commentary thoughts

i'm a bit of a commentary autist. it's one of the most important parts of wrestling imo. here are my thoughts on all the current commentators in wwe/aew.

the best:
>wade barrett
absolute best colour commentary guy in the biz right now, incredibly funny, has chemistry with everyone and is amazing at putting over the talent. helps that he's a former wrestler too which adds credibility, also has a great voice for this.
>corey graves (play-by-play)
shockingly great at this role, better than he was at colour. tones down his schtick a lot and actually comments on the match and does a great job at putting over everyone. very knowledgeable about wrestling history but not in a way thats tryhard.

good
>nigel mcguinness
hilarious on commentary, was great in nxt and great in aew. big problem is that he relies way too much on schtick and it can distract from the match he's calling. one of the most knowledgeable commentators there is though when he's reigned in.
>vic joseph
good albeit a little generic. he operates best as a straight men to bigger personalities. he was good with wade and he's good with booker (even though I think they hate each other) on his own in a vacuum though he's underwhelming and has some annoying lines every week
>michael cole
he's a legend at this point and is clearly having the best time of his life. his problem is that his age is catching up to him and he's a bit forgetful now. just seeing him be free from vince is good enough though, happy for the lad. he looks like he's having a blast with pat. i think he acts a little desperate for pats friendship sometimes but its also kinda fun.

just ok
>corey graves (color commentary)
WAY too much schtick, heels it up far too much and takes away from the match. he only does this on ple's these days but it gets tiring quick.
>booker t
he is a fricking moron who is also hilarious. him and vic clearly hate eachother. he would be unlistenable anywhere else other than NXT which somehow fits him perfectly

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  1. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    bad
    >tony schiavone
    really annoying, adds nothing to commentary in fact often detracts from it. he's somehow both bland and obnoxious at the same time. but at least sometimes he has a good line
    >excalibur
    i hate him lol. he's like mauro ranallo but better. he annoys me to no end.

    i forgot
    >taz - he's in good tier
    he's really good and fun, i always like ex-wrestlers on commentary and he is one of the better ones. way better than booker t at least

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >i forgot
      You also forgot
      >"Mama mia! Like Snoop Dogg in Crazy Days and Crazy Nights I am so schizophrenic I better become a hermit weed addict, that will surely help!"

  2. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Truth is

    Cole is fantastic
    Graves is fantastic
    macAfee is fantastic

    All genuine 9/10s

    Wade not far behind, he's been very good.
    And AEW, Taz, shivanni, excalaber all very good.

    It's 2024, these "new styles" work great.
    Wrestling is for fun.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >macAfee is fantastic
      Frick off.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >don't think, consume more goyslop

  3. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    im an e god and i cant stand wwe commentary most of the time. i agree wade and corey are the best right now. cole still sucks idk why people started liking him. mcafee i cant stand but it helps appeal to normies so whatever.
    i actually liked kevin kelley and nigel on collision, but all the smarks apparently hated it. im sure that had nothing to do with politics...

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      At the time they loved Kevin Kelly on commentary

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >mcafee i cant stand but it helps appeal to normies so whatever.
      Everyone says this but the RAW ratings are down since he started calling it weekly. Doesnt seem like much appeal to me.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        he's still popular and most importantly for the WWE will talk about and put over wrestling on HIS show to that audience.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        cool thread idea op. every time i happen to catch a wwe clip wade always seems like a highlight.

        i think pat is good on his show and a nice special attraction commentator but i cant imagine him doing 3 hours of raw

  4. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I'm just glad they're not trying to do 3-man booths anymore. I feel like that threw everyone off.

  5. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    i hate graves on color because he's supposed to be the heel but is inconsistent at putting over the heels. for example wade has a gimmick where he likes british guys no matter what but but graves will bury the heel for no reason at times.

  6. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I dont watch AEW but the only person on commentary for WWE that is outright bad is McAfee. He is horrific at it.

  7. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I like Excalibur.
    It’s nice to have someone on that table genuinely educated about the business and know the moves that are happening in the ring or sell why they are happening at the drop of a hat.

  8. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    heres my njpw english review for the 2 people who might read it

    Chris Charlton - pure bringe. translating japanese on the fly is nice and he seems to be an encyclopedic knowledge of the history of the wrestlers so hes great for context in a foreign language promotion. sometimes his goofy monologues are fun but hes really annoying a lot of times
    Walker solo - hes getting better. hes also hilariously gigantic to the point hes not allowed to stand up during shows and still manages to block the crowds and mog some of the wrestlers if they get near him
    Walker w/ wrestler - has good chemistry with robbie eagles. good with heel wrestlers. hilarious the time the two shit faced australians showed up.
    Walker w/ Gino - pure Gambino kino. they bring out the best in each other. gino must return to help his House of Torture brothers save NJPW from tanahashis madness
    Kevin Kelly - was good, seemed to stop giving a shit near the end.
    Milano when you hear him over the english comms even though they're like 15 feet away - best hypeman in wrestling

  9. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Only WWE guy I hate on commentary is Pat. He is so awful and cringe and I can't believe he ever got this gig. Wade is amazing. Always liked Cole. Vic and Corey are great too.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Pat is a living example of why Vince screamed at the commentators throughout the show, some people just cannot function without tard wranglers and if vince was incharge pat would be way better at his job.

  10. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I think most of the commentary teams are pretty good. My favorite is Dynamite's team with Taz, Excalibur and Schiavone. Their inside humor might not be the best for casuals but smart fans they're hilarious. Excalibur has gotten much better since 2019. He's a necessary evil in the sense that even if you hate him, he's the only person capable of explaining indie shit to casual fans. Those episodes of Dynamite without him were trash. As for Collision, Nigel is dimes, but they ought to replace Kevin Kelly and Excalibur with Caprice Coleman and Ian Riccaboni. Riccaboni sounds enthusiastic like Excalibur does and can talk fast too. Coleman is actually funny and cool unlike Kevin Kelly.

    On the WWE side, switching to two man teams seemed to improve their commentary a lot. Like everything else post-Vince, the commentary is actually good again. Michael Cole is finally looking like legendary commentator WWE says he is. McAfee can be a bit of a self mark but he does a good job at getting talent over. Vic Joseph is a better Michael Cole clone than any of the other guys they tried in that spot for the last few years. Booker's goofy energy and credibility as a legend really suits NXT. Barret and Graves are better as they are now since they don't have to play as much of a heel sympathizer.

  11. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Wade starting to look like someone's dad at a caravan park

  12. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Cole is lame but him putting up with Pat's moronation makes up for it.

  13. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Why do vic and booker hate each other?

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      booker is an unprofessional moron and vic is constantly fricking with him

  14. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Tazz and Excalibur dark shitposting is soul

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