Wrestling Section: Who is the best wrestler at telling a story, or, who are?
- WS HistorianLv 72 years agoFavorite Answer
The best one is Shawn Michaels.
I mean Shawn Michaels can do it all at telling a story, he can make us feel emotions, feeling what he feels. Shawn can make us angry as a heel and shed in tears as a babyface underdog. Just watch his story of turning on Marty Jannetty in 1992, losing his smile at Wrestlemania 13 refusing to wrestle in that event, and antagonizing Canadian WWF Fans in 1997, screwing Bret Hart, mocking Canadian fans, etc that make us really despise him. Even as babyface, his antics in 2010 hitting Sweet Chin Music on referee, screwing The Undertaker out of World Heavyweight Title really make us hate him and want to knock the hell out of the guy. Compare that with Shawn Michaels' comeback story as a born again Christian during his promos for his comeback fight against Triple H at Summerslam 2002, Shawn Michaels' regret about retiring Ric Flair at Wrestlemania 24, and Shawn Michaels' retirement speech the night after Wrestlemania 26 which comprises the story of him putting his career on the line to get a second chance to break The Undertaker's Wrestlemania streak and his regret of the wrongdoings especially against Bret Hart in 90s. Those moments would make us shed in tears with full of sadness.
Not just making us angry and sad, Shawn's story can make us laugh and cry in happiness. Just watch his story of reuniting with Triple H to reform D-X to humiliate McMahons and Spirit Squad with humiliating stuffs in 2006. We would laugh non stop. Even as a heel DX leader in 1997, Shawn can make us laugh when he did funny stuffs. We can see two different side of heel Shawn Michaels in 1997, a funny @sshole and a despicable heel. And watch his story of going one hour with Bret Hart to finally realize his childhood dream of becoming WWF Champion and his comeback story to become World Champion one more time at Survivor Series 2002 with confetti falling off. Those two moments are so touching that make us cry in happiness.
Almost every WWF Fans love the new Shawn Michaels, in fact the new Shawn Michaels isn't just a storyline, but it is also in real life. In his younger days (as he admitted himself), Shawn Michaels was an @sshole and egomaniac who was very cocky and believe he was better than everyone on the roster including then Face of WWE Bret Hart. Shawn would refuse to lose to anyone inside the ring. Outside the ring, Shawn was very cocky to other wrestlers backstage, consuming drugs and alcohol, and also getting into fights in the bars. Then in 1998, Shawn Michaels suffered back injury during Casket match with The Undertaker which forced him to retire in a very young age of 33. After taking a break from wrestling, Shawn Michaels sees the lights, finding God, becoming a born again Christian, and changing his way of life to correct all his wrongdoings. Shawn stopped consuming drugs and alcohols, marrying the girl he dreamed, having chidren, and becoming a great husband and daddy. But that doesn't change his passion and love for WWE and WWE Fans. So, he returned to WWE in 2002 as a new person, with good attitude and more humble. Shawn always did what's the best for business and even makes himself look bad the fact he put over too many wrestlers in this second phase of his career. And Shawn only have one World Title reign and that's only in the year he returns. Shawn is no longer an egomaniac, already realizing that WWE is scripted and World Title doesn't mean that much in a scripted show, but the respect from the WWE Fans is. Therefore, Shawn understands that WWE needs younger talents to carry in the future and as a Legend Shawn had that job to make them look good. We can conclude that Shawn returns not to hog the spotlight and burying wrestlers like he did in his younger days, but to use his Legendary status to put over younger talents and making them famous by having classic matches with them. And in this return, Shawn still put on a great show, putting on classic Wrestlemania and non Wrestlemania matches until the very last day he wrestled at Wrestlemania 26. Even at 44 years of age, Shawn Michaels still able to put on a 5 star classic against fellow 44 years old Legend The Undertaker at Wrestlemania 25. This comeback story is the best story I've ever seen the fact it's not only a storyline, but also in real life. I believe everyone who understands this comeback story well will be so touched seeing how a man finally finding God and change his way of life into a better person but still manages to be the best in the business to make new stars for the company's future. Furthermore, they might be inspired to be a better and more humble person.
