WWE – and pro wrestling in general – is in the business of making money, and one of the ways they do that is by selling thousands and thousands of t-shirts. But, as with everything, some are better than others.
Here are 10 of the better ones from past and present.
The New Day “Feel the Power”
Along with being one of the most entertaining tag teams WWE has seen in years, The New Day is far and away one of the company’s top merch sellers – and the “Feel the Power” t-shirt is what launched their merchandise empire. It even inspired a copycat version from The Elite – a sub-stable of Bullet Club – that Big E wore on more than one occasion.
Seth Rollins “U Can’t See Knee”
Maybe I’m biased because I’m huge fan of Seth Rollins, but I think this t-shirt is great. Back in July 2015, Rollins landed a well-placed knee to the face that legitimately broke John Cena’s nose live on Monday Night Raw.
So of course WWE capitalized on the incident and turned it into a t-shirt mocking Cena’s famous “U Can’t See Me” slogan. Brilliant.
Chris Jericho “WCW Monday Jericho”
Before Chris Jericho debuted in WWE and declared Monday nights as “Raw Is Jericho,” he did the same over on WCW Monday Nitro. The shirt was so popular among WCW fans that it rivaled the iconic nWo shirt in sales. I can see why – I need to get my hands on one of these.
Eddie Guerrero “Latino Heat”
Eddie Guerrero is one of many fantastic wrestlers we lost too soon, and his iconic “Latino Heat” t-shirt inspired by the classic move Scarface perfectly represented his character: “I lie, I cheat, I steal!”
CM Punk “Best In the World”
Few matches have been as electric as John Cena vs. CM Punk at Money in the Bank in 2011. Not only had Punk vowed to win the WWE Championship and leave the company with it, but the match took place in Punk’s hometown of Chicago. To mark the momentous occasion, Punk showed up to the Allstate Arena wearing a brand new shirt emblazoned with the Chicago flag that declared him the “Best in the World.”
Hulk Hogan “Hulkamania”
Tearing up t-shirts is kind of Hulk Hogan’s schtick, so it’s no surprise that his “Hulkamania” shirt pretty much defined wrestling in the 1980’s. The shirt is so iconic that wrestling fans still wear it today, despite the fact that Hogan hasn’t been a full-time wrestler since 2002.
Randy Savage “Macho Man”
Randy “Macho Man” Savage didn’t really do t-shirts, but the one he did has endured far past his career and untimely death. Savage debuted his original “Macho Man” shirt in a bright shade of purple, but fans can still buy this shirt today in nearly every color of the rainbow.
The Original D-Generation X Shirt
D-Generation X is one of the most beloved and iconic WWE stables of all time, and while they came out with tons of shirts none topped the original. This is the shirt D-X wore as their “uniform” when they invaded WCW in 1998, which earns it a hallowed spot in the annals of wrestling history.
New World Order “nWo”
Has any shirt in wrestling history ever conveyed a message more clearly than the New World Order’s “nWo” shirt? Putting on the iconic black and white shirt in the middle of the ring was a veritable induction ceremony into the group during their heyday. Other groups have tried to build such solidarity using a t-shirt, but none have topped that of the nWo.
Stone Cold Steve Austin “Austin 3:16”
This is the most popular t-shirt in wrestling history, period. Need I say more?
WWE has come out with some fantastic shirts over the years, and there are dozens of other designs that could be included on this list – but these are the cream of the crop. I myself own four of them; I’ll leave it up to you to guess which ones.
Which are your favorite WWE t-shirts of all time? Do you own any of the ones listed here? Share your comments below!