Longtime WWE commentator Michael Cole has been the main announcer for the sports entertainment company for over a decade now.
He recently spoke with the Sky Sports Lock Up podcast to talk about various topics. As seen over the last few years, NXT TakeOver events have consistently stolen the show from WWE main roster pay-per-views.
It should be noted that these matches are practiced at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida in the weeks prior to the events in order to get the best match possible out of the performers.
Cole said that TakeOver is what he looks forward to the most during WrestleMania weekend outside of WrestleMania itself.
“I’d say, over the last two, three years, I think NXT TakeOver. I really love NXT. I have been part of that product since day one. I am on Triple H’s team to help build that brand. I work closely with the Announcers; we have some really good Announcers that came from that system; Corey Graves and Tom Phillips are two really good examples, so I’ve been part of that since it started. To me, that is where my heart lies, in NXT, especially for TakeOver because that sets the stage for WrestleMania, and to see these performers go out there in front of thousands and thousands of people in an incredible, pressure-filled weekend, and to see them each year steal the show, to me, it’s such a great moment.
Cole added, “To see the passion of the NXT Universe is incredible as well. To see where the brand has came in the last 5 years is absolutely incredible. That to me is always the highlight of my WrestleMania week.”
There are many talents that fans of the sports entertainment company want to see be called up to the main roster. Whether that means on SmackDown Live or the flagship show of the WWE, Monday Night Raw.
Cole was asked about who he would want to see be the latest among the superstar call-ups.
“I’m really big on the Iconic Duo of Billie [Kay] and Peyton [Royce]. They are on the cusp of something really great. They have developed quite the team; quite the ‘gimmick’ to use an old-school wrestlers term. I really think they are talented and I think there is going to be a place for them. Ember Moon is another one who I really think is going to be a player as part of the Women’s Evolution on the big roster, and I really have been impressed with the NXT Champion, Andrade ‘Cien’ Almas; he really has taken his game to a different level. His viciousness, his aggressiveness, he’s really going to be a player, too.
Cole also stated, “Finally, Aleister Black; I’ve followed his career for a decade now. I was so glad when we announced last year that he was going to be part of our programming. He is a guy who I really believe is going to take this brand to another level.”
H/T to Wrestling Inc for the transcript.