CM Punk and The Rock are not only two of the biggest stars in WWE; they're two of the best talkers in wrestling history.
That’s why the run-up to their WWE championship match at WWE Royal Rumble 2013 promises to be just as entertaining as the actual match should be. The battle of promos between two masters of the craft definitely will be must-see TV.
“Knees 2 Faces” vs. “Boots 2 Asses.”
“Best in the World” vs. “The Brahma Bull.”
Anytime these two guys get on the microphone, it is absolute promo magic. Their charismatic mic skills are unsurpassed by anyone in the company right now—with the exception of Ric Flair, and we’re not completely sure if he is all the way back yet.
Their promos are so good because they sound authentic, not scripted. They actually believe what they are saying.
In short, they do a fantastic job selling themselves to the WWE Universe.
Don’t believe that? Just listen to the reactions they get.
Punk’s promos generate as much heat as the Florida sunshine in summer. Not only does he know what to say to get under people’s skin, he knows how to say it in a way that pushes blood pressures up 15 points.
Rock’s appearances generate enough cheers to fill up three football stadiums. Sometimes he cannot even finish a phrase or sentence without being drowned out by his millions (and millions) of fans. A five-minute Rock promo creates enough electricity to light up both New York and Los Angeles.
Each man has his own unique promo style, too.
With Punk, you never know what is going to come out of his mouth. That unpredictability on the mic probably makes the broadcast censors break out in cold sweats whenever they see him coming.
Rock likes to refer to himself in the third person when he cuts his promos. You will hear numerous instances of “The Rock says…” or “The Rock likes…” or “The Rock thinks…” during his time on the mic.
And it would not be a Rock promo without the closing: “If you smell-el-el-el-el…what The Rock…is cookin.'"
No one in the WWE Universe or WWE management is complaining, though. Both Punk and Rock are proven draws, and their promos between now and Royal Rumble will likely intensify with each passing week.
So set your DVRs for the next four Monday nights. If Punk and Rock are on their games—and there is no reason to believe they will not be—you will have more gems than a Beverly Hills jewelry store.
Bill Atkinson is a columnist for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter at @BAtkinson1963.