Winner: JBL and Various Guests
Michael Cole has toned his heel act down and transitioned into a more reliable guy for helping the wrestlers tell their stories. He hasn't been spectacular in any way, though.
Jim Ross is past his prime. Jerry Lawler has been hovering around average for quite some time.
WWE's best announcers in 2012 have been the part-timers and one part-timer turned regular.
The Miz and Titus O'Neil stand out most among that group. Both men came off as refreshing, relaxed and original.
They were both extremely funny as well.
Miz helped elevate the Kane and Daniel Bryan "hug it out" moment with what seemed to be genuine excitement about the segment. For most of his work behind at the announce desk, it felt far more free and energized that most of the scripted stuff we’re used to hearing.
Titus O'Neil followed Miz's lead on an episode of Raw that got Twitter aflutter with the hashtag, "wash rags."
O'Neil and Miz gave fans a glimpse of two potential color commentators who have plenty of charisma to work with.
Along with those two, JBL came through in a big way when Jerry Lawler was out after his heart attack.
JBL sometimes gets in the way of his broadcast partners, but he is an amusing addition to matches. Taking a break from climbing mountains, he gave WWE fans some wit and comic timing they haven't heard on a regular basis.
Thankfully, JBL has signed on the voice of SmackDown for the immediate future.