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My Apologies to Tony Schiavone

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Hey guys Knox here hoping all is well. I'm hear to do a blog apologizing for my comments made a very long time ago against Tony Schiavone. I did a blog on the best & worst announcers of all time and I had Tony listed as the worst commentator ever and I have to apologize for that.

If anyone wants to check out that blog, the link is below. I did that blog June 2, 2011 so it was quite a while ago.
http://www.ewrestlingnews.com/commun...rs-Of-All-Time

WWE Classics on Demand:

Ofcourse as many know, I watch alot of classics on demand, I watch alot of the material from the 80s seeing as I wasn't even alive in the 80s so its good to learn some of the history before blogging on it so I don't look stupid.

To make a long story short. Tony Shiavone was a vital piece in almost every major promotion dating all the way back to the 80s. He's had some stints with Mid-Atlantic, WWF, NWA, WCW & TNA. He's been the voice of alot of promotions and that's huge.

I made some sick comments about the dude so I figured I'd touch on a couple of great things about him. Getting to learn more about the business, I learned that dude actually had a great voice for wrestling.

Tony Schiavone spoiling Mankind's WWF Title win on Monday Nitro:

This was the shot that made me hate Schiavone but I never took the time to realize that ofcourse he was told by Bischoff to make such brutal comments about Mick Foley. This bugged me because even on Legends of Wrestling, Mick Foley said he & Tony were good friends and when he heard those comments he made he was hurt to his heart.

Mick Foley confronted Bischoff right there on the spot and this was in 2006 I believe. It was deep stuff and even Bischoff said he told Tony to bury the hell out of Raw, spoil Mick Foley's title win and bury the hell out of him while he's at it.




But shortly after those comments by Tony, about over half a million remotes switched their channels to see this



NWA Run:

Now I'm not sure if it was NWA but I'm thinking it was. But he was the announcer and he was doing it by himself. He was doing a great job conducting interviews with guys like Ric Flair & The Horsemen and other prominant characters. It was good stuff and he really showed how well he can do on his own calling a program.

WWF Run:

He had a short run with the WWF that was decent. On Classics on Demand I see alot of those Boston, Philly & Toronto events from 1990 and Schiavone was calling alot of those. He's had some funny moments with Bobby Heenan and I wish he would've sticked around with them.

WCW Run:

This is where I hated him and I still do when I watch Nitro on Classics on Demand but I learned to respect his craft. He was told to bury WWF and he did a damn good job at it. He buried them much better than Mike Tenay and Larry S. and that's saying something.

He did a good job at what he was supposed to do. I was a big fan of both companies back in the day. I enjoyed WCW more but I loved WWF better which is weird. So the way he buried WWF really got under my skin which isn't saying too much because I was about 8 years old at the time.

What Make Tony Special?

None the less, Tony doesn't get enough credit for his run with WCW and those weeks that they destroyed WWF in rating. His annoyance in commentary was gold because he was never called out on it and he did it as a baby face, that's what made it awesome.

I'm sure he annoyed many people at home because he truly talked about WCW as if it was the best thing since sliced bread and that's what he was paid to do. That's what sold it for me. I wanted to hate WCW but the way Tony put it over made me wanna watch it and I respect that.

The different between Michael Cole & Tony Schiavone:

Now I hate to do this but I have to. One difference between these two is Cole's love for the business. Tony seemed to stick around for the money and that's why he jumped back and forth from company to company and eventually took his talents to commentary for the Atlanta Braves MLB team.

Cole however loves this business. He & Tony had similar styles and were easy to compare. At the height of Tony's career, Cole was nothing more than a sporadic backstage interviewer.

Cole has a love for this business. There was a rumor going around that when Johnathan Coachman left for ESPN, they were interested in Cole as well but he declined. Now we all know, Coachman is getting huge buck and maybe even three times what he was making with the WWE now that he's with ESPN but that wasn't enough to get Cole to switch hands.

Cole has been with the WWE since 1996 and has been loyal for the most part. It seems like Tony got his degree in Broadcast Journalism for the money and I can't bury him for that. But with Cole it seems like his love is with wrestling point blank.

