Mick Foley: WWE's Commentary Ruined Former Talent

WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley sheds light on the detrimental impact of management interference on announcers.

by Atia Mukhtar
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Mick Foley: WWE's Commentary Ruined Former Talent

In the fast-paced world of professional wrestling, where commentators play a crucial role in enhancing the audience's experience, only some talent finds success behind the announcer's table. Former WWE broadcaster Renee Paquette recently expressed dissatisfaction with the company's approach to grooming new announcers for success.

Adding to the voices of concern is WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley, who recently voiced his disdain for the way WWE handled his brief stint as a commentator and believed that the company ruined another talented broadcaster: Joey Styles, Foley's partner at ECW One Night Stand.

During an episode of "Foley Is Pod," the legendary hardcore wrestler openly discussed his disappointment in the treatment of Joey Styles by WWE. Foley admitted that he considered Styles a better commentator before WWE interfered with his style and approach.

According to Foley, WWE attempted to mold Styles into their image, stripping away the unique qualities that made him stand out in the first place. Drawing parallels to the ongoing NBA Finals, Foley emphasized the importance of freedom for athletes to perform at their best.

He agreed with the sentiment that when given the freedom to make mistakes, individuals have the opportunity to grow and improve. Unfortunately, there was excessive tinkering and interference for Styles and many other announcers in the past, hindering their potential.

Management Interference Hinders Commentators

Foley further elaborated on his belief, stating that playing to win rather than fearing losing yields better results. However, when WWE management gets into the heads of announcers and expresses a desire to change fundamental aspects of their style, maintaining confidence and delivering their best work becomes a challenge.

Foley attributed this interference to WWE Executive Chairman Vince McMahon, who has a notorious reputation for influencing talent. Even esteemed announcers like Jim Ross, widely regarded as one of the greatest commentators of all time, have experienced the detrimental effects of such meddling.

Foley argued that Styles also fell victim to this pattern and succumbed to the pressures imposed by Mr. McMahon's constant presence in his thoughts, making it an arduous existence for any commentator. As WWE's commentary landscape continues to evolve, the company must strike a balance between guidance and preserving the individuality of its announcers.

Mick Foley's comments serve as a reminder that stifling the unique voices of talented broadcasters can hinder their potential and detract from the overall viewer experience.

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