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5 Greatest imposters in WWE history

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Modified 20 Dec 2019, 05:46 IST
Through its history, the WWE has always been big on imitation gimmicks

The sauciness and gore of previous eras of programming have been shed as the WWE continues re-inventing itself in sync with the current climate and audience mindset. However, one ubiquitous aspect of WWE programming has always thrived through the constant changes that have massaged the product into something it wasn’t in the yesteryear – humour.

The WWE programming aims to extrapolate the whole gamut of human emotions of the audience, and humour has historically been as salient and relevant a selling point for the product over the years as the characteristics, catch-phrases and tendencies of individual Superstars.

Ranging from cheap imitations to genius mimicry, impersonation has been an oft-applied method of implementing humour into proceedings in the WWE, with some wrestlers particularly more suited to it than others. At times, these attempts at impersonation peter out into slapstick non-events while other times, they end up in this list.

Here is a compilation of 5 WWE Superstars who rocked impersonations of others and induced us into peals of laughter and by virtue of which, are the 5 greatest impersonators in WWE history.

Shawn Michaels impersonates Hulk Hogan

In an era where the backstage politicking didn’t feature in an audience’s appraisal of a Superstar and wrestlers were purely judged by their WWE personas, Hulk Hogan ruled the roost. When reports of his notorious backstage politicking started seeping through to the audience, in many minds, this opinion slowly eroded away.

Shawn Michaels was one of those people who was affected by Hogan’s maneuvering on his return to the WWE and was told to circumspect his babyface run to play heel for him. He must have agreed to the feud under compulsion more than compliance and this showed in the hilarious segment on Raw featuring HBK’s imitation of the Hulkster.

Michaels rips into Hogan (himself in this case) for the two-facedness he purported with accusations of incessant backstage power laundering plaguing his career, despite the Superhero like image of him that was portrayed to the general public. This segment remains to be one of the more witty impersonations in the WWE, and little wonder that the Showstopper was at the forefront of it all.

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Published 16 Jun 2015, 15:51 IST
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