20 best WWE gimmicks of all time, ranked

A good gimmick can make or break a WWE star's career. These 20 performers show that the right character can make you a legend.

Roman Reigns at WWE WrestleMania 38. (Courtesy of WWE.com)
Roman Reigns at WWE WrestleMania 38. (Courtesy of WWE.com) /
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10. Triple H

Real name: Paul Michael Levesque

"I am The Game and I am that damn good!" - Triple H

Paul Michael Levesque started his WWE career as a blue-blood aristocrat named Hunter Hearst Helmsley. He later dropped the long name, gave himself an acronym of HHH, and became Triple H - a tough guy who was willing to get dirty and underhanded to win. Those tactics earned him the names “The Game” and “The Cerebral Assassin”.

Triple H wasn’t just evil, though. Like all good WWE Superstars, he could switch from heel to face with ease, and when he was with D-Generation X, he was hilarious. In the Attitude Era, he said and did things that wouldn’t be acceptable today, and yet when he and HBK reunited in the PG era, they found a way to make all kinds of outlandish jokes and innuendos without going over the top. Only a select few people can do that at the level he was at.

Triple H truly did it all.

9. Ric Flair

Real name: Richard Morgan Fliehr

"The Stylin', profilin', limousine riding, jet flying, kiss-stealing, wheelin' n' dealin' son of a gun!" - Ric Flair

You can’t have a list of the greatest characters of all time without mentioning Ric Flair. No matter the era he’s in, Flair is still one of the best. He plays the “I make more money and dress better than you” persona better than anyone ever has. It could be why that personality leaked over into his real life.

Even at the age of 74, Flair remains one of the best on the mic. He’s still talking trash, wearing thousand-dollar suits, and has become an icon to rappers. You can find his name mentioned in a bunch of lyrics and song titles like “Ric Flair Drip” because he's the epitome of style.