For all of the heckling he takes in his ability as a wrestler, The Miz has been able to rile up his fair share of crowds from time to time. From bragging obnoxiously during his brief run as WWE Champion to his condescending "Really?" catchphrase, Miz has proved he can hang with the best of them on the mic.
While a good chunk of being able to survive in the professional wrestling depends on one's physical ability, it's often just important to talk a good game.
Why? Because if you can get behind what a wrestler is preaching (or conversely, be so disgusted by what they're boasting about), it helps to boost television ratings, sell tickets to live events and increase pay-per-views. The masters of the mic in wrestling aren't just talking, they're effectively selling you a product.
For this week's Top 50 list, we looked at wrestlers and managers from the past 30 years or so that could cut a decent promo under the following criteria:
How likely were fans to buy a ticket after hearing them talk?
Could they mix in humor as well as a serious points?
Did the interview change your opinion of the wrestler or match?
Over the course of their career, could a wrestler cut a good promo as both a heel and a babyface?
The only people disqualified from this contest were those who were strictly color commentators or announcers their entire career, because they're already being paid to talk (and thus, they're probably better at it than the average wrestler).
Ready? Here we go!
Trish was better known as a wrestler and Diva than she was a talker, but her microphone skills have been surprisingly strong. Her ability to talk bolstered feuds with the likes of Mickie James, Molly Holly and Lita, and her brief heel run solidifed that she can talk smack as well as she could wrestle.
Although Vince McMahon spent a good part of his career as a pitchman in the commentators booth, the evil Mr. McMahon character was much better at selling storylines than his sportsjacket-wearing counterpart. With an infamous voice that signifies power, McMahon is always able his thoughts to the fans.
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Eric Bischoff is unusual in the sense that he's able to perfectly portray the egomaniacal tyrant that so many people automatically associate with his real-life persona. This has proven beneficial to him in getting fans to turn against him and his causes in WCW, WWE and TNA.