Michael Cole will not be on commentary for Smackdown this week. Instead, JBL will be joined on television by Josh Mathews. No word yet on why Cole did not work the event, but there does not appear to be any backstage heat from WWE towards their long time commentator.
Since Miz is someone that the company wants to keep around for a long time, WWE is experimenting with him as a commentator on Smackdown this week, where the former heavyweight champion will be joining Michael Cole and JBL for the entire episode.
Since they are friends in real life, Michael Cole flew down to Houston this week to do commentary at Reality of Wrestling Christmas Chaos, an event promoted by Booker T. The two of them requested and received permission from WWE to do so.
The widely held belief is that Brock Lesnar would be immediately booked into a rematch against Alistair Overeem if he decides to return to UFC. Overeem was the person that defeated him for the heavyweight championship before he decided to retire from MMA and return to WWE.
The Rock called in a favor from a famous friend to help out with his new show, Wake Up Call, which will be airing on TNT soon. Dana White, who is the president of UFC, made a guest appearance on one of the early episodes. Rock post a picture of the two of them together on the set via Twitter.
In a move that might have been encouraged by Dana White to promote the potential return, Alistair Overeem called out Brock Lesnar after defeating Frank Mir at a UFC event this past weekend. Lesnar is attempting to work with WWE on making his MMA return possible.
Dana White recently revealed that Brock Lesnar definitely does want to fight in the UFC again, and the former heavyweight champion even wants to do it while he is under contract to WWE, which means that he is trying to convince Vince McMahon to modify his contract to let that happen.
"He quit [the WWE]? Really? No, he hasn't said a word to me [about fighting in the UFC]. He hasn't reached out to me. I was with him all night in Chicago, he never said a word about it. He just showed up. We talked about a lot of things, fighting was not one of them. I like him, he's a great guy. It's a little late to get into the game, but who knows if he can fight? I don't know. We'll see what happens, but I like him a lot. He's a nice guy."
- Dana White on CM Punk quitting WWE and possibly joining UFC
According to reports, Bellator is interested in signing CM Punk, if he wanted to try changing careers. It has been a well known fact that Punk is a big fan of MMA, where he is frequently seen at UFC events. As many already know, he recently walked out on WWE after some disagreements.
Brock Lesnar has been fined $10,000 by WWE. While there are a few people who believe this to be a real thing, it is simply a story line that the company is working, in order to sell the brutality that the former UFC champion has been unleashing as of late.
"It's ridiculous. I hate to sound like I'm attacking the WWE or (I) devalue what they did because Vince McMahon, say whatever you want -- and he's always smashing us and talking s—t about us, but I will tell you this, I was watching WWE I was a little kid and Vince was the commentator in WWE -- this guy has been kicking ass, breaking rules and doing things that people said he couldn't do over and over and over again. Now I'm older I don't get the whole thing, it doesn't work for me, but what he's able to do, the ratings he's able to pull and the things he's done ... And when I look at his model and he's basically taking everything in and devalued it. Saying everything we do is worth $10. That doesn't make sense to me," White said during a media luncheon on Monday. If he pulls in 2 million subscribers, he's crushing it. So it's a risky move, it's a crazy move, but Vince has been doing risky, crazy s—t since the beginning of time. If anybody can do it, maybe Vince can do it."
- UFC president Dana White on Vince McMahon and WWE Network
Prior to becoming the voice of WWE, Michael Cole worked as a journalist for CBS Radio. Presidential nominee Michael Dukakis, who famously lost the election race to George Bush, was his first major assignment. He had to explore the losing side of things in the piece.
During Monday Night Raw, a peculiar scene took place where JBL, Jerry Lawler and Michael Cole were taking pictures of themselves. That segment was done because Vince McMahon wanted to take a jab at Barack Obama for doing that at the funeral of Nelson Mandela.
In an attempt to try to give him some momentum, Wade Barrett is being repackaged by WWE yet again. The former Nexus star is receiving a new gimmick, and it is being said that he will be using the Bad New Barrett character seen on the JBL and Michael Cole show.