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 Posted: Tue Feb 19th, 2008 12:17 pm
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    Um, why?

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 Posted: Tue Feb 19th, 2008 12:36 pm
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I actually think he adds a little credibility to the company. He is very professional and he speaks as if it was a shoot.



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 Posted: Tue Feb 19th, 2008 02:36 pm
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This is a guy who once co-hosted NBC's NFL pregame show. How the mighty have fallen.

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 Posted: Tue Feb 19th, 2008 04:00 pm
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Bad plastic surgery will do that to ya.  Guy looks like he's the one with Bell's Palsy.

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Adamle was once a contender to get the spot Bob Costas had as the all around studio host at NBC before Bob ascended to another level. I'm not sure where it all went wrong for Mike. When Bryant Gumbel moved to the Today show, Len Berman got the spot as host of the NFL pregame show in 1982 that it seemed Adamle was being groomed to take. Then Costas took over. Adamle fell pretty far from grace after that.

Even though Adamle must be about 50 by now, he still looks young enough that perhaps the WWE is planning on making him the latest heir to JR's spot. Coach bombed big time. Grisham is nothing. Cole seems to have topped out after making some big improvements over the years and has never been able to live down how bad he was at first. The problem is that Adamle doesn't seem like a fit either. He just comes off too bland and unable to project any sort of enthusiasm for the product.

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I don't understand what his role is right now at all.  There's just no way to justify his paycheck.



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 Posted: Tue Feb 19th, 2008 10:27 pm
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Who was the last really good wrestling (play by play not color) announcer other than Jim Ross in his prime? Joey Styles in his early ECW days? Tony Schiavone before he lost his smile? Scott Hudson together with Mike Tenay in WCW? Can't think of anybody in recent years.



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You nailed it. 

Styles was awesome by himself and with Cyrus.  Unbelievable PBP guy with a personality and sarcastic sense of humor.  With Joel Gertner on TNN at the end, it was a bad comedy routine, that didn't work.  Since coming to WWE, I'd say he's nothing short of an unmitigated disaster.  He just can't work that style, he's a true PBP who's lost right now and stopped caring long ago.

Hudson and Tenay were great on WCWSN together.  Hudson would do PBP, Tenay would be a different and more legit type of color man and it worked.  It was a throwback studio show with throwback announcers and really great matches by guys who many hadn't heard of.  I loved those shows.  Tenay as the PBP man who has to shill makes me want to repeatedly hit him in the head with a large hammer until he stops talking.  His voice, cadence, vocalized pauses ("Think about it...") all drive me fucking crazy.

I never thought Schiavone was good.  He was serviceable.  He was the sane one next to Crockett and in later years was a decent foil for Heenan's shenanigans.  But he was never as good as Styles or Hudson at their peak.  He was always a little lazy, never learning the names of many moves and being factually inaccurate about a lot of things.  He had a job for life and he knew it.  He never expected WCW to go out of business and never felt like he had to prove himself to anyone.  There was an arrogance there that showed.  He thought he was much better than anyone else did.  And as Executive Producer and one of the bigwigs in production, you got a sense that it was all beneath him towards the end.

Cole had improved greatly, then threw in the towel.  No other way to describe it.  His lack of caring is palpable.  He worked well with Tazz, much better than Styles does ironically enough.  When he lost Tazz, he fell apart.  JBL carried him and overpowered the broadcast (which was a good thing), but with Coach now it's as bad an announce team as I've heard on a major league broadcast since Bischoff, Heenan, and McMichael doing Nitro.

Dave Prazak and Lenny Leonard for ROH are ace, by the way.  I wouldn't want to see them in WWE and have them suffer the same fate as Styles, but they're great for that product.

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People will bash me for saying this since I'm friends with him, but regardless, dump Coach and give Striker the color spot to try to push Cole.  Striker doing old school heel commentary can save that show.  No one's funnier or more knowledgeable.  Let him be a 21st century Heenan.

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srossi wrote: People will bash me for saying this since I'm friends with him, but regardless, dump Coach and give Striker the color spot to try to push Cole.  Striker doing old school heel commentary can save that show.  No one's funnier or more knowledgeable.  Let him be a 21st century Heenan.


At this point I think I'd rather have Big Daddy V on commentary than the Coach.

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How about Smackdown's #1 announcer, Funaki?  How did Coach get the job ahead of him?  Affirmative action, I bet.



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srossi wrote: How about Smackdown's #1 announcer, Funaki?  How did Coach get the job ahead of him?  Affirmative action, I bet.

Affirmative action!    Thats Funny!!!!!!



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Adamle played in the NFL from 71-76 with the Chiefs, Jets, and Bears.

Another random fact: Howard Cosell called Adamle a "little monkey" on Monday Night Football before he got in trouble for using the phrase to describe Redskins WR Alvin Garrett.

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 Posted: Wed Feb 20th, 2008 03:38 am
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He's basically the 2008 equivalent to Mean Gene. I think his random appearances in the crowd are probably just to get WWE fans accustomed to seeing him while probably smartening him up to the business as well, since he botched Jeff Hardy's name in his first night on PPV.



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Adamle wasn't bad when he did play-by-play for American Gladiators.

That said, the only storyline he needed to remember for that were the Gladiator names. Interviews were handed by the color guys. He didn't even have to play off of them, either as Csonka and Theismann played it down the middle. Actually, Theismann was an ass but he probably felt pretty dissed that this was the appreciation he got for having a decent career and his leg crunched on television.

I wonder if he considers this job a step up from Gladiators? Assuming money is not only reason he took the job, of course.



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