Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Why is Michael Cole Wrestling?

by Brian Phelps

Over the last 15 months, WWE for some reason has been obsessed with pushing Michael Cole as a wrestler. Why is beyond me. He's a commentator. He's NOT a wrestler, yet he has wrestled 4 different pay-per-views (Wrestlemania 27, Extreme Rules 2011, Over the Limit 2011, and Royal Rumble 2012). He's also wrestled or competed on 6 different episodes of RAW (4 matches, 2 challenges). A pointless Michael Cole vs Jerry Lawler match was the 3rd most hyped match at Wrestlemania 27. The funny thing is that WWE left off a U.S. Title match between Sheamus and Daniel Bryan in favor of Michael Cole vs Jerry Lawler at that pay-per-view. Sheamus wrestling Daniel Bryan in a dark match for the US Title at Wrestlemania 27 was a travesty. When you stop and think about it, Michael Cole has wrestled or competed 10 times in the last 15 months. That means there is a 66% chance every month that you will see Michael Cole wrestle. That is mind boggling to me. Why is Michael Cole headlining RAW, but Ted Dibiase isn't even on the card? Nobody wants to see Cole wrestle. He's also a terrible heel commentator. He's a great play-by-play guy. He won awards for Worst Gimmick and Worst Television Announcer in 2011 from the Wrestling Observer Newsletter so I know I'm not alone on this. Stop having Michael Cole wrestle. No one wants to see it. No one ever wanted to see it.

Here's a list of matches that Michael Cole has competed in over the last 15 months.

April 3, 2011 Wrestlemania 27: Michael Cole vs Jerry Lawler. (Cole won by reversed decision)
May 1, 2011 Extreme Rules: Michael Cole/Jack Swagger vs Jim Ross/Jerry Lawler (Cole won)
May 22, 2011 Over the Limit: Michael Cole vs Jerry Lawler (Cole lost)
June 20, 2011 RAW (dance off w/Vickie Guerrero) [Cole won]
July 25, 2011 RAW Cole vs Zack Ryder. (Cole lost)
Oct. 17, 2011 RAW Cole and ADR vs Cena/Ross. (Cole lost)
Nov. 14, 2011 RAW “Michael Cole Challenge” vs J.R. (arm wrestle/dance/weigh-in) [Cole won]
Jan 29, 2012 Royal Rumble. (Cole eliminated by Lawler/BookerT/Kharma)
June 4, 2012 RAW Cole vs John Cena. (Cole lost)
July 9, 2012 RAW Cole vs Lawler. (Cole won via reversed decision)

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