This week saw two men completely outshine everyone in the industry by delivering two absolutely incredible promos. These promos told stories and included elements of truth in them, which as I’ve said before realism is such a powerful element in creating memorable moments. Promos like these remind you why you became a fan in the first place because they are able to connect with the audience gets you invested and care about the story that they are telling. These were completely different promos, but they both left me and a lot of fans going well damn that was a hell of a promo.
Edge – WWE Monday Night Raw – February 21, 2022
Edge is already HOFamer and without a doubt a GOAT, but since making his shocking return to the wrestling world at the 2020 Royal Rumble, the man is just building on an already illustrious career. Whenever Edge cuts a promo like this where it is just him and the audience, he reminds you of just how good he is at it and how much better he is than almost everyone else in the industry today. His promos are able to draw you in and care about what he is talking about. Edge starting his history at WrestleMania, was not just a walk down memory lane it was building to something important.
The best promos build to something, and Edge knows that so as he talked about his legacy it was designed to remind the audience that he is now the WrestleMania legend to face at Mania to make a name for yourself. Taker and HBK are retired now, so really Edge has now taken on the mantle of Mr. WrestleMania, when you think about it. So, Edge sending a message to everyone in the back that is looking to make a name for themselves in this business or get to that next level, step up and face him as WrestleMania legend. A match with Edge at a WM has a strong possibility to steal the show and that should be a hell of a motivator for anybody in the back to want to face Edge at WrestleMania.
Now the rumor has been for a while now that Edge would be facing AJ Styles at the showcase of the mortals, especially with AJ openly campaigning for the match in interviews. However, Edge’s promo threw little teases at a number of possible challengers, from saying “Live Forever” (Damian Priest), “Demon” (Finn Balor), “Undeniable” (Cody Rhodes) and “Phenomenal” (AJ Styles). Those little teases were great because it is a glimpse of people that Edge wants to face, whether it is at WrestleMania or somewhere down the line.
The most likely challengers are likely AJ Styles or Cody Rhodes, but I think of the two it will most likely be AJ Styles. Both men would be great challengers to step up and face Edge. Regardless of which of these two men ends up challenging Edge, I can confidently say it has the potential to be the match of the night and a WrestleMania classic. Edge is a legend that can make somebody regardless of their status going into the match, they will be elevated after being in the ring with him. I look forward to seeing Edge and his challenger steal the show at WrestleMania.
MJF – AEW Dynamite – February 23, 2022
MJF is truly a once in a generation talent, he is so much better on the mic than anyone else of his generation not only in AEW, but the industry as whole in my opinion. He has been compared to HOFamer, Rowdy Roddy Piper, and I will be completely honest when I first heard those comparisons, I wasn’t entirely sure if that was even possible. However, in the past two years watching MJF week in and week out, I absolutely can see Piper in him, and it makes me disappointed that the two of them can never share the ring in a mic duel today. MJF has established himself as the best heel in AEW, without a shadow of a doubt since day one in my opinion. His only real challengers for that crown were Cody and Brandi Rhodes and they weren’t even supposed to be heels and they are gone now.
MJF’s feud with CM Punk, is arguably Punk’s most compelling and interesting storyline he has been involved in since his return to wrestling. This is an absolute money feud and I’m thrilled that AEW didn’t one and done this feud like they did with Darby vs MJF, which still had a lot more meat left on the bone for that to continue passed one match. The mic work that both MJF and CM Punk have done in this feud have been some of their best work of their careers.
This particular promo was absolutely phenomenal because it was entrenched in 100% realism. MJF opened up about his real life, which he has never done before and it truly added so much to it. MJF talked about how he struggled as a child having ADD, his difficulty making friends and the antisemitism he struggled with growing up. This absolutely made him relatable to every child currently going through something similar to this and adult that has had similar experiences.
As he tearfully talked about his struggles, as an audience member you felt sympathy for him not just as a character, but for the real person behind the character. He talked about how Punk said the day he met MJF meant nothing to him, but it meant everything to a young MJF. MJF said that day, was the day that made him want to become a wrestler like his idol, CM Punk. MJF’s voice cracking as he emotionally recounts his experiences was so genuine and you know it wasn’t just a storyline scripted promo. He talked about Punk leaving the business felt like Punk left him and abandoned him when he needed him the most. He vowed that he would pursue his dream of becoming a wrestler in spite of Punk and to be that role model for the kids like him that were bullied, and he wouldn’t abandon them like Punk did to him. A confused Punk coming out asking if it was true and MJF confirming it was as he walked away up the ramp leaving Punk in the ring.
Now, as I said I loved this promo, but to be perfectly honest, I don’t understand why they had him cut a babyface promo? Why create sympathy for the heel? Logically it didn’t make sense in the moment for me, but after rewatching I am just guessing, but maybe the purpose was to throw CM Punk off his game in their rivalry? I personally don’t think it was a good idea to do this type of promo unless you are trying to do a double turn with MJF becoming the face and Punk becoming the heel. The amount of heat Punk would have gotten if he belittled MJF after delivering that promo would have been red hot.
Like I said it was a hell of a promo and really showed the world that MJF can cut one hell of a promo even as a face. I’m curious to see where this feud goes and I’m hoping they don’t diminish the realness of it by having MJF go it was all a lie. It added a layer to MJF that no one saw before and his ability on that mic is without a doubt his best talent. I’m looking forward to their Dog Collar match at AEW Revolution as they can possibly steal the show.
Again, I would just like to thank Edge and MJF for delivering two incredible promos this week. They remind us why we became fans, that realness, that emotion, that passion for the business and that connection that they are able to make on the mic. Anybody in WWE or AEW or anywhere in wrestling, should look at these promos and know that’s how it is done.
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