In WWE, I believe it's fair to say that when it comes to microphone skills, we're finding a lot more entertainment in the wielders of the stick in recent months than before. Some of us enjoy the usage of swears, while others see the quality improving in those delivering promos.
Alberto Del Rio has been transitioning off using the word "destiny," CM Punk is dropping pipe bombs, R-Truth and The Miz are showing how awesome the truth can be, and even John Cena's been heard dropping a curse word on live television. Heck, we've even heard passable promos from Kofi Kingston and surprisingly, Tyson Kidd (albeit with a stumble) on NXT.
That said, on RAW, two Superstars have shown themselves to be head and shoulders above the rest when it comes to getting reactions from the crowd, because when these men speak, people listen. Those two men are R-Truth and CM Punk.
The Voice of the Voiceless and The Truth have been speaking up a storm for many months now. Truth's heel turn and Punk's main-event rise have given fans of the WWE many great promos to go back and visit on YouTube, but with all that said, who has the edge when it comes to mic skills and who's the better talker?
In my opinion, the answer (and this may not come as a shock to those who are familiar with my recent work) is R-Truth for a variety of reasons. Now, before any CM Punk fans go up in arms, allow me to point out why I believe The Truth gets the edge over "The Best in The World."
I'd like to get things rolling by stating that Punk, while good on the mic, can only be great when allowed to break kayfabe. R-Truth, while skirting the line between kayfabe and reality, is still able to pull off a great promo.
Secondly, I believe that both guys have good gimmicks that aid in their mic skills. Punk's "Anti-Hero/Best in The World" gimmick is good because it allows him to have a big head, yet follow it up. A lot of people also like a person (especially a main-eventer) they can take seriously, which again helps because Punk can bring a lot of passion into his promos.
R-Truth's gimmick of a "Conspiracy Victim," however, seems to me to be the more entertaining of the two. Truth has the benefit and the ability to ramble on about things that seemingly have no meaning (for example, taking a promo on why he attacked John Morrison, turning into one about spiders, and bringing it back to beating JoMo).
This is very difficult to do when you're ad-libbing, in my opinion, but it shows how good on the mic The Truth can be. Additionally, Truth's ability to flip-flop between an unhinged, angry man and a comical genius, like the Joker, gives him a great advantage on the mic.
Along with that, Truth is able to do something very few can do, and that's maintain a regular reaction while the reaction to Punk seems varied from week to week. Some cities seem to go crazy for CM Punk, especially when he's got a mic, while in others, you'll at times hear a failed attempt to start a "CM Punk" chant.
R-Truth is able to garner a huge amount of heat, a "What" chant, and even laughter from the crowd regardless of what city he's in.
Also, I'd like to add that Truth is able to do something Punk doesn't really take the time to do, and that's get the crowd involved, which always helps pump the crowd up.
Yes, at times the crowd will start a CM Punk chant, but Punk (probably for the best, as some people would see it as an anti-hero move) doesn't acknowledge it, which takes a bit of fun out of it.
R-Truth on the other hand, openly acknowledges the crowd during his promos, which helps let the crowd get more into what they are watching. It's not a big thing, but in pro-wrestling, it's the little things that can sometimes be the most entertaining. (Some people love the fact that Punk sits cross-legged when delivering a promo, while I'm personally a fan of Truth's infamous "Stop what'n me" line.)
Lastly, I'd like to point out the validity of the promos in which The Truth and Punk give. CM Punk's usually center on "Change" while R-Truth's focus on "The Conspiracy."
Being blunt, I've got to say, I think Punk is a bit of a hypocrite. He talks about "Change" all the time, but aside from making himself Champion, what has Punk changed? Who has he changed them for? His fans, and that's it.
I'm not talking about anything done backstage, cause only smarks care about that, for the most part. Overall, it just seems like Punk is saying what he thinks people want to hear as an excuse to do what everyone wants to do—become "The Man."
The Truth has been more focused on explaining "The Conspiracy" to anyone who'll listen, and trying to get what he believes is rightfully his—the WWE Championship.
Now, that he's working with The Miz, he's more focused on getting noticed and getting back at The Conspiracy and getting an opportunity, while occasionally making reference to the state of the WWE.
Overall, Truth's claims are more valid than Punk's in my opinion. That tends to make me like his promos a little better because (pardon the pun) he speaks the truth.
In conclusion, these are reasons I believe that R-Truth is the best mic-worker on RAW (and being that it's WWE's A-Show, he's more than likely the best in the WWE).
Feel free to share your thoughts below and tell me what you think. Thanks for reading.