Throughout the history of professional wrestling, what a performer can do on the mic is often just as important as what they do in the ring. Each afternoon, Smark Attack will highlight a wrestling promo that shows off the best, and sometimes the worst, in pro wrestling microphone work.
And we're not just looking for classic promos. If you're a local wrestler or if you've always wanted to be a pro wrestler and want to show off your mic skills send your best promo: 45 seconds or less to firstname.lastname@example.org. If we end up running it on the blog, we'll give you a City Paper t-shirt.
There are pro wrestlers who act like they're not all there, and then there are the wrestlers who maybe weren't actually all there. One of those was the Ultimate Warrior. For the uninitiated, the Warrior character for the man formerly known as Jim Hellwig, wasn't a character. He lived and breathed it and even changed his name to Ultimate Warrior. The Ultimate Warrior, as the layperson might say, was crazy as a shit-house rat.
Today's promo is one of the Warrior's most famous. Getting ready to face Hulk Hogan in WrestleMania VI, the Warrior cuts a legendary promo in which he suggest Hulk Hogan hijack a plane, murder the pilots and crash the goddamn thing into the ground to avoid facing Warrior in the ring. I'm paraphrasing of course, but, well, watch for yourself. The late-Ultimate Warrior really was one of a kind. He was insane in that act-crazy-and-make-millions-of-dollars sort of way.
Warrior went on to defeat Hogan in WrestleMania VI.