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JTI wrote on 24.05.2024:
[10.0] "I know it's cliche to say but Don Callis is up there on my Mount Rushmore of pro wrestling heels. His work in AEW has consistently been nothing short of perfect. He is so easily unlikable that it feels effortless, like he's genuinely the biggest slimeball you'll ever meet. From his obnoxious voice to his nasty sneer to his bedazzled shoes with no socks to his weird hotdog head-lookin' ass, he's got it all down to a science. When it comes to heel color commentators he comes second only to Bobby Heenan, as much like Heenan he actually bothers to put the babyfaces over when credit is due as well. Honestly I feel like a lot of these negative ratings here are just people getting heeled on without realizing it. There's also something to be said about his work backstage as well, including him and Scott D'Amore finally setting Impact wrestling on the right track. Overall he's a tremendous asset to have and I'm glad he was actually given a chance to perform on a big platform like AEW."
deanepuddle wrote on 06.04.2024:
[9.0] "EASILY the funniest guest commentator at AEW right now (including Toni Storm, who I adore on commentary). Unbelievable heel charisma on the mic."
YellowJournalism wrote on 02.04.2024:
[5.0] "I do not understand why Don Callis is given so much telvision time. I don't find him to be a particularly good talker, I think that he is actually rather nowhere near the level that would justify the time he gets. He definitely gets fairly good reactions but I think it is somewhat unfair that he gets so many talented wrestlers in his stable when other managers could promote them much better."
DangoDaisuki wrote on 20.11.2023:
[3.0] "Eine kontroverse Meinung, aber ich bin nicht wirklich ein Fan von Callis. Als Kommentator ist er nervig für mich, aber auf eine negative Art und Weise, dass ich auch seine Stimme nicht so angenehm finde. Und als Manager finde ich ihn auch eher störend und nervig. Mir ist bewusst dass er nervig sein soll, aber für mich gibt es immer zwei Arten von Heels. Einen der mich begeistert mit seinen Heel Work und mich auf eine positive Weise "nervt" und jemand der einfach wirklich mich stört dass ich spulen will. Callis ist zweiteres. Ein paar Punkte gibt es noch, da ich ihn jetzt auch nicht sooo schlimm finde wie andere."
JediSaiyanMaster1203 wrote on 17.11.2023:
[10.0] "Not going off of his in ring work, only by his managing and commentary, I've always been a fan of Don Callis. As a commentator, he's a very good and insightful heel commentator, always fun to listen to him stir the pot with Joey Styles in ECW and his commentary in NJPW was amazing. As a manager, he's the perfect scumbag heel manager that AEW needs, a natural heat magnet, he's also a very good talker on the mic."
JSouthard2005 wrote on 30.08.2023:
[5.0] "Don Callis as a commentator is great. When hes impartial or playing a face, he provides good insight, when we get to Callis as a manager however. He puts himself in the main event and does the most forced heel commentary. He can generate heat really well but he has unfortunately become stale as a heel commentator."
crs285 wrote on 06.08.2023:
[8.0] "Don Callis is a good manager and commentator. His WWE run was disappointing, but he had a lot of success outside WWE. His run in AEW has been great so far playing the corny carny heel. He does have a great mind for pro wrestling. He was good in ECW and created the Ultimate X match which did a lot of good for TNA even if his TNA run was forgettable."
Vanstyler wrote on 27.06.2023:
[4.0] "I'm starting to think Callis is being hated not because of his character but because he's annoying and need to get his nose in every match... I guess he's ok for what he represents, but he needs to be toned down"
gargoylesmain wrote on 26.05.2023:
[9.0] "There is no better scummy carny manager than Callis. He talks great, and always builds up the opponent while building up his own guy, sometimes with such insane hyperbole that I laugh out loud. His outrageous Vegas used car salesman outfits are a meme of their own. Slap him with anyone that needs a mouthpiece and they're off to the races."
