Adnan Virk is the latest play-by-play commentator on Monday Night RAW, serving as a replacement for Samoa Joe. Many fans felt his performance was quite lacking during WWE RAW.
While speaking to Jimmy Traina on a recent edition of the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast, Adnan Virk addressed criticism from WWE fans regarding is performance.
Traina stated how pro wrestling fans can be very hostile towards outsiders. Virk then said that new commentators are bound to get more criticism
“Certainly, people are going to have that impression,” Virk admitted. “‘Who’s this interloper? Oh, he’s coming from the network television world coming into my domain. He doesn’t know how we do things here. I think of the great Ernie Harwell line. Of course, the Tigers great play-by-play guy. He said, ‘When you start a new job, people are initially resistant, and they’re going to crush you no matter what. After you’re there for a year, two years, five, whatever it is, it doesn’t matter if they like you or they hate you. They just get used to,’ and I think ultimately, there will be fans who will say, ‘I can’t stand him, but I’ve been listening to him for so long I have no choice.’”
We will have to see if fans will eventually warm up to Adnan Virk as part of the WWE commentary team as time goes on.
h/t to Wrestling Inc for the quotes.