WWE: Improving Mic Skills Is a Necessity
Mic skills are one of the most often criticized aspects of any WWE superstar. It's very common to see members of the IWC say things about how a wrestler looks great in the ring, but they don't know how to talk. Or they don't know how to talk in one persona, so they should take on a different character with a face change or heel turn.
A character change can work for a lot of people (see: R-Truth), but asking for everyone to change would be confusing and unreasonable.
One of the main excuses for remaining poor on the stick has consistently been that a superstar is not getting practice on television. Currently, Daniel Bryan and Sin Cara seem to be at the center of these conversations (there are others, but I feel like I see these two most often).
Bryan is not a terrible mic worker (see his work with Michael Cole on NXT), many have questioned if it is main event caliber. Sure, he could be a Chris Benoit type (in the ring, not considering personal life), but some extra charisma could make him a surefire star. We will hopefully see a lot more of him talking now that he has the briefcase. I have faith that Bryan will be able to get the on air time he needs to solidify himself further.
Sin Cara has the much more difficult challenge of working around a language barrier. The silent talent could potentially work for him and he is already pretty popular with the crowd, so a big feud could put him over the top. Sin Cara is a fantastic communicator with his body, which can be what helps him overcome the microphone by avoiding it altogether.
I have more concerns for the John Morrisons and the Evan Bournes of the WWE (Bryan would have been on this list before Sunday). Those who have appeared weak on the mic, but haven't really been given a chance to try things out.
Over the last few months, we've begun to see a change in the ability to work out mic skills regardless of who might be watching.
John Morrison took a slightly more traditional route by enrolling in comedy classes while recovering from his surgery. We have yet to see the results of these classes, but considering that we probably won't get the Dirt Sheet version of Morrison for awhile, I hope that something clicked for him.
Evan Bourne on the other hand, is looking to take a road less traveled in the WWE, which I expect to be part of a trend. Earlier today on his Twitter account, I found the following:
@findevan - Would anyone be interested if I started to do a podcast? What would be relevant to discuss?
The podcast seems like a forgotten art form to me. It's there, but I don't hear many people talk about it ever. If Bourne does decide to go through with this, as I hope he does, it could be the perfect way for him and other sub-par talkers to work on communicating with the WWE Universe. Bourne already has good body communication, so taking away the camera and relying solely on his voice could be exactly what he needs to stay in the WWE Title tournament, instead of being the odd man out.
On the heels of Zack Ryder's YouTube success, the flood gates have opened. The WWE gained more confidence to use social media to its advantage (look at CM Punk crashing ComicCon from today) and ushered in a new digital era for WWE (Note: I think Zack Ryder deserves at least some credit for this new era that is dawning). Social media could be the answer not only to more exposure, but also to getting the practice many superstars need to get to the next level.
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