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Corey Graves on Michael Cole botching the call of the Bianca Belair-Sasha Banks finish at WWE WrestleMania 37

Corey Graves gave his thoughts on WrestleMania 37 last week on his “After The Bell” podcast.

Graves said he was very impressed by Bad Bunny’s WrestleMania debut:

“I loved everything about the vibe that Bunny brought.  The world got to see it wasn’t just your standard, feel good, WrestleMania celebrity appearance.  This is a dude who loves this.  Yes, he’s made his fortune in music.  The guy’s in commercials.  It’s funny when you put it in perspective.  This guy that’s just been around backstage and he’s become part of the crew, and then you see him in beer commercials and hear him on the radio.  You almost forget what a big deal he is.  But, Bunny, credit him for putting in the work to respect our business.  The dude loves it.  The dude put in the time, put in the work and did the opposite of humiliate himself as so many people have done.  He didn’t humiliate anybody he was in the ring with.  It was a fun, awesome, WrestleMania caliber spectacle.  I understand there are the hardcore fans who want great matches.  We gave you some of those too.  But, as far as for pure WrestleMania spectacle, pop culture entertainment, that, to me, I think won the entire weekend.”

Graves explained Michael Cole’s “Botched Call” during the Sasha Banks – Bianca Belair match. Cole called it as if Banks kicked out when it was actually the finish of the match. Graves said the following:

“I have to address the elephant in the room. In the twilight hours after WrestleMania, everybody was mad at our good friend Michael Cole. Cole is the consummate pro. He’s been doing this 25 years. If there’s anybody that’s truly unshakeable, it’s 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. Now, you factor in, and I’m not making excuses, because it was what it was. To me, it didn’t take anything away from the amazing moment. It was reality. ‘It’s over. No it’s not. Oh yes it is.’

It was a very genuine, real reaction. But, take into consideration, yes, we have the monitor. Yes, we have audio in our headphones. We are also in a stadium full of 20 some thousand people. In any wrestler’s book, you’ve ever read says, ‘Being in a stadium is very different from an arena because it takes a second. The sound has to leave and come back before anything can truly register.’ So, all of these factors are going in. I, myself, wasn’t sure. Hey, it’s the main event at WrestleMania. People have kicked out of each other’s finishers 35 times already tonight. Why wouldn’t this be any different?”

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