WWE announcer, Corey Graves, has admitted that allowing Bayley to shave the word, ‘Cole’, in the back of her head at the Royal Rumble was a rib.
Prior to the 30-Woman Royal Rumble Match on January 31, pictures began to emerge on social media of the interesting choice made by the former WWE SmackDown Women’s Champion. Known in recent months for having different words or patterns shaved into the back of her hair, Bayley had gone with the unusual choice of ‘Cole’.
In a tweet to partly explain her choice as to why she’d shaved Michael Cole’s last name into her hair, ‘The Role Model’ posted a picture of the new cut with the caption:
“This victory is for you Michael. You’re done for @MichaelCole.”
— Bayley (@itsBayleyWWE) February 1, 2021
However, scenes of hilarity prevailed when the star entered number one in the Royal Rumble Match only to find that Michael Cole wasn’t on commentary. Spotting that the announcer wasn’t present, Bayley lambasted Corey Graves for a reason that has now become clear.
Speaking on his After the Bell Podcast, Graves told the story of how getting Bayley to shave the word in her head was a practical joke when he knew that Michael Cole wouldn’t be present for the match in question:
“I might have played the best unintentional rib in wrestling history. We were in the barbershop at the ThunderDome earlier in the day and Bayley walks in and starts asking about what she should put in the back of hair, she actually suggested the name Cole. I go, ‘Ya, that’s a great idea, I think it’s going to be funny and down right hysterical I can’t wait to see his face when he realizes what you did.’ About 3 hours later I get a text from Cole and it’s a photo of Bayley and a reminder that Cole was not calling the Women’s Royal Rumble match.
I did know that, but I didn’t realize it at the time. We had a full blown conversation about how hilarious it would be and even I forgot Cole was going to be ringside. I encouraged Bayley to shave Michael Coles name in the back of her head basically for no one’s entertainment but my own. Bayley was none too thrilled with that, but that was my highlight. I got the text and laughed about it and It never registered like oh my god, Bayley is going out there with Michael Cole’s name shaved in her head. That doesn’t make any sense to anyone except for she and I now as an attempt to rib Cole that backfired.”
Despite the jibe, Bayley proved her worth in the bout lasting a respectable 29:08 before being dumped by eventual winner and rival, Bianca Belair.
Credit for the interview: WWE After the Bell
h/t for the transcription: Wrestling Inc.