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Re: Special Attraction Match: Headliner vs adnimbot
Mic skills. And it's not even a contest. Mic skills is what connects the wrestler to the audience. Mic skills is what ultimately decides how over a wrestler will be with the audience.
Chris Benoit was a great worker, but he was never as over as the big time mic workers because he sucked on the mic, and was forced to rely on his wrestling ability each week to stay over. Either that, or he had to hope that he had an opponent that could work the mic so that their feud can go to the next level.
Eddie Guerrero was awesome in WCW. Had awesome matches with numerous cruiser weights, but it wasn't until WWE gave him the mic that he got over that brick wall of popularity that he couldn't get over in WCW.
As a matter of fact, every successful WWE era has been headlined by a great mic worker. Hogan (who is regarded as a terrible ring worker by most), Austin, Rock and now Cena. Why? Because they have been able to connect to the audience in ways that other workers couldn't (Cough, New Generation era). Not only that, but before Austin became Stone Cold, before the Rock became the People's champion, and before Cena became the Champ, they weren't doing much in WWE and they didn't seem to have that much character to them. Once WWE gave each of them the mic, they all blew up. So does it surprise you that these guys are the most over wrestlers in history?
Speaking of character, mic work defines character. Evan Bourne can do all the shooting star presses he wants, but unless they put him on the stick, and he's actually decent on it, he'll never be that over. You can't rely on the announcers putting you over as a high flyer each week. You have to do it yourself. Why do you think Ted Jr's first appearance was him talking on the mic instead of being in the ring? People wanna see what you're about.
This also explains why Miz is so awesome. Because he puts himself over each week to the point where his character is established, and his catchphrase identifies him with the audience. (Oh yea, did I mean that catchphrases are a form of identifying a wrestler? Guys can use the same moves, but nobody will have the same quotes, at least not at the same given time, making each quote designed for that pacific wrestler)
Mic skills is also a marketing tool to help companies advertise and gain revenue. Notice all the catchprases on WWE T-shirts? Yea, most of them come from a wrestler that has said it, and the phrase got over so much that it got on a T-Shirt. Austin 3:16? The Rock's nursey rhymes and even Triple H's angry phrases from the start of this decade. Which means: Mic work=revenue, wrestling moves? not so much.
Ring work has become so minimized in value to the point where the only time you'll see wrestlers do something out of their ordinary routine is during a PPV. Mic work however, is forever and has been used to establish wrestlers from FCW, all the way to the main roster and PPV. Mic work has become the foundation of wrestling.