WWE has announced new commentary teams with some big changes for Raw and SmackDown.
According to WWE, the announce teams going forward are as follows:
RAW – Vic Joseph, Dio Maddin and Jerry Lawler
Friday Night SmackDown – Michael Cole and Corey Graves
Michael Cole’s return to SmackDown marks the end of a long run on Raw for “The Voice of WWE.” He first joined the Raw commentary team in 2008 and has remained there since. Before that he was the lead play-by-play man on SmackDown for nearly ten years.
Maddin recently made his debut on commentary during a recent edition of 205 Live.
The NXT announce team will reportedly stay the same for now. No word at this point on where Tom Phillips and Byron Saxton will be utilized in the future.
According to sources, Lawler will likely only be used for a short period of time on Raw. We’re told other people are being looked at for the spot on a full-time basis. This could explain why Mickie James was featured on commentary this week during Main Event, but we’ve been unable to verify this.
As we previously reported, Renee Young will now be hosting WWE Backstage Tuesday nights on FS1. We’re told Young is thrilled by the move since hosting is her passion and now she gets to do it on a giant platform every week. She echoed this sentiment via Twitter by sharing the new show announcement and calling it a dream come true.