- Overlapping with Tear Jerker, his reaction to Jerry Lawler's near-fatal heart attack on the set of the 9/10/2012 RAW. Cole looked close to tears himself as he explained what had happened - and, out of respect for Lawler, he remained silent on commentary for the rest of the show.
- Subsequently, his demeanor on the following week's RAW. In the ensuing week Lawler had survived and recuperated enough to be sent back home to Memphis note . Cole appeared at the intro of RAW, all smiles and wearing a Graphic T-Shirt that simply said, "Long Live The King." JBL and Jim Ross joined him on commentary, and (contrary to Cole's character for much of his announcer tenure) he and JR were on friendly terms throughout the show.
- Then when Lawler returned to RAW two months later, a brief look between Cole and him, followed by a sincere hug, solidifying Cole's HeelFace Turn.
- In an odd way, Cole cheering Daniel Bryan on at his historic victory at Wrestlemania 30 can count as a way of making up for all the times he ragged on Bryan during his heel run.
Cole: I love you, kid.
- To cap it off, Cole is the one who recapped Bryan's career the night of his retirement. During the post-RAW celebration, while Bryan was hugging all the commentators goodbye, Cole is the one who hugged him the longest.
- After Corey Graves was forced into an unfortunate early retirement by multiple concussions, it was Michael Cole who advocated for him to try out as a commentator for WWE after hearing about Graves' past experience as a sports radio announcer at a small Pittsburgh station. Graves has since become one of the most popular commentators in the company, vindicating Cole's belief in him.
Heartwarming / Michael Cole