Top five greatest hand gestures in WWE history

Eric Holden - AXS Contributor
By: AXS Contributor Jun 6, 2014
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According to a June 5 post from Bleacher Report, WWE fans will have to wait a little longer to see Daniel Bryan's famous "Yes! Yes! Yes!" hand signal again, as the wrestling superstar is still rehabbing from neck surgery. No official word yet on when he'll return to active competition, but fans will absolutely miss mimicking his catchy hand gestures at WWE house shows.

Throughout the history of the WWE, wrestlers have connected with fans through the use of unique hand gestures and wacky catchphrases. In the late-80s and early-90s, back when the WWE was still known as the WWF, wrestlers such as Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair became known as much for their hand signals as much as their wrestling skills. The gestures became part of their personalities, and integral components of their branding.

Hogan, a six-time WWE and WWF world champion, would cup his hand to his ear to let the crowd know to get loud. As for Flair, he got over in a big way with WWE Universe due to his "four fingers" signal to represent the four members of his Four Horsemen tag-team supergroup. Looking back, it would be hard to imagine Hogan without his famous "ear cup" gesture, or Flair without with four fingers pointed proudly in the air. It was great marketing, signs that pro wrestling fans could really connect to.

Wrestlers would come and go as the years went on, but the popularity of the hand gestures never wavered. Whenever fans came out to live events, they could perform the hand signals when their favorite wrestlers walked out to the ring, and that's what made it so fun. The WWE has always been popular because the fans are major parts of the show, and the hand gesture goes right along with that concept.

In the early-2000s, Diamond Dallas Page became well-known for his "Diamond Cutter," a gesture made by joining the thumbs and index fingers on each hand to form a diamond shape. Elsewhere, John Cena connected with audiences both young and old with a pair of memorable hand signals.

Cena, now 37, has one signature gesture where he holds up three fingers to represent his "hustle, loyalty, respect" catchphrase. The superstar's other hand signal involves him waving his hand in front of his face to signal his other signature catchphrase, "you can't see me."

In today's WWE, Bryan is one of the most popular superstars in the promotion because his signature "Yes! Yes! Yes!" hand gesture is so popular across the world. Bryan, 33, makes the signal by pointing his fingers in the air while chanting "Yes!," each time he walks out to the ring. Bo Dallas, another modern-day WWE superstar, has a catchy hand signal that includes sticking both thumbs in the air.

Hand gestures were also popular during the WWE's "Attitude Era," as the D-Generation X tag-team crossed their arms over their heads to form an "X," each and every time they came out to compete. In their honor, here's a look at the top five greatest hand gestures in the history of the WWE.

  • 5.We the People's "hand over heart"
    Back when Jack Swagger was a member of the We the People tag-team, manager Zeb Colter had fans stand, put their hands over their hearts and
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    Back when Jack Swagger was a member of the We the People tag-team, manager Zeb Colter had fans stand, put their hands over their hearts and say "we the people."

  • 4.Diamond Dallas Page's "Diamond Cutter"
    Diamond Dallas Page got over in a big way with his "Diamond Cutter" gesture, which was made by joining the thumbs and index fingers on each
    Elsa/Getty Images

    Diamond Dallas Page got over in a big way with his "Diamond Cutter" gesture, which was made by joining the thumbs and index fingers on each hand to form a diamond shape.

  • 3.John Cena's "Hustle, Loyalty, Respect"
    John Cena has a few great hand gestures. He does one where he waves in hand in front of his face to signal "you can't see me," but his most
    Ethan Miller/Getty Images

    John Cena has a few great hand gestures. He does one where he waves in hand in front of his face to signal "you can't see me," but his most famous gesture is one where he holds up three fingers to represent his famous catchphrase, "hustle, loyalty, respect."

  • 2.Hulk Hogan's "ear cup"
    WWE Universe would always know when to get loud when Hulk Hogan would come out to the ring, as he would walk corner to corner and cup his ha
    Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

    WWE Universe would always know when to get loud when Hulk Hogan would come out to the ring, as he would walk corner to corner and cup his hand over his ear to let the crowd know to raise the volume.

  • 1.Daniel Bryan's "Yes! Movement"
    Daniel Bryan's "Yes! Yes! Yes!" gesture is so popular that fans started doing it in sports stadiums that have nothing to do with pro wrestli
    Valerie Macon/Getty Images

    Daniel Bryan's "Yes! Yes! Yes!" gesture is so popular that fans started doing it in sports stadiums that have nothing to do with pro wrestling. For instance, whenever the New York Islanders score a goal at Nassau Coliseum, fans point their fingers in the air and start doing the chant.

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