Michael Cole was interviewed on the Gorilla Position podcast ahead of Sunday’s Survivor pay-per-view. Cole was on to talk about The Undertaker’s farewell on his 30th birthday with the company, Vince McMahon, his favorite moments on the comments and more.
Here are some highlights:
Michael Cole was asked what The Undertaker means to him: “When I started in the company at the end of 1996 or the beginning of 1997, I came from the world of information. The only thing I knew about sports entertainment and WWE was what I watched on TV as a fan. Undertaker was one of those guys that I knew immediately when I walked into the business that he was the leader. He was the locker room manager. He had the respect of everyone on the list. He was a guy I talked to a lot about the business and he helped me understand and learn the business. Of course, when I started here, I was a behind-the-scenes interviewer. Some of my classic interviews of all time were done with Undertaker. He’s someone who embodies what WWE is, from loyalty to our product and our brand, to leadership in the locker room, to the respect our stars have for him and what he is capable of teaching. to young superstars today, what he’s capable of bringing to the table from an experience standpoint, not to mention he’s probably the greatest in-ring performer of all time when you take on counts everything from how he works in the ring to his classic entry into character creation.
Cole was asked if he believes he has mastered the art of being a commentator: “I think I got it under control. I hope I have. The problem is that this profession is constantly evolving. This business is constantly evolving. Am I the greatest wrestling announcer of all time? No way. There are a lot of people who were better than me at calling wrestling matches. What I’m very proud of in my career is being able to work with anyone. I have had dozens and dozens of partners over the years and have been able to make them good and be able to help them advance in their careers. The other thing is the longevity of doing this every week, 52 weeks a year. In 24 years, I have missed two TV shows. One was when I got married and another time when my wife had a kidney transplant. So starting in 1997, I missed two TV shows. It’s 52 weeks a year, no weeks off, no vacation. We are constantly adapting and evolving and in 24 years this profession has radically changed. I am a 54 year old male and be able to keep up with the trends in today’s society and the use of social media and what kids are doing at 20, which is why I need a Corey Graves or a Byron Saxton in my ad booth because they can keep me down to earth and keep me up to date with trends. I can still go out and put on a wrestling match or a sports entertainment story, but I don’t know what 18 year olds are doing. I have been able to evolve over the years. I want to do this at least a few more years. I would love to spend 25 years on the air in the company. I think it would be great and I think it would be something that has never been done before. I still love what I do and until it’s gone you’re going to stay with me, whether it’s better or worse.
Cole talks about Corey Graves: “Corey and I are very good friends. We’re hanging out outside the SmackDown booth. We have many of the same interests. We do a lot of things together. I think Corey is a very unique artist. We’ve tried so many people over the years in these endless roles and there have been dozens and dozens of people who have tried it and they haven’t been successful. Corey is a natural. He has the instincts. It is a natural heel. He knows exactly how to protect the heels. I know how to protect baby faces. The stand for two people works very well. I think this is something we stumbled upon and lucked out with and now I hope I’ll be working with Corey for the next decade because he’s the best in the business.
Cole spoke about Vince in the commentator’s earpiece on the shows: “You know, it’s so funny how this myth has come to life over the past two decades. Look, Vince runs the business. He’s the boss. It’s the president. He turned a small promotion of regional wrestling into a multi-billion dollar international conglomerate. This is his sandbox. He can do with it whatever he wants. Honestly, he gives me a lot of leeway and allows me to do a lot of things because he believes in me after so many years. He’s the boss and like any producer of a TV show, he’s going to tell me what he wants. I may not agree with this direction most of the time, but I have to. He is my boss. Yes, it is very active in your ears. During the WrestleMania season, he is very active. But I have a great relationship with Vince. He believes in me or I won’t be here as long as I do. I think a lot of the things Vince is yelling in your ear is really over the top. I think some people say this because they want to save face because they didn’t get what they did. He is emotional like all of us when it comes to this product. He’s so close to that. It’s his family. It’s in his blood. He wants what he wants. Some days you’re going to get McMahon’s ire and other days he’s going to tell you that you’re the greatest thing in the world and that’s how Vince is. I wouldn’t trade my job with Vince and what it meant to my family and career for nothing.
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