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ITT: Worst Announcer Calls In Wrestling History

- Sun, 05 Jul 2020 19:00:30 EST T27T75Qv No.6416915
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"holy bleep"
"holy BLEEEEP"

Wendi Richter - Sun, 05 Jul 2020 19:13:02 EST xjW/Ltvy No.6416923 Reply
Any of Maggle's OH MYYYYY's is the worst.
Netjester !AI.skYnEt - Sun, 05 Jul 2020 19:13:11 EST iLikEToleARn No.6416924 Reply
I feel bad about it were any of maggle's OH MYYYYY's is the better of it, it has no beef with sheamus vs mark andrews (triple H wtf.
Tony Schiavone - Sun, 05 Jul 2020 19:22:39 EST LUMg+nxK No.6416927 Reply
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Zack Sabre Jr. - Sun, 05 Jul 2020 19:33:22 EST cfOXxE22 No.6416930 Reply
Listen to this compared to JR calling Mox's debut in AEW. Calling debuts/returns properly is such a big thing
Paul Heyman - Sun, 05 Jul 2020 19:35:35 EST rqbeZnm6 No.6416931 Reply
Honorable mention has to be pretty much any of Striker's weird ass habit of shoehorning his political views into his commentary calls. I remember somebody out there has caps, but he'd randomly throw his political views into calls and yell things like LIKE OBAMACARE FAILING TO PASS, COLIN DELANEY HAS FAILED TO BEAT THE GREAT KHALI. Shit was really fucking weird and distracting.
Meng - Sun, 05 Jul 2020 19:45:45 EST CUmpeayr No.6416933 Reply
Daniel Puder - Sun, 05 Jul 2020 19:50:46 EST 6OMdUhzq No.6416935 Reply
:wow: He actually says the word "bleep". I just wanted to draw attention to that.
Fixxxer - Sun, 05 Jul 2020 20:01:50 EST IHKDJk18 No.6416937 Reply

I think that's Vince talking through Striker more so than Striker's own views
El MurciŽlago - Sun, 05 Jul 2020 20:06:57 EST 6lubTvqQ No.6416938 Reply
It's not.
In one AAA show he commented on, he said DO IT FOR BENGHAZI
Douglas Williams - Sun, 05 Jul 2020 21:09:11 EST A6g5xPOh No.6416957 Reply
honestly anytime they say "is it really? it can't be!", its really amazing
Blue Demon - Sun, 05 Jul 2020 21:49:23 EST 5MEWZpJH No.6416971 Reply
Booker running through that entire WCW promo in his head right there with a new target.
Bobby Eaton - Sun, 05 Jul 2020 22:16:20 EST QcqEXazT No.6416978 Reply
He just pulls shit down with his disingenuous, half assed commentary. How the fuck he makes things sound so unimportant is amazing.
Striker pisses me off because he can be good but he's too smarky for his own fucking good. Such a jackass.
Psycho Clown - Sun, 05 Jul 2020 22:51:27 EST biZclbci No.6416986 Reply
"for the love of mankind" is the most painfully forced line ever
Malia Hosaka - Sun, 05 Jul 2020 23:16:35 EST /mMFP6BC No.6416989 Reply
It's annoying as fuck, but it has a reason behind it: they aren't allowed to say 'THAT'S THE HURRICANE!" until he appears on TV. Which also explains that horrible ROnda Rousey debut.
Psicosis - Mon, 06 Jul 2020 07:43:21 EST illo7TfN No.6417034 Reply

