Think of your favorite pro wrestling moments. How different would they be with other announcers swapped out for someone else, even if it was someone equally as good? Is Steve Austin's first WWF Championship win the same without Jim Ross screaming "AUSTIN'S THE CHAMPION! STONE COLD! STONE COLD!"? What about Goldberg beating Hulk Hogan without Bobby Heenan screaming "DO IT! DO IT!"
Announcers are an incredibly important part of the pro wrestling presentation. It's not surprising that Vince McMahon would micromanage his announcers to execute his vision.
A few notes before we get started:
- I know there are some awesome wrestling announcers that don't speak English, like Dr. Alfonso Morales in Mexico, but they're not listed here for what should be obvious reasons.
- This covers both play-by-play announcers and color commentators for their work in the booth as well as conducting interviews. Basically anyone but ring announcers, so no Howard Finkel, who only did commentary a few times.
- I get that many people will always love the announcers they grew up with, but some of them weren't very good. Most fans that grew up with Ed Whalen in Calgary love him. Everyone who saw Stampede tapes after the fact sees him as a terrible announcer who thought he was more important than the wrestlers and would kill the heels' heat. There are no Ed Whalen types on this list.
With that out of the way, let's start the countdown...