WWE’s ring announcers have perhaps one of the hardest jobs in WWE, as not only do they have to remember the size, weight, hometowns and names of all of WWE’s superstars, but they also have to remember all the rules of the matches as well.
Ring announcers are the ones who pay the most attention to the crowd, announce the upcoming matches and have the nerve wracking job of opening the show.
The sad part is that many of the WWE Universe doesn’t recognise the ring announcers, they simply recognize their voice. When there is a solid ring announcer, you never notice they are there, they get on with their job, they tie the show together and the fans go home happy.
But when there is a bad ring announcer, then they virtually make the entire show unwatchable and you can’t help but notice how bad at their job they are. Aksana once ring announced in FCW and it didn't go all that well.
Since not a lot of the WWE Universe actually notice WWE ring announce team, the following are a few facts that stand out in the lives of the men and women who have one of WWE’s most important jobs.
SmackDown unveiled the newest recruit to their announce team back in 2014 when Eden Stiles began announcing the Thursday night show, but did you know that Eden is actually a trained wrestler?
Eden had a stint in FCW back in 2011 but only has the one competitive match under her belt after she was involved in a seven Diva battle royal alongside the likes of Aksana and Kaitlyn and whiet she didn’t win the match, she stayed in the match for a long time.
Justin Roberts was part of WWE’s Ring Announce team for twelve years after he debuted in WWE in 2002 as an announcer on their SmackDown brand.
Roberts was later moved to Raw and allowed to announce pay-per-views before his release in 2014, but before his WWE career, Roberts was an aspiring actor and had parts in films such as The Guardian, Soul Food, Sleepless in Seattle and Only the Lonely as well as appearing on an episode of The Jerry Springer Show.
Since his release from WWE, Justin has joined Independent Promotion House of Hardcore as part of their announce team.
Current backstage Raw interviewer and NXT Ring announcer JoJo Offerman first debuted in the WWE back in 2013 as part of the build up to the first ever season of Total Divas.
JoJo played a part in the season for their first run before making the decision that she would prefer to go to NXT and learn her craft rather than playing a part in the show.
JoJo was one of the least used superstars in the first season of the show, but she did have a storyline relating around her moving from her home to join WWE and having to leave her family and her boyfriend behind because she no longer had the time to see them.
Lilian Garcia has one of the most recognized voices in WWE and the current pay-per-view and Raw ring announcer is reported to earn around $3,000 per week she announces, which includes pay-per-views.
This is $300 more than Justin Roberts, who left WWE over a year ago, but it seems Lilian only earns that much because she is classed as a senior superstar because of how long she has been with WWE.
Lilian did take a break from WWE for a few years and WWE even had a farewell for the popular star, but Lillan returned after a year or so and was welcomed with open arms.
Former NXT ring announcer and wrestler Caylee Turner is actually the younger sister of former WWE Divas Champion Alicia Fox.
Turner was one of the first ring announcers on NXT following its brand reshuffle and was also trained as a wrestler following her stint in FCW. Turner made her debut on NXT’s brand in a tag team match which included Kaitlyn, Tamina and Paige, but WWE decided to release her from her contract shortly after.
She was also a part of 2011’s Tough Enough Contest but didn’t make it very far, so WWE resigned her, only to release her the following year.
It is well known that Lilian Garcia is also a talented singer outside of her job as a WWE Ring Announcer and the Diva is usually the person given the opportunity to sing the national anthem at pay-per-views or Memorial Day episodes of Raw.
But it isn’t as well known that Lilian actually released her own album entitled Quiero Vivir! and that she also sang Torrie Wilson’s theme song “Need A Little Time.”
Eden has been in WWE since 2014, but she was also part of WWE’s development territory as Brandi. It was also announced during her run in FCW that she was in fact married to WWE Superstar Cody Rhodes, who is currently known as Stardust (though that might be changing soon).
This means she is a member of the legendary Rhodes family, as she is the sister-in-law of Goldust and the daughter-in-law of the late American Dream, Dusty Rhodes.
Tony Chimel is perhaps one of the best known ring announcers in WWE and that has as much to do with his recognizable voice as it is to do with his longest serving tenure in WWE.
Chimel joined WWE back in 1991, mostly filling in for Howard Finkle, but when SmackDown was created in 1999, Chimel was awarded the announcing duties to that brand; Chimel announced all SmackDown shows until he needed time off in 2006 and Justin Roberts then took over until his return in 2007. Since then, Chimel has been off and on with WWE over the past few years, mostly performing at House Shows.
As mentioned above, Lilian Gracia is perhaps the best known WWE Ring Announcer currently in the WWE and that is because, during her first tenure with the company, she was the first ever Diva to be under contract with WWE for more than 10 years.
She joined the company back in 1999 and became a part of Raw’s announce team until she announced her retirement from WWE in 2009. After almost two years away from the company, Lilian announced in 2011 that she would be returning to WWE full time and she has since become the lead ring announcer for Raw and Pay-per-views.
Former WWE ECW Ring Announcer Savannah is now a star of Lucha Underground. The former model, actress and cheerleader was also a part of the 2007 Diva Search.
