The Honky Tonk Man
Though he may have resembled one of the most famous musicians of all time, The Honky Tonk Man would be the first person to tell you that Elvis Presley couldn’t shine his shoes, both in the ring and in the recording studio. With his hair perfectly slicked back, Colonel Jimmy Hart in his corner and his trusty guitar always within reach, he was one of the sneakiest Superstars in WWE history, holding the Intercontinental Title for 454 days, a record that stands to this day and earned the grappler a spot in the WWE Hall of Fame.
Surprisingly, The Honky Tonk Man wasn’t always so cool, cocky, and bad. First boogying into WWE in 1986, he smiled and high-fived the WWE Universe all along the way. Honky had the stamp of approval from WWE Champion Hulk Hogan, who believed the sideburned Superstar would be a bona fide chart-topper inside the ring. The WWE Universe, however, didn’t share Hogan’s faith and relentlessly jeered the Elvis-like combatant.
The Honky Tonk Man left WWE in 1991, but has been known to pop up in WWE from time to time, whether as the manger for Rockabilly or reappearing in 2008 to show then-Intercontinental Champion, Santino Marella that he was still the greatest to hold the title via a guitar to the face. In 2019, The Honky Tonk Man was given WWE’s greatest honor, induction into the WWE Hall of Fame.
He’s cool. He’s cocky. He’s bad.