The 25 greatest mic moments in wrestling history

#16 “There are things inside me without remorse.” — Raven on March 30, 1997 in ECW

It’s unfortunate that Raven left Extreme Championship Wrestling in 1997 at a time when his fascinating persona had so much left to offer the growing company. The passion project of ECW’s Dr. Frankenstein, Paul Heyman, Raven had emerged as a captivating, multilayered antagonist who used equal parts grunge rock poetry and cult leader fanaticism to craft his best monologues.

Case in point: This near-seven-minute diatribe delivered in a dreary locker room shower during the buildup to ECW’s first pay-per-view, Barely Legal. Addressing the three competitors that would battle in a Three-Way Dance for an opportunity to challenge for his ECW Title, Raven dissected The Sandman’s mental weakness, Stevie Richards’ fragile ego and Terry Funk’s vulnerable age. With allusions to both biblical parables and the Smashing Pumpkins song “1979,” Raven tore at the hearts of his three rivals before laying bare the most dangerous core of all — his own. — R.M.