Characters / WWE Commentators

Lists the various announcers, backstage personalities, commentators, and general managers throughout WWE's history. Please limit associated tropes to the individual's time in WWE.

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Tony Chimel (Anthony Chimel) 1999-Present

Howard "The Fink" Finkel, 1977-Present

Lilian Garcia (Lilian Annette García) 1999-2009, 2011-2016
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Howard Finkel found this out the hard way.[1] Plus there was an incident backstage[2] during an interview which ended up with two guys holding her back from going after Stacy Keibler who crashed the interview and yelling at Stacy Keibler in Spanish. There was also an incident where she almost got into a fight or at least got into an argument with Jackie Gayda.
  • Idol Singer: In Real Life.
  • Long Runner: During her first stint with company was the diva with the longest tenure there (ten years for the record).
  • Military Brat: She was born in Spain due to her Father's work at the American Embassy in Madrid.
  • Older Than She Looks: Does not look like she's 50. She pretty much looks exactly the same as she did in her 1999 debut.
  • Put on a Bus: Left for two years to get married and focus on her singing career.
  • Spicy Latina: Describes herself as La Española Boricuanote 
  • Swapped Roles: On a handful of occasions, Lillian Garcia will introduced Ricardo Rodriguez in Spanish, in which Rodriguez follows up by introducing Del Rio in English.

JoJo (Joseanne Offerman) 2013-
  • Afro Asskicker: In training.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Apparently of Dominican and Mexican descent.
  • Faux Action Girl: Subverted. At the Survivor Series and the next night on Raw, despite being billed as a newbie, she was able to get some offence in against Tamina and Alicia Fox.
  • Put on a Bus: Was dropped from the Total Divas cast and supposedly wanted to work on her wrestling training full time.
  • Spiritual Successor: Her voice sounds a lot like Lilian's.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: After getting Demoted to Extra in the latter half of Total Divas, she was replaced in season 2 by Summer Rae without any sort of explanation. She then turned up in NXT as an announcer in the Fall of 2014 and is currently serving as a backstage interviewer and occasional announcer.

Justin Roberts (Justin Jason Roberts) 2002-2014
  • Ascended Fanboy: Been a wrestling fan his entire life, and this is why he got involved in wrestling in the first place.
  • Hammy Herald: Well, he is an announcer, so it goes with the job.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Was on the receiving end of this when the NXT rookies invaded Raw, in particular Daniel Bryan who used his tie and tried to choke him with it.
  • Put on a Bus: Was released after WWE opted not to renew his contract.

Ricardo Rodriguez (Jesus Rodriguez) 2010-2014

     Commentators & Backstage Personalities 

Mike Adamle (Michael David Adamle) 2008

See his dedicated character page for tropes.

Palmer Cannon (Brian Mailhot) 2005-2006

Jonathan Coachman (Jonathan William Coachman) 2000-2008

Michael Cole (Michael Sean Coulthard) 1997-Present

See his dedicated character page for his tropes.

Sho Funaki (船木 勝一 Funaki Shoichi) 1998-2010, 2014-
  • Darkhorse Victory: Few expected him to become number one contender to the cruiser weight championship. Fewer expected him to win it yet he did, held on to it and successfully defended it in Tokyo.
  • Gratuitous English: "Smackdown announcer number one!" He got better.
  • Jobber: One of the more well known examples, has lost to the lowest of the low, which was probably why Stephanie made him an interviewer.
  • Laughably Evil: As part of Kaientai.
  • Omniglot/Hidden Depths: In addition to Japanese and English, he can apparently also speak French, German, Portugese, and Spanish
  • Red Baron: "SmackDown!'s #1 Announcer"
  • Rising Sun: One of his finishing moves.

