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Hymie Itsu wrote: Never understood his appeal as an announcer to be honest.
I'd have to say he is probably my all time favorite.  As a kid, he came across as knowledgeable and trustworthy.  Kind of like a favorite uncle lol.

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srossi wrote: Come on ref! You're not getting paid to be a spectator.
In the same vein as this...


"C'mon ref! Do something, even if it's wrong!"

 



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Boz1515 wrote: Hymie Itsu wrote: Never understood his appeal as an announcer to be honest.
I'd have to say he is probably my all time favorite.  As a kid, he came across as knowledgeable and trustworthy.  Kind of like a favorite uncle lol.

He was promoted well under the old way that worked well - was built up as a tough guy enough that when he put others over, it meant something.

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Gorilla and Bobby on Prime Time wrestling was everything to me as a fan in the late 80's. Whatever happened on Superstars or SNME, I always wanted to her what Gorilla and the Brain would say about it on Prime Time.

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khawk wrote: srossi wrote: Come on ref! You're not getting paid to be a spectator.
In the same vein as this...


"C'mon ref! Do something, even if it's wrong!"

 

It wasn't until I was an adult watching all the tapes again that I realized how brutal Gorilla was to all the refs.  I thought the old school mentality was "Make sure the heat is on the heel, not the ref."  Well Gorilla must have missed that lesson.  He would spend entire 20 minute matches harping on every little thing that the ref did, even when it clearly wasn't part of the story of the match.  It was actually pretty distracting.

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Good point Rossi. He'd alternate saying a ref should NOT touch a wrestler with "that ref has to step right in there!' during the same match.

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srossi wrote:  
It wasn't until I was an adult watching all the tapes again that I realized how brutal Gorilla was to all the refs.  I thought the old school mentality was "Make sure the heat is on the heel, not the ref."  Well Gorilla must have missed that lesson.  He would spend entire 20 minute matches harping on every little thing that the ref did, even when it clearly wasn't part of the story of the match.  It was actually pretty distracting.

Agree 100%. Same thing for me.



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It's kinda fun listening to Gorilla shit on Gilberto Roman.



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Just watched the Ron Shaw win over David Sammartino at the Spectrum and while not clued in, Gorilla immediately throws the ref under the bus. In historic terms it meant nothing yet Gorilla refused to accept the realm of possibility Shaw could have ever fluked out a win.

He wasn't my favorite commentator but I enjoyed how he took to the role of the party PPV host with a welcoming attitude.

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pjstef wrote: Good point Rossi. He'd alternate saying a ref should NOT touch a wrestler with "that ref has to step right in there!' during the same match.
During a chinlock/choke on the mat, a ref once put his hands on a heel's back and used him as leverage to jump over the bodies to get better position to check the throat, and after 5 minutes of saying how the ref needed to do something, Gorilla absolutely flipped and said he should have his license taken away for touching the wrestler.  He acted so incensed I couldn't tell if he was really pissed for some bizarre reason.  Like I could envision him going backstage to Vince after the show and trying to get him fired.  Of course, it was always most fun to hear Gorilla goof on his son Joey Marella.

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" referee way out of position. "



Perhaps as the expansion was in full effect, Gorilla's continual mention and criticism of the officials was an attempt to legitimize things?  In terms of comparing to real sports, fans always criticize the officials and their influence or lack thereof in sport.  So with a larger audience maybe a ploy to legitimize wrestling more to a "sports fan" ?? 



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broke wrote: It's kinda fun listening to Gorilla shit on Gilberto Roman.
90% of Gorilla's comments were during Gilberto Roman matches, to the extent that it appeared to be a rib.  



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Sad_Astronaut wrote: " referee way out of position. "



Perhaps as the expansion was in full effect, Gorilla's continual mention and criticism of the officials was an attempt to legitimize things?  In terms of comparing to real sports, fans always criticize the officials and their influence or lack thereof in sport.  So with a larger audience maybe a ploy to legitimize wrestling more to a "sports fan" ??

I was thinking this as well.  The whole "umpire needs glasses" approach.

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I think it was more a matter of him being a gigantic bullshitter who always fell back on the same bundle of cliches.

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I always took the ref ball-busting as a way to make his kid look like he was the best ref.

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