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#1 Posted on 8.7.15 0100.12
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Or at least some of them. If you've got time on your hands, there's an gallery of WWE notes on how they want announcers to call the matches.

The first couple sheets date it as 2009-2011, so some of this may have changed - the concepts of not making your play by play announcer look like an idiot and not making yourself the star of the show seem to be gone in the JBL era - but there's a lot of stuff there still definitely in practice. Did you want to see written proof "title" is prohibited? Would you like to see instructions about how/when to use the hushed voice? Do you totally wish you were a fly on the wall in the meeting where Vince yelled at the announcers to stop reading the dirtsheets? Are you interested in some genuine good advice surrounded by suffocated amount of rules to obey and ticks to avoid? It's all there. (Until someone takes it down.)
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#2 Posted on 8.7.15 0236.17
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Words to avoid:
"shot" (no title shots)

***next page***

Engage the audience; ask provocative questions rather than telling them what to think. E.g. "What must be going through Batista's mind right now knowing he will never get another title shot against John Cena?"

Announcing for this company must be hell.
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#3 Posted on 8.7.15 0315.31
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You can drop the words "announcing for" from that last sentence.
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#4 Posted on 8.7.15 0319.49
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JBL definitely did not get the "Don't yell. Nobody likes to be yelled at" part of the memo. Hell, all the asshole does is yell.
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#5 Posted on 8.7.15 0452.27
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A lot of these things are from 08/09 as far as behavior goes. I assume that went out the window when they decided Cole, JBL and others would be on-screen characters as well.

Some weird things aside, there's also some things in there that surprised me in a positive way.
Like being expected to follow the product (and the website) so you know what each super star is up to, etc.

And also, some of the terms they are expected to use do make sense. It might sound petty, but saying "He won the title" sounds more like an accomplishment than "The belt changed hands"

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#6 Posted on 8.7.15 0835.04
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A lot of this is basic rhetorical strategy, so I thought that was really interesting. I also thought that some of their directives made more sense than others, but this does have a clear goal that they're trying to get the announcers to accomplish. We (rightly) complain about the announcing a lot, but focus and strategy like this is the thing that's always missing on other wrestling shows. And like others have said, a bunch of stuff has definitely changed since Jack Swagger was a world champion.
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#7 Posted on 8.7.15 1203.53
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Here's six pages of detailed notes, but BE YOURSELF. (Bwahahahaha)

That's way too much info. to remember. I would be afraid to say anything at all.
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#8 Posted on 10.7.15 0622.06
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    Originally posted by From the Announcing Notes, and I quote:
    Whenever we can quote from a superstar, it makes it mean more. For example: quoting Edge when he talked about his Achilles injury. Edge discussed his injury and I quote "it is a career threatening injury" has more weight.

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