ECW's sounds of silence
In an attempt to bring back a sense of unpredictability to its programs, WWE had an unconventional ending to one of its shows for the second consecutive night.
After Raw concluded Monday with a dark screen and a few seconds of audio before going off the air in the middle of a match, ECW last night showed a main event with no commentary.
The much-maligned Mike Adamle abruptly took off his headset and left the broadcast position just prior to the match pitting Kane against Chavo Guerrero and Bam Neely. Shortly thereafter, Tazz also walked off, and the program went on with no announcers.
WWE obviously is turning the universally negative reaction to Adamle’s announcing skills into a story line. There was a story on wwe.com after ECW went off the air that said: “It has been no secret that our traditional ECW fans have not been satisfied with Adamle’s lackluster commentary. Speculation is this could have led to the play by play and color commentator walking off during a WWE broadcast. Did Adamle and Tazz leave of their own volition or were they asked to leave?”
I have talked to some people who believe that Adamle’s awful announcing has been a work from right from the start, and that WWE thought people would tune in to see a weekly train wreck. I don’t buy that. Adamle isn’t trying to be a bad wrestling announcer — he really is a bad wrestling wrestling announcer.
Once WWE saw how horrible he was and how the fans reacted to him, however, I think the company decided to try and make something out of it. That started to become apparent even before last night’s angle, as Adamle’s lack of announcing skills became a running joke on last week’s ECW and on the Backlash pay-per-view.
I am definitely interested in seeing what happens next, and that’s exactly what WWE is trying to accomplish. Maybe Adamle will end up as a heel announcer. He already has a lot of heat with the fans, so why not? That would certainly be more entertaining than what he’s been doing.
All three of WWE’s shows this week were designed to get people talking. I usually don’t do spoilers, but I will just say that a big angle takes place this week on Smackdown. Time will tell if all of this leads to higher ratings, but if it doesn’t, it won’t be for lack of effort.