Top 10 Wrestlers to Work the Mic in Wrestling History
Wrestling has come along way from it's humble territorial beginnings to evolve into the World Wide Spectacle of Sports Entertainment that we know today. Even from it's earliest days those who rose to the top in the wrestling business were the ones who could sell tickets and put people in the seats. Those who sold tickets best were the ones that had enough charisma to take the microphone and work it like a painter constructing a masterpiece. Those who did it best where the ones that could evoke emotion not only from their opponents but from the millions of viewers that hung on their every word. Whether it be anger, laughter, sadness, or fear the wrestlers on this list sparked emotion and for that reason have found themselves among the best Mic Workers in Wrestling History.
Honorable Mention: Jay Lethal
If simply for his impressions alone this 20-Something from Elizabeth, New Jersey deserves recognition as one of the better young Mic workers in the business. His spot on impressions and promos with Ric Flair proved to be effective because they caused so many people to feel so many different ways. Some watched the promos and laughed, some were in awe of his ability, and some where mad because he was mocking a living legend. No matter what emotion you walked away with you can be certain that this young man is full of charisma and knows how to work the mic beyond the impressions that have made him famous. Given the right gimmick, situation, and push his ability on the mic and in the ring could be the formula for something special down the road.
Honorable Mention: The Miz
Whether it be as a cast member on MTV or as a Raw Superstar there is no doubt that the Miz has always seemed to steal the show. If on his charisma and mic work alone, the Miz has risen quickly to main event status in the WWE. Whether it's uttering his famous "Really" or "Because I'm the Miz and I'm AWWWEEESSSOOOMMMEEE", fans are certain to walk away from a Miz promo feeling some sort of emotion. Even though he is young in the business his ability to Work the Mic and keep fans entertained through a period short on Top Superstars was enough to earn him Honorable Mention.
Honorable Mention: CM Punk
The self proclaimed Savior and Founder of Straight Edge probably has cut some of the more entertaining and well delivered promos in WWE History. Probably the fact that he actually tries to live the straight edge life style that he portrays in his promos adds to his comfort and mastery on the mic. He has further demonstrated his mic skills with his recent work on ringside commentary. There is no doubt that this former ROH star can work the Mic, crowd, and his opponents thus he finds himself an honorable mention spot in our countdown of the Top 10 Wrestlers To Ever Work the Mic in Wrestling History.
10. John Cena
Love him or Hate Him John Cena is one of the best in the business on the mic today and of all time. Whether he gets the crowd to chant "Cena, Cena, Cena" or boo at the mere site of him, no one can argue that anyone brings more passion to the Mic. If his 15 Championships in this day and age weren't enough to convince you that this West Newbury Mass. native and Tampa resident could not work the mic then just tune in to WWE Raw any week and I can assure you he will be allotted time with the Mic in his hand. With the veins bulging from his neck you will undoubtedly realize that Cena is passionate about the wrestling business and this passion and Mic work earn him the number 10 spot on the list.
9. Vince McMahon
For someone that never saw much time in the ring as a wrestler Vince McMahon does more than enough great work with the Mic in his hand. While the crowd usually despises Vinnie Mac there is not a one among us who is left emotionless when Vince strolls too or exits from the ring. From his ringside commentary to his feuds with Stone Cold Steve Austin and Brett Hart and to all places in between Vince has never left a single viewer without some sort of reaction to his Mic work. For this reason the Boss finds himself at number 8 on the List. Special Consideration and Honorable Mention also go to Paul Heyman and Eric Bischoff who proved that all of the bosses could cut one tremendous promo.
8. Chris Jericho
There is something to be said for longevity within the wrestling business and the number 8 wrestler on the list is no stranger to it or championships. A 22 time champion Chris Jericho has found his way to main event status time and time again with several different promotions. It is no mystery that his ability to work the mic combined with his amazing in ring ability are the 2 things that can be attributed to this longevity and success. He like many others on this list has parlayed his Mic ability into rewarding ventures outside the squared circle with successful work in music, tv, and radio.