Corey Graves (Matt Polinsky) 2011-
  • Career-Ending Injury: Told to stop wrestling after receiving two serious concussions and now works backstage. He revealed at NXT TakeOver: R Evolution that he is officially retiring from wrestling and joined the NXT Announce Team soon after.
  • Catch Phrase: "Stay down."
  • Combat Commentator
  • Deadpan Snarker: Most notably since he joined the commentary team, though some in the know have known of his snarkery through Twitter for a lot longer.
  • Downer Ending: His last match involved him eating the pin. Worse is that Sami Zayn's Helluva Kick gave him his second, career ending concussion.
  • Expy: Of CM Punk, or at least a more debauched version, anyway. His 2014 re-work of his gimmick takes pages from Paige (pun not intended) as a sort of anti-Superstar.
  • Identical Stranger: He looks somewhat like Jeff Hardy.
  • Jack-of-All-Trades: He has a wide variety of moves that he performs. He'll brawl, high fly, use technical moves, and his finisher is a submission.
  • Knuckle Tattoos: That say "Stay Down".
  • Life of the Party
  • Manly Man: To Tom Phillips' Sensitive Guy.
  • Real Song Theme Tune: "Christcontrol" by Cancer Killing Gemini. That he has a legitimate song as his theme as opposed to an in-house production stands out from the rest of the NXT roster.
  • Really Gets Around: Heavily implied.
  • Red Baron: "The Savior Of Misbehavior".
  • Tweener: Maybe. His face turn wasn't really marked by any particular change in character; the only difference was that instead of picking a fight with Seth Rollins (a face at that time), he was picking fights with The Wyatt Family. Likewise, his heel turn after that was marked principally by attacking his tag team partner at the time.
    • Also fulfills this role as a color commentator. While he does usually take the heel role to root for them and people willing to do anything to win matches, he will show respect to the faces that manage to win on their own terms and prove him wrong.

Todd Grisham 2004-2011

Lord Alfred Hayes (Alfred George James Hayes) 1982-1995

Michael Hayes (Michael Seitz) 1984, 1995-Present

Kevin Kelly (Kevin Foote) 1996-2003

Stan Lane (Wallace Stanfield "Stan" Lane) 1993-1995

Jerry Lawler (Jerry O'Neil Lawler) 1992-Present

See his dedicated character page for his tropes.

Josh Matthews (Josh Lomberger) 2001, 2002-2014
  • The Artifact: Was one of the original season 1 Tough Enough competitors. For many years afterwards, he was the the only one still employed.
  • Butt Monkey
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Demonic Possession: From The Undertaker of all people.
  • Facepalm: He does this a lot. And really, can you blame him?
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: He's not the best Play by Play or Color Commentator that WWE has, but he's good enough at being both that he can flip-flop between the roles when he has two, which is apparent on Smackdown, where he's usually a Color commentator, but goes to Play by Play when Booker T and Michael Cole start arguing over a wrestler's motivations, intentions, or actions.
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg: CM Punk gave him this treatment on one episode of NXT. "I'm CM Punk, you can join me and Michael Cole next week. Shut up Josh."
  • Non-Action Guy: Now, but he was undefeated, 2-0.
  • Only Sane Man: During Cole's reign of megalomania, Josh was often times the only one who remembered that the announcers table was supposed to comment on the matches.
  • Straight Man: A role he plays very, very well. He's significantly less entertaining when he doesn't have an insane or Adorkable announcing partner for him to play off of.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: On NXT Season 4, he's starting to follow Michael Cole's example.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Michael Cole on NXT seemingly.

"Mean" Gene Okerlund (Eugene Okerlund) 1984-1993, 2001-Present

Todd Pettengill (Todd Clark Pettengill) 1993-1997, 2013

Tom Phillips (Thomas Hannifan) 2012-Present

Mauro Ranallo (Mauro Domenico Ranallo) 2016-Present

Jim Ross (James William Ross) 1993-2013

See his dedicated character page for his tropes.

