First and foremost, Vince McMahon and his crew should be applauded. Far too many focus on the negative aspects in this business. When WWE delivers the goods, that should be mentioned.
A lot of folks have given praise to Brock Lesnar. Others have given major credit to John Cena. Of course, Triple H also returned and was perfect in his role.
However, a little detail has been passed over by many.
The commentary was just fine the past week. While Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler have been commentating together for a few years now, they rarely find the right combination of being serious and playing up their characters.
Whatever the reason, Michael Cole has stopped his annoying character. Even during his Smackdown segment with Randy Orton, he played it about as well as he could have.
On Extreme Rules, I barely even noticed that Cole was announcing the event from Chicago. Usually he makes at least a few ridiculous remarks throughout the show.
I didn't hear that on Sunday.
On Monday night, it was the same thing. Cole played it straight forward and really sold what was going on in the ring (or backstage). He was nearly perfect in the opening segment of Raw.
The icing on the cake was his serious tone.
I have long said that the wrestling business is at its best when there is intensity. You have to be able to "feel the emotion," or else there is nothing to look forward to.
When Cole was talking about Brock Lesnar breaking Triple H's arm, you felt it. While it is always a "show," the WWE Universe could tell how serious this was.
Lesnar was the monster heel. Triple H was the face authority figure. Once the attack went down, it was up to the commentary team to truly put the segment over.
Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler did just that.
My only concern is if it will continue. As great as Cole's heel character has been in the past, I can't see myself caring about it much longer. It may be time for him to be the straight-forward commentator in 2012.
With Lesnar trying to make WWE legitimate, I think it is best for everybody else to follow that lead—nnouncers, wrestlers and in this case, commentators!