Craig Wilson & Brian Damage
It’s that time again as we look back at This Week in Wrestling. In this edition Craig talks about Corey Graves’ commentary while Brian shares some of the more interesting pictures he’s stumbled upon this week and more.
In Praise of Corey Graves
There are many great things about NXT: the in-ring action, the straightforward booking and the mix of new and established acts on one show. Another thing you can add to that list is the announcing, particularly that of Corey Graves.
This week’s episode of NXT wasn’t quite as great as others but showcased Graves at his best on announcing. Whether it’s “shut up, Tom” shtick when Eva Marie was coming to the ring or his verbal mockery of the ‘jamokes’ that The Revival Defeated, his work on the mic is top notch.
It harks back to a time in the WWE when the company had good heel announcers, before the likes of Jerry Lawler and JBL.
Another thing is the way he builds up jobbers and less established stars. You know in your head that the established act is going to win but Graves hypes up the opportunity the jobber has and the work they have done to get the chance.
It would be easy to just dismiss every jobber but it is another to make them seem like they stand a chance. I’m talking about a time when you would watch the likes of Superstars and see some local guy suffering in equal measure from terrible hair and lack of muscle mass, but the commentators made it think he could beat the established star.
And as for the established acts, his announcing is a delight there. Whether it’s his outright dislike for Mojo Rawley or his music critique of the Drifter. Heck, he made it sound like the “all-Carb” diet was actually a real thing!
When you start getting praise from Paul Heyman on your announcing skills, then it’s clear that you are a very talented commentator.
It’s unlikely that Graves will be on NXT for that much longer, considering how good he is so lets just enjoy it whilst we have him calling the action every Wednesday night.
A look at the cover of Jeanie Clarke’s new book, ‘Through the Shattered Glass.’ Jeanie Clarke aka Lady Blossom is also formerly married to Stone Cold Steve Austin.
Brock Lesnar with his daughter. I’d hate to be the boy ringing Lesnar’s door on her first date…
Being a fan of heel wrestlers isn’t something new. There were fans of heels going back quite a few years.
Perhaps one of the greatest names for a professional wrestler ever…’Sneeze Atchu.’
Very cool! ECW sneakers!
Finally, the legendary El Santo unmasks…
‘Hot Stuff’ Eddie Gilbert = Duffman
Every body recalls the great class of rookies that came to the WWE in 2002 (Randy Orton, Batista, John Cena and Brock Lesnar) New Japan had a pretty damn great class come out in 2002 as well…(Taguchi, Yoshi Tatsu, Goto and Shinsuke Nakamura)
Here’s a commercial promoting a WWF show in Japan in 1990
What a Roster
Last Week on the Blog
In last week’s Sunday Sermon we looked at tomorrow night’s Payback; Brian had a look at non-wrestling onscreen talent in the WWE on Monday; on Tuesday The League of Nations got the ‘Book or Cook‘ treatment; we had a ‘Matches from History‘ on Wednesday with Craig looking at RVD vs. Sabu from ECW Hostile City Showdown 1996, Thursday’s Top Five listed our favourite wrestling families and then we rounded off the week with ‘The Way We Was‘ looking at Raw and Nitro from 20 years ago this week.
Next Week on the Blog
All previous ‘This Week in Wrestling’ pieces can be read here.