RVR Year End Awards: Best Commentator

RVR Year End Awards: Best Commentator

Hello and welcome to the Rear View Reviews 2017 Year End Awards spectacular. Before we get to handing stuff out here are a list of contributors:


Arnold Furious. Director of Content. Reviewer of the matches. @ArnoldFurious

Amanda Why. Interviewer Extraordinaire. Watcher of NXT. @manda_why

Ian Hamilton. Has seen more wrestling than you this year. @theianhamilton

Aqeel Khalid. Podcaster. Spewer of Lovely Takes. @AqeelKhalid

Chris Boyle. Website Organiser. Editor in Chief. @boyleybugs

VK. Your Pal. Progressive. @vilinskikonjic

Jack Stevenson. Dragon Gate Guy. Rad as heck. @stevensonj95

Mark Ashford. Likes Live Shows. Sorry, “loikes”. @iloikewrestling


Not everyone contributed to every award, nor submitted a “top 3”. Points are given thusly; 3 points for first place on a ballot. 2 points for second. 1 point for third. I present a list of total points and everyone who got votes…


Best TV Announcer:

  1. Mauro Ranallo 15
  2. Corey Graves 10
  3. Nigel McGuinness 4
  4. Austin Aries 3
  5. Kevin Kelly 2
  6. Alan Counihan 1
  7. Callum Leslie 1


Mauro is a divisive commentator. The fact that he got votes here and in worst commentator should tell you that. Sometimes his knowledge and experience are invaluable and sometimes…Mamma Mia! He’s been described as a “try hard” but Mauro has the experience and talent required to juggle assorted pop culture bullshit into his work, to suit WWE. In second place was Corey Graves, a sure-fire favourite before we started tabulating ballots. Corey has improved dramatically as a commentator since his early NXT days and he’s gotten so good on the main roster that he’s been forced onto just about every show going to save them. A combination of personality and knowledge has turned the former Sterling James Keenan from a decent wrestler into a classy commentator. Nigel McGuinness joined WWE this year as part of the UK project but soon found his way onto NXT where he’s been doing good work.

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