Tony Schiavone (Noah Anthony "Tony" Schiavone) 1989-1990

Scott Stanford 2009-Present

Matt Striker (Matthew Kaye) 2005-2013
  • Breakup Breakout: Of the New Breed... kinda. He's this since he at least still had a job in the WWE, outlasting all of them by at least five years, but he only managed that as a backstage personality. As a wrestler, the title would go to the leader Elijah Burke, who found reasonable success as "The Pope" D'Angelo Dinero in TNA. However, if you want to get really technical, then the real breakout is CM Punk, who joined the stable for all of two weeks and has long since outstripped all of them in memorability and success, becoming a five-time world champion and a star comparable to the likes of John Cena and Randy Orton.
  • The Chew Toy: Even faces will beat the crap out him.
  • Demoted to Extra: Booker T replaced him on commentary on Smackdown, and he became a backstage interviewer and commentator on WWE Superstars.
  • Distressed Dude: He was kidnapped by Maxine and Johnny Curtis. Then, while Johnny was not looking, someone else abducted him.
  • Hollywood Nerd: Occasionally someone will remember he used to be a wrestler.
  • Hot Teacher: Before he started his wrestling career, he taught.
  • Put on a Bus: Due to his contract not being renewed. He ended up commentating on Lucha Underground.
  • Smart Mark: He is very internet friendly, loves Kaval and Daniel Bryan, and knows a lot about the business, well, he says he does.
    • Has referenced a bevy of nerdy things, wrestling and non-wrestling.
    • Calling Kaval "low key", Brandon Silvestry's name on the indies was Low Ki.
    • Saying Kofi Kingston a Ghanaian, was sent by Prince Nana of Ghana.
    • Calling Alberto Del Rio two-faced, his mexican ring name was Dos Caras (Two Faces) Jr.
    • Saying a spinning side slam by Wade Barrett was similar to Abyss's Black Hole Slam.
    • Saying Daniel Bryan should go for the Cattle Mutilation.
  • The Smart Guy: Always informs the audience the history of a move and how it affects your body.
  • You Suck: He may be a grade A smark, but he apparently doesn't have a girlfriend, his sister watches SmackDown! for Drew McIntyre and Cody Rhodes, and nobody respects him.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Even when in his pseudo-heel persona, he's never really mean to anybody, he's just over the top in praising everyone that he comes off as creepy and toady.

Joey Styles (Joseph Carmine Bonsignore) 2005-2016

See his dedicated character page for his tropes.

Jesse Ventura (James George Janos) 1984-1990, 1999, 2001, 2009

See his dedicated character page for his tropes.

Stephanie Wiand 1994-1995

Renee Young (Renee Paquette) 2013-
  • Adorkable: Especially on the JBL and Cole show.
  • Apologetic Attacker: Apologized on Talking Smack for slapping Miz after he made a lewd comment about her "sleeping" with Dean Ambrose; Bryan waves it off, saying Miz deserved it and she has nothing to apologize for.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Not all the time, but often.
  • Berserk Button: As Miz found out, do NOT make light of her relationship with Dean Ambrose.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She flipped her shit when Summer Rae invaded After Total Divas for the second time in a row without being invited.
    • During an interview with The Miz, the latter mocks her about her relationship with Dean Ambrose, prompting Renee to slap him.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Something she's picked up from Regal is going off on random - usually obviously made up - factoids about wrestlers, backstage gossip, or something another commentator has said.
  • Corpsing: Always seems on the verge of this when doing interviews, especially with some of the more outlandish promos.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: She has a habit of going bare footed.
  • Platonic Life Partners: Has this dynamic with Regal whom she commentates along side on NXT. A common schtick they'll do during dull portions of the matches is Regal flirting with Renee (who will actually respond positively), Regal talking about his various girlfriends with her, the two of them discussing various pop gimmicks like selfies, or a short discussion on backstage gossip. More than one of their regular third commentators has noted this dynamic and their random tangents.
  • Hidden Depths: She might seem like your typical pretty face, but it only takes a few minutes of listening to her on commentary to realize she's actually quite interested in wrestling and has a good amount of knowledge on the industry. And previous to the WWE, she was a broadcaster for major Canadian sports network The Score and had her own wrestling-focused podcast.
    • Unlike women in the company who see the WWE as a stepping stone to other forays, Young has made it clear she has no interest in making token efforts to wrestle or to just have her pretty face shown, but rather to use her broadcasting skills to becoming the first major female wrestling commentator.
  • Official Couple: With Dean Ambrose, confirmed on Total Divas and social media, and finally acknowledged on-air on the 12/20/2016 edition of Smackdown Live.
  • Only Sane Woman: To quite a few of the people she interviews. Most of said interviews end with Renee looking completely confused, wondering what the hell just happened.
  • Promotion to Opening Titles: After becoming pretty much the Triagonist in the JBL and Cole show. In which she celebrates with a hadoken.

