The 50 best talkers in wrestling history

#49 Joel Gertner

“Joel Gertner couldn’t help but talk down to anyone with whom he was conversing. He was the Ivy League-educated rich boy with no street smarts that you just wanted to punch in the face. He threw around his vocabulary as if it was a weapon, and many times it was. And he had the smug look on his face that no matter how badly you saw him get beaten up, it was never quite enough.

“I think Joel primed the audience to where they were aching to smack him across the face, but they knew that they couldn’t get close to him, because he was surrounded by The Dudley Boyz. When Bubba grabbed the mic, we were entering into a whole other zone at that point.” — PAUL HEYMAN, as told to ZACH LINDER