Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Where's the Mute Button?

A fan at Wrestlemania
By Kevin Hunsperger

Two months ago, I would have called for Michael Cole to be yanked off of WWE TV.  In fact back in February I wrote a blog called "Shut Up Michael Cole."  I've since had a bit of a change of heart.

While I'm not crazy about Cole as an announcer, I still maintain he would make an excellent manager. I loved the way he threw himself in front of Jack Swagger last week on SmackDown! and took the 619 from Rey Mysterio.  It was a classic heel manager move, helping out his man by any means necessary.

I really feel like either he or Jerry Lawler need to leave Raw after Extreme Rules.  Their feud is getting in the way of them doing the job they're both there to do, call the matches IN THE RING.  They spend more time bickering, and Cole spends more time putting himself over than the talent.  I don't like the revolving door of announcers on the show either.  I wish they'd find a team and stick with it.

While I'm on the subject, I hate it when they bring out a wrestler to do "guest" commentary.  It turns into an interview segment and the story being told in the ring is an after thought.  I miss the days of Jesse Ventura and Vince McMahon or Bobby Heenan and Gorilla Monsoon.  Most recently, I miss the combo of Lawler and Jim Ross, but from the Attitude Era.

As I watch this match between Sheamus and Santino, I'm hearing Cole go on about being knighted and his attack on JR and the King.  I know Vince McMahon or a producer or someone else is probably encouraging this behavior, but enough is enough. To quote the late, great Gorilla, give me a break.

And to be fair to Cole, it's not just him who gets sidetracked, it happens a lot, but in most cases he seems to be the one taking things off course.  Just focus on the action and let us know what's happening.

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1 comment:

  1. While I'm on the subject, I hate it when they bring out a wrestler to do "guest" commentary. It turns into an interview segment and the story being told in the ring is an after thought.

    Me too. It's such an annoying cliche. Especially since most of the commentary is already far off-topic.

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