But I did at least think we’d moved past Michael Cole being in the ring.
His feud with Jerry Lawler was something that nobody was interested in right from the start, as far as I can work out; Wrestlemania (where this ridiculous angle got so much screen time the US title match got bumped to pre-show darkness) should have been an end to it, but no, it continued for weeks on end, incorporating that knighthood skit in London, until someone on creative suddenly seemed to realise that it was a waste of everyone’s time and energy and had Cole and Lawler shake hands at the start of the next RAW and never reference it again.
But now apparently we’re seeing a reprise, with Jim Ross, God love him, in the Lawler role. This farce actually took place in the main event of last night’s RAW as the commentators tagged with John Cena and Alberto del Rio. I appreciate it’s a curtain-raiser to Sunday’s match between Cena and del Rio at Vengeance, and they need to make it sufficiently different to make you want to watch the pay-per-view, but is putting Michael Cole in an orange singlet really the way to do it?
Obviously the answer is no. Michael Cole in an orange singlet is not the answer to anything, unless the question is, “What kind of images haunt your nightmares?”
In the meantime, we’re left with a WWE where Triple H and John Lauranaitis are caught in a battle of egos, where Eve is apparently the Diva who most deserves a shot at the title, and where Wade Barrett, Drew McIntyre and Daniel Bryan are hanging out on Superstars. Think about that.