from the Ask te Torch segment at the Pro Wrestllng Torch.com/Torch Today with Wade Keller, Bruce Mitchell, Greg Parks and today’s man on the scene for this question, Sean Radican….Good Q and A on Greensboro’s Hike Hogewood, who spent quite a bit of time doing play-by-play announcing, for Ring of Honor(ROH) wrestling…..from www.pwtorch.com:
PWTorch reader Chris D. asks: You’ve spoken about how play-by-play announcing is probably the hardest job in pro-wrestling. With so many years on television only Jim Ross, Gordon Solie, Gorilla Monsoon, and Vince McMahon stand out as being able to tell the stories in the ring that pro wrestling so desperately needs to get the wrestlers over. Ring of Honor’s Mike Hogwood seemed to have that ability, using his football background to give a real sports approach to the wrestling matches reminiscent of J.R. and Gordon Solie. My question is why was he dumped when ROH was bought by Sinclair, and why hasn’t he been given a look by the WWE when they are so desperate for credible play-by-play announcers?
PWTorch columnist Sean Radican answers: I have to disagree because I never thought Hogwood was very good announcing for ROH on HDNet. He didn’t have a pro wrestling background and I felt that it showed while he was announcing for ROH, although he did improve as time went on. When ROH was purchased by Sinclair, they decided to go in a different direction and bring back Nigel McGuinness to join the commentary team with Kevin Kelly. In hindsight, it was the right decision because McGuinness and Kelly overcame their initial growing pains and ended up clicking as a unit that added a lot to the matches they were calling.
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