Now Michael Cole has won that honor. I've never been a big fan of his, but now this new "heel" version of Cole is annoying as hell. Again, I know this is a character, but I think he plays it a little too well. He's over the top.
As an announcer, even as a heel, you're supposed to call the action in the ring. Watch Raw from Monday, February 7th. Whenever there's a "guest" announcer at ringside it turns into an interview and not calling a match. This isn't necessarily Cole's fault, but during that tag team match with the Miz & Ted DiBiase vs. Daniel Bryan & Jerry 'the King' Lawler, he wouldn't stop the Miz love fest. We get it, you like the Miz. You don't like the King. Move on and call the match, which is what you're supposed to be doing. I would think the "voice of the WWE" would know that. Please JR come back.
Other observations on Cole, it's okay to have a heel announcer. There have always been announcers pulling for the "bad guys." Jesse Ventura, Bobby Heenan, and JBL instantly come to mind. There was obvisiouly something different about them. They put over the heel without sounding like they had a school boy crush on them. I've been watching some old school WWF DVDs lately and I miss the Jesse-McMahon and Gorilla Monsoon-Bobby Heenan match calling. Even the Jim Ross-King stuff from the Attitude Era was right on.
Also having Cole be the mouth piece for the anonymous General Manager adds to this frustration. Again, I realize this is a character, but I've seriously had my fill. He can be a heel without being so obnoxious. And the fact that's he's "calling" matches on SmackDown! and feels the need to argue more with the other members of the team makes it even more irritating.
I think Cole has taken his new role as the heel too far. Jesse and Bobby never once made me want to fast forward through what they were saying or change the channel. I can't say the same thing about Cole, can you?
As I sit here and watch Raw, Cole and the King are arguing over the Miz. Call the freakin' match both of you. This of course in my opinion is leading us up to King-Cole match at Wrestlemania. Maybe Lawler will punch Cole's teeth down his throat and we won't have to hear him for a while...
A guy can dream right? Don't sign me up to be a Cole Miner anytime soon.
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