Joey Styles

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Joey Styles
Ring name(s) Joey Styles
Billed height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)[1]
Billed weight 200 lb (91 kg)[1]
Born (1971-07-14) July 14, 1971 (age 42)[1][2]
The Bronx, New York City, U.S.A.
Resides Newtown, CT
Debut June 19, 1993[1]

Joseph Carmine Bonsignore (born July 14, 1971) better known by his ring name Joey Styles, is an American professional wrestling personality and is best known as the play-by-play commentator for ECW with his catchphrase "Oh My God!", and former professional in the field of advertising sales. He works for WWE as Vice President of Digital Media Content.

Career[edit]

Extreme Championship Wrestling (1993–2001)[edit]

Styles is best known for his work in Extreme Championship Wrestling during its entire run, from 1993 to its 2001 bankruptcy. He debuted at the Super Summer Sizzler Spectacular show in Philadelphia, PA on June 19, 1993. Styles was the sole host of ECW Hardcore TV and spent the early portion of the run as the promotion's only announcer. Providing both play-by-play and color commentary during television and pay-per-view broadcasts, Styles added his wrestling knowledge, enthusiasm, and comedy timing to the program.[3] At Barely Legal, he became the first and only wrestling announcer in history to call a live pay-per-view event solo.[4] Later on in the promotion, he was joined on commentary by Rick Rude on Hardcore TV, Joel Gertner for ECW on TNN, and later Cyrus for pay-per-views.

Major League Wrestling (2002–2004)[edit]

After a brief sabbatical from the wrestling industry, Joey Styles would return to wrestling announcing for Court Bauer's Major League Wrestling as the "voice of MLW." Joey's return to wrestling would be heralded as he was one of the first names to be announced by the company during its 2002 launch. Initially calling the action for MLW's home video releases, Styles's presence would grow upon MLW inking a major television pact with Sun Sports and several other international distributors. Hosting the weekly 11 pm series, "MLW Underground," Styles returned his to his roots in the booth as a solo broadcaster, praised for his calling of memorable matches including a barbed wire match between Terry Funk and Steve Corino, amongst others.

World Wrestling Entertainment (2005–present)[edit]

ECW One Night Stand (2005)[edit]

Styles signed a one night deal with World Wrestling Entertainment to call the first-ever ECW One Night Stand event, where he and Mick Foley did commentary for the show.

Raw and ECW (2005–2008)[edit]

Styles signed a five-year deal with WWE to call the Raw brand, starting at Taboo Tuesday on November 1, 2005, working alongside Jonathan Coachman and Jerry Lawler. On the May 1, 2006 episode of Raw, Styles "quit" after a worked shoot, in which he ranted about the lack of "wrestling" and his dislike of "sports entertainment" and even WWE Chairman, Vince McMahon. In reality, Jim Ross, longtime announcer of Raw was returning to his role and Joey Styles was going to call the soon to be reborn ECW. On June 13, 2006, Styles returned to TV as the play-by-play commentator for the newly created ECW brand with Tazz, who would be the color commentator. In April 2008, Styles would leave the ECW brand, being replaced by Mike Adamle after Styles was made Director of Digital Media Content for WWE.com, the company's website.

WWE Digital Media (2008–present)[edit]

As Vice President of Digital Media Content,[4] Styles works on WWE.com and the WWE app, writing and editing. Additionally, Styles hosted a show called Oh My God! Moment of the Week[5] that ran from September 2008 to December 2008. On the December 8, 2008 episode of Raw, Styles presented the "O M G!" Moment of the Year award at the 2008 Slammy Awards with Alicia Fox, saying his famous "Oh My God!" catchphrase.

In 2010, Styles' announcing contract expired, but he remains with WWE as a non-contracted employee and continued to host "History of ECW" on WWE Classics On Demand TV service until it was discontinued in January 2014 because of the launch of WWE Network. Episodes of ECW Hardcore TV which aired in syndication from 1993-2000 and was hosted and announced by Styles are available on WWE Network along with all ECW pay-per-views.

YESNetwork.com (2012)[edit]

In addition to his duties on WWE.com, during the 2012 baseball season, Styles hosted a weekly webcast called "Pinstripe Plays of the Week" on YES Network.com, where he would give a recap of the best weekly plays from the New York Yankees.

In wrestling[edit]

  • Nicknames
    • "The Extreme Announcer"[4]
    • "The Unscripted, Uncensored, Loose cannon of commentary"
    • "The Voice of Extreme Championship Wrestling"

Awards and accomplishments[edit]

  • Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "ECW Superstars - Joey Styles". Bodyslamming.com. Retrieved 2007-12-07. 
  2. ^ "Joey Styles Profile". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2007-12-07. 
  3. ^ Williams, Scott (2006). Hardcore History: The Extremely Unauthorized Story of ECW. Sports Publishing L.L.C. p. 10. ISBN 978-1-59670-021-5. 
  4. ^ a b c "Joey Styles' WWE Alumni page". WWE. Retrieved January 23, 2012. 
  5. ^ Shields, Brian; Sullivan, Kevin (2009). WWE Encyclopedia. DK. p. 157. ISBN 978-0-7566-4190-0. 

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