In the world of WWE, managers are mouthpieces assigned to enhance the presentation of a wrestler or a name. In the olden days, it was not uncommon for a manager to be the real-life manager of their clients. An example is Paul Ellering, who handled real-life managerial duties for The Road Warriors alongside leading them to in-ring battles.
These days, managers are solely on-screen figures, used to build wrestlers that lack promo skills and serve as a mouthpiece for wrestlers with an inability to speak English. They are, often aligned with heels, and cause interruptions and distractions to help them.
Managers are an integral part of the business. At one point they almost completely vanished from WWE storylines, although recently they have made a comeback. MVP, Robert Stone, Malcolm Bivens and Scarlett are associated with managing a single or a team of WWE talents on the current roster.
Without further ado, let us look at five greatest managers in the history of WWE.
#5 Paul Bearer famously managed The Undertaker in WWE
The highlight of Paul Bearer's entire career is connected to the lore of The Brothers Of Destruction. After a brief stint with Brother Love, The Undertaker gained Paul as a manager, strengthening his gimmick. With real-life experience as an embalmer and a mortician, Bearer promptly deciphered the basics of the gimmick and The Undertaker thrived with him by his side.
It led to one of the most famous manager-wrestler interactions in WWE history. Bearer supposedly procured supernatural powers for his client through the usage of an urn. The lore led to the arrival of Kane, and while it became increasingly convoluted, it remained a popular part of WWE television.
#4 Jimmy Hart was known as 'The Mouth of the South'
"The Mouth Of The South" is one of the most multi-talented personalities in the history of WWE. A former vocalist of "The Gentrys," Hart found attention through the creation of "The First Team Of Wrestling," a stable that received multiple incarnations from the 1970s to late 1990s. Hart's most successful pairing was with the Honky Tonky Man, whom he led to an Intercontinental Championship reign lasting a record 15 months.
Hart joined WWE in 1985, with Greg Valentine as his first client. Hart remained with the company until 1993, managing numerous superstars, including a brief stint with Hulk Hogan.
Invariably wielding a megaphone, Jimmy Hart used the device as a method to shout instructions at his client in the ring. The megaphone was also used at times as a foreign object to help his client win matches.
#3 Paul Heyman is currently one of the best manager in WWE
WWE, especially NXT, has started to teem with managers once again, but at one point, that was not the case. While still a popular designation in other promotions, managerial characters were deemed obsolete by WWE higher-ups.
Paul Heyman seemed to be the only exception. Although Heyman has never been clearly acknowledged as a manager, his work as "The Advocate" and "The Special Counsel" has been some of the greatest managerial works seen in 21st-century professional wrestling.
Heyman has managed top-tier talents such as Brock Lesnar and CM Punk and is currently doing the same for the reigning WWE Universal Champion, Roman Reigns. The mastermind behind ECW has led his clients to dominant World Championship reigns and at times has tried to advance the careers of talented mid-card superstars such as Cesaro and Curtis Axel.
#2 Former WWE Women's Champion The Sensational Sherri
One of the most remembered WWE names of the '80s and '90s, Sherri Martel joined the then WWF and quickly defeated The Fabulous Moolah for the Women's Championship. She later renamed herself "The Sensational Sherri." However, Sherri would be better known for her managerial work in WWE. The promotion lost interest in female wrestlers in the '90s and Sherri became a manager.
She famously managed Shawn Michaels and Ted Dibiase before leaving WWE, coming back a year later in 1994 for a brief run. Boasting an innate capability to enhance gimmicks, Sherri assumed a narcissistic figure for her similarly narcissistic clients.
When she managed Shawn Michaels, she went to the extent of singing his entrance song and holding enormous mirrors to help HBK peek at himself. While managing "Macho King" Randy Savage, she established herself as a regal figure. She even wore large glasses and a wig while managing the Honky Tonk Man.
#1 Bobby "The Brain" Heenan is wildly regarded as the greatest manager in WWE
Bobby "The Brain" Heenan joined WWE in 1984, recreated The Heenan Family, and became one of the most hated villains in the business. Ever a threat to the heroic WWF Champion Hulk Hogan, Heenan's most enduring storyline in WWE saw him oversee Andre The Giant's transformation into a villain. In 1989, Heenan was finally able to manage a championship in Rick Rude.
Heenan was known for his dislike of the term 'stable,' which he identified with horses rather than wrestlers. He used his wit to make life easier for his clients and harder for his foes. When lacking luck, "The Brain" always discovered methods to move out of harm's way. Heenan later ceased his career as a manager to become a full-time commentator, where he found great success. To this day, Heenan is widely regarded as the greatest manager (and commentator) in WWE history.