Can you imagine a Striker - Ranallo commentary team? I can't think of anything more insufferable.
Crossbones - Mon, 06 Jul 2020 07:45:39 EST +jMV0ZJD No.6417035 Reply
Booker was on a Dusty Rhodes tier of Insane Commentary. It felt like he replacing the narrative with his own.
Reno - Mon, 06 Jul 2020 11:18:47 EST Mo7FbJj6 No.6417067 Reply
For all the criticism that modern JR gets (and rightfully so in some cases), nobody can deny that when the time is right that dude can still hit the peaks he used to.
Lance Steel - Mon, 06 Jul 2020 12:16:37 EST 8ywp90r1 No.6417070 Reply
Brendan Michael Thomas - Mon, 06 Jul 2020 15:13:52 EST vMZmxKsM No.6417131 Reply
Ranallo is legit awful for WWE. He needs to dial if back because he's absolutely grating and completely insufferable.
Glacier - Mon, 06 Jul 2020 15:53:29 EST NnKx8iFo No.6417154 Reply
You can pretty much word for word repeat any sort of debut/return/main roster call up.
>Music plays
>Corey Graves: No way!
>IT IS! IT'S [Name]
Then if its a main roster call up you get the addition of
Jazz - Mon, 06 Jul 2020 15:56:46 EST tzs2tHuX No.6417158 Reply
Seriously. I've noticed this narrative going around that Michael Cole is underrated but I can't see it.
Jazz - Mon, 06 Jul 2020 16:01:28 EST tzs2tHuX No.6417161 Reply
Nobody told Vince that repeating catch phrases is great of marketing but repeating the same commentary lines does not work the same way at all and makes nothing feel natural.
The Boogeyman - Mon, 06 Jul 2020 16:08:59 EST 4zJo/ELj No.6417167 Reply
Nobody also told Vince that Cole's "OOOOOOOOOOH MYYYYYYYYYYYYY" sounds so forced and devoid of actual emotion that it ruins any moment. I mean, say what you will about "THIS IS A MARK-OUT MOMENT, BRO", but at least that reflects some goddamn emotion. Cole's "OOOOOOOOOOH MYYYYYYYYYYYYY" bullshit reeks of Vince forcing Cole to emulate actual human emotions and Cole failing every single time. Even Booker T's "OH MY GOODNESS" felt more real.

Part of it is the forced delivery of Michael Cole, who sounds less like he's trying to commentate with emotion and more like he's trying to deliver a news report with a bare minimum of emotion involved so he doesn't sound like he cares about what's going on. Part of it is the line itself, which feels...I guess "unfinished" is the right word here. And part of it is the fact that he uses the line for every single goddamned "big moment", which gets back to the complaint about repetition.

The last time Cole sounded like he gave a damn about what was going on in the ring was when he went full heel during his feud with Jerry Lawler—and that just gave us an even more obnoxious and insufferable Cole who actively ruined shows by being exceptionally shitty on purpose instead of passively ruining them by being shitty as an everyday act.
Glacier - Mon, 06 Jul 2020 19:31:41 EST NnKx8iFo No.6417240 Reply
I think its also because Michael Cole is the play by play and they have him commentate the big moments because he's the Vince golden boy commentator or the veteran or whatever. The color commentator should commentate the big moments. Thats when people say Michael Cole is under rated, when he's not under Vince's watchful eye and doing play by play such as in the UK Tournament and Beast in the East and Mae Young Classic, he's pretty good. He's shit when he's doing color commentary which Vince loves to have him do while also doing play by play the rest of the time?
Glacier - Mon, 06 Jul 2020 19:32:57 EST NnKx8iFo No.6417241 Reply

Also when he does Oh my he sounds like a parent or teacher pretending to be pleased at the drawing of them an eight year old did but the drawing looks like shit. That "OHHH MYYY, IT'S AMAZING! WELL DONE."
Meare Naito - Mon, 06 Jul 2020 19:40:05 EST ytPbpJJm No.6417249 Reply
Cole is the dog shits dirt worst carnival barker I have ever heard. And makes no mistake that is the bare bones essential of what his job really is. Catch your attention as you are flipping channels and convince you to stay here for a moment to pique your interest.
HOW can this man be a project of 90s WWF Commentator Vince McMahon ?
They are like polar opposites in terms of emotion+selling you what you are seeing.
Heath Slater - Mon, 06 Jul 2020 20:37:53 EST mtbHQ4In No.6417284 Reply
Yeah that's bad but Mauro is constantly doing that shit, his "excitement" is so awful. Plus the endless references is obnoxious as fuck.

