Tuesday, August 2, 2011

3 Heads Are Not Better than 2

From WWE
By Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger on Twitter

I've complained before about the character Michael Cole has developed into.  I partly blame him for this, and partly the WWE brass.  It was bad before when he and Jerry Lawler were feuding.  But the August 1st episode of Raw, he was out of control.

When Jim Ross returned to the show on July 25th, I was certain that Cole would be moved to SmackDown!  But that wasn't the case.  The constant bickering between Cole, Ross, and Lawler is beyond annoying.  There is a way to be a heel announcer and Cole is not doing it right.  I don't remember Jessie Ventura and Vince McMahon arguing non stop during Superstars.  Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan had their spats, but it was never to this extreme.

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Raw and SmackDown! have nearly become unwatchable, or at least unlistenable (not sure if that's a word or not) but you know what I mean.  I like the idea still have having Cole become a manager.  That way we're exposed to him a lot less.  Let the King and JR handle the announcing duties.  I could tell during the show Monday night that JR wanted to do his job, but got sidetracked by the obnoxious things coming out of Cole's mouth.  Why does management think this is what fans want?  I have not heard one person say they enjoy the work of Cole as a heel.  Not one.  

Besides, I think you can still do a wrestling show without a heel voice.  If the team puts over the talent and does it without burying the other guy, then it's mission accomplished.  I would argue that the "heel" announcer is usually more of a cheerleader for the bad guys than the "face" announcer is for the good guys.

Okay, that's my rant.  I know you've heard it before, but I had to get it off my chest again.  Post your thoughts here, on Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube.

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