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Details On Michael Cole’s Crass Joke About Lilian Garcia On SmackDown

Returning to WWE after a more than two-year hiatus, Lilian Garcia appeared on Friday’s episode of SmackDown as the program’s new ring announcer.

Tony Chimel introduced Garcia to the live audience at the start of the broadcast, who was already standing in the ring. As Garcia talked about how great it was to be back, she was interrupted by Cody Rhodes, who was standing on the announce table. Rhodes said no one cares she is back since no one noticed she had left. Garcia danced with Hornswoggle later during the show, which gave commentator Michael Cole the opportunity to air a crass backstage joke.

He cracked, “I wish these two would stop horsing around!”

The reference stems from those in WWE’s “inner circle”—Vince McMahon, Triple H, television producer Kevin Dunn and the since departed John “Bradshaw” Layfield—often joking that Garcia has a horse-shaped face. The crass joke was passed around backstage years ago and ultimately acknowledged on television by Layfield and Hunter to amuse company employees. Though Garcia has publicly taken the joke in stride, Mick Foley took offense to Hunter demeaning the “Decade Diva” during an episode of Raw last year in which she had filled in for regular ring announcer Justin Roberts.

He wrote online after watching on television Triple H tell Garcia she can always return to WWE to “horse around,” “Why does someone like Triple H, one of the most talented, well paid guys in the business, do something so shallow and mean? Why would a multi-millionaire, with millions of fans around the world, feel the need (several times over the years) to say something that is only meant to hurt? I don’t get it. I don’t get why it’s done, I don’t get why it’s condoned, I don’t get what possible satisfaction anyone involved gets from demeaning someone like Lillian Garcia. I just don’t get it.”

The latest reference was likely directed by Triple H, who filled in for McMahon at Tuesday’s SmackDown taping since the WWE CEO was off visiting U.S. Armed Forces serving in Afghanistan and Kyrgyzstan. Cole is the mouthpiece of the program director, as he is fed lines via headset. It was not the only mean-spirited remark on Friday’s show as Cole made light of Jim Ross suffering from Bell’s palsy after Josh Mathews said Cole speaks out of both sides of his mouth.

Cole quipped, “Actually, there is nothing wrong with my mouth, unlike J.R.’s.”

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  • PZ

    WWE is just a bunch of bullies. Someone needs to point this out to the “board.” The JR remark really pissed me off. And then the whole “turkey” thing on the website…to now insulting Lillian, ALL WHILE RUNNING the “Be A Star” antibullying campaign.

  • lorcroft

    i’ve always liked hhh but he seems like a bit of a dick

  • Gary

    @PZ: The biggest turkey thing was justified. It was listing the most boring people or the biggest disappointments. Vito deserved to be on that list, and should get over it.

    And I’m sick of Cole’s commentary. The JR joke is way over the line, and I think people should start vocalizing their distaste for Michael Cole on twitter, facebook, and at live events.

  • Erwin

    wow that IS a dick move.. or childish to say the least. Did Lilian refused to sleep with Triple H or something? who cares if her face is shaped like horse (which I totally don’t find it that way)? She’s already more beautiful than 99% of the divas that WWE has ever hired!

  • Nick


    Can they please stop poking fun at their employees? it’s fucking stupid to hear that a grown man like HHH, is acting like a child, poking fun at people like Lillian Garcia(she comes back full time only to be made fun of?!) and JR. I thought HHH had more respect for JR than that. Oh, and Cole needs to tone it the fuck down. Couldn’t even watch the damn show, without changing the channel 10,000 times.

  • Adam

    HHH, Cole and Vince are some of the ugliest people to ever be on TV, and Lillian Garcia is naturally beautiful and looks ten years younger than she really is. WWE has a culture of bullying and demeaning employees, and wrestlers always talk about TNAs great atmosphere, and many wrestlers would rather work at TNA and enjoy it, instead of going to WWE for more money but be miserable.

  • Cousin Eddie

    @Nick It’s somewhat amasing how someone like Cole can still be employed by WWE epsecially with all the verbal abuse he’s taken from Vince. And watching Cole was like watching one of Jeff Dunham’s dummies come alive and act like a dick.

  • Alejandro

    WWE is making themselves look like hypocrites with the anti-bullying campaigns. They’re promoting the anti-bullying campaigns yet they’re doing the bullying themselves. It’s fucked up about what they said to Lillian Garcia and JR. And Michael Cole needs to get shot in the head. He doesn’t deserve to be in the WWE anymore. Triple H and Vince McMahon have always been dicks to other wrestlers that’s why you always hear wrestlers that use to work for WWE say bad stuff about Triple H and Vince McMahon.

  • shane

    Apparently it’s the contradiction time of the year for the WWE.

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