On the October 16 episode of WWE Raw, Michael Cole was notably absent, and Kevin Patrick stepped in for commentary during the season premiere.
According to reports from Fightful’s Sean Ross Sapp, Cole had requested time off for a previous commitment, making it only the third time he has missed a WWE TV show in his 25-plus year career.
Mike Johnson of PWInsider clarified that Cole’s absence was not due to illness and mentioned he is expected to return the following week. While Kevin Patrick had been scheduled to fill in for Cole for weeks, additional details are currently unknown.
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