Join Date: Jun 2006
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The dreadful commentary
I know it's been said so many times, but Cole & Lawler are an abomination of a commentary duo on Raw. Without doubt the worst in the history of Raw, WWE, WWF, WWWF-- they don't even have a novelty factor. Imagine if Monsoon & Heenan (fake) laughed after everything the other said, then buried everybody. They ruin almost every part of every show, surely enough is enough and people will speak up to WWE and let them know this. Things have only got worse since Lawler returned from his heart attack, something which seemed almost impossible beforehand. The constant sucking-up to Lawler is infuriating, and you think a man who almost died would have a new lease on life to actually enjoy himself and feel fulfilled, leave a legacy. He has somehow became even less knowledgable and more irritating. Michael Cole is such a smug, arrogant stooge, and I loved his heel work, but this isn't heel work. This is just a man who, after being bullied by higher-ups for years, learnt that if he pleases Vince and makes him laugh, then everybody will lay off him. Just watch Cole's body-language during shows: he is incredibly stiff, rigid and generally uncomfortable looking: a clear reflection of the fact that he is constantly on-edge, fearing that at any minute he could go back to being the whipping boy. As a duo, they have never, from their work together in 1999, 2001 and 2008 onwards shown any sort of chemistry that appeals to viewers.
Imagine if they had a good commentary team. They could put on less-than stellar shows, but having a good commentary team to look forward to listening to would make up for many short-comings of the show. Instead, this commentary team ruin good segments and are determined to make bad segments worse. The Jericho/Miz/Barrett segment on Raw this week actually started off fine, don't let them beat it into you that it wasn't. But having the stooge and the clueless pensioner regurgitate Vince's notions that it wasn't made it seem horrific.
This has to change soon, for me it is undoubtedly one of the things in WWE that desperately needs fixed, and something that could make a huge positive improvement to their television product.