7. Stone Cold Steve Austin
No wrestler has ever worked the mic as brashly as the Rattle Snake Stone Cold Steve Austin. Much like the wrestler that will follow him on this list the Stone Cold Steve Austin character is one of the best wrestling persona of all time. The "Beer Drinking" Texan did not care who liked him or what anyone thought about him which made him a hit with fans during the 90's. He worked the Mic as good as anyone and probably drew as much uniform crowd reaction than any wrestler in the history of the business. Austin finds himself at Number 7 on the list and "It's the Bottom Line because Stone Cold said so..."
6. The Million Dollar Man, Ted Dibiase
In arguably one of the best Wrestling Persona ever created, the Million Dollar Man Ted Dibiase worked the Mic like very few before him or since. His ability to bring anger and disgust to a crowd while each person secretly admired him at the same time was a testament to his mic work, persona, and delivery. With each time he opened his mouth he grabbed the attention of those within ear shot and produced time and time again promos that left you wondering what he might say next. The Million Dollar Man is not unlike many on this list that have gone on to do great things outside the world of wrestling thanks to his Mic skill and charisma as he is an active Christian Minister and Speaker. For his accolades and Mic Skill Dibiase claims the number 6 spot on the list.
5. Jerry The King Lawler
Long before he was the voice of Monday Night Raw Jerry the King Lawler was crafting his ability on the Mic in the AWA and NWA. One of the first wrestlers to transcend the wrestling business and cross-over into mainstream television thanks to his worked angle with Hollywood star Andy Kaufman, Lawler was one of the most charismatic and best mic workers of the 70's and 80's. His ability to entertain and keep audiences attention is the reason why he appears on this list and still can be heard each and every week on Monday Nigh Raw.
4. The American Dream Dusty Rhodes
Just like the man on the list before him Dusty Rhodes dominated the 70's and 80's on the mic. His promos were so passionate, real, and heartfelt he is the only wrestler to this day to have a voice recording of his most famous promos added in as a press and play option on his DVD release. The "200 plus pounds of twisted steel and sex appeal" always had the ability to get the crowd going. For this reason Dusty cracks the top 5 in the countdown of greatest mic workers in wrestling history.
3. Shawn Michaels
From the Rockers, to the Attitude Era, to the End of an Era at this year's WrestleMania the Heartbreak Kid Shawn Michaels carried the company time and time again and sold tickets because of his ability to work the crowd and the Mic. Some will say that HBK is charisma personified and who can argue? Whether he was delivering sweet chin music or another can't miss promo on the mic, no one would ever argue that he wasn't the Showstopper. When the show stopped and Shawn had the mic everyone listened and that is why he claims a top 3 spot on the list.
2. The Rock
If not for his exit to Hollywood to make movies, The Rock would probably find himself at the top of this countdown. Due to the fact that his body of work was over a shorter period of time, even his un-paralleled charisma, mic work, creativity, and overall presence, was only good enough to garner him the number 2 spot on this list. There is no doubt that The Rock is one of the most articulate and gifted Mic workers in the history of Sports Entertainment. His creativity on the Mic was not to be outdone by his tremendous ability to make the crowds emotions turn on his every word. His countless catch phrases, songs, and unforgettable moments will forever be ingrained in the memories of WWE fans around the world. It should come as no surprise that a man with so much talent was able to parlay that same charisma and ability he showed in the ring into countless leading roles in Hollywood. Even if the Rock never steps foot back in a WWE Arena he will forever be remembered as one of the greatest champions and mic workers of all time.
1. The Nature Boy Ric Flair
When you talk ability to work the Mic in professional wrestling no other name springs to mind than that of the man who is arguably the greatest wrestler of all time. It is no surprise that arguably the greatest wrestler of all time is also the greatest Mic worker of all time. The longevity of one's wrestling career goes hand in hand with his ability to work the mic and extract emotion from the fans night in and night out. Over the course of the last 40+ years no man has brought as much excitement, anger, happiness, sadness, adoration, etc. to wrestling fans than The Nature Boy Ric Flair. The "dirtiest player in the game" will forever be the measuring stick by which all other wrestlers are judged. He proved to "be the man, you gotta beat the man" and judging by his spot on this countdown nobody has yet.