Vic Joseph reflects on the first time he caught nerves while working for WWE and adds in a few personal thoughts about his co-workers and bosses.
205 Live, WWE Main Event and NXT U.K. commentator Vic Joseph has been with the sports-entertainment company since 2017. Prior to signing with WWE, Joseph worked as a host for many of shows on the independent wrestling scene including Tommy Dreamer's House Of Hardcore promotion. This Sunday, WWE is returning to Vic's hometown of Cleveland, Ohio for the Fastlane pay-per-view and Joseph spoke with 'News 5 Cleveland' to promote the pay-per-view and discussed returning home and recalled some of his earliest memories of wrestling growing up.
During the conversation, Vic was asked about the first time he felt nerves in WWE and while responding to the question, he stated that current WWE RAW announcer Michael Cole is the greatest announcer that WWE has ever had up to this point.
“I was in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The Van Andel Arena for Monday Night RAW and I was doing Main Event. I was called on a Wednesday to do a show that Monday. So I had a few days to prepare. Nothing really prepares you for your dream to come true and when you get there you’re going through rehearsals of, ‘This is where we need you to stand because this is how we do the show -- you’ve never done the show before’, and, it’s kind of nerveracking and then you realize, well, Michael Cole is gonna be listening to you and Michael Cole to me, is the greatest announcer that the company has ever had." Vic expressed. "Look at the longevity in-which he’s done it at a very high level. You have him listening to you, and he basically has given you the stamp of approval… to come do this show, which is one of their main roster shows for lack of a better term. You have a guy like Tom Phillips who’s the one that’s trained you and helped you and guided you, listening to you. You have Kevin Dunn who’s listening to everybody as an Executive Producer sitting in the truck getting ready to produce you, and you have Vince McMahon sitting, from me to that wall, right behind the curtain, listening to everything you do, so I was very nervous. I was pacing so much."
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