RVR Year End Awards: Worst Commentator

RVR Year End Awards: Worst 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…


Worst TV Announcer:

  1. David Otunga 7
  2. Percy Watson 6
  3. Glen Joseph 5
  4. Mauro Ranallo 4
  5. JBL 4
  6. Josh Matthews 4
  7. Don Callis 2
  8. Tom Phillips 2
  9. Jim Ross 2
  10. Booker T 2
  11. James R Kennedy 1
  12. Vampiro 1


WWE has a few issues when it comes to recruiting announcers. Namely that they find someone photogenic and then try and get them to commentate. Rather than getting a commentator who can actually do the job. There are a lot of these ‘types’ in WWE like Tom Phillips and Percy Watson but the worst is undoubtedly David Otunga. When the votes came in it was a bit of a shock he had not ‘won’ by more. Given many chances to prove himself by WWE he found himself replaced at short notice due to his awful performances. When your commentary is too bad for WWE then you really do suck. Glen Joseph rather harshly finds himself in the top three, thanks to some writers disliking his ‘meme scream’ and habit of taking over the booth when better suited talkers (Matt Richards, Callum Leslie, RJ Singh) are left in the background. Ranallo almost made it into the top three here, despite also winning ‘best commentator’, proof that his commentary style is extremely divisive.

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