She failed to make it as a finalist of the Diva Search, but WWE still signed her to a development contract in 2008 and sent her to OVW. She was then switched to FCW and defeated Alicia Fox to officially become the Queen of FCW.
When ECW was then revived in 2006, she became known as Savannah and acted as a ring announcer and backstage interviewer until her release in 2010. She has since became known as Black Lotus in Lucha Underground.
Justin Roberts was shockingly released from WWE back in 2014, merely hours after the end of a WWE Raw taping. This came as a shock to many of the WWE Universe, but the reasons for his release were rumored days after.
It seemed that Roberts was recorded “flipping off” Michael Cole and was seen shouting at the long time WWE employee during a WWE live event, so, naturally, WWE were not impressed with his lack of professionalism.
Roberts has since spoke out about his release and a lot of what happens behind the scenes at WWE, so don’t expect him to be returning any time soon.
Before WWE unveiled their PG era in the late 2000s, their Divas were not as tame as they are currently, as the likes of Torrie Wilson, Mickie James, Candice Michelle, Trish Stratus, Victoria and Lilian took part in many WWE DVDs that included behind the scenes footage of scandalous fashion shoots.
WWE released Divas: Do New York, Divas: Undressed, Divas : Tropical Pleasure, Viva Las Divas, Divas: South of the Border and Divas: Desert Heat between 2003 and 2006 and the WWE Home Video collection DVDs turned out to be a hit with the WWE Universe and officially recognized Lilian as a WWE Diva.
As already stated, Lilian has had a storied career with WWE, but she was missing from WWE for a while back in 2007 which left many fans asking questions.
It was reported that Lilian needed knee surgery and this is was the reasoning for why she was on hiatus from WWE. The story was announced that Lilian twisted her knee while skiing in heavy snow in Killington, Vermont, where she tore her anterior cruciate ligament and was forced to undergo knee surgery. She managed to return to her announce duties on Raw less than four months later.
Born in 1994, 21 year old Jojo was just 19 when she made her debut on WWE’s main roster as part of Total Divas, making her the youngest debuting Diva
Before her debut, Paige was WWE’s youngest Diva at 21 years old, when she made her debut and won the Divas Championship in the same night. WWE has since hired Aaliyah to their NXT Brand and she has now taken the reigns as the youngest current Diva, as she is eight months younger than Jojo.
Tony Chimel, as mentioned above, is one of WWE’s veteran ring announcers, but he was also very close to many of WWE’s personnel, which is expected considering he has been a part of WWE for almost 30 years.
Chimel’s son Joey was named after Joey Marella, a former referee and the adopted son of WWE star Gorilla Monsoon, who was killed in a car accident a few years before Joey was born.
Eden Stiles has become a very popular star online since she released her own string of style vlogs entitled Eden’s Style.
Eden used her fans from WWE to help her new YouTube series where she looks at fashion and helps the WWE Universe dress exactly like she does.
Shockingly, her series has yet to be picked up by the WWE Network and turned into her own show.
As mentioned, JoJo made her first WWE appearance as a wrestler, because she was being used as a way to promote Total Divas. She's since made many appearances, including one as a Special Guest ring announcer and was in the ring during AJ’s famous “pipebomb.”
During her time on the main roster, JoJo was booked in her first match as part of the “Total Divas vs The Real Divas” feud and was teamed with Natalya and Eva Marie against Alicia Fox, Rosa Mendes and Aksana in a winning effort. Although, Natalya did all of the work in the match and JoJo was never actually tagged in, she played cheerleader on the ring apron throughout.
NXT has become a phenomenon over the past few years and it seems Alexa Bliss has played her own part in that, given that she's the valet of NXT Tag Team Champions Blake and Murphy and she also competed for the NXT Women’s Championship when she took on Bayley late last year.
But Alexa Bliss actually began her career as a ring announcer in NXT, she was the unnamed ring announcer for the NXT live show in late November 2013 before WWE officially gave her a ring name and made her a part of NXT’s roster.
Justin Roberts career was heaped in controversy after it was reported that he played his part in WWE’s release of Daniel Bryan during his early years in the company.
Roberts was at ringside when NXT’s rookie superstars arrived on the main roster and destroyed the set. During the segment, Bryan held down Roberts and strangled him with his own tie.
WWE deemed this as too violent for their current PG banner and subsequently released Daniel Bryan from his contract. Luckily, WWE rehired him and he went on to become the WWE World Heavyweight Champion at WrestleMania XXX.
It was former WWE ring announcer and 2009 WWE Hall of Fame inductee Howard Finkel who coined the term WrestleMania. It has since become the biggest pay-per-view in the history of wrestling, but many people didn’t know that it was Finkel who actually came up with the name.
Before that, WWE Chairman had Vince McMahon wanted to use the name “Colossal Tussle” for the company’s biggest event of the year. Thankfully, it was Finkle’s name that was thought to have been the better option and it has since allowed it to grow into a worldwide phenomenon over the past 32 years.