That’s horrible. There are all kinds of issues that come with being a wrestler, but people often forget the others who are involved in presenting a wrestling show. With so many people involved, it can be easy to overlook some of the other contributors. Now one of the more prominent WWE names has revealed a problem he has which is never a good situation to be in.

WWE broadcaster Michael Cole appeared on the November 4 edition of the Pat McAfee Show and mentioned that he has lost 65% of his hearing. As a result, he has to wear special earpieces underneath his headset while broadcasting for WWE. Cole did not mention how long he has had this issue or what caused it in the first place. McAfee and Cole have broadcasted SmackDown together since April of this year.

It’s quite the show. Check out Cole’s appearance (beginning at about 9:40, though he returns later) and come of Cole’s time in WWE:

Opinion: That’s absolutely horrible for Cole as I can’t imagine what it’s like to not be able to hear fully. Throw in the fact that Cole has to listen to direction on his commentary every week and it must be even worse. At least there are those special earpieces which can help him a bit, as your hearing is something that anyone would want to protect as much as they possibly could.

What do you think of Cole? What is his best commentary work? Let us know in the comments below.

Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 60,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 6,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at, or check out his- Amazon author page with 30 wrestling books.

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