Michael David "Mike" Adamle
(born October 10, 1949) is a sports personality and former National Football League player. He is best known as the co-host of American Gladiators
for seven years and as arguably one of the worst wrestling personalities in the history of the WWE
On January 27, 2008 at the Royal Rumble, Adamle began working as an interviewer for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), making multiple mistakes with every onscreen appearance. On his debut, he referred to Jeff Hardy
as "Jeff Harvey" and still
managed to become the play-by-play commentator on ECW. He was well known - and mocked (by his color partners Tazz and later Jerry Lawler
, former ECW owner and booker Paul Heyman
, and former talent Lance Storm, among MANY others) - for being unable to keep up with the commentary, using terribly unfunny Catch Phrases
, and generally being a poor choice to replace Joey Styles
On the July 28, 2008 episode of RAW
, Executive Vice President Shane McMahon
announced that Adamle was the new General Manager for the Raw brand. Even though his new character allowed him to carry a script on camera, he made mistakes in every episode. In November, during an in-ring segment with Shane McMahon and Randy Orton
, Adamle resigned from his position as General Manager, but no reason was ever given for Adamle's real life departure. (However, it was lampshaded
on one episode of RAW
that the other wrestlers - particularly Chris Jericho
- couldn't stand him.)
Tropes associated with Mike Adamle:
- Actually Pretty Funny: His one appearance on "The Dirt Sheet" actually makes him Adorkable.
Miz gestures to himself
The Miz: And there are losers...
Points to Adamle who gives a thumbs up. John Morrison begins to speak when...
Mike Adamle: That's the nicest thing anyone's ever said to me since I joined ECW!
John Morrison: Don't interrupt me again, Mike.
- Mike Adamle: JomamajomamajomamajomamaJAMAICANMECRAAAAAAZY!
- Bad Bad Acting
- Older Than He Looks: He's 64.
- Put on a Bus
- Shipper on Deck: While GM of RAW, he constantly referred to John Cena and Mickie James as a cute couple, much to their annoyance.
- Reality Subtext: Probably doesn't help that rumors of Cena and James having an affair have persisted for the last few years.