On Tuesday, WWE taped an episode of Smackdown in Portland. Among the more notable faces backstage was none other than Chael Sonnen. The former UFC star was there to meet up with Michael Cole for some reason. Many are under the impression that he could be negotiating a deal to join World Wrestling Entertainment as an on screen character.
August 12, 2015
Initially, Paul Heyman was supposed to make his return before Brock Lesnar by working segments with Michael Cole about the story line lawsuit that is taking place. Lots of ideas were being discussed backstage on how to make that happen. However, it appears that WWE could not decide on a good one, as it is now being reported that Heyman is not scheduled to make his return to television until July. That is when Lesnar is scheduled to be back.
April 27, 2015
Once the decision was made by WWE to keep Michael Cole off of Monday Night Raw, there was a bit of a debate on how to replace him. Some wanted just JBL and Booker T to man the booth, but neither guy is a play by play commentator. There was a little bit of support for Brad Maddox to take the role, as he was backstage, but the front office ultimately decided to give Byron Saxton another chance to prove himself.
April 6, 2015
There was actually a good amount of discussion throughout the afternoon about whether or not Michael Cole would be doing commentary on Monday Night Raw. Since people backstage were so divided, the decision was made to keep him off of television this week, in order to sell how brutal the beating from Brock Lesnar was. Many in WWE felt that it would be downplaying his impact if Cole were to be able to return to television so soon.
April 6, 2015
Just to give you an idea of how high the company is on Renee Young, there are serious talks backstage of promoting her to the commentating booth soon. No word yet on who she would be replacing or which show she would be working. However, Michael Cole seems to be the safest one out there. WWE is still very high on him, and he's going to be with them for as long as he wants. Renee could potential replace Byron Saxton, who is on the hot seat.
April 5, 2015
Even though the change was made this month, there are already rumblings that we could be seeing another change in the form of the Smackdown announcers. Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler are safe in their positions, but there are rumors that WWE isn't completely sold on Byron Saxton just yet. Fortunately for him, there are people backstage who love his personality, so he will have some in his corner when push comes to shove.
January 30, 2015
On Monday Night Raw this week, Jerry Lawler received some backstage heat, due to sexually inappropriate comments that he made on the air. There are now rumors floating around that Vince McMahon was vehemently yelling at the announcers immediately after the comments were made. That would explain the awkward silence from Michael Cole and JBL. Generally, the commentators are silent whenever they are listening to McMahon on the headset.
December 17, 2014
There are heavy speculations floating around right now that there is backstage heat towards Jerry Lawler for comments that he made earlier in the night during Monday Night Raw. As many of you already know, WWE is aimed towards a younger audience nowadays, so sexual comments have been curbed quite a bit. Lawler stated, "For Christmas, I got a sweater. I was hoping for a screamer or a moaner." There was awkward silence from JBL and Michael Cole after that.
December 15, 2014