Wrestling demands much of its performers: grueling travel schedules, tough physical performances, and camera-ready charisma at all times. In order to keep audiences captivated, professional wrestlers must possess performance skills on the microphone as well as inside the ring. Mic skills are so important, in fact, that it’s common practice for wrestlers to utilize managers or other “mouthpieces” when they lack the gift of gab - the way Paul Heyman so eloquently represents his client, Brock Lesnar.
Many talented wrestling personalities have owned the mic in their day, but even the best professionals like Undertaker, Hulk Hogan, and Booker T have their off days. This has led to the recording of some of the silliest and most dumbfounding things ever uttered by modern humans. From accidentally dropping slurs to forgetting lines to mumbling sheer nonsense, here are some of the funniest pro-wrestling promos and microphone fails in history.
Now, whether or not you love the particular wrestler is moot: regardless of how great you think they are, vote up the all-time worst promos in wrestling history to see which botched promo is the worst of all time.
This is one of those botches that’s so bad, it’s good, and is one of the most viral images to date as a result. In 1993, the WWE Universe was introduced to a new character destined to stand out in fans’ memories forever - though not how the company had intended. Next time you find yourself in an embarrassing situation, just remember that at least you’re not the Shockmaster!10513Pretty bad?
This RAW promo from July 6th, 2006, is proof that we all have to start somewhere, and can improve at anything if we work hard enough for it. This was the Miz’s first chance to show off his charisma in front of a large audience, but he wound up a babbling mess instead. It’s most definitely cringe worthy, and a stark contrast from the confident, well-developed Miz we know today.669Pretty bad?
It’s no secret that pro-wrestlers often find themselves having to read poorly written lines by writers backstage. This issue made itself apparent when Roman Reigns interrupted Seth Rollins during Smackdown 2015. What we have here is a jumbled mess of alliteration and childish insults that sounds like something your 10-year-old nephew would write, not a professional adult working for one of the largest companies in the world.5415Pretty bad?
There is nothing quite so embarrassing as accidentally insulting yourself instead of your opponent, especially when it’s recorded live in front of a massive audience. Poor Sid Vicious, he really tried here - but he just couldn’t make the cut during this 1999 WCW promo. One of the most cringe-worthy aspects to this promo-gone-wrong is his delayed recognition of his mistake!4310Pretty bad?