I personally enjoy his comedy and it will make his work with Animal Planet so when he comes back, he'll probably be in a similar role. That is fine with me, I just want him involved in more stories. I loved how they worked him in with ODB and think they play well off each other.
That being said, Eric has a vast amount of talent and he appears to dedicate himself into whatever they give him. Not only that, but the guy has a knack of getting things over with the TNA fans. I would love to see him show his skills and bring in another heel gimmick. Looks wise, he can do whatever he pleases in keeping the beard, shaving his head, changing ring gear... Does not matter to me. I just want him to continue to showcase how talented he is and given more chances to succeed by having more screen time and stories that he can sink his teeth into.