Push that jobber and enhance your talent
by, 05-07-2012 at 04:31 PM (1475 Views)
Vortexvoid here, first blog post.
When I was a kid, I used to watch WCW all the time, with Tony Schiavone commentating. OK, the guy isn't on everyone's Christmas card list, but one thing he always did was try to make jobbers and low-carders look like a credible threat. The point of this wasn't to get them over, but rather to validate the inevitable victory of the mid/top carder who was squashing them, thereby enhancing the victor. So, for example, Rick Rude would face off against some "currently in the ring" guy like Frankie Lancaster. Whilst Rude was kicking the crap out of Frankie, Schiavone would be saying things like "Frankie Lancaster, he's no slouch, he's had a lot of success in this sport" etc etc. Ditto when it was a face like Bagwell beating on some jobber like Bob Cook or Nasty Ned; Tony would be gamely saying stuff like "yeah, Nasty Ned, he's got a real mean streak and a vicious left hook, Bagwell needs to be on his game today to avoid an upset". The net result was that an easy win nevertheless boosted the credibility of the winner, rather than being an utter waste of time.
Fast forward to today's WWE, and what do we get? On the rare occasions that the commentators bother to call the match rather than talking rubbish about twitter, there's absolutely no attempt to make the enhancement talent look anything like a threat, with the result that the winning talent looks like they've achieved nothing. For example, Lord Tensai v Yoshi Tatsu. Why not start the match by the commentators saying something like "Tatsu has been in the WWE for some time now, he's an accomplished guy, and has taken out some of the best. This could be a close one, and if Tatsu uses his speed he could stop this juggernaut in his tracks." Something like that then makes the one-sided squash look all the more impressive. Example 2: Ryback v jobber. Instead of laughing at the jobber, why not say "currently in the ring is Dave Jobber. He's a mixed martial artist, and i've seen this guy powering through the lower echelons of the sport, a lot of people are tipping this young man as one to watch. Ryback has been dominant thus far, but he'd do well not to underestimate Dave Jobber this evening". That way, the viewer is left thinking that Ryback has actually achieved something when he snaps Dave Jobber in half. Example 3: Clay v Reks. Instead of a load of goofy commentary about Clay's dancing, how about "meanwhile, the unstable Reks is on the outside of the ring pacing up and down, he's taking out many a superstar with his burning hammer finisher, and we know he's a powerhouse, so Clay had better get focussed when the bell sounds".
Just a thought.