Joe is currently out of action with a broken thumb and will be back in action when he heals up so the commentary gig is temporary but he definitely has a future in the broadcast booth (if he wants it) when he retires.
As noted earlier, Maddin still has the commentary spot and should be back soon. Click here for news on why Maddin has not been on Raw during the last couple of weeks.
As noted in the latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter, everyone in WWE recognized how good Joe is and the general feeling in the company is that Jerry “The King” Lawler has been doing better than expected and his experience has helped to get Vic Joseph into the right rhythm. The only thing pushed on Lawler is to stay away from dated cultural references because they are trying to push to target younger viewers and they want to push new stars.
When Lawler was brought on for the commentary gig, he was hesitant about it because he doesn’t like to travel much these days. Lawler was told that he could stay on as long as he wanted. Vince McMahon pulled him out of the broadcast booth several years ago because the feeling was that Lawler was too old and McMahon wanted younger faces.
So far, everything seems to be working out just fine with the current team. As far as Joe goes, he hopes to be back in the ring in a few weeks. Hopefully, he is given more opportunities at the broadcast booth while his thumb is still healing.