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10 Unforgettable WWE Superstar Entrances That Still Wow Us In 2023

These WWE Superstars went above and beyond ahead of some of their biggest matches!

By Chris Phelan
Split image of Finn Falor, Charlotte Flair, and John Cena

The entire experience of being a WWE Superstar is multifaceted. Superstars don’t just compete in matches to climb up the ladder and one day go for the top championships — although that’s a big part of it. The best athletes in the world come to WWE to hone their craft and prove their in-ring talent to the world, but they also need to show off their skills on the microphone, be able to present their characters and, perhaps most importantly, they need to know how to make an entrance.

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Superstar entrances are crucial to the WWE experience from a fan’s point of view, as each entrance gives a unique look into who that wrestler is. Nobody does entrances like WWE and some Superstars have absolutely mastered the craft.

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Some Superstars go above and beyond to give the WWE Universe an entrance they’ll never forget — when the situation calls for it, of course. Here are some of our favorite Superstar entrances from over the years that still manage to live rent-free in our heads!

Shawn Michaels — WrestleMania, 1996

We’re kicking off the list with Heartbreak Kid's legendary WrestleMania entrance back in 1996! On his way to achieving his boyhood dream of winning the WWE Championship against Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels knew he had to make an entrance fitting of his ambitions. So in lieu of a standard walk-down-the-aisle entrance, he went big: like propelling from the rafters of the arena big! It’s a moment that still shocks us to this day. Did anybody really expect Michaels to lose the match after making an entrance like that?

The WWE Universe had never seen such an over-the-top entrance before. Lucky for us, it wouldn’t be the last.

Also, hearing Vince McMahon’s reaction on commentary was absolutely priceless. We’re surprised he didn’t pass out from excitement as he watched HBK descend from the top of the arena!

Charlotte Flair — WrestleMania, 2018

WrestleMania 2018 featured one of the most anticipated women’s title matches in WWE history as Asuka took her undefeated streak up against the champion, Charlotte Flair. Of course, for somebody with so much pomp and circumstance in their DNA, making a legendary entrance fitting for the Grandest Stage of Them All is right up Charlotte’s alley.

“Absolutely enchanting,” said Corey Graves, accurately describing her entrance, which featured gold lighting and Roman gladiators leading her to the ring. Asuka’s streak ended that night in New Orleans, and we don’t want to say Asuka was intimidated by Charlotte’s entrance — but it certainly gave Charlotte the upper hand before their match even started.

The Shield — RAW, 2013

We’re all in agreement that nothing’s cooler than arriving at the arena in a helicopter, right? Also, we’re all in agreement that nothing was cooler than the Shield, right? Great. That’s why this moment made this list.

In 2013, the Shield made their entrance on RAW via helicopter to give the WWE Universe in London something they’ll never forget. Moments like this are what propelled Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, and Dean Ambrose to the pinnacle of WWE in such a short time. 

Looking back at this entrance, we’re hoping that somebody in the group has the business card for this helicopter company for the next time the Shield reunites.

John Cena — WrestleMania, 2009

Whenever John Cena enters an arena, the WWE Universe takes notice. But when hundreds of John Cenas enter an arena? Well, it’s called iconic.

The Superstar has had plenty of memorable entrances, but nothing tops the spectacle of his WrestleMania 2009 entrance.

“What’s this? We were only expecting one John Cena!” Jerry Lawler excitedly yelled on commentary as hundreds of Cena lookalikes walked down the aisle before the man himself made his entrance. As far as over-the-top grandeur goes, this entrance didn’t have it. It was pretty simple, after all. However, it’s an entrance that hasn’t been, and can’t be, replicated again. 

Bobby Roode — NXT TakeOver, 2016

In 2016, Bobby Roode’s theme music took the WWE Universe — and music fans outside WWE’s fanbase — by storm. Roode’s theme went viral in the best way. It was ludicrous, ridiculous and infinitely catchy. Looking back, it isn’t surprising that Roode took the momentum afforded to him by his music and rode it all the way to the NXT Championship

This particular entrance from an NXT TakeOver incorporated a choir, which took Roode’s entire presentation to a new level. If the WWE Universe thought Roode’s theme music couldn’t get any better, they didn’t count on dozens of choir singers adding another dimension to it!

