Night One of WrestleMania 37 concluded last night and it was a night of memorable events and excellent matches. It also featured WWE commentator Michael Cole working extra hard at the event, commentating matches for both Monday Night RAW and Friday Night Smackdown. Vince McMahon apparently had a reason for that. Vince McMahon was also said to be losing money at WrestleMania 37.
According to a report by Dave Meltzer on the latest Wrestling Observer Radio, Michael Cole was not slated to work the entire WrestleMania 37 show. However, due to the current situation surrounding Tom Phillips, Cole had to take his place.
“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.”