This Week in Wrestling 2016 week 18

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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
Craig

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.

Pre "Shut up, Tom" presumably.

Pre “Shut up, Tom” presumably.

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.

Picture Gallery
Brian

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.

Jeanie Clarke

Brock Lesnar with his daughter. I’d hate to be the boy ringing Lesnar’s door on her first date…

Brock Lesnar

Being a fan of heel wrestlers isn’t something new. There were fans of heels going back quite a few years.

Tully

Perhaps one of the greatest names for a professional wrestler ever…’Sneeze Atchu.’

Sneeze Atchu

Very cool! ECW sneakers!

ECW

Finally, the legendary El Santo unmasks…

El Santo

‘Hot Stuff’ Eddie Gilbert = Duffman

Eddie Gilbert

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)

NJPW

Video Gallery
Brian

Here’s a commercial promoting a WWF show in Japan in 1990

What a Roster

Dead wrestlers

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

In tomorrow’s piece we share our predictions for Payback, review the WWE DVD set on the US Championship, have the next instalment of ‘Wrestling with Sin‘ and ‘Book or Cook‘ and much more.

All previous ‘This Week in Wrestling’ pieces can be read here.

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One thought on “This Week in Wrestling 2016 week 18

  1. What an awesome promo poster! Heavenmania! Cool!

    Totally agree with you about Corey Graves. Been a fan of his since he was a wrestler, it’s too bad that injuries curtailed his career: I feel he could have been a mega star in WWE. But he’s totally amazing as a heel commentator, and you’re right when you say he hearkens back to the times of Jesse Ventura and Jerry Lawler (well, Lawler in earlier days, anyway). Not often do tyou see an announcer or commentator give jobbers credit, but Graves is refreshing in that way, and I respect that. WWE, take note: this is what a heel (or even a face) announcer should be doing up there. Because the team on Raw absolutely blows. Have no problem with JBL, but Saxton and Cole have got to go—fast. Put Ranallo there, bring back Lawler, and then bring Graves up to Smackdown. I’d also try to get Mike Tenay to come and announce for Smackdown. Tenay and Graves would be a total natural, and pt Smackdown on equal footing with Raw. But WWE being WWE, I’m sure none of this will either happen at all, or in Ranallo and Graves’ cases, any time soon.

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