This month as we have been doing all year so far, we've featured Top 10 countdowns in the world of pro wrestling. Now we conclude our list of top play-by-play announcers with the voice that was WWF for it's formative years as it became the number one promotion in the world. In case you missed the prior parts from earlier this month you may go back to part one here, part two here and part three here.
Number One: Gorilla Monsoon
He broke into the wrestling business in 1959, and billed himself as from his real home of Italy, but only got over with the fans as monstrous heel, weighing 350 pounds with a long beard from Manchuria known as Gorilla Monsoon. Monsoon would retire from in-ring competition in the early 1980's and moved onto the broadcast booth. He would soon be partnered with Jesse "The Body" Ventura and the two would capture the magic of the very first 'WrestleMania' and they would stay together for the birth of WWF pay-per-views for the next half decade plus. It wasn't until Monsoon was paired with Bobby "The Brain" Heenan for "Wrestling Challenge" as well as All-American and Prime Time Wrestling on USA Network that Gorilla's personality really reached the audience fully. He had a very direct style that connected well with the WWF audience at the time and still resonates today in his call of all of the early WWF pay-per-view broadcasts that can now be seen on the WWE Network. He will be remembered for such catch phrases as "miscarriage of justice", "history has been made here" for title changes and "Pearl Harbor job" for underhanded sneak attacks. Before he retired from WWF permanently he had a run as WWF President, which was highlighted by his real life firing of long-time friend Bobby Heenan, who would be leaving for WCW. Monsoon passed away on October 6, 1999, five years after being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.
When we move on to next month's countdown of another Top 10 in the world of pro wrestling we will feature the best Tag-Teams in the sport. It should be another look into the history of wrestling by chronicling those teams that made the sport what it was in its heyday.
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