COMMENTARY | The ability to deliver effective promos is one of the most important skills that a professional wrestler can possess.
Wrestlers who were great athletes but were ineffective on the mic never achieved the level of success that lesser athletes who could speak well attained. This is even truer today with the scarcity of managers that once covered for wrestlers whose mic skills were poor. Most of the greatest wrestlers in history had outstanding mic skills and many fans remember their promos even more than their matches.
Take a look back at the top five wrestlers on the mic in history.
5. The Rock
While Steve Austin was stunning Vince McMahon every week during the Attitude Era, The Rock was entertaining wrestling fans with his amazing mic work. He brought an infectious energy to everything he did in wrestling from his matches to his promos. The Rock's "This Is Your Life" segment with Mick Foley is one of the greatest moments ever on Raw. Although his most recent WWE mic work wasn't as strong upon his return, The Rock still belongs on this list.
4. CM Punk
Some fans contend that CM Punk's mic skills stand out today only because other wrestlers don't deliver promos as well as they did years ago. While there may be some validity to that contention, there is no denying that Punk is in a league of his own on the mic today. In fact, he is such a skilled mic worker that he can easily move between heel and babyface characters. I still get chills watching CM Punk's worked shoot promo on Raw from a couple of years ago.
3. Ric Flair
Before every minute detail of wrestling promos were scripted as they are today, these three wrestlers were truly legends on the mic. Ric Flair was incredible on the mic in that he could deliver a variety of amazing promos. When the situation was appropriate, he could play a funny heel. Flair could also get worked up to the point that his head looked like it would explode. And as a rare face character, Ric Flair could show real emotion on the mic for the fans.
2. Dusty Rhodes
Dusty Rhodes was truly one of the most unique characters in wrestling history. From his funny jive antics in the wrestling ring to his larger than life figure, Rhodes' charisma mesmerized fans in the 1970s and 1980s. But Dusty Rhodes is perhaps best remembered for the amazing promos and interviews he delivered on the mic. In fact, the WWE should consider giving Dusty Rhodes some kind of on-air role today to utilize his tremendous mic skills.
1. Roddy Piper
In the interest of full disclosure, Roddy Piper is my all-time favorite wrestler. But the reason why he occupies that position is because of his amazing mic skills. Everyone knows of the greatness that was Piper's Pit. However, many fans missed Piper's equally stellar mic work before that on Georgia Championship Wrestling. In fact, Roddy Piper was so great on the mic that I may have been one of the few kids in the world who hated Hulkamania in the 1980s.
Honorable mention greatest wrestlers on the mic
Arn Anderson, Steve Austin, Edge and Christian, Mick Foley, Michael Hayes, Hulk Hogan, The Iron Sheik, Chris Jericho, Raven, Jake Roberts, Randy Savage
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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