His commentary during sheamus/maddox was almost embarrasing the way he was completely marking for sheamus. It almost reminded me of piper or savage's commentary in the early 90s (and i LIKED piper on commentary). He still has some decent moments (like discussing the revival of the tag division during PTP/Usos) but it was a far cry from the JBL of 06-07.
He was pretty shit on Smackdown tonight. Maybe he hates working with Josh Mathews and having to put over such a boring show as a big deal. I think he's better on PPV, he's a great buffer between Cole and King and can relate to both of them well.
He was pretty s*** on Smackdown tonight. Maybe he hates working with Josh Mathews and having to put over such a boring show as a big deal. I think he's better on PPV, he's a great buffer between Cole and King and can relate to both of them well.
This. Not saying Josh Mathews is a bad commentator, but there doesn't seem to be a lot for JBL to work off of the way him and Cole did and JBL is a LOT better on PPVs.
Post by The Ichi (BLM) on Dec 29, 2012 9:08:27 GMT -5
I'd like him if he didn't pick the most minor things to argue with Michael Cole about, I know his thing is that he hates Michael, but it's annoying (especially when Cole has finally stopped being an annoying douche himself).
Unfortunately, yes; my main problem with him at the moment is that he's too focused on insulting his commentary partners. That did used to be a main feature of his commentary, but it used to be well timed zingers, not constant insults that aren't funny.
He still seems to be a bit rusty with the rest of his commentary as well, which hopefully will change.
Post by percymania on Dec 29, 2012 10:49:26 GMT -5
I still like JBL, but after recently re-watching Royal Rumble 2007, it became very clear to me that he has lost a step. He was gold on that PPV. Very quick witted, very knowledgable about every competitor, and never once mentioned college football.
He's still good and easily the best commentator they have right now, but I agree that he has gone downhill a little from his 06-07 run. My biggest problem with him is how inconsistent he is with his opinions. For example last week he complained about how unfair it was that Booker T put Brad Maddox, a inexperienced rookie, against Brodus Clay. Then this week when Booker put Maddox against Sheamus in a even bigger mismatch, JBL praised Booker and said it was great move.
I think a lot of the problem is the fact that him and Matthews just arn't a really good team as Matthews just doesn't play off him as well as Michael Cole does. It seems like a lot of times Josh is afraid to challenge him and gives in to easily when JBL calls him out on something.