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What are your opinions on Tony Schiavone?

I was a fan of WCW before WWF/E and still feel a bit of warmth when I hear Tony Schiavone's voice (not so much what he's saying, such as his hyperbole). He seems to be the original Michael Cole, and divided opinion in a similar way.

Here's some noted criticisms taken from his Wikipedia page:

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During his tenure with WCW, Schiavone developed a reputation for both his over-the-top announcing style and his relentless shilling of the WCW product. He was well known for proclaiming many Nitro broadcasts to be "the greatest", or "most explosive", telecast "in the history of our sport." However, when this over-the-top hyperbole was repeated on a weekly basis throughout the Monday Night Wars, the phrase lost meaning and became a target of mockery by Schiavone's detractors.

In an RF Video shoot interview, Schiavone was criticized by Bobby Heenan who claimed that Schiavone would allegedly hide finishes and angles from him and Mike Tenay during broadcasts, claiming Schiavone's key to life is "knowledge is power". This was an opinion shared by long-time wrestling broadcaster "Mean Gene" Okerlund who claimed that, while he liked Schiavone and did not have many problems with him, "Tony was the consummate politician" and "Tony watched out for Tony and in doing so, had a tendency to bury people along the way".
And here's what WWE said about Shiavone's legacy:

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At the height of the Monday Night Wars, veteran broadcaster Tony Schiavone's voice was as vital to the onscreen product of World Championship Wrestling as Jim Ross’ to the WWE
So, what are your thoughts on Schiavone overall?
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Re: What are your opinions on Tony Schiavone?

He was pretty good to me.


I mean, I wasn't watching WCW back in the day and thought this guy sucks. He used to get pumped up, too.


I got no complaints about him.
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Re: What are your opinions on Tony Schiavone?

As an announcer back in that time during the Monday Night Wars, when I was a teenager, he was an alright to pretty good announcer. I never thought he was "great" or "bad." But yeah, his "This is the greatest night in the history of our sport" line on an almost every week basis became a joke by 1998. But I don't think you can really blame him for that line. Bischoff fed Tony lines like that and the results to Raw, including the line with Foley winning the title on Raw in January 1999. That's all on Bischoff.

So, I think he was an alright/pretty good commentator. But Bischoff with his constant feeding him of ridiculous lines buried Tony with the audience, in a way. But that's not really Tony's fault. Obviously, you have to do what your boss tells you.


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Re: What are your opinions on Tony Schiavone?

When Schiavone was on, he was pretty decent. When he was off, he was absolutely atrocious.



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Re: What are your opinions on Tony Schiavone?

He was good. His fellow announcers didn't get along with him though which probably stops him from being great.

I don't remember him doing his "Greatest night in the history of our sport" thing as often as people say he did either. Usually that was saved for a big show like Starrcade or a special Nitro.
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Re: What are your opinions on Tony Schiavone?

He was the greatest announcer in the history of our sport.

He may also have had the greatest mustache in the history of our sport...
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Re: What are your opinions on Tony Schiavone?

When he cared about the product i.e.: his early NWA days and his WWF run he was a great announcer however when he didn't care he was the drizzling shits.
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Re: What are your opinions on Tony Schiavone?

He was good in the pre-Nitro days. Then he became the worst announcer in the history of our sport.
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Re: What are your opinions on Tony Schiavone?

I watched him back in the Monday night wars, the guy got a LOT of hate back then, even without factoring in shit like his Mick Foley comments. From everything I've seen, he was a great commentator before that, but some point early on in the Monday night wars he just stopped giving a shit (maybe it's because the other announcers didn't like him). He wasn't bad.... it's just that he would do weird stuff like Michael Cole does not, shilling stuff that the fans knew was bullshit... every other week we had "the greatest moment in the history of our sport".

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Re: What are your opinions on Tony Schiavone?

highlight of his career

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(8:00 am--Tony Schiavone's alarm clock goes off)

Tony: Ahhhhh, what a good night's sleep. It was the best sleep in the history of all sleep!
Tony's Wife: Do you mind, I'm trying to sleep.
Tony: I'm going to go downstairs and get myself the greatest breakfast of all breakfasts!
Tony's Wife: Alright, just stop yelling.