There's a small possibility that would come back around to being the most amazing thing ever, but I doubt it.

It's strange to me that they even have a "play by play" guy since Vince doesn't want to acknowledge that there is wrestling going on and other than whatever name someone has for their finisher/signature stuff I can't think of any moves really getting called. Plus it's a visual medium, we're not tuning on the old radio so there's no need for a play by play guy, so I'm totally unclear as to what Cole's function is. He isn't relatable in any capacity and his excitement is so clearly feigned, exactly how is he supposed to get anyone invested in the product?
Road Warrior Hawk - Mon, 06 Jul 2020 20:44:18 EST /QSOXPNJ No.6417288 Reply
Did anybody ever find that clip of Striker screaming "NEON GENESIS EVANGELION" during a Yoshi Tatsu match for no reason? It's been so long at this point I assume it's just the wrestling equivalent of Yi Jianlian posting up a chair and it doesn't actually exist
Bully Ray - Mon, 06 Jul 2020 20:47:22 EST rqbeZnm6 No.6417291 Reply
He didn't scream Neon Genesis Evangelion, he said Yoshi was the Neon Genesis of ECW.
Michael Tarver - Mon, 06 Jul 2020 21:06:26 EST uvcoq2NK No.6417296 Reply
Matt Striker is a terrible announcer.
Tyler Black - Tue, 07 Jul 2020 00:37:08 EST NnKx8iFo No.6417375 Reply
What you said also reminded me of another Coleism "S/he calls it the [finisher name]" for every single finisher. Any other commentator will go "CLOTHESLINE FROM HELL" "WORLDS STRONGEST SLAM" but for Cole its always "HE CALLS IT, THE WORLDS STRONGEST SLAM" the one that gets memed on the most is of course, The Rear View.
StarBuck - Tue, 07 Jul 2020 00:56:58 EST BDs/s60R No.6417376 Reply
They're not but. 90s announcer Vince is proto-Cole.

>he's pretty good

Cole plateaus at mediocre. He was completely outta his depth in the UK tourney.
Michael Tarver - Tue, 07 Jul 2020 01:19:53 EST uvcoq2NK No.6417381 Reply
Name a wrestling announcer who's worse than Matt Striker.
Bully Ray - Tue, 07 Jul 2020 01:26:05 EST rqbeZnm6 No.6417386 Reply
That guy from the first few episodes of Raw, jesus fucking christ he was awful.
StarBuck - Tue, 07 Jul 2020 01:58:57 EST BDs/s60R No.6417392 Reply
Maggle beats anyone based on tenure alone.

Striker at least has Underground to hang his hat on.
Gangrel - Tue, 07 Jul 2020 02:01:03 EST Qz4q6M/6 No.6417393 Reply
No. Matt Striker NEVER made me change the channel. I am so happy that I don't watch WWE anymore so I never have to hear IT'S BOSS TIME and OHHHHH MYYY ever again
Pacman Jones - Tue, 07 Jul 2020 02:08:30 EST tzs2tHuX No.6417394 Reply
I cant stand cole. He also breeds Michael Cole clones and comes off as a real asshole in real life.
Percy Watson - Tue, 07 Jul 2020 04:37:30 EST NQLCELKx No.6417414 Reply
"WHAT A MANEUVER!" only came about because Vince never gave enough of a shit about wrestling to learn what things are called.
Pacman Jones - Tue, 07 Jul 2020 04:49:19 EST tzs2tHuX No.6417416 Reply
I feel like video games helped the modern generation know all the moves.
Chief Jay Strongbow - Tue, 07 Jul 2020 09:17:01 EST iwt4/lje No.6417437 Reply
Honestly, I like striker as an announcer generally. He knows what he's talking about and is enthusiastic.
His bad moments are the dirt worst though. I still think "no slapping of the thigh here" is the single worst call of all time.
Alere Little Feather - Tue, 07 Jul 2020 12:59:40 EST 5MEWZpJH No.6417472 Reply
Striker commentates as though he is posting on a wrestling forum.
Beulah McGillicutty - Tue, 07 Jul 2020 17:57:35 EST b5eBa6As No.6417557 Reply
Cole is the perfect announcer/representation of Vince's vision for the product. Nothing stands out, the MOMENT matters yet it's unimportant because is all about Branding. This is the same Motherfucker who after Saxton & Graves put over the New Day's record setting reign ad Tag Champs, he pipes in: "Don't forget the most important thing, having fun and being entertaining." I wish we had an unchained Prime Jesse Ventura as Cole's partner. He would poke holes in all of his statements.
Lodi - Tue, 07 Jul 2020 18:09:18 EST cfOXxE22 No.6417562 Reply
Nah I want conspiracy theory Ventura just ignoring Cole's inane commentary and going off on random rants about the banking system and Denver airport

