Play-by-play announcers are also well known in professional wrestling, where their main job is to put over the action in the ring by not only calling the maneuvers and action in the ring, but by recapping the angles and other goings on that have occurred. They often support the face in the match and are joined by color commentators, who take up for the heel - although this can change as circumstances dictate (Jerry Lawler always talked badly about the "Right To Censor" stable, and would always defend Jim Ross when a wrestler disliked a comment he made and tried to fight him). Current well known announcers in professional wrestling include Jim Ross, Todd Grisham, Joey Styles, Mike Tenay, and Michael Cole, and some "legends" in the field are Gordon Solie, Lance Russell, the late Gorilla Monsoon, and even World Wrestling Entertainment Chairman Vince McMahon, who started his on screen career doing play-by-play as a face announcer being foil to the likes of Jesse Ventura.
Ford C. Frick award-winning announcer Jack Brickhouse was well known as a professional wrestling announcer in the 1950s.
Former Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers broadcaster Bill Mercer is also an established wrestling announcer in his own right; best remembered as the voice and associated producer of World Class Championship Wrestling. It was Mercer who, along with Mickey Grant and Gary Hart, came up with the World Class name, when the promotion was being retooled from its former name Big Time Wrestling.
Former Wrestling Play by Play Commentators