If you have listen to any of our older shows you know that I am a huge fan of ECW, but things may have changed. Tonight, Tazz announced that Joey Styles was leaving to work on WWE.com and Mike Adamle was taking over as lead announcer. My stomach cringed at the thought but I was going to give him a chance.
Adamle has to go down as the worst play by play announcer in professional wrestling. Apparently, he forgot how to talk and froze up numerous times. Not talking was probably the highlight of his night because when he did talk he confused wrestlers and moves.
Tazz did his best to try and carry the show but one man can do so much. During the eight man tag match Adamle said "Ja making me crazy" when Kofi Kingston went on the offense. He also forgot the all important "E" in WWE and those are only a few examples.
The worse thing about his announcing was that you could tell when he was being instructed through the headset because his delivery was so unnatural. On several occasions he called a move after it had already past and had no reaction, causing me to question if he was watching the match.
Adamle should not have to carry all of the blame. People already knew that he was horrible on live television but WWE felt they could mode him into something marketable. I do not think that is the case.
I know we have given Tenay, West, and even The Coach a hard time for their announcing but this by far is the worst. Without a background in wrestling Adamle is a fish out of water. WWE should have educated him about pro-wrestling before unleashing him on us. I would not be surprise if Joey Styles is back next week, but for the first time I guess ECW is living up to their theme and talking dangerously. Batista wasn't available?