With Jerry "The King" Lawler making his return to WWE this past Monday, speculation has been flying around about the future of WWE's announcing team.
Veteran announcer and fan favorite Jim Ross was brought back to fill for Lawler while he recuperated from his heart attack. Former World Heavyweight champion John Bradshaw Layfield also returned to the booth. Both performed well in their ,and their energetic contributions helped improve a stagnant Raw product. JBL provided a great deal of comedy as he mocked Michael Cole and some of the show's more absurd storylines.
So, now that "The King" is back, what will be the new situation?
Per a post on his FaceBook page, JBL is apparently sticking around, but what about Ross? Ross noticeably disappeared after Lawler returned this week and was not seen or mentioned again for the rest of the show.
Well, in this week's (subscribers-only) Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer gives an update on the situation with the announcing team.
Regarding the announcing on Raw, the plan going forward is Cole & Lawler. While not official, the belief is it’ll be Cole, Lawler and John Layfield for Survivor Series. It’s unclear at press time regarding Ross at Raw next week but after Raw the assumption was Ross wouldn’t be back.
Considering how great and talented an announcer Ross is, as his recent Raw run showed, not using him on the flagship show seems to be a waste and something that will greatly hinder the product.
Oh well, there's always NXT.