In 1997 the seven-foot monster that is Kane hit WWE looking like a masked killer from a Wes Craven movie. And while his disguise may have since come off, the Devil’s Favorite Demon has still chokeslammed his way to eight championships.


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“Stone Cold” Steve Austin


King of the Attitude Era, drinking, cursing, blue-collar headcase “Stone Cold” Steve Austin fought full-time in WWE from 1996 to 2004. Austin developed his famously leather-clad, no-holds-barred image and ascended to multi-championship greatness.


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Sabu


Since 1991 “Saudi” crazyman Sabu – actually from Michigan – has brought incredible aerial athleticism to the world of wrestling. He’s won tag team ECW titles, and his groundbreaking moves prompted the creation of Tables, Ladders and Chair matches.


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Chyna


Chyna was the most fearsomely unique WWE Diva and the sole female grappler to have claimed the WWE Intercontinental Championship. The history-making member of D-Generation X competed from 1997 to 2001; however, her career then descended into porn and reality TV.


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Abyss


The imposing six-foot-ten Abyss remains a highly aggressive “Monster” for the TNA franchise, occasionally finishing off opponents with a black hole slam. The Abyss first appeared in 2002, though the man behind the mask – Chris Parks – has wrestled since 1995.


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Scott Steiner


Renowned for his liveliness and colossal personality, Scott Steiner was the top tag team talent in the ’90s, winning both the WCW and WWE championships. He fought solo, too, as the unforgettable – and ingeniously named – Big Poppa Pump.

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The Road Warriors/The Legion of Doom


They were The Road Warriors in the 1980s and The Legion of Doom from 1990, but either way this tag team was wildly successful – and bona fide crazy. Indeed, Hawk and Animal looked like a biker gang from hell.


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Edge


Toronto-born 2012 Hall of Famer Edge was the poster boy of WWE success from 1997 to 2011 – when injury curtailed his career. The Master Manipulator had a knack for maddening his rivals and going beyond the pale to win.


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The Nasty Boys


For a decade and a half, The Nasty Boys sure lived up to their frightening moniker. Loudmouthed punks Brian Knobbs and Jerry Sags took plenty of rivals on an unwanted trip to Nastyville, but their craziest feature were those mullet-hawks.


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Mick Foley


Mick Foley performed in WWE between 1996 and 2000 as frazzled hippie Dude Love, nutty outlaw Cactus Jack and crazed mentalist Mankind. He’s remembered for his sock puppet companion, Mr. Socko, and one truly spectacular – and wince-inducing – fall.


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Jake “The Snake” Roberts

Jake “The Snake” Roberts brought his vicious finishing move, the DDT, and his trademark serpent into the WWE ring back in 1986. The big-mouthed snake handler was a cult hero, and he was welcomed into WWE’s Hall of Fame in 2014.


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Randy “The Viper” Orton


Randy Orton – son of wrestling royalty “Cowboy” Bob Orton – has claimed all manner of belts since his 2001 WWE debut. His devastating RKO has seen off many a foe, while his “Intermittent Explosive Disorder” makes him a volatile competitor.


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Al Snow


Al Snow took weirdness to a new level during his 20-year wrestling career. In a 1999 performance in WWE Heat, for instance, Snow played poker with a stuffed moose before wrestling the mannequin head he always brought into the ring.


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10. “Rowdy” Roddy Piper

In the ’80s Scottish barbarian Roddy Piper became a sensation after successful stints in the NWA and WWE. His pantomime villain status was assured through dirty grappling and dirty talking, the latter displayed most notably in the “Piper’s Pit” interview segment.


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Ultimate Warrior


Despite debuting in the late ’80s, the Ultimate Warrior is fondly remembered for his incredible makeup and intimidating full-throttle run into the ring. Sadly, the Warrior died in 2014, barely 72 hours after entering the WWE Hall of Fame.


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Goldust


The imposing six-foot-six “sick freak” that is Goldust began his time in WWE in 1995 and has done his level best to scare the hell out of opponents with his boundary-pushing style. The five-time champion is even known as “The Bizarre One.”


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X-Pac


Sean Waltman’s X-Pac was the most well known of his several guises in wrestling. From 1998 to 2002, the brazen and vulgar grappler was entertaining – and nutty – on the mic and in the ring as part of D-Generation X.


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“Ravishing” Rick Rude


Though his vain, persistent self-love made him an obvious target, “Ravishing” Rick Rude was a tough nut whose Rude Awakening special broke many an opponent’s pain threshold. The “real sexy man” conquered WWE in the late ’80s.


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Jeff Hardy


“The Charismatic Enigma” Jeff Hardy battled to numerous titles during an 11-year career with WWE from 1998. Hardy’s wild and vertigo-inducing aerial ability and luminous war paint earned him one of the most devoted followings around.


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The Great Muta


Japanese grappler Keiji Mutoh was a star as The Great Muta on the Asian wrestling circuit in the early 1990s. Muta’s fearlessness was immortalized in a 1992 match against Hiroshi Hase, which was infamous in its excessive bloodiness.


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Shawn Michaels


Shawn Michaels – the “Heartbreak Kid” – was a provocative and brutal competitor during his ’80s and ’90s WWE heyday. His crackpot credentials include having randomly destroyed a window with his partner’s skull in 1997. Michaels entered the Hall of Fame in 2011.


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Gangrel


Through his blood drinking and scary facial histrionics, the vampirish Gangrel gave nightmares to a generation of WWE fans. The terrifying warrior and member of The Brood provided some ghastly thrills during the celebrated Attitude era.


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Jeff Jarrett


Nutty Nashvillian Jeff Jarrett lit up WWE – and his own dazzling costume – in the early ’90s through his cockily combative persona and proclivity for smashing his six-string guitar over opponents’ heads. Ain’t he great?