No One wrote on 11.05.2023:
[10.0] "This man and Taz are pretty much the 2 best "Non-wrestlers" in all of professional wrestling today in the year 2021. Don Callis is an amazing promo artist, amazing scumbag heel manager for Kenny Omega & The Elite, has tons of charisma to make himself believable, and he reminds me a lot of Bobby "The Brain" Heenan. UPDATED: Don Callis has finally betrayed Kenny Omega, which was destined to happen the whole time. Kenny Omega is a naturally believable Babyface, while Don Callis will always be a natural Heel. Also, Don Callis' character is that he is a big mouth manager that knows how to say the right things, but at the end of the day, he is a blood sucking gravy train rider. Kenny Omega has recently said that his career is starting to wind down and he is not sure how much longer he will last. Don Callis then realizes that it's time to leave Kenny and find the next gravy train to ride. That has me wondering about where Konosuke Takeshita really fits in with all of this. Because why would Don Callis recruit a guy to join a faction that he knew that he was soon to betray? It is a very interesting turn of events."
benh2 wrote on 17.04.2023:
[6.0] "Terrific on the mic for many years in many roles and gimmicks. He's a bit insufferable in AEW these days though."
kmccoy83 wrote on 12.04.2023:
[10.0] "Been watching Don since he was The Jackyl in the 90s. Very few other managers have his mike skills and charisma."
AidanArcher wrote on 10.04.2023:
[10.0] "This man created Ultimate X, he is an innovator for wrestling as a whole. He is a great manager and wrestler."
Lcrossin wrote on 04.04.2023:
[8.0] "Big fan of Don Callis, I also just recently found out that he was the mind behind the ultimate x match, so I've got him to thank for that."
GriffinX wrote on 29.03.2023:
[10.0] "In his various roles Don was always an excellent promo, I didn't get to see much as a wrestler but what I saw was pretty good, he's also very good on commentary, and even helped book one of the better Impact Wrestling eras That kind of diversity earns a 10"
Dogo763 wrote on 25.03.2023:
[10.0] "Don is one of the most underrated parts of AEW. He is the perfect slimebag. Don is constantly scheming and using people to his advantage. His voice and dumb fashion are great. His interactions with Kenny are golden. There's potential for him to be part of yet another fantastic AEW storyline."
EthanFTW wrote on 16.03.2023:
[10.0] "Loved his work in the WWF, ECW, NJPW, IMPACT and AEW. I believe that his work in recent years with Omega may have been his best!"
coppercowries wrote on 07.03.2023:
[8.0] "A beautiful carny piece of shit, Callis always entertains me. The best manager in the business right now excepting Heyman, who honestly no one can touch, so that's in no way a knock on Callis. He's a great mouthpiece for his clients, but also understands how to put over opponents and big them up even when he puts them down. And integral part of the NJPW English commentary earlier on."
Daigotsu wrote on 15.01.2023:
[9.0] "Callis is a great wrestling character who has really found his stride. He's a great manager. The crowd hates him in the best way. And as a commentator? He's one of the best. Amazing storyteller. Keeps his heel character. Funny. Insightful. And he never forgets that it's his job to put over everybody; even as a heel commentator, he'll talk up the faces. He could easily be a full time commentator in AEW (or anywhere) and the company would be better for it."
face painted legend wrote on 24.11.2022:
[9.0] "Out of all of the years that he's been on television, whether it was The Jackyl, Cyrus the Virus, Cyrus, etc, I feel like he's doing his best work now. Don't get me wrong, he had a good cup of coffee as far as his heel work in WWE, his ECW heel work was good...but I don't think their programming ever had to reach to get him out there ( i didn't get ECW until August of 99 - it closed January of 01), and TNA used him on their weekly ppvs but it's kinda the same thing... he was gone by the time more folks got the product. Now though with AEW, his relationship with Omega, and having the TNT/TBS platform to be magnified on, I feel now he's showing how great of a heel he is/could of been. His promos are great. He has "I wanna kick your ass" heat on him. The outlandish outfits make you hate him even more. And on top of that, he's managing a guy, one of the EVP's who he's able to brag about, and you can't really deny his claims."
mrgosciu213 wrote on 24.11.2022:
[10.0] "never saw him wrestler, but as a manager he's definetely one of the best there ever was. love his work with kenny"
Benwerder wrote on 01.08.2022:
[10.0] "Einer der besten Manager im Wrestling! Seine Art mit psycho Spielchen andere auszuspielen gegeneinander ist Next Level. Hoffe bei Kennys Comeback kommt er auch wieder, vermisse ihn nämlich im Produkt"
OMEGAOBSCURO wrote on 20.07.2022:
[8.0] "The Invisible Hand (Job) has become one of my favourites managers in the biz outta nowhere. He made a perfect bad guy along Kenny and the whole "AEW/Impact/New Japan invasion" thing."
TheLegendaryEric wrote on 27.05.2022:
[10.0] "Can't speak on him as an in-ring talent, but his work as a heel manager is definitely up there among the greatest of all time."
