To further sell the kayfabe injury suffered by Michael Cole at the hands of Brock Lesnar during Monday Night Raw, WWE has decided to keep the announcer off of the commentating table for the next episode of Smackdown. The on air explanation is that he needs surgery. Tom Phillips is replacing him and will join Jerry Lawler and Byron Saxton at the booth. No confirmation yet, but the belief is that Cole will be back for Monday Night Raw.
April 1, 2015
Last night, Nikki Bella cut a promo towards AJ Lee that was scheduled to be included in the next episode of Smackdown. However, there are talks that the Divas Champion went off script and took a verbal jab at AJ. She mentioned how AJ defended the title less times than Brock Lesnar did. That does not sound like something that WWE writers would script because the company does not want to make their heavyweight champion look bad.
March 24, 2015
Since he is one of the highest paid performers in the company, WWE is still very selective about when they utilize Brock Lesnar on television. Initially, there were plans to have him showing up on Smackdown this week to provide that show with a bit of a boost. However, the snow storm changed up a lot of plans in the company. Management reportedly has now opted to remove Lesnar from the show and save his appearance for a later time.
January 28, 2015