|Birth name||Joseph Carmine Bonsignore|
July 14, 1971 |
The Bronx, New York City, New York, United States
|Resides||Newtown, Connecticut, United States|
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||Joey Styles|
|Billed height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
|Billed weight||200 lb (91 kg)|
|Debut||June 1992 |
Joseph Carmine Bonsignore (born July 14, 1971) better known by his ring name Joey Styles, is an American professional wrestling personality. He is best known as the play-by-play commentator for ECW and former professional in the field of advertising sales. He works for WWE as Vice President of Digital Media Content.
- 1 Career
- 1.1 North American Wrestling Alliance (1992–1993)
- 1.2 Extreme Championship Wrestling (1993–2001)
- 1.3 Major League Wrestling (2002–2004)
- 1.4 World Wrestling Entertainment/WWE
- 1.5 YESNetwork.com (2012)
- 2 In wrestling
- 3 Awards and accomplishments
- 4 References
- 5 External links
North American Wrestling Alliance (1992–1993)
Joey Styles got his start in professional wrestling announcing while still attending Hofstra University by working for Tony DeMura's North American Wrestling Alliance. He would often split time with former WWE announcer Craig DeGeorge or join DeGeorge for a two-man commentary team. Styles would also host a segment called "NAWA Superstar Stats" where he would talk about the wrestlers and their accomplishments. This NAWA aired on Sportschannel America for a brief time. NAWA September 1992
Extreme Championship Wrestling (1993–2001)
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, Pennsylvania 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 comedic timing to the program. At Barely Legal, he became the first and only wrestling announcer in history to call a live pay-per-view event solo. 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. Styles also worked full time in ad sales for News America Marketing, a division of News Corp in New York City.
Major League Wrestling (2002–2004)
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. Styles continued in ad sales for direct marketing agencies in Connecticut and Atlanta.
World Wrestling Entertainment/WWE
ECW One Night Stand (2005)
Raw and ECW (2005–2008)
On November 1, 2005, he made an appearance at World Wrestling Entertainment's Taboo Tuesday. Styles was brought in to fill-in for Jonathan Coachman, as Coachman had a match against Batista. Joey joined WWE's RAW as a play-by-play announcer on November 7. On December 4, 2005, it was confirmed by WWE.com that Joey signed a five-year contract to be the official play-by-play commentator for RAW. This would be the first time in Styles' career that he would work in wrestling full-time. In an earlier interview done by WWE.com, he mentioned that becoming the voice of RAW would be a dream come true for him. Styles has also stated that calling WrestleMania to be one of his lifelong dreams growing up. However, despite being the lead announcer for RAW, it was announced that he would not provide commentary for WrestleMania 22, which instead featured Jim Ross calling the matches for RAW. Styles learned that he would not be announcing at WrestleMania 22 when he arrived on RAW on March 27, 2006. The reason for Styles not calling the event is that Vince McMahon disliked pure play-by-play announcing and wanted a "storyteller" instead. Jim Ross had a similar problem when he first joined WWE, and Styles has credited Ross for teaching him the WWE style of commentary upon his return. However, Joey Styles was present at WrestleMania 22, losing his "WrestleMania virginity" as he put it, calling the hardcore Match between Mick Foley and Edge. This was Styles' idea, as he wanted to achieve his lifelong dream of calling a match at WrestleMania and pitched the idea to WWE by explaining that he had called more hardcore/ECW style matches than any other announcer in history. On the edition of May 1, 2006 of RAW, Styles announced that he was quitting by delivering a worked shoot promo, in which he bashed Vince McMahon, WWE, sports entertainment, and the fact that people "buy into this crap". To further the storyline, his profile was removed from both the RAW superstars section and the ECW One Night Stand subsite. Styles remained under contract with WWE after he quit RAW; however, making his next appearance at WWE vs. ECW Head to Head. Here, he provided commentary with Tazz and announced that (now former ECW Representative) Paul Heyman had reinstated him as commentator of the new ECW brand of WWE. He provided commentary for ECW One Night Stand 2006 on June 11 and went on to announce ECW's weekly show on Sci-Fi. In April 2008, Styles began working on WWE.com, with Mike Adamle replacing him as ECW's play by play commentator. He has stated repeatedly that he has indeed retired from announcing full-time and was thrilled to continue to work for WWE as Director of Digital Media Content. Styles has since been promoted to Vice President of Digital Media Content.
WWE Digital Media (2008–present)
As Vice President of Digital Media Content, 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 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. Due to music licensing issues, some of the commentary by Styles from ECW pay-per-views on the WWE Network has been re-recorded by Styles whose voice sounds the same as it did 20 years ago. Styles continues to host the "ECW Unreleased" WWE home video series On November 11, 2014, Styles and Paul Heyman hosted WWE Network special ECW Exposed.
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. Styles has tweeted several times that ESPN is closer to his home than WWE and that he would like to do some work, notably a podcast, with "The Worldwide Leader in Sports" alongside former WWE broadcast partners Jonathan Coachman and Todd Grisham.
- "The Extreme Announcer"
- "The Unscripted, Uncensored, Loose Cannon of Commentary"
- "The Voice of Extreme Championship Wrestling"
- "Stocky Balboa"
Awards and accomplishments
- Best Television Announcer (1994–1996)
- "ECW Superstars - Joey Styles". Bodyslamming.com. Retrieved December 7, 2007.
- "Joey Styles Profile". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved December 7, 2007.
- Williams, Scott (2006). Hardcore History: The Extremely Unauthorized Story of ECW. Sports Publishing L.L.C. p. 10. ISBN 978-1-59670-021-5.
- "Joey Styles' WWE Alumni page". WWE. Retrieved January 23, 2012.
- Shields, Brian; Sullivan, Kevin (2009). WWE Encyclopedia. DK. p. 157. ISBN 978-0-7566-4190-0.
- Johnson, Mike. "Complete ECW Exposed Report: Heyman and Styles Reunite to Discuss Extreme Championship Wrestling". Pro Wrestling Insider.
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