(Sorry this is a little out of realtime, but I've been on tape-delay this week.)
Jerry Lawler was actually tolerable on Raw this week! Almost "fine", even. Certainly not problematic. Somebody on the main board mentioned that at one point he even actually called a wrestling move. I could actually pay attention to the matches, without continually being irked. I was both astonished & very, very pleased.
Also, while on the subject of announcers: Did anybody else notice? On last week's Smackdown (9/12), during the women's match, Michael Cole was still talking about the wedding activities.Taz said something to the effect of "OK, Cole, we've got a match to call here." Cole replied, "No disrespect to the ladies..." Cole then briefly finished his thought, then went on to call the match. No wonder I like those guys.
At no point do Tazz and Cole bump me out of the match... I find them a pleasant background to what is going on at the time. Tazz especially will do things that even add to what is going on. When he started giggling during the Angle/Billy and Chuck exchange it was great!
I'm just here for the sweaty mens... pay no attention.
He was doing really well on last week's Raw (before the PPV). During the PPV, he did backslide some during the women's match. Although not to the level of the full-out verbal jizzing that he had been doing. I was quite disappointed in JR about enabling him! Then during last night's Raw, Lawler was back to being pretty reasonable again -- a little distracted, but not too bad. I do hope he keeps working on this -- its so much better when he's not being a total ass.
Probably the thing that's most likely to make me lose interest in a match (or a character altogether) is when my "willing suspension of disbelief" gets overly extended. Oddly its not a weird storyline or swerve that'll do that to me.