WWE Hall Of Famer JBL has recalled the time Michael Cole had to announce SmackDown covered in vomit but was banned from mentioning it by Vince McMahon.
After hanging up his wrestling boots, JBL moved onto a commentary career where he spent much of his time by long-time WWE announcer and former war correspondent Michael Cole.
Speaking at a Q&A at Steel City Con, JBL recounted the story of Titus O’Neil vomiting on Michael Cole at the announce desk and Vince McMahon demanding Cole not mention it:
“We had so many different times on commentary where they would do stuff to Michael Cole but they wouldn’t do it to me and I’d be in on it. Finlay hit him with the shillelagh — I mean, they abused Michael Cole for years. Titus O’Neil threw up on him one time. Titus was supposed to drink this pea soup and spit the pea soup out on Michael Cole.”
“Well, he thought he was supposed to drink it and actually throw up. So he drinks it and throws up on Cole. Titus actually threw up on him on live television and Michael is out there with puke all over him and he says, ‘I feel like I’m in a freaking frat party back in college.'”
“Vince goes, don’t acknowledge it. Don’t say anything about it. Michael is like, ‘I’m covered in puke. You had a guy puke on me and you don’t want me to talk about it?!’”
JBL also reminisced about the time the WWE Chairman threatened to “kick [Michael Cole’s] ass and fire him” after misinterpreting McMahon’s instructions on commentary.