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 Posted: Tue Aug 9th, 2016 01:10 am
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TerryWWWF wrote: >>>He was called into an office by Francis Crockett after a crappy day of trying to sell season tickets and was told he was going to Ric Flair's house to interview him about Starrcade '83.  He said he literally sh** his pants and was so excited.<<<


Well, that's peculiar.

They are literally hanging off the rafters!! 
It must be a prerequisite to not know what literally means to be a wrestling announcer. 



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he gets a bad rap. the only people that really disliked him were WWF fans who took the WWF vs WCW war way too seriously. All commentators over hype the product. Jim Ross never did?lol

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Regardless of why he was doing it; his "this is the most important night" routine came across pretty lame. His inability to recognize the real sting or the fake sting got old rather quickly but we all have our issues.

At least he wasnt talking about the hard and soft style within karate like Larry Z when trying to hype glacier.



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Schiavone became the face and voice of a dying brand and he never could get that stench off of him.  Part of it was beyond his control, part of it was obviously his fault.  He admits he got lazy, and that certainly showed.  The hype and enthusiasm over silly stuff can actually be endearing, like how Don West is remembered fondly by some because he was usually sincere, but Tony came across as particularly disingenuous and even bored as he was over-hyping.  A really bad combo.  And although his job was to hype, I'm sure he personally made the choice to say "The greatest night in the history of our industry" on a routine basis.  He could've used different verbiage, especially after becoming a punchline.

But I enjoyed his work when he was the "serious" analyst standing next to the buffoon which was David Crockett.  That seems like another lifetime ago.

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Tony Schiavone was a top lead announcer in all of wrestling in my opinion - then he went to the WWF, shaved the mustache, dyed his hair, and oversold everything more than Gene Mean did. When he came back to WCW, he wasn't the same.



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I like Tony. One of my favorite 80's announcers. Maybe even #1, to me.

I appreciate how he acknowledged learning from Gorilla. When he first came on "Prime Time", Tony was sort of being brought along as Gorilla's protege. They kayfabed it up, even leading to Heenan walking out on "Wrestling Challenge" in the fall of 1989. Gorilla and Tony co-hosted that show for about... a month, maybe? I remember their on-air interactions seemed pleasant.



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Good guy, good announcer. Doesn't deserve the shit he sometimes gets. Jesus, he had to announce with David Crocket for chrissakes.



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Great insight thank you. Wasnt a big fan of TS i. The 80s but t i enjoyed his voice in a nostalgic way on wcw 90s. Loved some of the late 90s wcw before it got ridiculous.



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