Itd be just about the only thing that could make me watch wwe
Johnny Kidd - Tue, 07 Jul 2020 18:23:31 EST dYhrmb6W No.6417568 Reply
>This is the same Motherfucker who after Saxton & Graves put over the New Day's record setting reign ad Tag Champs, he pipes in: "Don't forget the most important thing, having fun and being entertaining."
The thing with WWE commentary though is we don't 100% know who's to blame for that line. I hate to defend Cole, but there's a good chance that line was just fed to him. It's hard to blame WWE commentators for being so cookie cutter and boring when they're all being scripted by Vince/Dunn/whoever. Everyone thought Josh Mathews was boring and generic for years in WWE, then he went to TNA and got to add some character to his commentary (for better or worse).
Akebono - Tue, 07 Jul 2020 18:55:15 EST 6RcvwRLi No.6417574 Reply
The way Michael Cole makes everything feel disingenuous, forced, fake, and worst of all, not fun is one of the main reasons I've completely tuned out of WWE. It's just such a fucking distracting, sad, annoying bummer as a blanket over the entire product.
Akebono - Tue, 07 Jul 2020 19:02:02 EST 6RcvwRLi No.6417578 Reply
I mean, he clearly hates the job, looks down on the audience and is likely bored by the entire thing, but is taking up the spot from someone actually passionate about wrestling (who, obviously, will be broken by Vince) because he's getting paid many, many, many millions of dollars a year to do a subpar job.

Blame him all you want.
Michael Tarver - Tue, 07 Jul 2020 19:12:10 EST uvcoq2NK No.6417583 Reply
Matt Striker's commentary in 2010 WWE was terrible.
Tyler Black - Tue, 07 Jul 2020 19:19:06 EST NnKx8iFo No.6417589 Reply
A big pet peeve of mine about modern WWE commentary is how face commentators will absolutely love and adore a babyface wrestler and approve of everything that they do until they turn heel and then will shit all over them even if their personality hasn't changed much. Heel commentator used to do this back in the day and its fine for the heel commentator to do that, they're meant to be assholes but now the faces do it. Even then its annoying when the heels do it now, at least Corey Graves tries to keep it consistant though, he still dislikes Elias or Sasha face or heel because Corey Graves understands that just because they switch alignments doesn't mean he has to like them now.

An example of this I remember was that Sheamus and Del Rio when Sheamus stole Del Rio's limo and smashed it up and destroyed it and King was like "WEEP WOOP HE'S JUST BORROWING, THIS IS GREAT! I LOVE THIS!" and boisterously laughing and he's meant to be the relateable face commentator, we're meant to NOT find him annoying. Then Del Rio finally finds him in front of his smashed up limo and Del Rio starts beating the shit out of Sheamus and King is like "WOW WHAT A HORRIFIC ACT. DEL RIO IS DISGUSTING. I DON'T APPROVE OF THIS AT ALL." What kind of ass backwards logic is that?

