You can have the greatest technical wrestling match in history, but if nobody cares, then was it truly great? Traditionally, the best matches have benefited from great promos, as the involved wrestlers used their words to set up a match in which they would then use more physical means. It used to be a big part of the business model of pro wrestling: cut promos for free on television to make them want to pay to see a match at live events or Pay Per Views. And the true masters of the craft could make you want to see their matches without ever setting foot inside a ring. From Flair to Foley, from Austin to Savage, with many others in between, some of their best moments in wrestling haven’t involved any wrestling at all, and here are some of the best promos done by some of the best talkers in history.
10. Paul Heyman Tells Off Vince McMahon
The WCW/ECW Invasion of 2004 was terrible for many reasons. It was ill-planned, terribly booked, and saw a huge money-making opportunity that could have profited WWE for months and months flushed down the toilet in less than six. In a last-ditch effort to get something out of the whole debacle, a climactic “Winner Take All” match was set up for Survivor Series 2004, where the winning side would survive, and the losing side would disappear forever. There was little doubt who would ultimately win, but in order to sell just how big of a deal the match was, WWE turned to Paul Heyman, the original owner of ECW, and let him run absolutely wild on WWE owner Vince McMahon in a classic promo that should have been the centerpiece of the Invasion angle, rather than the last gasp before it ended.