Ricardo Rodriguez is much more than Alberto Del Rio's personal ring announcer. No, he's also a bonafide commentator, or at least that's the latest role he's been asked to perform on WWE television with the announcement and initial run he had alongside Josh Matthews and The Miz on tonight's (May 29, 2013) episode of Main Event on Ion Television.
Which means you can expect plenty of Spanish mixed in with your regular old English. Don't be mad, Cagesiders, you might learn a thing or two.
WWE.com has a story on the switch:
Perhaps it's fitting that WWE's youngest show took a dip into the Fountain of Youth this week, shaking up its announcing trio by swapping out JBL and Michael Cole for a young play-by-play veteran and a loquacious manager who's as-yet untested in the booth. You can call it the WWE Main Event youth movement, and one of those newly-minted announcers, Josh Mathews, probably won't mind if you do.
"We have an opportunity for three young guys, three smart guys, to come together and sort of push a younger movement as far as announcing goes," Mathews told WWE.com of his fresh pairing with The Miz and Ricardo Rodriguez. "Cole and John are very established [on SmackDown], but sometimes the things they talk about don't really resonate with people my age or Miz's age. So we have the opportunity to talk about things in pop culture that are current, and allows for a different dichotomy."
To a man, the new trio thinks their maiden voyage as the WWE Main Event commentating team made the grade.
It's certainly an upgrade for those who still despise Michael Cole. Really, though, it's the perfect show to do this with. A simple, one hour program that features only wrestling and doesn't require the announce team to advance too many angles with too much subtlety.