In the WWE, things come and go on a regular basis. To get 10 years out of your wrestling career is considered a pretty resounding success because trends change and WWE Superstars fall in and out of favor with the WWE Universe. Even announcers are prone to exiting almost as quickly as they enter.
But, there is one name in the company that is synonymous with WWE broadcasting. He's the voice of the WWE and in 20 years, he's only ever missed one scheduled appearance. That name is Michael Cole, and since before John Cena, Roman Reigns, Brock Lesnar, Braun Strowman and others, Cole has been part of WWE programming in some capacity.
Recently, the WWE announced on WWE.com that for only the second time in two decades, Cole will miss one of the company's weekly programs.
Michael Cole has let the WWE know that he'll be attending his son's wedding, so while the superstars of Raw are doing what they do best, Cole will be welcoming a new daughter-in-law into the family and helping his boy celebrate a new chapter in his life.
Raw will feature matches that include Braun Strowman vs. Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns vs. The Miz for the Intercontinental Championship. This weeks' show is also rumored to be the start of a storyline that includes the beginning stages of a Shield reunion.
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Instead of Cole calling the action, SmackDown Live's Tom Phillips will take his place alongside Corey Graves and Booker T. Cole should be back the following week performing his regular duties as lead announcer for the red brand.
Congratulations go out to Michael Cole and his family and friends. He may be the WWE's version of the Ironman, but if there's a good reason to miss a show, the wedding of your son is about as good as it gets.