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 Posted: Sun Apr 15th, 2018 05:31 am
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Maybe not the classic era of wrestling but came into prominence doing WCW-NWA. People that worked with him didn't really like him. High quality broadcaster in my opinion but certainly wont touch a Hall Of Fame anytime soon.

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Don’t be shocked. As more time pases and more fans get nostalgic for Nitro and fewer guys are around to induct, Vince will throw a bone to Schiavone. I think he’ll get in. Vince loves Monday Night War stuff and it sells.



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I thought Tony was a damn good announcer until at least the mid 1990's.



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 Posted: Sun Apr 15th, 2018 09:13 am
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I think he was a pretty decent announcer, but maybe being paired with Crockett who totally sucked made him look good.


He sucked during the Monday Night Wars, but I think that was more a result of the times and the direction of the company. The announce team used to often ignore a great match going on to talk about the NWO or spend time bashing the WWE.

Overall I give him a C+.



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beejmi wrote: Maybe not the classic era of wrestling but came into prominence doing WCW-NWA. People that worked with him didn't really like him. High quality broadcaster in my opinion but certainly wont touch a Hall Of Fame anytime soon.
Who didn’t like him except for Heenan?

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Thought he was great in the Techwood studio. Really enjoying his podcast. Early 90s WCW was my preference over WWF at that time. 

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cdewar19 wrote: I thought Tony was a damn good announcer until at least the mid 1990's.
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I believe he had a big feud with Jim Ross

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The greatest announcer in the history of our great sport.



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beejmi wrote: I believe he had a big feud with Jim RossIf they did, they are friendly now.

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According to Tony there was never any feud with JR.  He actually praised him for being a great salesman. They had a meeting with Jim Herd after Turner bought the company. Ross did most of the talking and more or less negotiated on behalf of both of them. They were supposedly going to be making the same money, but afterward Emerson Lawson told Tony that Ross would be making more. He felt somebody was being dishonest and that, along with a lack of confidence in Turner as the new owners, led to him going to the WWF. They did want Ross to be the main announcer for TBS but I don't think Tony said he had a problem with that.


Their last encounter was apparently after JR went to the WWF. Jesse Ventura didn't get along with Ross and made a comment on one of the shows about not being able to stand a fat man in a toga. Ross had come back to the office to get his stuff and ripped into Tony about Jesse's remark, but then apologized.


Only person who I've heard of that had heat with Tony was Heenan. Tony has taken responsibility for anything he may have done wrong and says that he isolated himself in the waning days of WCW not because he thought he was better or had more power, but because it was a miserable place to work and he didn't want to hear or be around all the negatives.

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I liked Tony. never really had a problem with him. and I have only heard of a few people that didnt like him. Heenan for one. but they were friends until there was falling out that in Hindsight Tony seems to blame himself. people have knocked him for overhyping Nitros but that was his job. at one point it was in to knock anything WCW said or did but it was nonsense for the most part. 

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I think Tony honestly should’ve been smarter. By early-1999 the writing was on the wall that WCW was unsustainable in its current form. There was also a different boss every week so trying to please everyone was impossible. Tony really should’ve stopped regurgitating the fed lines and doing things the “WCW way” and should’ve started watching out for his legacy and positioned himself better for the future. He became so toxic to wrestling fans and became the voice of such an awful product that it basically ended his career. And the funny thing is, WCW had no loyalty to him and benched him at the end in favor of Tenay and Hudson because of how toxic he had become by following the party line. There comes a point where you’re going to be screwed either way so you might as well do it your way. Unless Tony really believed half the shit he was saying, he should’ve changed his style and looked out for himself.  In a company filled with guys playing politics and only looking out for themselves, almost every other major player in WCW landed on their feet and robbed the business of millions of more dollars. Only Tony found himself unemployable. 

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I really like Tony’s work until about 97; after that it starts to turn for me.



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I think the Ross-Schiavone feud goes deeper. Perhaps due to the political climate at WCW.



I want to say that Ross was 'Executive Producer' of the 6:05 show and that was something that Schiavone wanted. My memory might be cloudy though.


Someone with a better memory can confirm that or tell me how bad my memory is.

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