TSwifty wrote on 18.05.2022:
[9.0] "I haven't seen Callis' work from WWE and I rarely watch Impact but everything that I have seen from him is excellent. His NJPW work is great. Loved him alongside Kevin Kelly calling the G1 or legendary matches such as Okada/Omega. His spark was reignited recently with his role as Kenny Omega's heel manager on AEW and the invasion storyline. Just fantastic character work and promos from him. He could be a bit too silly at times but he's in the Elite so that's to be expected."
XXDoubleHHXX wrote on 29.11.2021:
[8.0] "Don Callis has the weirdest manager career constantly flipping into different tag teams, APA being the best one in my opinion. I will give him the credit of fixing TNA/IMPACT back to some glory and building the AEW relationship plus the fixing the NJPW relationship."
kashon wrote on 14.11.2021:
[10.0] "He does great managing work and has done an amazing job at elevating Kenny Omega, and played a huge part in making his title run good."
Kung wrote on 21.07.2021:
[10.0] "Don Callis is easily my favorite manager working in the business today. He's so versatile; he's absolutely remarkable on promos, he's even better on commentary, and he's got a well-defined character and connections with his various underlings. It's so unreal to think that the guy who played Cyrus the Virus on ECW TV is one of the best things going in the business over 20 years later."
Matt Macks wrote on 02.07.2021:
[10.0] "His " Invisible Hand" run is one of the best characters in wrestling ever for me. One of the very few people in wrestling, who excel at character work so much that it is hard to differentiate between the gimmick and the person, just because how consistent they are. Callis' return to the wrestling world has been a gift and his involvement in AEW since last September was a godsend to anchor and evolve the heel turns and characters of the Bucks and Omega. Callis was great before, if I recall his ECW and even late 90s WWF runs correctly, but in 2021 it is very hard for me to think of a better non-wrestling character."
Dragon Master Adam wrote on 14.06.2021:
[10.0] "Don Callis is the best thing to happen to professional wrestling since ring ropes! He's a great promo and an even better commentator who's a great heel, but can also put of the babyfaces as great workers just like he used to be back in the day, yall are just too afraid to say it!"
BUIOOMEGA wrote on 12.06.2021:
[10.0] "As of now, he is the best manager, one of the best on mic, great charisma and fits the perfect role he has. Great!"
Makoto92 wrote on 26.04.2021:
[10.0] "Don Callis is the savior of american wrestling right now. No matter what kind of character is Cyrus the Virus or Jackyl: when the manager of current AEW champion always pulls the blanket over himself, it can't be without praise. Definitely the BEST thing which happens with modern day Kenny Omega."
AnB wrote on 16.04.2021:
[8.0] "Callis was pretty much the only thing good about the Truth Commission, to the point where it almost felt like the WWF knew they wanted him on the mic, but didn't care much about what went on in the ring."
Wrestling Forever wrote on 17.03.2021:
[8.0] "In seiner aktuellen Heel Manager Rolle ist er einfach nur super. Er kennt Kenny schon zig Jahre man ist auch befreundet."
Brett1980 wrote on 15.01.2021:
[8.0] "I thought that the Jackyl had potential when I first seen him in WWF but his talent was wasted. Cyrus was okay in ECW. He sort of the disappeared for years and re emerged in NJPW as the colour commentator where he was great. Then went to Impact. His current role as the evil EVP is excellent. One of the best at delivering promos right now."
WhatIsLooveee wrote on 01.01.2021:
[10.0] "Don is phenomenal. He was as good as the Jackyl and the Virus in his early years and compete in the hottest storyline in AEW/Impact now, introducing Kenny Omega."
KyleEnjoysWrestling wrote on 27.07.2019:
[3.0] "When The Jackyl first came to WWE, I was quite interested. I liked his look & he seemed intelligent, but then he was with the Truth Commission and that bombed hard. Cyrus in ECW just felt like another heel authority and even back then I found that role to mostly be an annoyance. I find his current Impact commentary atrocious."
JEK 1991 wrote on 04.06.2019:
[7.0] "This man was a great worker. Excellent on the mic. His style was great. A cruiseweight that could have gone farther. Too bad WWE did not use him a crusierweight wrestler and competed for the WWF Light Heavyweight Championship. Not a bad manager when he was with Kurrgan and the Truth Commission. His arrogance was excellent to get heat with the crowd. Underrated heel. In ECW he was not too bad as Cyrus the Virus. His last best work was in TNA as management consultant."
