Since Jerry Lawler's unfortunate heart attack in Montreal, WWE announcer Michael Cole became a face to the fans for the way he handled himself during the incident.
Since his unintended face turn from the incident, commentary has improved. Sure, you can place the credit on Jim Ross and John Bradshaw Layfield's inclusion on commentary, but hearing the unbiased Michael Cole has made telecasts more listenable.
Cole was always a great face announcer before his heel turn a couple years ago. Don't get me wrong, I did think being The Miz's biggest mark was a funny part about him being a heel, but he was way too annoying as a heel announcer.
When Lawler returns to commentary, I think Cole must remain a face. In fact, I think that Lawler should turn heel upon his return. Here is how I think it should happen.
Lawler should return and cut a promo on his recovery. In the process, he should talk about how the WWE fans and staff couldn't care less that it happened and proceed to rip people to shreds in the process.
Lawler was always better heel. Unlike heel Cole, he was actually a great heel commentator who didn't annoy people on the mic.
But, I digress.
Cole's handling of Lawler's heart attack during the telecast, in addition to his current commentary, has really saved face for him. People were getting tired of Cole's heel act.
It will be interesting to see what the WWE does with commentary moving forward. Ross and JBL have been gaining rave reviews from fans, while Cole has reemerged as a good announcer.
I really think Ross is a temporary fix and won't be a permanent member of the team. However, JBL needs to stay on staff because he is a great heel announcer.