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The Best Face Paint in Wrestling History 

Erik Barnes
Updated March 8, 2019 6.8k votes 1.1k voters 44.7k views 15 items

Many historic battles featured tribes that would apply warpaint on their faces before heading into the fight. The purpose of the paint was to intimidate their opposition and have them believe they were facing something beyond human. It's natural that pro wrestling would take this concept and put their own spin on it.

Wrestler face paint has become a tradition over the past 40 years of the pseudo-sport. Some of the best wrestling face paint designs are equal parts creative, intimidating, and colorful. Go ahead and read on, observe, and rank the best face paint in wrestling.
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Steve Borden is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Face Paint in Wrestling History
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Sting has had a variety of looks regarding his face paint throughout his career. His color warpaint design in the late-80s to early-90s gave way to the Crow Sting that is better known today. Then there was the brief stint as "Joker Sting" in 2011... yeah, the less said about that, the better.
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The Road Warriors is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Face Paint in Wrestling History
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Inspired by the Mad Max films, Hawk and Animal would paint their faces with different designs and colors until they settled on their now-iconic designs. Opponents learned to fear the black swirl on the eye of Hawk and the spider embedded on the forehead of Animal.
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Finn Balor is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Face Paint in Wrestling History
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Finn Bálor has been using face and body paint since his time in the indies and Japan, usually painting himself to look like Venom, The Joker, and a number of different characters from pop culture. Now in NXT, his opponents know that he's bringing his A-game when he dons the warpaint of the "The Demon."
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The Ultimate Warrior is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Face Paint in Wrestling History
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Probably the best known face painted wrestler on this list, the Warrior's look wouldn't be complete without warpaint colorfully applied on this snarly face. This trademark look would inspire fans to paint their faces themselves or purchase Ultimate Warrior masks to show support for their hero.
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