and professional wrestling
Michael Cole is a native New Yorker
and a 1988 graduate of The S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse
University. At Syracuse he did the play-by-play
for S-U football and basketball games. After graduating from college, Cole worked in radio news in Albany
, New York, and then spent six years at KTRH radio, a CBS
affiliate in Houston
While in Texas, Cole covered local news at KTRH and traveled around the world for CBS radio. Among the highlights of his career: Coverage of the 51-day Branch Davidian
standoff in Waco
, the Oklahoma City bombing
, Hurricane Andrew, the war in Bosnia
, Haiti, Mexico's elections, NASA
and the space shuttle program, covering the 1992 Presidential campaign trail with Bill Clinton
, republican and democratic national conventions and countless other stories which shaped America in the 1990's.
In 1995 Cole moved back to New York
to work for WCBS, all-news 88AM and the CBS radio network. While in New York, Cole covered the 1996 presidential campaign, the TWA Flight 800
disaster, The Valu-Jet crash, the Million Man March
and other headline stories. In June of 1997, Cole realized his life-long dream to work in the WWF
when he was hired as an announcer.
After being the PPV
pre-game host, Cole got his big break when Jim Ross
fell victim to Bell's Palsy
. For six months, Cole was the main play-by-play man for WWF programming, and when JR returned, Cole was given first WWF Sunday Night Heat
and then Smackdown to host.
Cole currently hosts WWF Smackdown
, is a backstage interviewer on WWF Raw
, and present WWF LiveWire, along with international programming. He is responsible for numerous other behind-the-scenes work in the Titan TV Studio.
For storyline purposes, Cole has been soundly beaten up by Stone Cold Steve Austin
, as well as being ridiculed by The Rock
on a regular basis. Personally, I love Michael Cole. He's just the sort of nice guy the WWF needs to act as a foil for the likes of his Smackdown co-host (and now firm friend off-screen), Tazz