Originally Posted by peachchaos
Prazak didn't seem like a shill cuz he was always pandering to his gimmick. Leonard always seems so forceful, like he's screaming right at me. He never really says anything compelling either, its just a constant wall of soundbites.
There's nothing wrong with selling the product either, but I'm sure Kelly will tone it down through time. He certainly can't spend every episode telling the audience that they "won't see action like this anywhere else". For now I just appreciate the dynamic Kevin and Nigel have as both guys have significant insight since they've been a part of the business for so long.
they both definitely got worse as time went on (Pearce turning Prazak heel didn't help) but 05-07 Leonard/Prazak might be my all-time favorite commentary team.
Kelly definitely brings some things to the table that others don't, but the more he tells me how great the match I'm watching is, the less I like the match, because he does it so often that it doesn't feel genuine any more, and that sense of disingenuousness carries over into my experience of the rest of the commentary. Some people hate Excalibur, but I've never once heard him try to sell me on how great the match going on was, and when he gets excited it feels legitimate and adds to the match.
I mean I'd rather have Kelly than Hogewood or that guy who did color with Gabe in 2003 (Ray Murrow?) but he's got some pretty significant flaws.
Also the dude needs to buy a suit or at least some darker pants.