For those who watched NXT last Tuesday night, you witnessed Michael Cole turn full fledge heel, rooting for Vickie Guerrero, bashing the face divas, interrupting competitions by banging a gong multiple times, getting crowd heat, and finally walking off the set at the end of the episode. This week’s episode of the NXT season 3 divas was overshadowed by Cole turning heel and quitting NXT after being on the show for the whole three seasons. It is expected that Matt Striker, the host of NXT season 3, will take his spot as the second commentator, alongside Josh Mathews, or they could get another commentator like Todd Grisham to join NXT.
Cole joins Matt Striker as the only other heel commentator currently in the WWE. Now, Monday Night Raw and Friday Night SmackDown have a good even blend of face and heel commentators, with Jerry “The King” Lawler being the face and Michael Cole having the heel duties on Raw, and Todd Grisham being the face and Matt Striker being the heel on SmackDown. Hopefully, this makes Monday Night Raw more watchable because Lawler has become extremely boring (nothing like he used to be when he was a heel) and repetitive, and Cole has been hearing it from the critics and the fans since he took over for Jim Ross, one of the greatest commentators in history. Cole has been unwatchable at times in the past, with him saying “vintage” every five minutes.
It should not come as much of a surprise that Cole turned heel and it’s not like it came out of nowhere. For the better part of this year, Cole has been the biggest cheerleader for The Miz, one of the biggest heels currently in the WWE. Cole went as far as to say that The Miz was the greatest pro in NXT history, and every week compared him to a great sports coach. He has also been putting down a lot of the NXT faces on the show in the past seasons, most recently Kaval (winner of Season 2) and Daniel Bryan, who he had a mini-feud with during the first season, which lasted until Bryan was eliminated. While Cole has not been criticizing the big babyfaces in the company yet (John Cena and Randy Orton), he has been putting down R-Truth’s entrance theme song for quite some time now, saying that we all get it already and R-Truth needs to get new material.
It is yet to be seen whether Cole can become one of the greatest heel commentators of all time, along the greats such as Bobby “The Brain” Heenan, Jesse “The Body” Ventura, John Bradshaw Layfield, and Jerry “The King” Lawler in the attitude era, but it is an improvement over what Cole used to be. Cole has been one of the most boring and annoying commentator for the past few years, but ever since he has hinted of turning heel and started rooting for heels and booing against faces, he has become much more entertaining and is becoming one of the best commentators in wrestling. Combined with the possibility of Cole being announced as the anonymous General Manger and him having much more personality now, he could turn into one of the best commentators in this PG era.