IMHO, nobody can even come close at telling a story than Shawn Michaels, a perfect babyface and heel who can give us any kind of emotions. Honorable mentions are Mick Foley, John Cena, and Rey Mysterio. The difference with Shawn Michaels is these three are only good telling storylines as babyface, as the underdogs who got odds stacked against them. It's just so touching to see them still choose to fight despite the injuries they suffer and the handicaps they are put. Their promos are also very touching. It's very touching the way Foley took a lot of bumps before he finally got beaten. It could make us cry to see Foley's bloody face after getting the punishments such as at Royal Rumble 1999, No Way Out 2000, Summerslam 2006, yet he still stands up and smiles (hiding his real pain and sad feeling of losing), waving at WWF Fans. The same feeling can be felt when Cena lost and how sad he was after that loss, such as the shocking loss to Sheamus at TLC 2009. Both can make us feel happy too, crying in happiness such as the story of Mankind finally becoming World Champion in Raw 1999 with his promo after the bout, Rey winning the custody of his son Dominick at Summerslam 2005, Rey winning World Title for tribute to his late best friend Eddie Guerrero , Cena beating the crap out of Edge and Randy Orton to avenge what they did to Cena's daddy. Foley is better than Cena and Mysterio though, because other than able to make us sad and happy in tears, Foley can make us laugh with his funny stuffs especially as Mankind. What Foley lacks compared to Shawn is his ability to tell the story as a heel which can make us really despise him.
- The DragonLv 72 years ago
I have a unique perspective on this in that I'm a wrestling fan for 51 years now. I grew up during the days when the wrestlers, promoters, and everybody else in the business guarded their secrets, "kayfabe", with their lives. We didn't know how much, and what, was storyline, and what was real. The guys in the business sure weren't telling. It was okay to let the fans, the paying customers, believe whatever they wanted, but the guys in the business did nothing to let us in on the insider stuff. We know a lot today but even the almighty Undertaker says of the fans "they know what we want them to know". So another way of asking your question is "which wrestler most makes us believe?"
Too many of them are saddled with ridiculous gimmicks, names, costumes. Not throwing any of them under the bus but we've all shaken our heads at some of the goofy gimmicks put on TV and asked "what were they thinking?" and we feel sorry (at best) for the poor soul saddled with the gimmick. Some just get laughed out of the building.
In the kayfabe days (before Vince Jr admitted wrestling is "fake") the most believable to me as a kid growing up watching pro wrestling was Mil Mascaras. He was like a superhero to me, dressed in white with white mask and cape, the ultimate good guy, there to fight (and defeat) the scoundrels, rulebreakers, and bad guys. Flying around the ring as graceful as a ballet dancer, teaching the bad guys a lesson with his superior skills and athleticism. He was humble and soft-spoken, never got angry (that I ever saw), and never hollered in promos. He stood up for what was right and defended those unable to defend themselves. A lot of fans call Ricky Steamboat the ultimate good guy. I call Mil Mascaras the ultimate good guy. He made us believe he really was a superhero there to right wrongs and trounce villains, without being cheesy or corny about it.
On the heel side, still the best heel I've ever seen, the most believable, is Freddie Blassie. This man got 10 year old me hooked (for life, I might add) on pro wrestling. He cheated when he didn't need to, he used dirty tricks just to irritate the fans, he trash-talked the fans better than anybody I've seen since, and he did it all with a big grin on his face, knowing he was pissing everybody off and loving it. A testament to Blassie's believability is the number of injuries he sustained from the FANS, including being stabbed many times and losing the sight in one eye after a fan threw a hardboiled egg that hit his face. Blassie often had to have (off-duty) police escort him to and from the ring to protect him from the fans. Awesome!
