Let the controversy begin.
No, I am not a Cena-hater, nor am I a fan.
While it may be a controversial choice to omit the Champ, I cannot look past my experience with Mr. Fruity Pebbles as a man who seemed for years to work in the company only to appease and pander to younger fans.
Of course, there is nothing wrong with being a role model, nor is there anything wrong with finding an edgier side that has universal appeal and subsequently does not insult the intelligence of the product's core viewing demographic.
I have been far more impressed with Cena's shoot promo style for the past couple of weeks on Raw, and hopefully a return of the Doctor of Thuganomics will help the former WWE Champion find his way into the top 10 of this list in the near future.
As a demented heel, Randy Orton was pretty darn cool.
I really enjoyed him as a sadist type of character who enjoyed killing legends and punting people in the head for fun.
As a face, though, I find the Viper just a bit boring. One of his promos has literally put me to sleep before, and it is for that reason that he does not make the top 10 of this list.
At his best, the Game is one of the most compelling heel figures in the history of the company. At his worst, he is the single-biggest burier of talent in the WWE, bar none.
The reason for the Cerebral Assassin's exclusion from this list is very simple: The way he cuts promos is extremely formulaic.
Monotone, stale and with the odd, intense/angry face here and there, you have a typical Paul Levesque promo (oh, and not to forget, burying a younger superstar or two, just for good measure).
If you've seen any of his movies, you know the man can't act. He has no range, and that is why, even though he may be engaging, he is ultimately an extremely predictable and one-dimensional character on the mic.
Growing up with the Attitude Era, I came to love Vinny Mac.
He was the ultimate, corrupt, power-mad authority figure, and he just seemed to screw over anybody—an attribute I'm sure many feel is based on real life.
The main reason for the boss' exclusion in this list is because he has been absent now for quite some time.
Now entering senility, when he does eventually return (and he will), don't expect to see the same man who once gave Stone Cold a run for his money during the mid-to-late '90s.
I have to say, I am not, and have never been, a fan of Ron Killings.
As a face, shouting "What's Up?" he was annoying, but admittedly, he did seem to get slightly better as the conspiracy-theorist heel (with the "Water Bottle of Doom").
His subsequent face turn and Lil' Jimmy gimmick, however, has just been far too ridiculous and over the top for my liking.
Luckily for Truth, the gimmick does carry some positives (HHH seems to be a big fan...), but the 40-something superstar really needs to tone it down if he is ever to be considered a main-event contender, especially now being in the twilight of his career.