To be a wrestling great you don't only need to be able to be a brilliant in-ring competitor, but you need to have the ability of talking effectively on the microphone.

The ability to draw a reaction simply by talking on the microphone is an underrated feat in the WWE. Some obviously do it better than others and it is a key reason as to why we remember some superstars more than others. Or even rank them better than other superstars, that is the power of the microphone.

In recent years a handful of WWE superstars have highlighted just how important and powerful that microphone is, superstars such as CM Punk and The Rock are two of the best talkers in the WWE, and get a reaction no matter what they say.

But who is actually the best talker in wrestling history? Who stands out over everyone else?

The staff on WWE.com have put up another feature, after providing their predictions for the build-up to WrestleMania 31, this time they have listed their top 50 talkers in wrestling history, let's take a look at who made the cut.

#1 - Ric Flair: According to WWE.com the best talker in wrestling history is Ric Flair. This will probably be disputed by many fans as they will believe there are a number of better talkers in the wrestling industry that were a lot better than the Nature Boy. WWE Superstar John Cena told Zach Linder of WWE.com: “Ric Flair was what hip hop is now. ‘I have this. I’m living like this. You are aspiring to be like this. You may talk about an expensive watch, but I have a Rolex that costs as much as your house. You may have seen a private plane, but I just came in off one.’

‘I believed Flair was doing everything he said he was.’

#2 - The Rock: Here is probably the number one pick for most WWE fans out there. The Great One is hands down one of the greatest superstars that has ever picked up the microphone or even graced the squared circle. WWE legend Mick Foley says: “That’s a once in a generation guy. He could create a catchphrase almost immediately. He’d come up with something one day and it became a part of wrestling lexicon the next day. He changed the landscape of promos, because it became so inclusive.

“I don’t know if anybody had done that before – certainly not to the degree that he did where people were chanting along with his catchphrases even when he was a bad guy.”

#3 - Rowdy Roddy Piper: Roddy Piper comes in at number three, very entertaining and unpredictable in the ring and managed to get a reaction and engage the audience every time he held the microphone in his hands. Former Intercontinental Champion Cody Rhodes said: “Piper was just chaos.

“But he was controlled chaos. It wasn’t just chaos for chaos sake. There was a point. You went on the same ride you did in a match as you did in his promos.”

#4 - Stone Cold Steve Austin:  There is no superstar quite like Stone Cold Steve Austin, on the microphone and inside that ring. Certainly one of the greatest superstars to have held the microphone as no WWE fan will ever forget the night he introduced his Austin 3:16 remark which turned into the universal catchphrase it is today.

Regarding Austin, Mick Foley said: “I’d been on hand a month earlier when Steve was told the company didn’t see any potential in merchandising him. Austin 3:16 went on to be the biggest selling shirt in the history of our business. He was able to change some minds in a hurt with that promo. It was like turning on a light switch. Boom.”

#5 - Dusty Rhodes: At five WWE.com has listed ‘The American Dream’ Dusty Rhodes, the man could definitely talk on a microphone and you can tell by going back and looking at some of his work that he spoke with a passion, something the majority of superstars don’t do. His son Cody Rhodes also spoke about his father: “It was almost like going to church and hearing a preacher talk about the saviour. Dusty Rhodes was fighting a real battle as far as trying to stay on top and the only way he could stay on top was by being the guy who sold the most tickets.

“So the pride he had in the fans and the pride he had in himself was real."

#6 - Paul Heyman

#7 - Mick Foley

#8 - Bobby 'The Brain' Heenan

#9 - Hulk Hogan

#10 - Chris Jericho

#11 - Jake 'The Snake' Roberts

#12 - John Cena

#13 - Vince McMahon

#14 - 'Superstar' Billy Graham

#15 - Arn Anderson

#16 - CM Punk

#17 - Jim Cornette

#18 - 'Macho Man' Randy Savage

#19 - Triple H

#20 - Captain Lou Albano

#21 - Edge

#22 - Harley Race

#23 - Shawn Michaels

#24 - Terry Funk

#25 - 'The Million Dollar Man' Ted DiBiase Sr.

#26 - Jerry 'The King' Lawler

#27 - Jesse 'The Body' Ventura

#28 - Raven

#29 - Nick Bockwinkel

#30 - Michael Hayes

#31 - Ultimate Warrior

#32 - Gary Hart

#33 - 'Ravishing' Rick Rude

#34 - Bray Wyatt

#35 - Kurt Angle

#36 - Ernie Ladd

#37 - Stephanie McMahon

#38 - Tazz

#39 - William Regal

#40 - Kevin Sullivan

#41 - The Miz

#42 - Thunderbolt Patterson

#43 - John Bradshaw Layfield

#44 - Brian Pillman

#45 - The Grand Wizard of Wrestling

#46 - New Jack

#47 - Zeb Colter

#48 - Jimmy Valiant

#49 - Joel Gertner

#50 - Scott Steiner

WWE fans, do you agree or disagree with any of the superstars that WWE.com has listed as the 50 greatest talkers in wrestling history? Surprised by any inclusions or exclusions? Let us know in the comments below or come discuss all things WWE with me on Twitter @RazK28.

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