They did it again. Commentary is one of the most important parts of a wrestling show as the commentators can explain a lot of things to the fans. The group can tell the fans where they want things to go, what they should focus on, and how WWE wants them to think about the show. The right group is necessary to make everything work and WWE has been making some adjustments, including this week.
While the commentary team is led by the play by play person, a former wrestler can offer a lot of good things to a team. You need someone that the fans can recognize as being an expect, as it offers a different level of credibility. A former wrestler, especially a successful one, can enhance the entire team through their own history alone, which is what WWE was shooting for on television.
This week on Monday Night Raw, Dolph Ziggler replaced Samoa Joe on commentary with no explanation from WWE as to where Samoa Joe was or when he would return. MVP would later replace Ziggler when Ziggler went off to participate in Raw Underground. This comes one week after Michael Cole replaced Tom Phillips as lead commentator, which was the case again this week. There is no word on if the commentary team will continue to change or when the main team will be back, if they ever are.
Ziggler certainly has the credibility. Check out his better moments in the ring:
Opinion: This was a surprise but one of WWE’s biggest strength is its depth. Ziggler is someone with the resume to back up his words and give the fans someone they know has been successful. Throw in Ziggler’s natural speaking abilities and it was a well thought out pick. I don’t know if I would want to hear him every week, but for a one off, it was fine. Then there was MVP, who regularly called Main Event over the summer and is an excellent talker in his own right.
Who do you like as the commentary team? Who is the best commentator in WWE today? Let us know in the comments below.
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