Yesterday, WZ reported (which has been picked up by other sites today) that there is tremendous backstage heat on Michael Cole for his homophobic Twitter comment made to Josh Matthews over the weekend.
In an update to that story, WZ has learned tonight that one of the reasons why Michael Cole has developed what's been described as a "big head" backstage, is because he is close friends with John Cena, and is considered to be "one of Cena's boys." The relationship between Cole and Cena is something that Cole refers to often, and a number of backstage sources have told us that Cole is never hesitant to "name drop" John Cena in conversations and mention their friendship. Cole firmly believes that if he were ever to be in hot water with WWE management that John Cena would definitely go to bat for him, whether or not that's actually true. We were told, however, that his relationship with Cena is not necessarily the reason why he wasn't punished more severely after the Twitter incident.
Additionally, we've been told that as of late Michael Cole has been likening his on-air relationship with John Cena to that of Jim Ross' relationship with Stone Cold Steve Austin. "Cole likes to think he's the modern day Jim Ross, and that he's the on-air voice of John Cena's career much like Jim Ross was for Stone Cold Steve Austin during that era," an insider told us this evening, "when you hear Cole say that he's the 'voice of the WWE' on TV, I can tell you for a fact that he 100% believes it to be true off the air as well."