The first night time of WWE WrestleMania 37 is within the books, and based on all the social media reactions, Michael Cole appeared to have had an evening to overlook.
SmackDown’s Michael Cole referred to as each match on the present – together with those from RAW – however that was by no means the unique plan.
Dave Meltzer reported on the most recent Wrestling Observer Radio that Michael Cole was not slated to work the whole WrestleMania 37 present. The unexpected scenario surrounding Tom Phillips modified WWE’s plans.
Wrestling Inc. was the primary to completely report that Tom Phillips was pulled from WrestleMania 37 on account of COVID-19 protocols.
Dave Meltzer verified the report and added that Tom Phillips could possibly be executed with WWE. Meltzer stated that he did not get full clarification on Tom Phillips’ WWE standing and expects to obtain extra particulars earlier than the subsequent RAW episode airs after WrestleMania 37.
As disclosed by Wrestling Inc., ESPN’s Adnan Virk will reportedly exchange Tom Phillips beginning Monday.
Here’s what Dave Meltzer needed to say on the Wrestling Observer Radio:
“Michael Cole did the whole show, which was not the plan, but Tom Phillips, who apparently may not be back. I don’t know what the story is; I was trying to check all day, but everybody was so busy with the matches that I never really got an answer, and people didn’t know. I mean, people who I talked with had no idea if there was going to be a change, but Tom Phillips apparently, it was a COVID protocol issue for tonight, and then the story is that on Monday, Adnan Virk from ESPN starts as the new announcer on RAW. I don’t know that. That’s the story going around. I cannot say 100 percent, hopefully, tomorrow, I’ll have that confirmed, but that was the story. So, Michael Cole had to do the whole show.”
WWE’s commentary staff shake-up
Tom Phillips has been with the WWE since 2012, and as of this writing, he’s not anticipated to be again on WWE TV. If he does go away, the on-screen expertise will be a part of a comparatively prolonged checklist of personalities who’ve departed the WWE in current reminiscence.
Tom Phillips’ reported substitute, Adnan Virk, will take over play-by-play duties on Monday Night RAW.
Andrew Zarian from the Mat Men podcast moreover reported yesterday that Corey Graves could be making a transfer to RAW to kind a three-person staff with Byron Saxton and Adnan Virk.
Samoa Joe’s rumored removing from the RAW commentary staff has additionally opened the door for a possible in-ring return for the previous United States champion. Another risk is for Samoa Joe to go over to SmackDown and be a part of Michael Cole on the commentary desk.
WWE seems able to freshen issues up within the commentary division, and it is going to be fascinating to see whether or not the brand new dynamic works out.