10 Celebrities Who Cut Better Promos Than Most Wrestlers

Promos are a way for a wrestler to get their character over with the crowd and can make or break an entire career. It is a crucial element to the entire presentation of professional wrestling and some of the most iconic moments in the history of the medium, and the likes of legendary talents such as Stone Cold Steve Austin, Jake “The Snake” Roberts, The Rock, and Hulk Hogan used their charisma to bolster their popularity. However, most wrestlers are much more focused on the in-ring aspects as the standard for matches rises as the years go on, and with good reason.

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At the end of the day, putting on a good match is the most important trait that any wrestler can possess, but the other aspects such as promo delivery and character work can go by the wayside. Unfortunately, most wrestlers cannot cut a truly great promo. This is why it can be jarring to see that some celebrities, athletes, and actors can step in and naturally perform on camera in comparison to the rest of the wrestling world. To give credit where credit is due, it is fun to track down some of the best talkers outside the business and can provide a great benchmark for future performances.

10 David Arquette

Arquette has the unfortunate distinction of being a part of one of the most infamous world championship reigns in the history of business after winning the WCW World Heavyweight Championship in 1999.

During his run, he was featured in segments that included his then-wife Courtney Cox-Arquette and Kurt Russell, but it was his eventual heel turn and subsequent promos that make his time in WCW memorable. The way he played up his villainous character is truly admirable, and he maintains to be one of the few celebrities who should not have worked but did.

9 Vinnie Jones

While making a rare appearance at the 1998 WWE event Capital CarnageVinnie Jones took a second to talk on the microphone to the white-hot crowd in attendance.

It was not very in-depth or game-changing, but his energy and emotional premonition of the main event was just awesome. Vinnie just has that “It” factor, and it probably helps that he has played a tough guy in a lot of films.


8 Pete Rose

At WrestleMania 14, Pete Rose made a legendary appearance in front of the crowd at the FleetCenter in Boston, Massachusetts. In just a couple of minutes, he was able to dig up some dirt on their sports teams and got a crazy amount of heat from the crowd.

The way he relished in his smugness while asking the crowd how they felt about the insults was just pure heel genius. His other appearances and ‘feud’ with Kane were further evidence of his greatness.

7 Tyson Fury

It takes a lot for an athlete to compete in 12 rounds of boxing at the heavyweight championship level and be able to speak coherently and with gusto. Tyson Fury makes it look like a cakewalk as he can even go as far as to get the whole crowd singing along with him.

Before his fights, he is not as enthusiastic, but it is understandable, as he likes to wait until his work speaks for himself before he punctuates it with his bravado and carries the tradition of the trash-talking boxer like a true champion.

6 Bob Barker

In this bizarre segment from Raw, Bob Barker brought The Price is Right game show format to Monday Night Raw in the midst of their “guest host” era. During his time, he was dealing with the links of Jillian Hall’s awful singing, the IRS ‘strange obsession with taxes, Santino Marella’s idiocy, and Chris Jericho’s attempts at intimidation.

Not only did he deal with these characters in a hilarious fashion, but he did it with ease. Barker is talented at public speaking, but this roasting session showed his true potential as a great talker in wrestling. He probably would have made for an excellent manager.

5 Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Floyd “Money” Mayweather is not just one of (if not) the greatest boxers of all time, but his promotional tactics of trying to get underneath the skin of his opponents are one of the reasons why he sells PPVs so well.

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Mayweather’s talking and drawing ability even got him a match at WrestleMania 24 with the Big Show where he wore one of the most ridiculous sets of shorts, and he took the opportunity to talk a lot of trash in the lead-up to the match. Floyd knows how the dramatic side of sports entertainment works, and that makes him one of the best talkers

4 Conor McGregor

Speaking of Floyd Mayweather Jr. and his rivalries, one of his most iconic feuds was with this controversial UFC star as they both traded barbs throughout the build-up to their iconic boxing bout. Conor McGregor had memes made of his amazing promo abilities, and he can rile up a crowd with ease.

Of course, he is not without his faults and has a questionable track record but his ability to talk on the mic is undisputed. Furthermore, his big mouth would probably have a lot of fans clamoring to see him join the list of celebrities attacked on Monday Night Raw.

3 Chael Sonnen

Here is another MMA star that frequently dressed his opponents down when given a chance. In particular, Sonnen has been a vocal critic of just about everything that goes on in the world of Mixed Martial Arts, and his brash attitude has landed him multiple spots as on-air talent for programming of the sport.

Sonnen just has that natural ability to get heat, and his rivalry with Anderson Silva was made more iconic by his constant berating of the then-middleweight UFC champion.

2 Andy Kaufman

One of the most legendary comedians and a part of one of the most iconic feuds of Jerry “The King” Lawler’s career, Andy Kaufman is the quintessential celebrity guest in professional wrestling history. His entire run as a heel wrestler was essentially a long-form performance as a troll toward all the fans.

His small stature and cocky demeanor gave the crowd all the ammunition to hate him, and that was his goal. Kaufman understood the business and thrived in it during his brief time there.

1 Muhammad Ali

The great Muhammad Ali is not just a better talker than most wrestlers, he is one of the best talkers in the history of any sport to ever exist. His speeches transcend legendary status as a lot of his quotes have been turned into inspirational phrases. He had a quick delivery, unmatched wit, and brought the act of showmanship into the foray of professional boxing.

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Ali is seen as the greatest, and his time on the microphone is part of what made his personality stand out. Of course, backing it up in the ring was the most important part of his career, but his promos will never be forgotten. Not to mention that he had many memorable appearances in wrestling, and his presence in all forms of sports entertainment will go down as unmatched in terms of sheer popularity.

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