It wasn’t CM Punk’s heel turn, the return of The Rock, or the reunion of the Brothers of Destruction that made me pop the loudest while watching the historic 100th edition of Raw last Monday. It was the brief appearance of a middle-aged backstage interviewer: Sean Mooney.
For fans like me, who grew up watching wrestling in the 1980s and '90s, Mooney was an integral part of the WWE experience. Eyebrows furrowed, Mooney intensely plugged upcoming house shows in the event center going into most commercial breaks during the WWF’s weekly television programs. Mooney also hosted many of the WWE’s regular Coliseum Video releases in the early-1990s, including the memorable “Supertape” series. In those VHS releases, Mooney showed his comedic chops in various skits, and also did play-by-play for many Coliseum exclusive matches alongside Lord Alfred Hayes.
It’s true that absence makes the heart grow fonder, and maybe Mooney was never in the league with Gordon Solie or Gene Okerlund as an all-time great wrestling broadcaster, but this much is true: He was capable and professional.
That may not seem like the highest of praise, but even such apparently minimal qualifications are, too often, absent from WWE’s broadcasting effort these days. That much was apparent when, on the very same 1,000th edition of Raw Monday, I was left a bit non-plussed after Punk apparently turned his back on fans at the end of the show. The segment could have used a Jim Ross, or dare I say, even a Sean Mooney to drive home the significance of what had just occurred.
There were some rumblings around a year ago that WWE was interested in re-hiring Mooney, who left the company in 1993. But, alas, he just recently took a job as a news anchor for Tuscon, Arizona, NBC affiliate KVOA. Click here for his bio. He looks great.
If that’s the last we ever see of Sean Mooney on WWE television, I’d personally like to thank him for making my wrestling viewing experience that much more entertaining as a kid. If I had anything to do with it, I’d bring him back to WWE immediately.
But then again, I’d also release a new Supertape: The Blu-ray Edition.
PWI Senior Writer