One of the most ask questions we get each week in Ask WNW has to do with how much the WWE announcers know when they are calling a match. Do they know what’s going to happen?
I know we’ve quoted Jim Ross on this before, where he’s made it clear the information was always available to him if he wanted it. Michael Cole reiterated this in a new interview with Sports Illustrated and also shared his reaction to The Undertaker’s streak ending.
Below is an excerpt from the Sports Interview interview:
How privy will you be to knowing what the specific storylines viewers will see at WrestleMania?
If I wanted to know, I could know everything. But I don’t want to know and especially at WrestleMania. A perfect example was last year with the Undertaker and Brock Lesnar. When Undertaker’s streak was ended by Brock, oh, my God, I was as shocked as the people sitting at the stadium that night inside the Superdome [New Orleans]. I had know no idea in a million years that was going to happen, and that was the reaction you got out of our call hopefully. I was expecting The Undertaker to kick out and I did one of my normal "One, two…" and I was expecting to say kick out and all of a sudden it was three. I looked at John and he looked at me and I mouthed to him off-air, "Is it over?" His eyes were big and wide and I said to myself: "Okay, the streak is over." I want those moments to happen.
One of my favorite WrestleMania matches to call was the first time Rock and John Cena met in Miami [at Wrestlemania XXVIII]. I didn’t know what would happen and it was such a great year-long build. It makes that moment so much better. At the end of the day, just like anyone else who calls any sport, we are fans of the product and we want to be as intrigued as everybody else.
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