What's your favourite promo of all time?

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For me, nothing comes close to Randy's "Cream of the Crop" bit.

There's just this savage intensity where at ANY MINUTE you feel like he could just go nuts.

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I quite liked the Tully Blanchard one from ... was it the Legends of Wrestling shitshow? The one where he says, "I don't do this for a living."

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Seems appropriate even today.

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I know this is about all-time best, but if we're talking recent memory, it doesn't get much better than The Miz going off on Daniel Bryan on Talking Smack.

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Don't tell @marino, but I quite like Shawn Michaels in Montreal in 2005. That man had legit heat, knew it, and took advantage of it. If only the match it led to wasn't a complete disaster.

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Another one I think people forget about is Paul Heyman's promo against Vince in 2001. It was ahead of its time and while Heyman was the heel, he was 100% correct.

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Jay Lethal and Ric Flair were gold too. I think ZombiePie introduced me to this one.

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I love that. The sheer joy on Ric's face makes it.

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Anything with Terry Funk yelling and shouting and Dory Funk standing behind him looking like a used car salesman.

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Eddie Kingston never becoming a huge star is one of the wrestling's most egregious crimes.

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It's Scott Steiner doing math and nothing anyone here says can upend that promo's biblical magnitude.

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@milkman: Nothing beats Kingston's promos. But this promo has always been my favourite of his. That mid 00's was a crazy time when every CHIKARA DVD would feature a total fire promo from Eddie.

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#13  Edited By regularassmilk

As someone who hasn't really gotten back into wrestling as an adult, I do still watch old promos now and again. As posted above, Dusty Rhodes "Hard Times" promo is a prime example of the artform.

A little more obscure, is this incredible video of Roddy Piper breaking a beer bottle over his own head for a promo that looks like it's for a show in a high school gym. It's insane. And it's clear that he's trying to wrap his promo up but the crowd doesn't react, so he kind of doubles back?--it's nuts. Maybe they're mesmerized and freaked out by the whole stunt.

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Seems appropriate even today.

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Talk about suffering for your art. It's crazy to see this comparatively young Dusty Rhodes still have visible cutting scars on his forehead, despite the makeup. What a fucking hero.

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Not sure if manager's count but almost anything with Paul Bearer.

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Maybe not my all time favorite, but Kevin Steen's Mt. Rushmore promo always makes me laugh.

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I dunno if it'd rate in something like a "best promo's of all time" talk, but that but at the end is something I think about a lot, and use in conversation more often than I'd care to admit.

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Scott Steiner’s math promo truly makes me happy every time I see it.

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@sombre: somehow I had never seen Savage's Cream of the Crop promo. What a treasure.

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David Starr is a recent favourite of mine - this is the buildup to the cancelled Scrappermania match with Jon Moxley in OTT.

OTT in general have fantastic video packages

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I'm the guy who likes the Pipe Bomb.

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Yeah, it's good but I wish it had more venom. Like, if he'd somehow found a way to do it without Vince signing off on it.

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@jesus_phish: definitely, I've been to a couple of shows live and it's an experience.

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@halfpastwhenever: I haven't been to any myself but I've some friends who frequently go. It was real nice to see people take refunds from the recently cancelled show and immediately donate it back to them.

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Cream of the Crop is... well near the top for sure.

I also love this one for Macho Man. So fucking funny.

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I love Stone Cold's Austin 3:16. It's when I fell in love with Stone Cold and obviously it's maybe the pivotal moment to setting up one of the biggest wrestling characters of all time in Stone Cold (my favorite for sure).

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The delivery is so good. And the lines stick with me.

Also love this Jake Roberts one. The calm delivery of this still gets me. Love Jake and this angle. The man worked avarice into a wrestling promo.

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Jake was maybe my favorite wrestler when I was a kid (even when he first started in WWF as a heel). He was the only guy that wasn't always screaming during a promo, and I loved that. Being a smart kid who watched wrestling didn't give you many role models, but Jake was always crafty and in control. He would get beat by guys because they were stronger, but he very rarely got outsmarted.

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I mean lets be real, it's Steiner Math and it's not close.

But next to that, I still have a soft spot for 1004. (Starts around 5:50)

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Prince Ikea defending Malenko's memory sounded off. Like, he's very much alive.