Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Sin City, Lost Wages
Re: Analyze This: Commentator's contributions to a great show/match
Honestly I feel as though the last new commentator that belonged at the table commentating was Joey Styles. The man did it all on his own and with more excitement and atmosphere than anyone out there today.
In fact wrestling commentating has gotten so much worse. If you look back to the days of Sole, and listen to the man call a match in the ring, you feel as though you're watching a real fight that really matters. Come on up through the years and now we've got crap all across the board. I like Mcguiness, I think he's got talent when it comes to talking and an ability to stick to talking about what's going on inside the ring. But he sounds.. apprehensive. I can almost tell that he wishes he was in the ring and not where he's at. I think Taz could be so much better a commentator than he's been. The guy has the knowledge of wrestling to be able to call an hour long broadway match and never miss the name of a single move. He has the talking ability, he's very natural. But they play him as a goofball, and that's just not taz, it doesn't fit. Cole, is cole. I've disliked him since austin and Rocky were bullying him around back in the 90's.
As was said before the real beacon right now would be JBL, but the people he's commentating with bring the team down dramatically. Not too mention the guy has a lot of business dealings outside of the WWE, he left for a reason. I don't see him sticking around forever at the booth.
To add to vibe's point about older commentators either being wrestlers of commentators from different territories, they also got them from football, baseball, and other pro sports. They got actual play by play guys that knew what they were doing and they made sure they knew what wrestling was (9times out of 10 at least) and guys that had been wrestling managers (heenan/cornette) that they already knew could fill air space and talk about wrestling comfortably. For the last 10 years it seems we've gotten people that just got out of school for broadcasting and knew absolutely nothing about wrestling. Similar to the situation with having hollywood writers that don't know wrestling write the product.
Hopefully something changes, the announcing really is what sells the product to the home viewer and the casual fan. If they aren't top notch the rest of your show rarely looks top notch either.