Conclusion:

Thanks guys for reading this odd blog to say the least and I hope you enjoyed it. I'll never be a fan of Tony but I gotta apologize for those comments. I know he'll probably never read this but its cool to put it out there to the public while he's still alive. I still want the guy to know he's played a major part in professional wrestling and will always be one of the most influential characters and in my opinion the "Voice of WCW". Thanks guys and please leave feedback. Be safe. Until then.

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Updated 05-03-2012 at 12:59 PM by knox

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  1. Renevious's Avatar
    Hey man, what's up. I really enjoyed reading this, especially since I do distinctly remember when you wrote that first blog. I was truly stunned when you knocked Shiavone that hard. I always thought he was great. He just had an awesome voice, and he played perfectly off of everyone he did commentary with. Also, you need to not forget that he did have a somewhat short stint in the WWF back around 89. He was great there too, but as you well put, he was definitely the voice of WCW. I couldn't stand Mike Tenay back then and I hate him even more now. This obviously has nothing to do with the man personally, as I have never met him, but I just can't stand his broadcasting. Shiavone knew exactly how to make matches sound exciting and interesting. Even around 94-95 when WCW was nothing more than random heel losing to Hulk Hogan over and over (blah blah blah), he still made it sound exciting. So, I'm really glad to hear that you have a better opinion of him now. Keep up the good writing my friend, take care.
  2. dragonsrevenge's Avatar
    I loved Shiavone when I was growing up and into the nitro days. It wasn't until later and hearing Heenans comments that I realized how much of a cunt he was. Fuck him.
  3. Wildcat's Avatar
    As a counterpoint to Schiavone burying the WWF, it should be pointed out that, during much of that time, WCW *was* the underdog... and that the WWF was just as guilty of the same, if only in a different manner. Their digs were subtle, to the point of subliminal. Probably the highest-profile instance was setting Ted DiBiase up with a sidekick named "Virgil"; at the time, WCW's top booker was Virgil Riley Runnels, Jr., aka Dusty Rhodes. And that was years *before* WCW broke off from NWA, before the Monday Night Wars had begun.

    I think it's unfortunate that you'll never be able to watch Shicavone's work without a filter -- and by that, I mean much of it now belongs to Vinnie Mac, and I don't think it will ever be presented in a way that doesn't try to make it look like an inferior product. You'd probably find more to like about the guy, if that weren't the case.

    It's commendable that you're willing to share your change of perspective, even when that means you admit to feeling you were wrong the first time. *I'm* not saying you were right or wrong -- you shared an opinion. That's all.

    Wildcat
  4. T-Hughes35's Avatar
    Great blog bro. The thing about Schivoane was that he was great when he wasn't being fed the lines. A perfect example would be the greatest call of his career.
    "Goodnight America! Goldberg's The Champ!"
  5. DK Wrestling Savior's Avatar
    I didn't mind Schiavone. He was Nitro's commentator and he didn't do anything harmful. I think a lot of people's issues with him are mainly because of how great Jim Ross was/is, and since they were both in WCW together, there's the perception that he stole JR's job there. Whether that's the case or not, that sort of thing leaves a bad taste in people's mouths. Even if there's really only a sliver of truth there.
  6. Viperfish's Avatar
    Tony... eh. Out of everyone who isn't Lawler and JR, and to some extent Gordon Solie, I thought Tony was the best one to not achieve "legendary announcer" status. He's got a pleasant voice. However Bobby Heenan claims that he was miserable to work with. Heenan has said that Tony has no respect for the fans or wrestlers and would intentionally refrain from communicating with his co-broadcasters so he would have a leg up. He said that Tony believed that knowledge was power and that anything he could have as knowledge over his co-workers was power to him.

    I'd link the Youtube video that I saw months ago but it's been taken down unfortunately.
  7. kohnk85's Avatar
    Not to burst your bubble here dude, but as far as one of your comments goes in regards to Michael Cole loving the business...it's been noted by other wrestlers and Michael Cole himself that he's not really interested in the business of wrestling. He wanted to be on ESPN working for the world of "real professional sports" as opposed to the "wrestling entertainment." It just so happened to he never quite got to the ESPN level, so he settled in to the WWE scene, and as he's put it by himself, just "puts up with it."
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