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Nov 6, 2008 - 10:31:53 AM
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By James Caldwell, PWTorch columnist

Former WCW announcer Chris Cruise is currently working in the mortgage industry as one of the top mortgage trainers in the business, but he still keeps a close eye on the wrestling business to evaluate trends from a broader perspective.

Cruise, who did public relations work to promote the first WrestleMania, says WWE chairman Vince McMahon is out of touch, just like Vince McMahon, Sr. was at the same age.

"Most of the brain trust is in their 40s and 50s there, and they are out of touch with fans," Cruise told Matt Johnson for Slam Wrestling.

Regarding TNA, Cruise says he's not a fan of the six-sided ring, which he calls a distraction, and he's not a fan of TNA's wrestling content within the two-hour window on Thursday nights.

"I was reading that they have a two-hour show with 23 minutes of wrestling," he said. "Also, Mike Tenay is miscast in his role as a play-by-play announcer."

Cruise also has choice words about former WCW announcer Tony Schiavone, whom he tried to replace at the broadcast position on Nitro. "I thought I was a more talented broadcaster than Tony Schiavone," Cruise said. "He despised wrestling. I was never a good office politician. They thought I would speak my mind too often."

Link: Slam Wrestling article link.

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