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    Posted: 25/August/2011 at 23:22

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What kind of promos do I prefer on a wrestling show? Those that are not of the memorized variety but instead are one's general thoughts that are organized and then those thoughts are delivered in a natural, organic manner. When I detect that a talent is speaking strictly from memory and not their heart then I generally tune out. I think that the interview/promo life vests need to be removed and let's see who can swim on their own.

When looking for a memorable promo in wrestling I hope to see.........

1) Something that feels natural so not scripted and force.

2) The person speaking clearly and drawing you in through showing good acting skills.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote John The Baptist Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07/August/2012 at 18:51
Meant to post this after the 1k Raw, but Road Dogg is criminally underrated when it comes to mic guys.

I mean you can get the crowd to chant "yes", "wooooo" or "what" pretty damn easy, but when you get 10k people to chant "ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages, Degeneration X proudly brings to you, its the 5 time World Wrestling Entertainment TAAAAAG TEEEEEAM CHAMPIOOOONS OF THE WORRRRRRRRLD....the Road Dogg Jesse James, the Bad Ass Billy Gunn, the New Age Outlawsssssss!", thats when you know you have fucking elite promo skills.

Easily in top ten most charismatic guys ever.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote LennyComa Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07/August/2012 at 18:54
Yeah he was under rated on the mic but in the attitude era most people on the mic were good...I always like Raven on the mic
Y'know what?....It's really fucking hot here in Africa. Who knew?....Well me, I have been doing this for almost 5 years
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote thundarr2000 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07/August/2012 at 20:05
Long before WWF's syndicated shows began... the wrestlers came up with their promos strictly off the tops of their own heads on the fly. There were some basic rules: repeat the name and date of the venue; repeating their opponent's full name numerous times; in tag teams put over your partner(s); etc.
 
For a Ticket Wars piece I reviewed several promos by Tony Atlas. His character was very different when he was an active wrestler in the 1980's. He was a country boy that spoke with a twang, more or less an exaggerated version of himself.
 
 
This is one that couldn't be aired today on TV.
 
  
 
Random shout-out to a local restaurant? This wasn't a sponsored paid for endorsement. I heard some guys did this sort of thing to get a free meal.
 
 
 
Around 2:30, Atlas starts. Even Atlas' partners aren't sure where he's going with his promo.
  
 
 
Heel Hulk Hogan interupts Atlas. Listen for the racist comments from Hogan.
 
 
 
These were all promos that no professional writer would have scripted. These were just on the fly promos the guys would cut. They only needed their opponents' name, date of the match and the venue.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote ihatethatmonkee Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07/August/2012 at 21:59
so weird to hear Hogan sound a little unsure of himself in that last promo.
 
scripted promos can work, after all, guys like Ryan Reynolds, Clint Eastwood, Dustin Hoffman all got over as actors by being able to convey their own emotions into the lines of dialogue that were written on a page for them to act out.
 
the reason those scripted promos haven't worked in WWE is, ironically, that those who fail to pull them off convincingly are pretty much all the people who Johnny Ace bought in as models and aspiring actors/actresses, who have shown that they can't even make a wrestling character their own, then wonder why there are no Hollywood roles coming their way when they finally decide to leave us in peace.
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Yea, Thundie you actually made me a pretty big Atlas fan. I used to think he was a decent wrestler, but once I saw that promo on Flair my eyes were opened to what an all around talent he was. That lead me to wanting to watch more of his matches and promos and hear him talk a bit outside the ring. I like to get a sense of if I would enjoy their company in real life and he seems like a legit dude. So now that I like him so much more (borderline mark) I appreciated his matches and wrestling ability tenfold more.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote NFaMouZ Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08/August/2012 at 05:34
Basically the promo has got to feel real for me to give a shit. Something outside of the box is nice as well. In recent memory here are a few that I feel standout

Couldn't find the actual segment but this whole promo is taken from that segment.



It doesn't have to be a massive heat/serious promo. I felt this was amazing work from Kurt Angle.



But of course this in my opinion is the best promo work in I don't know how long.





Shawn has the Montreal crowd on a string here its just great stuff.

All Hail Mitchell Johnson and David Warner.
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Found this recently. I thought I'd share.

IMO The best backstage segment EVER. This is over a half an hour long, and the distance they travel from start to finish, and the incredible performances and writing is exemplary of how things should be done.

It always seems like this is such an under-rated face turn, that I'm always going on about it.

If you've never seen the whole thing, do yourself a favor. This really does hold up well to the test of time. Hell, it holds up better than the video quality itself does! lol
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Quote Sasha Banks, Bayley and Rey Mysterio’s promos last week on Raw were all done without being scripted word-for-word, reports the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. There has been a “movement” to have more unscripted interviews in WWE, specifically to give the talent “bullet points” and then letting them work off of that. Kevin Owens is another superstar who is given significant leeway in his promos and Daniel Bryan is another one who is rumoured to be given the same flexibility.

ABOUT TIME!!!! Been wanting this ever since I started this thread eight years ago.

When they just have bullet points to work on like in the Attitude Era, it comes across more natural and fluent.

I even like the stutters and pauses that have happened lately. They get marks online saying they are screwing up their lines, but it just seems more normal because sometimes people don't always say what they want right away.
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Great news if this report is accurate.

I understand script writing has a place in wrestling as not all talents are natural talkers and some need the help but this can be done by producers and people with wrestling knowledge and experience not a bunch of tv writers. Talent should definitely be encouraged to improvise promos from bullet points as soon as they are comfortable doing so.

The many talents who are capable and effective of doing promos on the fly using only bullet points to get their storylines across should definitely be doing so because this provides the most natural looking delivery of a promo and fits their character far better. You can always tell when someone is memorising a script as at times it just seems like they are reading from a teleprompter or are struggling to remember their lines and it often results in there being no passion or natural feeling in their promo delivery.

Improvisation of promos is tried and tested and its been the way its done in wrestling for decades, I don't know why WWE went to such a heavily scripted format so its great they are finally taking notice of what fans and people in the business have been saying for years and are now hopefully moving away from scripts.

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