    General Managers 

"Anonymous Raw GM" aka Hornswoggle (Dylan Postl) 2010-2011; 2012
The Computer
  • Arch-Enemy: Edge. Which was hilariously used to illustrate how much RAW had decayed when Edge realized the sheer stupidity of the situation — from Austin stunning Mr. McMahon to Edge arguing with a computer.
  • Beeping Computers
  • Bullying a Dragon: Namely, "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, Jerry Lawler, and John Cena. He also had a rivalry with Edge, which ended with Edge flipping out and attacking the computer.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Ever since Triple H took over WWE as COO in July 2011, the GM has disappeared with no mention whatsoever of his whereabouts. The GM podium, however, continued to be set up for at least several weeks afterward.
    • The Bus Came Back: As part of the storyline of bringing back past GMs for a week in July 2012, the GM returned. Still, no explanation as to why disappeared in the first place was given.
  • He Who Must Not Be Seen: The GM communicates to the ring via e-mails. They're usually read at a laptop set up for that express purpose next to the announcer's table, but Michael Cole has also read them off his Blackberry and iPad.
  • Jerkass
  • Kicks Everybody: Who's not Michael Cole.
    • Ironically after The Reveal, Hornswoggle's last action was literally kicking Michael Cole.
  • Stock Sound Effect: The e-mail sound effect is used in a number of Apple products such as the iPod and iTunes. Lampshaded when Edge and Christian make a parody of an announcement with Christian's iPhone.
  • The Unreveal: It was never made clear who the Anonymous Raw GM was after Triple H took over as COO for Raw, and John Laurinaitis taking over as the Interim General Manager while the Board searches for a new GM. According to a former assistant to the Creative team, they had intended on revealing who it was, but Vince had lost interest and suggested they just reveal it was Laurinaitis "with a throwaway line backstage".
    • The Reveal: It was finally revealed on the GM's 2012 return to be Hornswoggle. It went over about as well as you'd expect.

Eric Bischoff (Eric Aaron Bischoff) 2002-2005

See his dedicated character page for his tropes.

Vickie Guerrero (Vickie Lynn Guerrero) 2005-2014

See her dedicated character page for his tropes.

Paul Heyman 2001-2006, 2012-

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John Laurinaitis (John Joseph Laurinaitis) 2001-

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Theodore Long (Theodore Rufus Long) 1999-2014
  • Ascended Extra: Opened his run on WWE television as a referee.
  • Bald Black Leader Guy: He was the General Manager of Smackdown!
  • Bald of Awesome
  • Bald of Evil: Heel, dating back to his days as a manager in NWA and WCW.
  • Catch Phrase: "Let me holla at ya, playa!"
  • Chick Magnet: Despite being somewhat old, short, rather homely, and a Non-Action Guy of the highest order, Teddy's nonetheless had a couple of different Divas fawning over him. The guy must be doing something right.
  • Easily Distracted Referee: He was better than most other referee's in this area, truth be told
  • GASP!: His default reaction to any sort of shock.
  • Ill Man: Prone in kayfabe to long absences due to sickness/heart problems.
  • Improbable Weapon User: He threw shoes at people.
  • Long Runner: Was the Smackdown GM from 2004-2012. Longer than any other GM, on Raw or Smackdown. note 
  • Megane
  • Non-Action Guy
  • Once per Episode: A few years ago, it wouldn't be uncommon for Teddy to interupt a Heel and say "Tonight, you're gonna go one-on-one with ... Da Undatakah!". With 'Taker mostly inactive these days, Teddy resorted to making them face Randy Orton. If there was four people in the ring, chances was he'd interrupt them and place them in a tag team match.
  • Older Than They Look: Would you believe he's actually 64?
  • Out-Gambitted: Does this to Laurinaitis when faced with a Sadistic Choice of letting his girlfriend Aksana be placed in a match with Kane or laying down and letting Laurinaitis pin him. He refuses the latter and, while not outright said, is implied to have had Randy Orton take out Kane, allowing him to pin Laurinaitis, pick up the win, and save his girlfriend.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: After Rodney Mack was unceremoniously kicked off Smackdown and Teddy became his manager on Raw...
  • Put on a Bus: Once he no longer was General Manager, he disappeared off television, until he was finally released.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: But once he became a GM, he grew out of it to become the authority who tries to give everyone a fair shot.
    • Definitely plays this in juxtaposition to Laurinaitis.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Subtly in 2012 as his job was threatened by John Laurinaitis. Notable was the moment he suspended a rampaging Mark Henry and kicked him out of the arena face-to-face. (A marked difference from several months prior when he tried to no avail to placate the angry super heavyweight in a similar situation). Also, more than one heated argument between himself and the much bigger former wrestler Laurinaitis has ended with Laurinaitis getting knocked on his ass. Hell, he even won a match during the conflict.
  • Verbal Tic: "Playa", "Holla", "Ya feel me?" or "Believe that!"

Brad Maddox (Tyler Kluttz) 2012-2015

See his dedicated character page for his tropes.

Mick Foley 2016-present

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Daniel Bryan (Bryan Danielson) 2016-present

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William Regal (Darren Matthews) 2007-08, 2014-present

See his dedicated character page for his tropes.