For reasons still unbeknownst to us all these years later, Todd Grisham did not care one bit when Christian returned to WWE in 2009.
As a WWE announcer, especially play-by-play, it is your job to be over the top. Not all the time, but if something big happens in the ring or on screen, you need to act like it. For starters, some people watching might not realize how significant that moment is. A Superstar's triumphant return, for instance. In a lot of the ways, the announcer can inflate how momentous that occasion is.
Think back to some WWE comebacks over the years. Goldberg, Brock Lesnar, or any time the lights go out and The Undertaker appears. Michael Cole or whoever else might be the lead announcer comes completely unglued, and rightly so. Those are big moments and they warrant big reactions. Someone probably should have let Todd Grisham in on that when Christian returned to WWE in 2009.
Jack Swagger was in the ring with his ECW Title calling out Hornswoggle. Instead, Christian's music hit. Captain Charisma had been away wrestling for TNA for almost three and a half years, so to see him back in a WWE ring was a big deal. Not to Grisham, though. The lead announcer on the show simply said "It's...it's Christian." He didn't shout it or exclaim it, he merely said it.
It almost sounds as if Grisham didn't actually know who Chrisitan was and he was reading his name on the titantron. If that's the case, well, that's perhaps the only new information that could make the call even worse. If you watch the clip above in full, you'll have noticed there were a few things we could have picked out for this Remember When. Swagger dropped his title on the way to the ring, and we were also reminded of WWE trying to convince us that Hornswoggle is Finlay's son.
Next time you cringe or roll your eyes when Cole yells "It's boss time!" as Sasha Banks comes to the ring, remember that it could be worse. We could have Grisham calling the action and saying something like that "oh who's that? Sasha? Cool." Christian deserved better than that, and we hope if he ever wrestles for WWE again he gets that from the company's current announcers.