Thursday, April 18

Scariest WWE Wrestlers Ever

At one time, WWE used to specialize in bringing in over-the-top characters but has relied mostly on just presenting wrestlers doing their craft for the last decade. With that said, the idea of a terrifying wrestler has a strong history in WWE.



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Managers like Bobby “The Brain” Heenan and Mr. Fuji brought in monster wrestlers to terrorize babyfaces. There are a lot of examples of the monsters that made babyface so heroic. Even in the Attitude Era, when Stone Cold and The Rock were on top, there were monsters around to terrorize the masses. In modern times, wrestlers like Aleister Black and Bray Wyatt held the torch high for monster characters.

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With the many over-the-top characters, it comes as no surprise that there are plenty that were created to horrify and scare the audience out of their seats. Names like The Undertaker and Kane immediately come to mind when thinking of the scariest wrestlers in the WWE, but they are far from the only ones. Let’s dive into the world of WWE and see what characters did a successful job of having a terrifying aura around them.


The Boogeyman Scared And Disgusted Audiences

His Aura Didn’t Translate To Championship Success


Debut

October 14th, 2005

WWE Championship(s)

N/A

Being billed from The Bottomless Pit, Martin Wright portrayed an interesting character who would appear in unexpected places around the arena, bash a clock over his head, and recite nursery rhymes in an attempt to scare his opponents. The real kicker came in the form of his worms that he would eat while also forcefully feeding his competition.

The Boogeyman stayed with the WWE until 2009, when Wright was released from his WWE contract. It wouldn’t be long, however, before Boogeyman got his foot back in the WWE, as he started making occasional appearances starting at the end of 2012, before receiving a Legends contract in 2015.


Luna Vachon Didn’t Look Like Other Wrestlers

She Stood Out Among Her Peers

Debut

April 4th, 1993

WWE Championship(s)

N/A

Luna Vachon got to make her official WWE debut at WrestleMania 9 where she accompanied Shawn Michaels to the ring for his match against Tatanka. Things would immediately kick off for Vachon as she embarked on a feud against Sensational Sherri, leading to her partnership with Bam Bam Bigelow.

As scary as Vachon could be, she came to the WWE at a bad time, as the New Generation era was catered to be very child-friendly and the scariest she could truly be was a Saturday morning cartoon character. Her time in Extreme Championship Wrestling and a later return to WWE were much better examples of how frightening she could be.


Bull Nakano Became The Antithesis Of Alundra Blayze

The Two Feuded Over The Women’s Title

Debut

May 7th, 1994

WWE Championship(s)

WWF Women’s (x1)

With Bull Nakano finally being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2024, what better time to look back on the character she portrayed and how she easily was one of the scariest wrestlers in the women’s division? Nakano’s time in the WWE was short and saw her primarily feud with Alundra Blayze, but the two capitalized on that and had some stellar matches.


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The two had a heated feud over the Women’s Championship, a title she was able to hold once, before Nakano departed WWE and had a brief stint in WCW. After her work in the United States, Bull Nakano retired from wrestling, having only a few appearances in the business afterward, including her role as commissioner for Sukeban, an all-female Japanese pro wrestling promotion in the States.

Viscera & To A Lesser Extent, Big Daddy V

The Gimmick Changed Rather Quickly

Debut

June 14th, 1993

WWE Championship(s)

Hardcore (x1), WWF Tag Team (X1)

Nelson Frazier Jr. played a few characters during his time in WWE, but the scariest was undoubtedly his run as Viscera. Viscera was introduced to fans as an enforcer of the Ministry of Darkness. He wore white-out lenses, bleached his hair, and sported a bodysuit. Coupled with Frazier’s build and overall imposing presence, Viscera was a truly frightening sight to behold.


What made him so effective was that he was effortlessly scary, which is pretty rare in the business. Unfortunately, his in-ring work never matched his intimidating presence and his matches were often marred by very middling and botch-filled offense.

The Brood Were A Vampire-Like Trio

Edge & Christian Broke Out After The Brood

Debut

November 1st, 1998

WWE Championship(s)

Light Heavyweight (x1) [Christian]

Starting with the arrival of Gangrel, who previously worked as The Vampire Warrior, the faction of The Brood started to take shape. Soon after both Edge and Christian debuted and aligned themselves with the vampiric character with all men portraying members of a vampire cult.


