Let’s have a little lesson. The latest switch in the commentary teams in the WWE has taken the ECW team from Tazz and Mike Adamle to Todd Grisham and Matt Striker the past two weeks. I have to say I am rather impressed with what Matt Striker brings to the table.
I have always been impressed with Striker on the microphone and thought that he could be the solid male manager that the WWE is painfully lacking. The era of the late 80’s early 90’s saw great heel managers like Bobby Heenan and Mr. Fugi who made you love to hate them. These legends were well past their wrestling primes at the time, but then you had Mr. Perfect fill in the role of ‘wrestling advisor’ and he could put some wrestling moves on people when he interfered in matches. Matt Striker could definitely be that type of manager.
I had never thought of Striker at the announce table until now, and I have to say I like what I have heard. To not sound too ‘pun’ish, Matt Striker is a scholar of wrestling. He knows a lot of wrestling facts pertaining to competitors history and lineage. Most of all what I like is the fact that Striker is indeed a wrestling fan. He sees things from a fan’s perspective and uses that to heighten his wrestling commentary. He has went a little more to the face side since becoming a commentator. JBL stayed fairly true to his heelish tendencies when at the booth, but Jerry Lawler has made a transgression from a heel announcer to a face announcer in recent years.
I hope to see more from Matt Striker in future in the WWE, hopefully as a Heenan type manager/announcer. I think that this student of wrestling will be able to teach us all a thing or two.