The worst offender for this was Byron Saxton, It was great when JBL and Graves used to shit on him for it, pointing out flaws in his logic. I think either Byron or Tom Phillips was saying a bunch of stuff to Bayley when she just turned heel and was pretty much acting the same except hanging around Sasha and they got completely called out by the entire commentary team that literally the week before they were gushing over Bayley and how amazing she is and now because she's heel he's shitting all over her. He used to talk about how under rated and overlooked she was and would agree with her promos and now she cuts the exact same promo about how underlooked and underrated she was and he starts calling her arrogant? It was super hypocritical.

It was great when Punk called out King about it too when he first turned heel about how King was gushing over Punk the same night he turned heel then the heel turn happened (attacks The Rock after The Rock challenged Punk) and the King wont shut the fuck up with insulting Punk and constantly making sly jabs and jokes at him. So it was great when Punk called him a flip flopper as thats what it feels like.
Leatherface - Tue, 07 Jul 2020 20:18:58 EST dYhrmb6W No.6417606 Reply
>I mean, he clearly hates the job, looks down on the audience and is likely bored by the entire thing, but is taking up the spot from someone actually passionate about wrestling
If Cole truly hated the jobs/fans/wrestling in general, he would have quit by now. He's been there for 23 years at this point. It's not like he had no career options outside of WWE. He worked for CBS News for years covering presidential campaigns, and went to Iraq during Desert Storm. IIRC he was on site during Waco too.

Plus if he truly hated pro wrestling, I doubt he would've done that whole heel turn and having actual matches in the early 2010s.

He's a boring commentator, but he's not Satan.
Bull Nanako - Tue, 07 Jul 2020 21:01:43 EST uvcoq2NK No.6417614 Reply
About Mike Tenay and Taz, how bad would you say their commentary was at worst?
Randy Orton - Tue, 07 Jul 2020 21:16:57 EST T5Ycresu No.6417619 Reply
I always thought the Taz/Cole team on Smackdown was good, Cole wasn't as insufferable as he is now and had Heyman coaching him instead of Vince and Taz always made me laugh and had the wrestlers point of view.
Leva Bates - Tue, 07 Jul 2020 21:28:39 EST PvOQ6M5D No.6417627 Reply
I liked his stupid catch phrases like THIS IS A ROCKETBUSTER. I still almost always think "Well, here comes the pain" when Brocks music hits in his voice too.
Reckless Youth - Tue, 07 Jul 2020 21:31:41 EST rqbeZnm6 No.6417628 Reply
No, Rob Bartlett. From the very first few episodes of Raw, he's a strong contender for worst WWE commentator of all fucking time. Makes Maggle look like fucking Gordon Solie by comparison.
Rodney Mack - Tue, 07 Jul 2020 22:05:53 EST bTZFvTbr No.6417638 Reply
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>Everyone thought Josh Mathews was boring and generic for years in WWE, then he went to TNA and got to add some character to his commentary (for better or worse).
Do you forget the first few years where he was absolutely hated, didn't know what he was doing because he clearly never followed the TNA product, and only got in because John Gaburick was there and was desperate to turf the long-tenured Mike Tenay out in favour of an ex-WWE announcer?

The only reason Josh is still around in that company is because every time the company realised they should replace the fucker, the people they asked either told them they weren't interested, or ended up going to WWE.

He got lucky barely anyone gave a toss about TNA in the Wrestling Observer Awards because every time where he deserved it, the worst wrestling announcer award went to the WWE third wheel announcer every single time.
Makoto - Tue, 07 Jul 2020 22:10:13 EST RgpMBobH No.6417639 Reply
Josh was pretty shit when he started in TNA tbh, but he has improved dramatically over the years, even if he still has his moments.

He also pisses Swerveface off, which is nice
Darren Young - Wed, 08 Jul 2020 01:19:29 EST BDs/s60R No.6417702 Reply
The WWE is run by someone who hates wrestling and its fans in general. Why do you think MAGGLE would quit his easy gig?
Rick Steiner - Wed, 08 Jul 2020 03:19:54 EST U7rPNtr0 No.6417717 Reply
> King; WHAT is he Paying Tribute to uh, Heath Ledger's JOKER? The green hair, whatta ya think??
> J.R: Well, I think His career is Alive and Well, King. Idk what you're talking about."

