On Night One of WrestleMania 37, Sasha Banks defended her Smackdown Women’s Championship against Bianca Belair in the historic main event. After a long and hard-fought match, Bianca Belair won the match and became the new champion.
The ending of the highly emotional match was somewhat ruined after Michael Cole made a tremendous botch. When Belair hit the K.O.D. and pinned Sasha Banks for the win, Cole was seemingly under the impression that Banks would kick out of the move and announced the same when the match ended.
Cole received a lot of backlash for his botch, some fans even stating he ruined Belair’s special WrestleMania moment. While speaking on WWE After The Bell, Corey Graves defended Michael Cole’s botch.
Graves said that it was an honest mistake and that it didn’t take anything away from Bianca Belair’s moment.
“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.”
Michael Cole is a veteran WWE commentator, but he is still a human being at the end of the day. Everyone makes mistakes and Cole isn’t exempt from that as well.