CelticFC wrote on 17.02.2019:
[10.0] "Probably couldn't wrestle to save his life but oh well, that's not really why anyone is rating him. It would be like rating Heyman or Ross on their in ring ability. In ECW and NJPW his commentary is miles ahead of any colour commentator I've ever heard. In ECW his ability to play off Joey Styles in any segment or match was incredible, probably most noteable during the Dudleys Heatwave 99 incident. His feud with Joel Gertner was also very memorable. I think many were surprised at first when NJPW hired him to replace Steve Corino who qas WWE bound, but what a decision it was. It eventually led to Chris Jericho signing with NJPW and in theory helped sow the seeds for AEW although Don Callis himself was not involved with that."
meatrockit83 wrote on 08.09.2018:
[10.0] "I never got to see Don Callis wrestle, but I've had the pleasure of hearing his commentary. From his days as the Jackyl and Cyrus, Don Callis has always been at or near the top of professional wrestling as a talker, despite the criticism of how he "gets over" at the expense of the talent. He, along with Scott D'amore, have really turned around IMPACT with their competent leadership."
Cameron621129 wrote on 24.07.2018:
[10.0] "One of the best colour commentators there curgently is in the wrestling industry. Absolutely nails it in both NJPW and IMPACT"
Weltmonarch wrote on 08.01.2018:
[10.0] "Für mich der beste Color-Kommentator weltweit... Fand ihn schon zu seinen Zeiten als in der ECW oder später TNA weltklasse... daher komm ich um 10 Punkte nicht herum."
Uncle Anesthesia wrote on 22.11.2017:
[8.0] "Als Manager und Autoritätsfigur zur Jahrtausendwende ziemlich unterbewertet. Heute als Color-Kommentator mit Kevin Kelly zusammen bei NJPW super und es macht Spaß immer zuzuhören. Hat fast etwas von Jesse Ventura als Kommentator seinerzeit."
TheLegacy0405 wrote on 27.06.2017:
[9.0] "Ich finde es ist ein sehr guter Heel Manager und als Manager von Truth Commission sehr gute Arbeit geleistet, er kann mit dem Mic umgehen und weiß auch wie man sich als Heel Manager am Ring zu präsentieren hat."
jcb9 wrote on 07.02.2017:
[9.0] "How on earth is his rating so low! ? I have no idea how Don Callis is as a wrestler; I don't think I've ever seen one of his matches. But as a heel manager/color commentator, he's very good. He was entertaining in his WWF stint despite being saddled with lousy gimmicks to manage, but it was in ECW as Cyrus the Virus where he really shined. Realistically he's probably more an 8 than a 9, but I bumped it up because his current rating is way too low."
Inspired wrote on 23.07.2013:
[8.0] "Really one of the most underrated (if not the most underrated) managers in the history of the WWE. Too bad WWF didn't come up with any storyline for him back in 1998."
TAWPTierJustin wrote on 02.03.2011:
[10.0] "I think The Jackyl is really one of the most underrated wrestlers and managers in the history of wrestling. This guy was so smart when he was on the mic all the time! He always knew exactly what to say and his delivery was perfect beyond belief! When he would talk on the mic throughout a Kurrgan or a Truth Commission match, he never stopped talking and never messed up what he said at all! Even when he was Cyrus in ECW, he was still awesome on the mic and never messed up what he said ever and that to me is absolute perfection at its finest! I was a kid back then in 1997 and 1998 when I was watching and I still remember full well that he was one of the best promo guys in the wrestling history but the reason why I say he's underrated is simply because nowadays people don't talk about The Jackyl anymore and people don't instantly think of him as one of the best managers or talkers in wrestling history even though he technically was a wrestler back in those days, he was more of a manager or in an on-air non-wrestling role than he was a wrestler. The Jackyl will always be in my mind, one of the best talkers and managers in the history of wrestling bar none!"
Asuma wrote on 25.03.2010:
[8.0] "Guter Kommentator und als Anführer des Networks nett anzusehen."
theflo438 wrote on 21.01.2009:
[7.0] ""EXCUSE ME! ... " Einfach unvergleichbar dieser Catchphrase und ein sehr sehr charismatischer Typ mit super Managerqualität. Aber es gab ab und an auch Momente in denen er total nervte."
Baszdmeg wrote on 17.04.2008:
[7.0] "Sehr charismatisch und einer der unterbewertesten Announcer aller Zeiten."
Babus wrote on 04.02.2008:
[8.0] "Grade in der ECW ne tolle Heel-Figur. Cyrus the Virus hat mir eigentlich immer gefallen."
Masterpiece wrote on 15.10.2007:
[2.0] "Ich konnte ihn noch nie so richtig leiden, egal ob WWF oder ECW!"