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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 01-11-2017, 04:09 PM Thread Starter
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Taker was so cringeworthy on the mic during the AE

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I've been going through the network in order and I've found a huge flaw in the beloved Undertaker (other than American Badass).

This has nothing to do with his in ring performance, he is def an all time great there.

In the era before the AE, he kept it short and sweet or Paul did most of the talking.

Around 99 they gave him the mics more and it is so so so so so bad.
I think he saw Rock and Austin getting over with their genuine bad assness and decided to try and force it.
Always going overboard on being a tough guy.
Never clever and never really got anything over in an era of catchphrases.
He told this weird 5 minute story about Big Show wanting to stab him in the desert and walking through Death Valley carrying a Harley on his shoulder.
It was terrible.
It was Bob Holly trying to get people to call him "The Big Shot" level of terrible.
He started doing a lot of commentary when him and Show were champs and you could just feel JR and Jerry trying to step around the awkward fake bad ass stuff he was saying.

Is he one of the only people to be a complete and total legend, a top 10 all time great, universally loved, despite being god awful on the mic?


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Re: Taker was so cringeworthy on the mic during the AA

"AA"

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Re: Taker was so cringeworthy on the mic during the AA

Some of his promos were a little off I admit. But going back and watching the AE on the network, he had just had a great presence when he spoke. Even if he had weird or bad material, he spoke with an edge in his voice that said "I'm a badass, listen to what I have to say."

Like right before he and Kane broke McMahon's leg and Vince insulted them by calling them handicapped. He said something like "You better watch your ass. Because the next time you step out of line with us, you are gonna be the one handicapped and that is a promise."

I don't know, honestly, from 98 until the end of the American Bad Ass character, those were my favorite years of promos from him.

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Re: Taker was so cringeworthy on the mic during the AA

He didn't need to be great at them.
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Re: Taker was so cringeworthy on the mic during the AA

AA...

Come on man. You could be trying a lot harder at not screwing up.
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Re: Taker was so cringeworthy on the mic during the AA

Nope you are wrong.

Taker cut some great promos during his time as the American badass.

Just a few off the top of my head - him turning heel by making jr kiss McMahon ass, ad libing the line 'if you sleep with your sister say what one more time', telling hogan when asked what he will do when hulkamania runs wild on you - il beat you down like the bitch you are and of course telling the rock "I may not dress like satan anymore but I'm still down with the devil and I will go medieval on your ass!

Just a few.
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Re: Taker was so cringeworthy on the mic during the AA

During his AA meetings, legend has it that other members of the group would, indeed, cringe.



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Re: Taker was so cringeworthy on the mic during the AA

He was pretty good as the American Badass. Its just that what can you really cut with the deadman gimmick other than "I will haunt your soul".

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Re: Taker was so cringeworthy on the mic during the AA

Bikertaker was very cringeworthy. You don't need to see a man's mid-life crisis on TV.
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Re: Taker was so cringeworthy on the mic during the AA

The story about Big Show and the bike out of gas in the desert was good. If you don't like big, athletic guys pretending they want to kill each other in the corniest ways, threatening each other with corny lines, and backing it up with corny actions, you shouldn't be watching wrestling, from any era.


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