The Hurricane has some simple yet key advice for up and coming wrestlers when it comes to cutting promos.
Being a good wrestler does not begin and end with what you can do once the bell rings. Obviously, your in-ring ability is a big part of it, but to be one of the top men or women in the industry, you have to be the total package. That means not only holding the fans in the palm of your hand while you wrestle, but also when you're talking to them.
We are of course talking about the art of the promo. Some of the greatest promo cutters from throughout history include the likes of Ric Flair, Dusty Rhodes, The Rock, and John Cena. Yes, there are ways around it if a very talented wrestler isn't the best talker in the world, like having an advocate talk for you, but your wrestling needs to be out of this world if you're going to be afforded that liberty.
How exactly WWE Superstars go about cutting promos on live TV has changed over the years. Two decades ago, wrestlers would venture out in front of fans with nothing more than a couple of bullet points. Nowadays, it sounds as if the creative team doesn't trust its Superstars to do that. By the sounds of it, wrestlers are given a script to learn and they have to recite it, and it shows.
If that is the case, then so be it. However, the wrestler giving it needs to try and make it their own. Shane Helms, otherwise known as The Hurricane, has some sound advice for those trying to do that. Helms asked wrestlers to remind themselves what promo is short for. "If you aren’t promoting your opponent and your match, then you’re just talking s**t," the former WWE Superstar tweeted.
We are hoping that a great number of wrestlers see and heed the advice from Hurricane. We know NXT Superstar Mia Yim has seen it as she replied to the former Cruiserweight Champion. If a promo sounds as if it is being read right off a piece of paper, just like someone giving a speech, it is going to sound uninspired. Bring back the days of wrestlers being trusted to say what they want, providing it's appropriate and doesn't stray from the point.