The original formation of the trio didn’t last long and split in the summer of 1999. Another popular tag team at the time instead took Edge and Christian’s roles in The Brood, those being Matt and Jeff Hardy, long-time rivals of Edge and Christian.

Kevin Thorn & Mordecai Had Potential

His Tenure Was Short Lived Both Times

Debut

May 16th, 2004

WWE Championship(s)

N/A

Kevin Fertig had multiple gimmicks during his time in WWE starting as a character named Seven while in Ohio Valley Wrestling, later becoming Mordecai, and eventually Kevin Thorn while in the WWE rebrand of ECW.


Mordecai and Kevin Thorn stand out as his most popular. After getting some more training in OVW and a short time away from the WWE, Fertig was rehired and brought in to work on ECW with a new vampire character alongside his valet Ariel. The original plan was to have them partner with Gangrel, similar to a third version of The Brood, but those plans never materialized.

Waylon Mercy Helped A New Generation

Bray Wyatt Wouldn’t Exist Without Waylon

Debut

June 6th, 1995

WWE Championship(s)

N/A

Dan Spivey played Waylon Mercy in only a handful of matches but made a big impression in that time towards the end of his career. This character was inspired by Robert De Niro’s portrayal of Max Cady in Cape Fear.


His work with this character eventually influenced the creation of Bray Wyatt’s backwater cult-leader character, as both men worked closely to bring it to life. So even if fans didn’t get a good look at Waylon Mercy, his spirit lived on in Bray Wyatt.

Bray Wyatt Created Some Of The Most Interesting Characters

The Fiend Became The Biggest Act At One Point

Debut

July 8th, 2013

WWE Championship(s)

WWE Championship (x1), Universal (x1), Raw Tag Team (x1), SmackDown Tag Team (x1)

Bray Wyatt’s Fiend persona was the most frightening thing WWE had given fans in years. It was a callback to men like Mankind, who came to the ring in a mask, with ominous music, and only cared about hurting people. However, Bray Wyatt added something to his performance.


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He was The Fiend, the scary monster who wants to hurt anyone and everyone who gets in his way. There was also Bray Wyatt, who acted as a rehabilitated children’s show host who wanted people to follow him. It is similar to Mick Foley, who himself had multiple personalities. Bray Wyatt is a genius and one of the scariest wrestlers in WWE history. With his passing in 2023, he leaves behind a terrifying legacy in WWE.

The Undertaker Is The Pinnacle Of Scary Gimmicks

His Legacy Is Untouchable

Debut

November 22nd, 1990

WWE Championship(s)

WWE Championship (x4), World Heavyweight (x3), Hardcore (x1), World Tag Team (x6), WCW Tag Team (x1)


Undertaker is the number one example of WWE creating a scary character with a basis in horror movies and turning him into something special. When Undertaker was in WCW, he was just a big guy. When he came to WWE, he was the Deadman, a zombie-like character who came to the ring and put his opponents in body bags at the end of matches.

When the Attitude Era arrived, Undertaker morphed into more of a supernatural cult leader. He had superhuman powers, which included shooting electricity and even ascending after his “death” in one match. He led a group called The Ministry where he was his scariest, and he became a true icon over time in WWE.

The Big Red Monster, Kane

Fans Still Talk About His Horrifying Debut

Debut

October 5th, 1997

WWE Championship(s)

WWE Champion (x1), World Heavyweight (x1), ECW Champion (x1), WCW Tag Team (x1), Intercontinental (x2), Hardcore (x1), 24/7 (x1), WWE Tag Team (x2), World Tag Team (x9)


When Undertaker first appeared in WWE, he was Kaine the Undertaker. WWE dropped the name Kaine and Undertaker was all that remained. However, Paul Bearer turned on Undertaker and started to tell tales of a long-lost brother that Undertaker had named Kane.

The story was that Undertaker burned down his family’s mortuary as a child and killed them. His brother, though, survived and was burned and driven mad. That was Kane, who then returned to WWE and sought revenge against Undertaker. For years, Kane was even scarier than Undertaker and reigned hellfire and brimstone onto those he crossed paths with.

Doink The Clown Shifted Dramatically

Became A Goofy Character After A Few Months


Debut

January 4th, 1993

WWE Championship(s)

N/A

Looking back on Doink the Clown it is easy to see him as a stupid gimmick. However, the original booking for Doink was not what the character morphed into. See, when Matt Bourne came to WWE, he took on the role of Doink, and he was a terrifying WWE character.

