Wrestling promos are hard. Over the years, there have been wrestlers who have had a natural ability to cut some of the best promos ever heard. But at the same time, there have been some pretty spectacular promo failures, even by people who are normally quite good at them. There’s actually a reason why WWE scripts everything that’s said on their shows to an admittedly insane degree, and part of it is because so many things can go wrong when you let somebody improvise what they’re going to say. Maybe they go too far sometimes, but then again, when you hear promos like these, you start to wonder if they don’t have the right idea.
10. The Genesis of Michael McGillicutty
Poor Curtis Axel. His original WWE name was never going to get over, and to make matters worse, his exit promo from Season 2 of NXT (back when it was pretending to be a reality show, as opposed to the developmental promotion it is today) proved that while he may have inherited his father’s wrestling ability, it did not come with an equal measure of aptitude on the microphone. It took a long time before he was put in a position to talk for himself, and even that eventually slid into an imitation of Hulk Hogan after a short while. He’s not as bad as this promo would make you believe, and he definitely found a bit of a niche during his short-lived run as a Social Outcast, cutting intentionally terrible promos and randomly screaming “Yah!”, but he’s definitely still not very good.