THIS!Look, far be it from me to trample over nostalgia. Hell, far be it from me to come even remotely close to defending the way WWE are pushing Cole as a bigger heel than anyone else in the company. But, seriously, we're talking about missing Coach now? Coach? He was somewhere between poor and almost adequate at everything apart from being abused. Don't get me wrong, that makes him useful for getting the face he's interviewing a cheap pop, but he's nothing you should be missing.
Anyone remember his work at the commentary table? Anyone remember the multiple matches we were forced to sit through his participation in? Anyone remember how badly it went every time he had to be around as more than the barely noticeable butt of someone else's jokes? At least Cole being overused has an upside. Somebody has to put The fucking Miz over and get the poor bastard the chance at some heat, because no one else is making the WWE Champion sound credible.
Cole isn't the new Coach, he's the new Vickie Guerrero. He's not the character who's only relevant when he's being abused by the face; he's the guy who's relevant anyway. He's the guy who, instead of being a fast track to a cheap pop, has the kind of lasting heat that can actually benefit both the heels he helps and the faces that insult him.