WWE commentator Corey Graves recently discussed the main event of WrestleMania 37 Night 1. The match saw Sasha Banks defend her SmackDown Women’s Championship against Bianca Belair.
The match was emotional, and WWE performers thanked Michael Cole for saying during the broadcast that it was the “first ever main event featuring two black women.” Unfortunately, the finish of the historic match saw Cole botch the call.
Cole incorrectly said that Sasha Banks had kicked out of Belair’s KOD, however Bianca had scored the three count and the match was over.
‘If there’s anybody that’s truly unshakable, it’s [Michael] Cole,’ Graves began on the WWE After the Bell podcast. ‘Cole felt bad, he felt terrible but I can relate. I almost thought the same thing, from our vantage point, it was not crystal clear.”
Corey Graves on Michael Cole Botch
“I’m not making excuses cause it was what it is, it didn’t take anything away from the amazing moment, it was reality” Corey Graves continued. “It was a very genuine real reaction, take into consideration, yes we have the monitor, yes we have audio in our headphones, but we’re also in a stadium full of 20,000 people.”
‘Any wrestler’s book that you have ever read says being in a stadium is very different than an arena” Corey added. “Because it takes a second, the sound has to leave and come back before anybody can truly register. I myself, wasn’t sure.”
“Hey, it’s the main event of WrestleMania, people have kicked out of each others finishers 35 times already tonight” Graves concluded. “Why wouldn’t this be any different? It was a genuine shock after that so everyone, leave Michael Cole alone.’
credit WWE After the Bell and a h/t to Wrestling Inc. for the transcription.
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