In a new interview with Chris Van Vilet, WWE ring-announcer Greg Hamilton revealed that at Crown Jewel 2018 WWE asked him to memorize personal statistics of every competitor in the Best in the World tournament. Hamilton states that the task was one of the most difficult things he’s ever had to do.
One of the most difficult times I’ve ever had with that [putting personality into his ring announcing], was the Best In The World tournament in Saudi. Remember the big tournament that we had. So before that show during rehearsal, they had me listing each superstar’s accolades. So, ‘Introducing first, from St. Louis Missouri, weighing in at 250 pounds, he was a 14-time world champion, this champion, this kind of champion, two-time Royal Rumble winner, Randy Orton!’ I had to do it for everybody and at first I’m like, ‘Okay, well I’ll be at ringside. I’ll just do it from ringside’ and they’re like, ‘No, they want you in the ring for that.’ I’m like, ‘So you want me to memorize in the next hour and-a-half, all of these stats for eight individual superstars?’ And they sound the same, right? Because maybe two people are two-time Royal Rumble winners or Grand Slam Champions or whatever you wanna call it. That was one of the most difficult things I’ve ever had to do because you’re in the ring.
In order to learn the stats fast enough, Hamilton states that he created a personal song for each individual superstar.
I used my phone. This is before we opened doors and stuff, and in my phone, I opened the voice memos and for each superstar, I read it off but I did it sort of sing-songy and I just memorized a song for each superstar. So when I got in the ring, I knew what the Dolph Ziggler song was, and I had less than two hours to do it. I was really, really scared.
Full interview below. (H/T and transcribed by Post Wrestling)