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View Poll Results: What Was the Promo of the Year in 2017?
"This Is My Yard Now" - Roman Reigns, Raw, April 3 14 29.79%
"I Liked Me Better Before I Met You" - Seth Rollins, Raw, March 27 1 2.13%
Lost Total Bellas Episodes - Miz and Maryse 6 12.77%
John Cena vs. Roman Reigns - Raw, August 28 15 31.91%
"Enjoy Infamy, Velveteen Dream" - Aleister Black, Takeover: WarGames 0 0%
Rap Battle - Usos vs. New Day, Smackdown, July 4 1 2.13%
Festival of Friendship 9 19.15%
"I Want Brock Lesnar" - Samoa Joe, Raw, June 5 1 2.13%
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That Cena/Roman promo made me cringe, and it was something I never thought they'd do. 22 years and they could still do that to me; fuck them, fuck me.

John Cena is the GOAT, might as well start saying it now.
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I still think that Roman's five word promo post Mania is the best. Seriously, it was five words. Can you name another promo that was five words that is going to be on a year end greatest list?

I will say this about the Roman/Cena promo. It was a serious promo from Cena that didn't include his whole "Fine speech..." routine he tends to do when people try to cut a serious promo on him. Seriously when I hear Cena say fine speech, I change the channel.
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I'M NOT FINISHED WITH YOU!

No? Those battles where Cena beat the heck outta Roman Reigns on mic. And then lost the match.
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Again Cena schooling Reigns was something that needed to be done to knock Reigns off his horse a little. Sometimes you need a kick up the ass to get things moving.

I picked the Maryse/Miz lost Bella's stuff. That was comedy gold. I never thought Maryse could play a character like a ditsy Nikki Bella. They were hilarious, on point and other than the Festival of Friendship and Fashion Files, were some of the best out of ring work on screen this year.
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Cena should have grabbed a mic at the start of his match with Roman. Reigns would have been forced to tap out. Nonetheless, I didn't give it my vote. Frankly, now that those promos have the context of the entire feud to sit in, it doesn't age well. I'm oversimplifying this, but;

Cena: "Roman is terrible and the booking surrounding him is transparent to our paying audience."
They pretend fight
Cena: "I respect Roman now."

If you're going to "break the fourth wall" (inaccurate use) for a feud, I feel like it should ring true from the top to the bottom of the rivalry.

Much like Jack-Hammer, I felt that the Festival of Friendship was better than it had any right to be. That's my vote.
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"This is my yard now."

Five simple words. The only five words that could be spoken after potentially retiring the Undertaker.

And it was perfect. As amazing as Cena vs Roman's promo battle was and as shocking and funny as the Festival of Friendship was, nothing compares to how perfectly time and worded this promo was.

This was the moment that cemented Roman as one of the MVPs of RAW this year and to me: That makes this promo the best out of all the others this year.
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Cena should have grabbed a mic at the start of his match with Roman. Reigns would have been forced to tap out. Nonetheless, I didn't give it my vote. Frankly, now that those promos have the context of the entire feud to sit in, it doesn't age well. I'm oversimplifying this, but;

Cena: "Roman is terrible and the booking surrounding him is transparent to our paying audience."
They pretend fight
Cena: "I respect Roman now."

If you're going to "break the fourth wall" (inaccurate use) for a feud, I feel like it should ring true from the top to the bottom of the rivalry.

Much like Jack-Hammer, I felt that the Festival of Friendship was better than it had any right to be. That's my vote.
I fully agree with the Cena/Roman deal. I think there is this issue that exists with Cena, and has for a few years, and it is that his promos are good but ultimately they mean so little. You make a good point. The whole Cena eviscerating Reigns thing was supposed to be Cena being the voice of the fans. He was speaking to our frustration with Roman's constant chances to be the guy, but each chance never working. It felt like Cena had a legit hatred for Reigns and his position on the card. Then they have a twenty minute finisher fest and Cena raises his hand in a show of respect and fucks off for a while. In the end, it meant nothing other than about the third fan favorite to raise Roman's hand to try to get him over. It didn't work with Rock, it didn't work with Bryan, and it didn't work with Cena.
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I would probably go with Reigns post-Mania, but Joe's promo deserves some love (hell, I nominated it).

There wasn't a single promo that better demonstrated motive, established a reason to fight beyond said initial motive and elevated a guy (Joe) to be able to be a threat to an apparently unstoppable behemoth (Lesnar). Also Paul Heyman got choked out and that was neat.
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The amount of shit - THE AMOUNT OF SHIT - I used to have to put up with on AJ Styles and Samoa Joe, people telling me they couldn't cut a promo. The fuck out of my face with that shit. Two of the best promo men in the business.

Aleister Black isn't quite on that level, but those four words after his match with Dream rocked my socks.
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