JerryvonKramer Posted April 10, 2015 Report Share Posted April 10, 2015 Alright, this is the thread I should have made before. In this poll, I want to discuss which version of Vince is your favourite and why. Option 1: Canary Yellow Jacket Vince Here is the the host of most (W)WWF programming in the 1970s while his father was still running the company up until about 1983. As you can see, he sports a snazzy yellow jacket. A bit later he'd trade this in for a light blue number, there's also a deep red version. This Vince often flew solo and his style is one of pregnant pauses and smooth transitions. He seems to roll his words as he speaks, there's a definite "smarm" factor to this Vince. Although often alone, he was also frequently paired with various partners who had comedy foreign accents. As we saw on one episode of Titans of Wrestling, Antonino Rocca dropped in on occasion and was completely incomprehensible -- this is perhaps why he is sceptical about pushing a Swiss man today. His other partners included Pat Patterson and, of course, Bruno Sammartino. 70s Vince seldom got too excited about anything -- he's mostly calm and "smooth" -- but he did totally lose his shit when he first saw Hulk Hogan. He exclaimed things like "Look at his arms!" while audibly quivering. Option 2: "What a Maneuver!" Vince One of the more underrated announcers of all-time, he formed what is for my money the greatest commentary duo of all time on WWF Superstars and SNME with Jesse Ventura. Vince in the 1980s was an extension of his product, coked-up, over-energised, cartoony, macho. As a kid, I honestly couldn't stand him. When I migrated over to the internet and became "smart", it was vogue to hate him too. I mean, oh my gosh, he didn't know the names of all the moves like Joey Styles or Mike Tenay! He said "UNBEL-IEVABLE" about twenty times in every match. ONE, TWO, HE'S GOT HIM OHMYGODONARGHHH! But as I got older I grew to appreciate how fucking amazing he was at projecting the idea of the fan sitting in the booth. Far more than Gorilla Monsoon, he was the perfect foil for Ventura -- as much as Jesse hated Hogan, Vince was drunk on the kool aid. His introductions to the Royal Rumbles and Survivor Series, you know those ones where he's shouting so hard you can hear his voice going, are legit incredible. This is without getting into his crazy antics on TNT or the roundtable-era of PTW. Get back everyone, this Vince means business. Option 3: Mr. McMahon The strong favourite going into this poll, for obvious reasons. He is arguably the number 1 heel of all time in one of the best money feuds wrestling has ever seen. I remember back in 1998 being absolutely mind-blown about Vince's transition from commentator to villain. It's hard to remember being back in that time, but I literally couldn't fucking believe what I was seeing from week-to-week. The prospect of seeing him get physically harmed, let alone have a match was staggering to me. As the Attitude Era progressed, the character got more and more over-the-top as Vince ramped things up beyond cartoon levels as only he can. Sometimes I can scarcely believe the demented shit he pulled. Getting Trish to get on all fours and bark like a dog stands out. I mean -- yes, it's wrestling -- but fuck, Vince WAS actually her employer and did legit write that himself. That shoot vs. kayfabe element, I think, is part of what makes the character so powerful. AND the fact that he was always always always willing to be the fall guy and to take the fall in the end. Amazing character. Does it outstrip my love of 80s Vince or 70s Vince? Hmmm. Option 4: Elder Statesman Vince Someone else will have to fill in the details of this Vince, because I'm hazy at best. Where does Mr. McMahon end and this version start? A question to be asked. He's clearly this version by the time of the CM Punk stuff. I'd put this character as the 4th outside bet, but I can see him beating 70s Vince because more people are familiar with recent stuff than pre-83 stuff. I'd actually like to know more about this version of the character. When I've caught random RAWs and things over the past few years I've had trouble working out whether he's meant to be a face or a heel. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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