As reported earlier, Michael Cole has been told to work more as a babyface, especially now that Jim Ross has been brought back to fill in for Jerry Lawler. It's said that Vince McMahon is now set on Cole being a full-fledged babyface. Regarding JR, there's a different mentality towards him right now than in the past.
There is talk backstage that Vince has soured on the Brodus Clay "Funkasaurus" character, which is why the push he had going has stalled. We noted months ago that Clay may be going back to his old monster gimmick and that seems more likely now.
With recent talks about WrestleMania 29,Wrestling Observer Newsletter is reporting there are some people speculating that Taker may not even perform at WrestleMania 29, meaning last year may have been his last WrestleMania match. While nothing is 100% yet, the feeling among most is that he will return.