The “Double Main Event” that joined the annual presentation of the MWO Achievement Awards & Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony along with WrestleRama 25 certainly provided moments that we will not soon forget. From the emotional speeches from the newest class of Hall of Famers to the shocking impromptu ending of WrestleRama, the weekend in Fenton saw one surprising announcement that took immediate effect on the Michigan Wrestling Organization.
After a brief yet heart-filled acceptance speech on behalf of his late father, Keith Lanko, who was inducted on April 27, fellow Hall of Famer CJ Kashmir announced his intentions to return to the organization as part of the commentary team—the same position that not only sent Kashmir to the hall but also had the annual Announcer of the Year award named after him.
“Oh, by the way,” CJ said after his acceptance speech just as he was about to return to his spot among the spectators at the Fenton Community & Cultural Center, “I’m back!”
The proclamation was met with loud applause that filled the Community Center. Kashmir wasted little time in making his return to the booth, as he joined Simon Paige and Hall of Famer Laura Phoenix to call the action of WrestleRama 25 the next afternoon. Without missing a beat, CJ provided expert commentary in his first show back.
“I kind of saw his return coming,” said MWO chief executive official Jason “The Basher” Clouse, “When CJ arrived to the building to help induct his dad into the Hall of Fame, he had told me he was getting the itch to make a comeback. And we’re very happy to have him back with the MWO.”
Clouse said that CJ may not be available for every event taping, but said he is more than welcome when his schedule permits. It’s expected that he’ll likely be on the announce team for the majority of the annual supercards, depending on the date and location. Kashmir’s return is well-timed, especially since Paige was unceremoniously fired during the WrestleRama event by the Basher. Phoenix is still listed as part of the commentary team, but it is no secret that she has bigger aspirations than being an announcer.