Anyway, he is right. Cole DOES talk about everything except the people currently in the ring and it DOES distract and ruin the action. But Cole is treated like a saviour by the company so, I am afraid, play-by-play IS dead. Pity.
You just know JR is loving this kayfabe excuse to say everything his professionalism wouldn't let him say before. The man's stoically refused to rise to the bait ever since being left off Smackdown commentary after recovering from his Bell's Palsy.
It's kayfabe, they've been doing this since around July. Blurring the lines type of deal.
The closest it could possibly be to reality is them massively playing up real life differences but JR is a consumate pro and always has been, he's been a part of the WWE for many, many years and wouldn't be saying this stuff against there will