LOL holy fuxk. Yikes
Road Warrior Animal - Wed, 08 Jul 2020 06:36:21 EST 6RcvwRLi No.6417728 Reply
>If Cole truly hated the jobs/fans/wrestling in general, he would have quit by now

Bruh, he makes like $10,000,000 a year to show up, put zero effort in and go home. Where else is he going to get an easy gig like that?

I don't know if he hates pro wrestling, but he clearly thinks WWE is stupid.
Darren Young - Wed, 08 Jul 2020 09:11:14 EST BDs/s60R No.6417761 Reply
Cole knows so little of wrestling outside the WWE bubble he didn't even pick up on Dusty tweeting a Hard Times reference.
Leva Bates - Wed, 08 Jul 2020 14:11:14 EST PvOQ6M5D No.6417820 Reply
No clue but with a bunch of raises over the years and stock options he might be closer than one would think. 10 seems pretty high though.
Ivan Koloff - Wed, 08 Jul 2020 15:15:56 EST vLPxHcBs No.6417850 Reply
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>there's a twitter account dedicated to booker t commentary clips
This is a gold mine
Pope D'Angelo Dinero - Wed, 08 Jul 2020 16:47:03 EST 0g8+IxW/ No.6417869 Reply
To be fair, JR would do this all the time with Stone Cold too. It's just worse now because at least JR had genuine passion and skill as a commentator, so you'd be willing to overlook him cheering on all the heel shit Stone Cold did, because the commentary was still good.
Danny Basham - Wed, 08 Jul 2020 16:51:36 EST jkHcIii8 No.6417871 Reply
this tbh
I remember backyarding with my friends in the early 90s and the only moves we knew the names of were really obvious finishers like the Tombstone
by the late 90s when games named everything we were calling every single spot by its name
Olimpico - Thu, 09 Jul 2020 18:59:24 EST JvbZ8j8l No.6418066 Reply
Everything he says feels forced but I feel like it isn't and it makes it worse.
Abraham Washington - Sat, 18 Jul 2020 16:25:25 EST bYGFf3vF No.6420769 Reply
You said Kringe. That's a filter.
User is currently banned from all boards
Christ Sabin - Sun, 19 Jul 2020 22:14:39 EST sIK0yVzL No.6421403 Reply
He was decent for Beast in the east, but that's the only time I can think of
Goldust - Mon, 20 Jul 2020 00:09:06 EST y2/BE6B/ No.6421433 Reply

Beast in the East kind of proved the point everyone wanted to make: Cole would probably be a lot better without 5 voices in his ear. In fact, everyone in WWE commentary probably would. Because it's an insane idea to have your announcers watching, reacting, talking to 2 others and listening to 2 more producers plus Vince.

That's not even to say Cole is *good*, but it's impossible to say. Nobody could succeed at that job long term.
Conor O'Brian - Mon, 20 Jul 2020 00:32:44 EST uvcoq2NK No.6421437 Reply
Thoughts on Kevin Kelly as an announcer?
The People - Mon, 20 Jul 2020 08:07:44 EST r32Nurbp No.6421501 Reply
Pretty much this, but it also depends on who he's with. Some of the mid-2010s ROH stuff was pretty rough. He's at his best with Rocky and Chris Charlton.
Sirelda - Mon, 20 Jul 2020 08:46:23 EST BDs/s60R No.6421510 Reply
There are still multiple levels between "better than usual for MAGGLE" and "good".

He was laughably beyond his depth.
Sumie Sakai - Mon, 20 Jul 2020 11:03:54 EST kUE30LMJ No.6421536 Reply
I used to absolutely hate him when he was with ROH. Currently I think he's far and away the best play-by-play announcer in the industry. He's so, so good at accentuating subtleties and his timing on getting emotional is top-notch.

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