Hello loyal readers and welcome to a new series here at camleclutchblog.com. I have become a little nostalgic lately as I rapidly approach my 40th birthday, much the same way that someone jumping out of an airplane with no parachute is rapidly approaching the ground. And it is in this festive state of mind that I have started to look back on my nearly thirty year love affair with professional wrestling. So I have come up with a series of “Best of” topics that reflect my personal favorites. This is not scientific in any way, there are no correct answers here. This is just my own personal opinion from my own experiences.
I have chosen to start this series off with one of my all time favorites. Ring announcer might seem like a strange topic to have a favorite for, but one stood above all the others for me. Of course there have been many great ring announcers throughout the years. The boxing and MMA worlds have brought us Bruce and Michael Buffer and Jimmy Lennon Jr. And in wrestling we’ve had Howard Finkel , Lilian Garcia, Tony Chimel, Bobby Cruise, and yes even our very own Eric Gargiulo. But for me one name rises above all the others, the “World’s Most Dangerous Announcer” Gary Michael Cappetta.
During my late teen years I was outgrowing the cartoon style of the WWF and was looking for something more “real”. That was when I discovered the NWA. As someone who always liked rooting for the bad guys, the NWA was ideal for me. I instantly became a huge fan of the Four Horsemen, the Road Warriors, Lex Luger, and the Midnight Express. And the man who introduced them to me week after week was Gary Michael Cappetta.
GMC always had a signature way of introducing each wrestler. The only constant was his signature opening phrase “Wrestling fans…”. Whether he was introducing the Midnight Express as “From the Dark side” or the Freebirds “From Bad Street USA”, he always made each introduction feel special. I still love watching old tapes when he would introduce Sting, “From Venice Beach, California… this… is… STIIIING”. Today too many announcers just say the wrestlers name and that’s all. Or they read everything at the same loud pitch. GMC would change it up for each wrestler. For instance the Steiner Brothers were, “Rick Steiner… Scott Steiner… The Steiner Brothers”. That was another thing that made GMC stand out in my mind.
So there you have it. My completely unscientific determination of the best ring announcer of the last thirty years is Gary Michael Cappetta. Do you have any favorite GMC wrestler introductions of your own? Do you have a different choice for the top spot? Who was your favorite ring announcer growing up or who is your favorite today? Leave a comment, I would love to know who your favorites are. And keep on the lookout for the next edition of “The Best I Ever Saw”.
Vince DeHoratus lives in suburban Philadelphia with his wife and two kids. He has been a life long wrestling fan and he has passed that love onto his son. Though not quite yet “middle aged and crazy”, he is fast approaching it.