As we move forward into the middle of the month of May we also move into the middle parts of our Top 10 countdown of the best play-by-play announcers in the history of the sport of pro wrestling. This part features numbers seven, six and five, but if you missed part one, numbers 10 through eight, you may read it here.
Number Seven: Tony Schiavone
Schiavone is best known by wrestling fans as the voice of WCW during the Monday Night War when Nitro went head-to-head with Raw. He got his start as a minor league baseball announcer for the Charlotte O's, partly owned by Jim Crockett Jr. While Crockett promotions began to gain national exposure in 1985 for it's "World Championship Wrestling" broadcast Schiavone would be added alongside Crockett to cover the matches. He would work for the WWF briefly in 1989 and 1990 as the lead play-by-play man for 'SummerSlam' in 1989 and 'Royal Rumble' in 1990. Schiavone returned to WCW thereafter until it was purchased by WWE in 2001. Schiavone was also best known for the incident that turned the tide in the Monday Night War as he was ordered by Eric Bischoff to reveal the taped results of Raw from January 4, 1999 when Mick Foley won the WWF Championship from The Rock that night.
Number Six: Michael Cole
The WWE Universe now knows Michael Cole as the voice of WWE since Jim Ross left the booth in recent years. He started with the WWF in 1997 as a backstage interviewer after a stint with CBS Radio covering several Presidential campaigns and more. When WWF added Smackdown he became the lead play-by-play man for all but two of there broadcasts during there first 10 years on the air. Cole would move on in 2008 to become the lead play-by-play man for Monday Night Raw during the annual draft, and Jim Ross was drafted to Smackdown, which did not sit well with him. Cole would eventually turn "heel" during the third season of NXT and later as he feuded with both Jerry "The King" Lawler and Jim Ross. In the last few years he has come back to being a "face" again most notably from the September 10, 2012 Raw when Jerry Lawler really suffered a heart attack on-air.
Number Five: Joey Styles
When the era of "Extreme" began in ECW in 1993, the voice that was behind all of the greatest moments was Joey Styles and his famous "Oh My God!" statement. He worked for the promotion all throughout there original existence in 1990's until they folded and were bought by WWE in 2001. After that for a few years he worked for the now defunct Major League Wrestling (MLW) promotion until joining WWE in 2005 when ECW came back at 'One Night Stand.' When ECW was re-birthed within WWE in 2006 he called the ECW broadcasts on SyFy until 2008. Since then Styles has been the vice president of digital media content, mostly being responsible for the revamp and current look and feel of WWE.com. He also is part of a new show on YouTube that covers items in the WWE Warehouse that is quite interesting.
Later this week we will reveal all but the number one announcer in this month's Top 10 countdown with numbers four, three and two. Feel free to comment or debate us on the merits of these men and where they were placed in this countdown.Tags: ECW, Eric Bischoff, Jim Ross, Joey Styles, Michael Cole, Mick Foley, Monday Night Raw, Smackdown, Wrestling, WWE, YouTube
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