Corey Graves Defends Michael Cole Botch At Wrestlemania

Corey Graves recently recorded another episode of After The Bell, where he defended Michael Cole, after the Friday Night Smackdown announcer botched the finish of a match.

During the finish of thier match at WrestleMania, Bianca Belair hit the K.O.D on Sasha Banks for the win, and Cole began to yell about Banks kicking out. Corey Graves corrected him,and said Belair won the match.

Corey Graves spoke about the botch, and tried his best to explain what happened, stating:

“If there’s anybody that’s truly unshakable, it’s [Michael] Cole. 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. I’m not making excuses cause it was what it is, it didn’t take anything away from the amazing moment, it was reality. 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 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, why wouldn’t this be any different? It was a genuine shock after that so everyone, leave Michael Cole alone”.

Graves continued to talk about Wrestlemania, and spoke about the WWE Universe’s return. Corey mentioned why the event was so “significant”, and told listeners:

“Night one was so significant and emotional because it was the first. You never replicate your first, it was the first time in a year, a month and a day that we got to have fans that are the lifeblood of what we do. They weren’t cheering for Vic Joseph, they weren’t cheering for Corey Graves, they weren’t even cheering for Randy Orton or Carmella or whoever else, they were cheering for WWE and for normalcy and for WrestleMania. That to me was bigger than the biggest spectacle in live entertainment, that to me was on a human being level significant. I had genuine emotion, I had a lump in my throat, I was choking back tears, chewing on my cheeks standing on the stage just going man, we’re back. That to me was why night one was more significant."

What are your thoughts on the botch? Is it a big deal? Or a minor issue? Maybe its no problem at all! Sound off in the comments section.

(H/T and transcribed by SKWrestling)