COMMENTARY | The greatest wrestlers in recent memory combined extraordinary athleticism with outstanding work behind the microphone. The ability to tell a story and convince fans to care about your character are necessary job requirements of today's wrestlers as managers are utilized less frequently. Some wrestlers are such outstanding public speakers that they actually get their own talk shows.
Take a look back at the top five talk shows in pro wrestling history.
5. The Abraham Washington Show
A lot of wrestling fans probably missed out on this talk show as it aired primarily on the WWE's version of ECW. Abraham Washington wrestled in the WWE's developmental territory FCW. Although he never wrestled in the WWE, Washington was a great talker and he finally used this talent to land a spot on the roster.
Although I thought Washington was funny, he is not what made this talk show special. The Abraham Washington Show made this list because of his sidekick, Tony Atlas. As Washington would tell one bad joke after another, Atlas would break into a hysterical laugh. As a pro wrestling legend, it was great seeing Atlas in the WWE again.
4. The Cutting Edge
Edge and Christian's best work as a WWE tag team came near the end of the Attitude Era. Their segments with Kurt Angle and Stephanie McMahon can still be seen today on the WWE's Attitude Era DVD. So it came as no surprise when both wrestlers eventually received their own WWE talk shows.
The Cutting Edge ran sporadically on WWE Raw and Smackdown until Edge retired due to a severe neck injury. Used primarily to promote a big match or advance a storyline, the most memorable Cutting Edge segment had to be the time Edge used his talk show to "interview" the forgettable Anonymous Raw General Manager.
3. The Peep Show
After Edge called Christian "the ugliest pretty boy in wrestling" (which incidentally is still the funniest line I've ever heard in wrestling) the tag team partners went their separate ways. But Christian is just as good behind the mic as Edge, so the WWE also gave him his own talk show, the Peep Show.
As with Edge's talk show, the Peep Show appeared occasionally on WWE programming to advance storylines or sometimes to provide comic relief. Christian once had too much fun on the Peep Show as he and Hornswoggle were mocking Vickie Guerrero. Dolph Ziggler didn't find the segment amusing and he attacked Christian.
2. Flair for the Gold
Flair for the Gold aired on WCW programming in the early 1990s. No one can dispute that Flair is one of the best talkers in wrestling history. So it made perfect sense for Flair to have his own talk show. Arn Anderson usually appeared in the sidekick role and Fifi the French Maid rounded out the cast.
The greatest thing about the Flair for the Gold talk show is that it inspired the "Flare for the Old" parody segment hosted by the Hollywood Blondes, Brian Pillman and Steve Austin. Yes, 20 years ago, Ric Flair was already considered old! This is unquestionably the funniest segment of the pre-NWO WCW era.
1. Piper's Pit
This article was intended as a debate for spots two through five. There can be doubt in any wrestling fan's mind that Piper's Pit is the greatest talk show in wrestling history. After arriving in the WWE, Roddy Piper couldn't wrestle due to a serious ear injury suffered at the hands of Greg Valentine in his final match in the NWA.
So Piper was relegated to managing Paul Orndorff and Bob Orton, Jr. and running the epic Piper's Pit segments. Although Piper smashing a coconut over Jimmy Snuka's head has reached iconic status in wrestling, every segment that Piper had as a heel was pure gold. Piper's Pit is and will forever be the greatest talk show in wrestling history.
Honorable mention wrestling talk shows
The Highlight Reel (Chris Jericho), Brother Love Show, Funeral Parlor (Paul Bearer and The Undertaker)
To view the aforementioned videos, click on the "talk show" link in each paragraph. "Flare for the Old" is an absolute must-see if you've never viewed it.
Patrick Michael lives in New Orleans and has always been a big fan of pro wrestling. Patrick's favorite wrestling promotion was Mid-South Wrestling back in the 1980s. Patrick's favorite wrestling angle of all-time was the NWO and his favorite wrestler is Roddy Piper. Follow Patrick Michael on Twitter at patmichael84.
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