In the more modern times, the best storyteller, the most believable to me, is Chris Parks, aka TNA's Monster, Abyss. This is THE most fleshed out character in the business, probably in the entire history of the business. Starting out as a silent monster whose sole purpose was to hurt people at the bidding of his "master" Father James Mitchell, Chris has gone through numerous twists and turns throughout his lengthy career, including being told by Mitchell that he had killed his mother for her cruelty to him and being placed in a mental institution as a result. Over the years several wrestlers have tried to help Abyss, to see that Mitchell was just using him, to try to talk to him, to reach the man inside the monster, to bring that man out. Even Sting tried his hand at helping Abyss. Some attempts at help were sincere if unsuccessful. Some were cruel jokes, making fun of him behind his back (but in front of the TV camera). Sting probably had the most positive effect. He got Abyss to see that Mitchell was not good for him. Mitchell even admitted that he was Abyss' father. Abyss' time with Sting was his first run as a face. He did like the cheers but Mitchell made his life hell with several people brought in to teach Abyss a lesson in humility and knowing his place. Abyss' confusion led him back to the dark side but a little of the man trapped within the monster did peek through. Then Mick Foley showed up in TNA and Abyss was star struck. Abyss idolized Foley (especially the Cactus Jack persona) and followed Mick around like a lovestruck puppy, willing to do anything Mick wanted him to do. This showed how isolated, alone, lonely, and gullible Abyss was without Mitchell to tell him what to do and how to think. Foley ended up kicking Abyss to the curb. Hulk Hogan had a profound influence on Abyss, as well. Abyss was a little more cautious dealing with Hogan after being disappointed by Foley. Hogan wanted Abyss to BE Abyss but by this time more of Chris was trying to get out. Abyss tried being a "nice" guy but that just got him taken advantage of, most notably by Cowboy James Storm. Abyss was hurt, confused, and distrustful but he still wanted a friend, somebody he could trust.
Abyss suddenly sort of disappeared. Soon a huge man dressed in a suit and tie showed up, claiming to be looking for Abyss, something to do with an inheritance if memory serves. He introduced himself as Joseph Parks, a partner in a law firm. Joseph was the same size as Abyss but didn't wear a mask, didn't have long unkempt hair, and he wore glasses. Joseph spent considerable time looking for Abyss, in the process finding himself in the ring on occasion. Where Abyss was a serious fearsome monster quite willing and capable of inflicting injury on his opponents, Joseph was a bumbling rookie who barely knew what a headlock was. Eventually Joseph admitted that Abyss was his brother.
In a match Abyss got his mask pulled off, revealing that Joseph Parks was actually the monster Abyss. Joseph tried denying it for a long time, that he was Abyss, still claiming that Abyss was his brother. He was finally forced to admit the truth in a later match when his violent side came out and he turned into Abyss in the match.
It's a testament to the skills and believability of Chris Parks that we don't really know for sure which is the "real" guy (Abyss or Joseph) and which is the alter-ego.
In this limited space I couldn't cover everything, including major feuds with Christian, Raven, AJ Styles, Sting, and RVD, but the upshot of this whole thing is Abyss/Joseph Parks has been put through the wringer and had his character fleshed-out more than any other I've ever seen in wrestling. Abyss/Joseph Parks isn't just a wrestling gimmick, it's a way of life for Chris Parks. The vast majority of pro wrestlers have a pretty one-dimensional gimmick. Not Chris Parks aka Abyss. He's just as believable as the bumbling sad sack Joseph Parks as he is the terrifying monster Abyss. And all the crap he's had to endure throughout his career has fleshed him out to be the most well-rounded character in the business. We fear Abyss when he's got weapons stomping around the ring like Godzilla in Japan; we feel sorry for him when he's being taken advantage of. We feel sorry for Joseph when he gets trapped into a match with a wrestler we know is going to hurt him. We laugh when he's in "lawyer"-mode trying to make some deal that generally backfires on him. Chris Parks is a very talented performer and he makes the Abyss/Joseph dichotomy believable.
- Anonymous2 years ago
Triple H, AJ Styles, Bret Hart, Jake Roberts, HBK.
- 2 years ago
Telling a story? Wrestlers wrestle, hunny. They don't tell stories and I never understood this psychology thing.
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- 2 years ago
There is a lot of wrestlers that can tell good stories and all are good performers. I just can say who is the best.
- Anonymous2 years ago
- Anonymous2 years ago