E & C’s Pod of Awesomeness Recap w/ Tony Schiavone – Women to Main Event ‘Mania, Favourite Commentary Partner, What Was the Beginning of WCW’s Demise? More!
Edge and Christian welcome Tony Schiavone to the show.
Schiavone notes that he’s never actually met Edge or Christian, as they got famous in wrestling after he was out of the business. Edge and Christian note that he was very influential as a commentator, and Schiavone says it’s always nice to hear that. He never thought his commentary work would influence performers to get better or fans to pursue a career in the business.
He was a baseball commentator and when he was brought into WCW he was told to call wrestling as if he was baseball or any other legitimate sport. He says everything became real for him when he was able to meet guys like Ric Flair and Dusty Rhodes. He was welcomed into the wrestling world in a time when kayfabe was still alive, and he took it very seriously because he was quite proud to be a part of it.
Schiavone notes that he never had any producers in his ear until the later days of Nitro, and even then it was a rare occurrence. He’s not sure if he’d be able to commentate with someone in his ear all the time, like WWE commentators have to deal with as Vince McMahon is in their ear all night.
Schiavone says he never felt nervous working on camera even though there were millions of people watching at home, because to him he was just speaking to a camera. He’s much more comfortable on camera then he is at a podium in front of a room full of people.