(10:00 am--Tony Schiavone sits at the table eating)

Tony's Wife: What are you still doing here? I thought you said you were going to eat 2 hours ago?
Tony: These past 2 hours have been the greatest 2 hours ever! I had the greatest breakfast in the history of great breakfasts!
Tony's Wife: You've been sitting here eating for 2 hours?
(horn honks)
Tony: Oh my goodness fans! That must be Mike Tenay and Bobby Heenan! It's time to get into the best car of all cars and head over to WCW!

(In the car)
Heenan: Hey Tony.
Tenay: Tony.
Tony: Thank you for the warm reception fans! That was the greatest greeting I have ever witnessed!
Tenay: Yeah...
Heenan: So, Tony, how's the wife and kids?
Tony: Last night my wife gave me the greatest bl*wjob in the history of great bl*wjobs!
Heenan: ...
Tony: Everything has gotten quiet! I think it's a little too quiet! Never know when the NWO might show up!
Tenay: What's a bl*wjob?
Heenan: ...

(10:45 am--WCW Headquarters)

Lee Marshall: Hello Mike, Tony... Weasel.
Tony: Well Well, it's Lee Marshall for our 1-800-Collect Road Report! What news do you have for us today, Lee?
Lee: Bischoff wants to see you in his office.
Tony: In a second, fans! Let me just change this sweaty shirt! Even though it is the greatest shirt I have ever worn!
(Tony takes off his shirt)
Lee: Oh my!
Heenan: Good God!
Tony: Gentlemen, you are looking at the finest pair of breasts in this history of this great sport!
Lee: I think I'm going to be sick!
(Lee Marshall runs to the bathroom)
(Diamond Dallas Page walks by)
DDP: Yikes!

(11:15 am--Eric Bischoff's office)

Eric: Tony, I need to talk to you about something.
Tony: Well, if it isn't Eric Bischoff! The leader of the NWO! The greatest leader of the NWO ever, but still the leader of the NWO! I don't want anything to do with you!
Eric: This isn't Nitro, this is real life.
Tony: What the f@#k's going on here?!
Eric: Look Tony, just calm down. All I want to do is talk to you about your job.
Tony: Ric Flair beat you! He's the boss, Bischoff! The greatest boss in the history if this great sport!
Eric: Look, just get out of my office.
Tony: This has been the greatest moment in the history of my great life!
(Bischoff shakes his head)

(12:36 pm--At the soda machine. Tony is sipping a Diet Pepsi as Hollywood Hogan walks up)

Hogan: Hey Tony.
Tony: Help! NWO!
Hogan: Look, I don't want any trouble, brother. Just a soda.
Tony: Can we get some security out here now?! It's the NWO, fans!
Hogan: Calm down.
(Tony throws the can of soda at Hogan's head and runs away)

(1:24 pm--The Parking Lot)

Tony: Dammit! That was the greatest soda in the history of this great sport!
(Kevin Nash's car pulls up next to Tony)
Nash: You need a ride, Schiavone?
Tony: Keep on moving, buster! I'll walk thank you very much!

(7:45 pm--Tony Schiavone's House)

Tony's Wife: Where have you been? I just called WCW and they told me you left at 12:30. That was over 7 hours ago.
Tony: I just took the greatest walk of all walks and boy did it feel good! I've never felt better in my entire life!
Tony's Wife: We live 4 blocks from WCW, and you've been walking for 7 hours?
Tony: Yes!
(Tony's 5 year old son steps into the room)
Tony: Well if it isn't the greatest son in the history of the Schiavone Family!
Tony's 7 year old son: What about me dad?
Tony: You heard me!
Tony's 5 year old boy: Daddy, I got an A on my math test today! It was the greatest A in the history of the school!
Tony: Well fans, this has truly been the greatest day in the history of my great life. We're out of time! See you on Thursday!


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