Shinsuke Nakamura — SmackDown, 2017

It was a big deal when Shinsuke Nakamura made his main roster debut in 2017. As one of the most theatrical and charismatic Superstars of all time, the WWE Universe knew the first time Nakamura appeared on SmackDown would be special. They weren’t let down.

From the violinist to his theme music to the lighting to the WWE Universe singing along, Nakamura’s SmackDown debut was a legitimate “holy-bleep” moment in 2017. Had the King of Strong Style simply made his entrance in a ho-hum manner, he surely wouldn’t have enjoyed the swell of fan support that he had during his time in WWE. 

Finn Balor — NXT TakeOver, 2015

Finn Balor’s Demon persona has famously been utilized in only the most important matches in his career, with Balor only busting out the fan-favorite body paint when he is faced with a must-win scenario. In 2015, Balor knew he needed to bring the Demon to life for his NXT Championship title defense against Samoa Joe in London. As it turns out, Balor reached even deeper into his bag of tricks by unveiling a Jack the Ripper-inspired version of the Demon — a version of his alter ego that could only fly in London.

As is the case when Superstars win the entrance game, Balor vanquished his foe that night in London to continue his epic NXT title reign.

Speaking of Balor’s Demon alter ego, whenever we see the Demon return, we sit up and pay attention. If you ask us, we think the Demon making his presence known has been way overdue for a while now.

Bayley — SmackDown, 2019

For years, Bayley’s fan-favorite personality was synonymous with the wacky inflatable tubes that accompanied her whenever she entered an arena. However, in 2019 Bayley underwent a severe personality change. The heart and the determination that the WWE Universe fell in love with for years disappeared seemingly overnight, replaced with an utter disdain for every fan who once supported her.

Obviously, fun and wacky inflatable balloon men did not fit in with Bayley’s newfound attitude, and during a SmackDown episode that year, those inflatable balloons were destroyed by Bayley herself in a reminder to the WWE Universe that the old Bayley was dead and never coming back. It’s been nearly five years since this iconic moment, and she has dug her heels in even further, cementing herself as one of the top villains on the WWE roster.

The Rock — RAW, 2011

At WrestleMania in 2011, the Rock set the standard for being an impactful WrestleMania host, directly affecting the course of history in the process. But just one month earlier, the Rock had made his first WWE appearance in over 7 years when he was revealed as the host of WrestleMania and his entrance was absolutely electrifying.

Let’s call it like it is, though, the Rock has a fairly straightforward entrance. His theme music hits and he walks down to the ring while raising an eyebrow or two — pretty standard. What sets this entrance (and almost all of his WWE entrances) apart is the fans collectively losing their minds over the fact that the Rock has returned. Sometimes the WWE Universe is just as vital to an iconic entrance as the Superstars themselves, and this particularly raucous Monday Night RAW crowd carried this moment to new heights.

Shawn Michaels — WrestleMania, 2009

It’s rather appropriate that Shawn Michaels bookends this list of unforgettable Superstar entrances throughout WWE history because nobody makes a statement like HBK!

His first WrestleMania match against the Undertaker wound up being considered by many to be the Match of the Year as both Superstars put on an absolute banger of a match. But what many fans remember just as much as the in-ring action that night was the entrance Michaels made. In the buildup to this match that took place on the Road to WrestleMania, there were many spiritual overtones that added another layer of intrigue to their rivalry. While the Undertaker was — unsurprisingly — harnessing the power of evil, Shawn Michaels took the opposite route. The result? An utterly-spiritual and uplifting entrance at WrestleMania that the WWE Universe still talks about to this day.

You may have noticed that some Superstars didn’t make this list. Don’t worry, we have no disrespect toward the likes of The Undertaker and Stone Cold Steve Austin. It’s just that, well, every single entrance of theirs was iconic! It was impossible to cherry-pick just one or two!

If you haven’t noticed, WrestleMania is when Superstars pull out all the stops and has historically been the event when they unveil some truly memorable entrances. That being said, we can’t wait for April 1 and 2 to see how we’ll be blown away in 2023! 

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