Doink the Clown was not the lovable prank-pulling clown wrestler that others portrayed him as later. Doink was an evil clown. He was sinister and cheated to win, using dastardly tactics. When he saw kids in the audience, his goal was to scare them. The original Doink the Clown was brilliant and scary, and it only took WWE a short time to ruin him.

Papa Shango Was An Early Attempt At Horror In WWE

Charles Wright Portrayed Many Characters


Debut

January 7th, 1992

WWE Championship(s)

N/A

When Godfather received his WWE Hall of Fame induction, he spoke about the different gimmicks he had to portray before he found the one that clicked. He said playing the Godfather gave him a chance to be himself, while other characters saw him become a censored version of himself and an MMA fighter.

With that said his first character was a scary wrestler known as Papa Shango. His entire purpose was to come in and feud with Undertaker, giving one scary supernatural character an even scarier one to battle. He was a voodoo priest and could control Undertaker when he got the urn, but his time was short in WWE.

Mankind Was A Sick & Twisted Character

Foley Took Off In Unexpected Ways


Debut

WWE Championship(s)

WWE Champion (x3), Hardcore (x1), WWE Tag Team (x8)

As mentioned, Bray Wyatt is modern-day Mankind. Before Mick Foley came to WWE, he was Cactus Jack. He was a brawler and a hardcore wrestler in WCW, Japan, and ECW. When WWE signed him, they gave him a scary gimmick change — Mankind.

Mankind was a mentally unstable person with schizophrenia who came to the ring in a mask and would often sit in the corner, ripping his hair out, while screaming “Mommy.” He lived in boiler rooms and destroyed everyone he got his hands on. This led to his feud with Undertaker and Foley becoming a legend. The gimmick would shift and see Mankind become more like the real Mick Foley.


OG Bloodline Members, The Wild Samoans

The Brother Duo Captured Numerous Tag Titles

Debut

October 23rd, 1979

WWE Championship(s)

World Tag Team (x3)

Looking at the modern-day Samoan Dynasty in WWE, fans see the trash-talking Usos, The Tribal Chief Roman Reigns, and the mega-successful Hollywood movie star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. However, at one time, the idea of the Samoans was scary — with even modern-day examples of Umaga showing monsters who destroyed their opponents.

In the ’90s, the Samoan Swat Team was a scary duo that ran all over WCW and WWE. However, this all started back in the ’70s with a tag team comprised of Afa and Sika — The Wild Samoans. They barely spoke and were two of the scariest wrestlers in the world, winning 21 tag team titles along the way.


The Kamala Character Has Not Aged Well

James Harris Played The Character As Well As Anyone Could

Debut

August 26th, 1986

WWE Championship(s)

N/A

In the ’80s, there was a manager in the territories called General Skandar Akbar. He brought in monsters from all over wrestling to work for him in Devastation Incorporated. These men included Kamala, One Man Gang, Missing Link, and many more. Many of these wrestlers went on to WWE with different gimmicks.

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Kamala kept his gimmick in WWE, as a Ugandan savage. He always had a handler in Devastation Incorporated known as Friday and kept it in WWE. He had Classy Freddie Blassie managing him when he arrived and was a scary monster who ran all over everyone until Hulk Hogan finally ended the threat. His final feud in WWE was against Andre the Giant.


The Duo Of Luke Harper & Erick Rowan Were Menacing

Their Time In The Wyatt Family Was Amazing

Debut

July 8th, 2013

WWE Championship(s)

NXT Tag Team (x1), SmackDown Tag Team (x1)

The perfect backing duo for Bray Wyatt came in the form of Luke Harper and Erick Rowan. Starting as the “sons” of Wyatt, the two captured the NXT Tag Team Championships, showing that they were a faction to be feared. That fear continued as they debuted on the main roster until the group broke apart.

Harper would find success as a singles star while Rowan started to flounder, resulting in the duo pairing back up, now being known as The Bludgeon Brothers.


Jake “The Snake” Roberts Talked Like No One Before

Scared His Foes With His Voice

Debut

March 8th, 1986

WWE Championship(s)

N/A

Jake Roberts proved that you could be threatening without needing to be massive or wear some elaborate attire. Roberts utilized his words to scare opponents, plus some help from his pet snake Damien.

Despite having an amazing career and feuding with some of the biggest names the company had to offer at the time, Roberts never found himself any championship gold in the promotion before winding down his career in 1997. Roberts still works in the wrestling business on occasion with All Elite Wrestling.

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