Every new wrestler who enters WWE has to impress the audience to garner sustained success in the WWE. The impression a wrestler leaves the audience with, relies on their costumes and appearance as much as their other attributes, such as in-ring ability and mic skills.
While some all-time greats have made their costumes household property, due to their in-ring work, there also exist a few who became famous, due to their costumes as well. In any case, the attire worn by wrestlers plays an important role in carving their legacy. So, let’s take a look at the 50 best WWE costumes of all time.
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#50 New World Order
One of the biggest reasons the nWo became such a massive hit, was the transformation of Hulk Hogan, from the red and yellow superhero to a bonafide heel with aplomb. The black t-shirts became famous all over the world, and the bandanas, the black and white tones and the sunglasses, made the nWo some of the coolest villains in the history of WWE.
#49 Rick Rude
Rick Rude was one of the rare wrestlers whose in-ring attire was designed to play on the minds of his opponent. The Ravishing One’s top moment came, when he had an airbrushed image of Jake “The Snake” Robert’s wife, Cheryl on his rear end, much to his opponent’s distress.
Naomi’s latest outfit is one to behold as she wears a UV-reactive costume that glows when she enters the ring. Apart from her dress, her nails, lips and hair glow as well making it a unique attire on its own.
Kamala perfected the African mountain man gimmick, with the leopard-spotted loin cloth, face paint and adorning his upper body with two white stars and a yellow crescent moon. He wrestled barefoot to complete the look of the Ugandan giant.
A tag team built for putting over other tag teams, the Conquistadors, however, stood out because of their costumes. They covered themselves in gold lamé from head to toe, giving their gimmick a unique touch and topping Goldust in terms of amount of gold in their attire.
#45 Junkyard Dog
One of the most popular black wrestlers ever, Junkyard Dog’s trunks had the word “Thump” written on the rear. The combination of lock and chains around his neck, made his attire different from the regular ones making him stand out among his peers.
One of the weirdest costumes ever was worn by Vito, who wrestled in a dress. To amplify the weirdness, he carried a Chanel bag to the ring. He was committed to the gimmick to such an extent that he wore the costume when he was out of the ring as well.
#43 The Miz
One of the most underrated workers in WWE, The Miz, is terrific on the mic and competent in the ring as he plays his A-lister gimmick with aplomb. His robes coupled with his glasses reek of Hollywood, making Miz one of the best acts in WWE.
#42 Honky Tonk Man
Designing his look on Elvis Presley, Honky Tonk Man wore velour suits and carried a guitar along with him. Although his in-ring work was limited, he was completely committed to his character which ensures he is remembered by the wrestling community.
#41 The Authority
The Authority, represented by Triple H, Stephanie McMahon, Vince McMahon and Director of Operations Kane wore formal black to grey suits with white shirts, to obtain the right look as owners of the company.
Big Bossman had the most believable police look about him and that is due to his attire. He wore a police uniform with cop glasses and the law enforcement baton, which made him look like a policeman for real.
#39 Chris Jericho
Chris Jericho is one of the best workers to step into WWE. Out of the accessories he used, the light-up jacket he used, before Dean Ambrose ripped it apart, and the expensive scarf he uses currently, are an important part of his gimmick.
#38 Jerry “The King” Lawler
Jerry Lawler was referred to as “The King” and aptly his costumes carried a royal theme to them. He wore an opulent crown and robe, whose design were touched up with the right amount of gold, to make the gimmick credible instead of being over the top.
#37 Sasha Banks
The self-proclaimed Boss dons an outlandish costume with pink hair, multi-coloured dress and shades. In order to show her Legit Boss status, she wears a multi-ring with the words ”BOSS” mentioned on them.
#36 The Boogeyman
One of the scariest attires in WWE, the Boogeyman used red and black paint on his face and body and wielded a staff that let out red smoke. To further the creepiness levels, he used to stuff worms into his mouth, after the match and spout them onto his opponent.
#35 The Usos
The twin sons of Rikishi, carried on the Samoan look of the family, with their coloured shorts and the face paint to go with the customary tattoo and long hair. Jimmy and Jey Uso had a crowd-friendly outfit that went down well right from their debut.
#34 Jeff Hardy
A part of Team Xtreme, Jeff Hardy is famous for his risky performances in ladder matches, making him a freak who does not care for his body. His dyed hair, piercings and attire only confirm that fact and were aptly designed for the high-flyer.
#33 Dusty Rhodes
No wrestler can ever pull off the black costume with yellow polka dots, better than “The American Dream”, who wore that along with knee pads and the signature “Bionic“ elbow pad during the time he worked with Vince McMahon.
#32 Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat
The Dragon persona was one of the most audacious attires ever, with Ricky Steamboat dressed up like a flying Dilophosaurus from the Jurassic era, and spewing fire on entering the ring. It was definitely not one of his best attires, but an eye-catching one for sure.
Following in the footsteps of his elder brother Goldust, Cody Rhodes, created the Stardust persona with face paint, a bodysuit with huge stars on it and personality similar to that of his brother. His commitment to the gimmick, allowed him to do some of his best work in this persona.