A Blog About Mike Tenay
by, 05-24-2012 at 10:51 AM (2440 Views)
Many wrestling fans have found this man to be one of the worst in wrestling today. They say that he doesn't do a good enough job when it comes to his style of delivery. But what the fans actually don't realize, is that when this "Teacher" actually does his job right, he becomes one of the best that the business has ever had. His name, is Mike Tenay.
Mike Tenay made his Announcing debut in 1994 for Word Championship Wrestling at an event titled: "When Worlds Collide." He was praised by the Wrestling Observance Newletter, and was made a backstage interviewer for WCW.
Before the Monday Night Wars began, His most notable Pay-Per-View call was the famous "Kollision In Korea" event alongside Eric Bischoff.
In 1996, "The Professor" was promoted and became a ring-side commentator for WCW Monday Nitro. He became highly respected for his extensive research and knowledge of the business, being dubbed by Eric Bischoff as "An Encyclopedia Of Knowledge." Overtime, (from a critics standpoint) he became one of the Top 5 best commentators/interviewers in the business. Yes, in the same league as Jim Ross and Joey Styles.
When WCW folded in 2001, Tenay, like most WCW regulars at the time, did not make the jump to (what was then known as) the WWF.
In 2002, he was contacted by the Jarretts to become the lead play-by-play announcer for (what would eventually become) TNA Wrestling, and has been at every event since.
Why People Don't Like Tenay Today:
When Mike Tenay made his debut in TNA, his broadcast colleague was Don West. As much as people bash Don West for his Cheeziness, he and Tenay actually had great chemistry together. One of my favorite match calls of their's was back at Turning Point 2005 between Sabu and Abyss.
When Don West accepted a position with ShopTNA.com, TNA signed Taz. When Tenay and Taz first started out, they were alright, but as the time progressed, it started to have a bad taste in the mouths of fans (which isn't all their fault.)
When Mike Tenay isn't being fed lines, and constantly being told how to do his job, he is a genius. The main difference between Mike Tenay and Michael Cole, is that Tenay Tends to focus more on actually calling the matches at hand! I place the blame for this problem on Mr. Eric Bischoff. If Bischoff, Prichard, and whomever else can stop feeding lines to Tenay, then he van reclaim his former glory. There is a reason that Mike Tenay has been named the Best Wrestling Announcer 5 times. Four of them being in consecutive years. I believe that if the new TNA can let Tenay be his old self, and fix up Taz's skills (or even replace Taz at the table!) then TNA's announce team problem can be fixed.
I'm a fan of Mike Tenay, and I really hope that he can go back to the way he was. We miss you Professor. Please come back!
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