* Living Under Marshall Law Podcast Latest episode uploaded 6/27/08 (Tim Russert, George Carlin, Hulkamania running wild via a raging inferno in your kitchen, and Mixed Martial Malarkey (c) Justin Shapiro)
I thought Foley was doing a hell of a job on color commentary, especially since Ross moved over to Smackdown. With more seasoning, he could've been one of the all-time greats.
Then again, I can't blame him for not wanting to be screamed at by Vince every week. God, the announcers must love when Vince has matches/promos since it gives them a few minutes of peace.
“How is it that I am a good actor? What I do is I... pretend to be the person I’m portraying. You’re confused. Case in point: in Lord of the Rings, Peter Jackson comes to me and says ‘I would like you to be Gandalf the Wizard,’ and I said ‘You are aware that I am not really a wizard?’ and Peter Jackson said ‘I would like you to use your acting skills to portray a wizard for the duration of the show.’ So I said ‘Okay’ and then I said to myself ‘Mmm.. How do I do that?’ And this is what I did: I imagined that I was a wizard, and then I pretended, and acted, in that way on the stage. How did I know what to say? The words were written down for me in a script. How did I know where to stand? People told me where to stand." -- Sir Ian McKellen, Extras
Does Mick Foley mean to tell me that at this point in his life he doesn't need or want Vince McMahon screaming in his ear for two hours telling him what to say?
"Say it this way, damn it!"
I really can't blame him. But I did think he was doing well on color. I enjoy his humor and he and JR were working hard to inject some wrestling history factoids into their calls. Which is probably part of what was pissing Vince off.
The other day I mentioned to Lance Jr. that maybe Vince should actually return to commentary himself. That way he can't micro manage everyone anymore. Also, I'd love to hear him scream "Whatamaneuver!" again, although I'm sure I'm a minority of one or two on that. Thing is, when Vince at the broadcast booth, Gorilla Monsoon was at Gorilla overseeing everything and he's not an option anymore. Whatever, Tazz and JR should be pretty great together if Foley is gone.
"Creatively, the announcing job wasn't working out too well." Now personally, I read the subtext as "If all I'm gonna do is call matches, that's not nearly creative enough for me. Especially in trade for having to drag my sorry, beat-up ass on airplanes all over the country, away from my family. Now, if you had some more stuff in mind for me to do, like f'rinstance the killer, excellent, pivotal promo I did with Edge on the 8/1 SD, then OK, we might have something to talk about. Jus' doin' commentary? I barely ever even get a chance to get the cheapest possible crowd pop for that."
But that's just my theory. Maybe we'll get the tabloid details on Sept 2 ...
This show did not make the rain fall, but it didn't make me want to be beaten with shovels. It was just kinda 'there.' None of this class seems to have the "It" factor of Barrett or the indie cred of Bryan or Kaval or the cute-nerd-appeal of AJ....