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Wrestlemania XXVII Preview: When Announcers Collide

For weeks, Raw head announcer Michael Cole's sycophantic schtick in support of The Miz (among others) have gotten on the nerve on a whole lot of people, and nobody more so than his broadcast partner, WWE Hall of Famer Jerry "The King" Lawler. It finally came to a head when, during a ladder match between The Miz and Lawler for the WWE Title, Cole prevented Lawler from reaching the title belt and cost him his first chance to be the WWE Champion. Lawler finally couldn't take any more, and attacked Cole.

Cole answered by hiring the All-American American, Jack Swagger, to train him for a match against Lawler at Wrestlemania. Cole further attempted to stack the odds in his favor by making former WWE Superstar John "Bradshaw" Layfield as the special referee for that match. However, before JBL could sign the contract, the sound of breaking glass was heard and BY GAWD, STONE COLD, STONE COLD STEVE AUSTIN HAS HIT THE RING! After hitting JBL with a stunner, Austin signed the contract instead, making him the special guest referee for the match between Cole and Lawler.

Over the course of the past few weeks, Cole has tried everything to gain a psychological advantage over Lawler, going so far as to bring Lawler's estranged son (former WWE Superstar Brian Christopher) on to Raw to belittle his father.

Frankly, I don't think there's any way that Cole doesn't finally get his in this one, as Lawler will finally get a measure of revenge for being belittled by Cole all these weeks. It's probably going to turn out to be a schmozz, but thanks to the six-person match we just talked about, it probably won't be the worst match of the night. The only drama of this one is whether or not the long-hidden, nebulous "Anonymous Raw General Manager" will make an appearance after all this time.

Prediction: Lawler gets to beat the heck out of Cole and gets the victory, after which Cole either disappears, or quits the announcing job and continues as a manager.

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