WWE SmackDown: Why Booker T Is the Best Announcer in WWE
After reading the title of this article, you're probably thinking, "Tell me you didn't just say that!"
My response to you would be, yes! I said it!
You then might ask, "Why?!"
Keep reading, and I'll tell you why.
Ask yourself, what makes announcers like Marv Albert (NBA), Kevin Harlan (NBA) and WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross "great"?
For one thing, they have distinctive voices that nobody else in their respective sport has. Another thing they have is passion. They are full of energy and enthusiasm. All three men sound like genuine fans of their respective sports.
Something else they posses is the ability to make the action more epic than it really is.
As B/R's own Mike A eloquently wrote in an article,
If seeing is believing, than hearing is remembering. When something incredible happens in sports it will be remembered. However, how it will be remembered is in the announcers hands. There are five seconds after a great play happens. Those five seconds are the announcer's chance to leave his mark on history.
What he says will determine how the play is remembered. If he says something simple the play will be legendary. If he says something incredible the play will be immortal.
Michael Jordan's mid-air hand-switch layup during the 1991 NBA Finals was definitely great, but Marv Albert's "A spectacular move by Michael Jordan!" comment made the layup immortal.
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LeBron James' monstrous dunk over Kevin Garnett during the 2008 Eastern Conference semifinals was incredible, but Kevin Harlan's exclamation that James did it "with no regard for human life" made the dunk immortal.
And who could forget the 1998 King of the Ring—where The Undertaker threw Mankind off the Hell in a Cell? It was definitely an OMG! moment, but would it be as memorable or immortal without Jim Ross yelling, "Good God almighty! Good God almighty! They've killed him! As God is my witness, he is broken in half!"?
So, how does this make Booker T the best announcer in WWE?
For one thing, Booker T has a distinctive voice—just as Marv Albert, Kevin Harlan and Jim Ross have distinctive voices.
Another thing is that Booker T is always full of energy and enthusiasm. Unlike Jerry "The King" Lawler and Michael Cole, Booker sounds like a genuine fan and sounds like he's having a good time.
Finally, Booker T makes the action more epic than it really is.
No, Booker T hasn't had any particularly memorable moments on commentary, but he does at least have some announcing catchphrases, like "What da hell," "Ahhhh here we go," "Shucky ducky quack quack" and "Oh mah goodness." Booker T's commentary is at least unique.
Is there anything particularly memorable or unique about any other WWE commentator? When I think of Matt Striker or Josh Mathews, I think of generic. William Regal doesn't really stand out to me that much, either.
When I think of Michael Cole or Jerry Lawler, I think of bickering. Not hilarious bickering like Gorilla Monsoon's legendary commentary with Jesse Ventura or Bobby Heenan, but the kind of bickering that aggravates me enough to press the SAP button on my remote (even though I don't speak Spanish). Sure, Cole and Lawler don't bicker that much anymore, but the damage has been done.
Booker T makes SmackDown enjoyable. To me, listening to Booker T on commentary is like having an extra friend in the room. That's something no other current WWE announcer does for me.
Ultimately, Booker T's distinctive voice, distinctive style, energy, enthusiasm and memorable announcing catchphrases make Booker T the best commentator in WWE at the moment.
I don't know what that says about the state of announcing in WWE, but what do you think? Who's the best announcer in WWE today?
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