• Michael Cole Felt Terrible For His Major WrestleMania 37 Botch
As seen in the main event of Night 1 of WrestleMania 37, Bianca Belair defeated Sasha Banks to win the SmackDown Women’s Championship.
Bianca hit Sasha with her finishing move, the KOD (Kiss Of Death), and then pinned her.
Michael Cole botched the finish call on commentary and said that Sasha kicked out.
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Cole then said the following after making this botch:
“I was so shocked that I thought Sasha kicked out!”
WWE Commentator Corey Graves addressed this on the latest episode of WWE’s After The Bell podcast and said the following:
“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.”
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• On This Day In Pro Wrestling History (April 18, 2002) – Old School Wrestling Legend Passed Away
On this day in 2002, we lost Old School NWA Legend “Chief” Wahoo McDaniel (Real name: Edward McDaniel) at the age of 63 due to complications from diabetes.
During his successful career in the NFL, Wahoo also became a professional wrestler, who wrestled during the off-season in Football, but eventually turned to full-time pro-wrestling after he left the Miami Dolphins in 1968.
McDaniel made a name for himself in several territories, such as Jim Crockett Promotions, Championship Wrestling From Florida and Georgia Championship Wrestling, but never won the NWA World Heavyweight Championship.
He was inducted into the short-lived WCW Hall of Fame in 1995, but in 2019 he was also inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame as part of their annual Legacy Wing inductions.
† REST IN PEACE WAHOO MCDANIEL
June 19, 1938 – April 18, 2002