Becoming a main event professional wrestler takes more than great wrestling skill.
Even having the best gimmick doesn’t guarantee success. You need charisma, and nothing promotes charisma like the ability to cut a killer promo.
The wrestlers we remember today had fans hanging on every word. Give them a mic and you were bound to hear something you’d never forget. Promo Cutting is an essential skill to becoming a legendary wrestler.
To test my thesis, I asked my wife—the comic con mom— about the wrestlers chosen for this article. She never followed wrestling, but she recognized each of the wrestlers for their charisma and energy.
Promo Cutting Superstars
Without further preamble—and in no particular order—are the top 5 wrestlers who killed it on the mic.
The Ultimate Warrior
The Ultimate Warrior took promo cutting to never before seen levels. Listening to the Warrior gave fans goosebumps when he spoke about things both mystical and unearthly.
Was the Ultimate Warrior really crazy or was he just trying to make you think he was?
Ric Flair (get well “Natich!”) is arguably one of the best wrestlers of all-time. He wasn’t a high flyer or even the best technical wrestler, but his ability to sell a move and his legendary promo cutting made him a superstar.
When you listened to a “Nature Boy” promo it was impossible to sit idly by. He got you pumped. Who could forget his “Limousine Ridin’, Jet Flyin'” promo? Not Sergio Brown of the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts.
Every Monday during the Attitude Era, my buddy Ray and I would watch Monday Night Raw. Sure, the wrestling was great, but we were always most excited about the promos, especially the promos cut by the Rock. He never failed to disappoint.
Even as a heel, The “People’s Champ” made us laugh, he got us pumped; we jumped out of our chairs more than I would care to admit!
Roddy Piper could work a crowd like no other. As one of the best heels to ever grace a wrestling ring, fans were never on the fence about Roddy. He was polarizing; you either hated him or loved him.
When Piper grabbed a mic, you knew he was going to deliver the goods. He’s legendary because, he was willing to do anything to get fans riled up, even break a beer bottle on his head.
“Macho Man” Randy Savage always brought his “A” game to promo cutting. You never knew what he was going to say and his promos always seemed to border on controlled insanity.
His intense delivery was unmatched, even as he used innocuous props—Cream of the Crop promo anyone? His promos are arguably the most imitated promos in the world of professional wrestling and beyond.