Rules for announcers: Vince McMahon Announcers

Published: July 9, 2015

Rules for announcers: Vince McMahon Announcers, WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon is a marketing and promotional genius, one who ended the “Monday Night Wars” by putting the nail in the coffin of WCW and has made the WWE the runaway champion of professional wrestling.

But despite once having a net worth as high as $1.6 billion, McMahon has also developed a reputation as an overly involved owner, who, for better worse, often finds himself prioritizing his own agenda over the good of his company. Think Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, but with even more control in an industry where the WWE is clearly king.

Although McMahon has dominated the pro wrestling industry essentially since the start of the millennium, those infamous quirks of his are starting to pile up, and now, WWE fans have access to an inside look at how McMahon has put his stamp on the current WWE TV product.

According to Deadspin.com, a user of the pro wrestling section on reddit.com, has revealed a lengthy list of rules that McMahon has developed over the years for WWE announcers, who have become a huge target of criticism from the always passionate Internet Wrestling Community (IWC). Below are some highlights from the plethora of unusual rules that McMahon is enforcing these days:

One on hand, it’s refreshing to see the owner of a huge company take a hands-on approach instead of letting others run the show for him. The current version of the WWE is McMahon’s brainchild, so it only makes sense that he would want to control every aspect of the WWE brand, from who is the face of the company to what the announcers say on Raw and SmackDown every week.

However, McMahon’s enforcement of a strict set of announcing rules has severely stifled the ability of its announcers. Every announcer-from Michael Cole to Byron Saxton-is a carbon copy of the announcer sitting next to him, so afraid to accidentally say the word “feud” or call someone “he” that the announcing-and in turn, the entire WWE product-has made fans continuously hit the mute button while watching Raw.

McMahon has micromanaged his announcers in this way in an attempt to control how wrestling fans and even non-fans portray his brand. He wants them to agree with his version of the WWE and his version only. Sadly, his effort to improve the quality of WWE announcing has led to a disconnect between what is going on inside the ring and what fans are hearing as that in-ring action is taking place.

Unfortunately, this is only one of many ways that McMahon’s management of the company-despite his intentions of, in his view, improving the WWE brand-has negatively impacted a TV product that recently generated its lowest audience average for Raw in 2015.

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