Michael Cole has become the official “voice of WWE” as the lead commentator for all big PPVs and Monday Night Raw. When Cole originally debuted in WWE during the late 90s, not many thought he would become as successful as he has. Cole didn’t look natural during his first stints as a play-by-play announcer or backstage interviewer. When partnering with Tazz during the brand split and having more time to grow on the SmackDown shows, Cole started to become a respected and credible commentator. Cole would later get drafted to Raw in 2008 and become the main voice of the company replacing Jim Ross, the biggest change in his career.
While he was credible, Cole has never been a loved announcer by the wrestling fan base. Often still booed at shows when making his entrance, fans had high standards after listening to JR for years and many feel Cole has yet to follow in his footsteps. It doesn’t help that Cole has been the main commentator during a changing of the guard where WWE announcers are talking more about social media and having talk radio style conversations during wrestling matches. Regardless, Cole is an acquired taste and he’s had his fair share of bad moments to give reason for it.
Cole had a run as a heel commentator which turned many fans off due to how obnoxious and over the top he was. Those things are great for a heel character in general but when the heel character is supposed to be calling the action during a wrestling match as the unbiased straight man, it takes away from the show. Between his heel run and his overall long tenure with the company, Cole has done, said and taken part in many ridiculous moments. Many of them are not his fault as it’s what he was booked to do or instructed to say but we’re going to hit them all here with the 15 worst Michael Cole moments.
15 OH MY!
13 Calling Booker T Ugly
12 Worst Worldwide Trend Ever
11 Lilian Garcia Insults
10 Insulting Jim Ross’ Weight
9 Anonymous GM
8 Humiliating NXT Divas
7 Insulting Daniel Bryan on NXT
6 Homophobic Tweet
5 Mocking JR’s Bell's Palsy
3 Jerry Lawler’s Mother
2 Over the Limit Match vs. Jerry Lawler
1 WrestleMania XXVII Match with Jerry Lawler
This was the worst match in WrestleMania history. It’s bad enough that it was taking a spot on WrestleMania but the match and aftermath went well over 15 minutes and was given more time than any match on the show aside from the double main event of John Cena vs. The Miz and The Undertaker vs. Triple H. The match was an absolute disaster and for some reason, Cole ended up getting the win by DQ. All the low comments about Lawler’s mother, all the segments to build Cole as a heel, all the time spent in the match and Lawler didn’t get the win for closure until the following B list PPV. Sheamus vs. Daniel Bryan was bumped off the card that year but this match wasted nearly 20 minutes on a WrestleMania.
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