WWE commentary teams have been officially shuffled. WWE announced that RAW, SmackDown, NXT and Premium Live Events will all have updated announce booths starting with this week’s season premieres.
On Friday Night SmackDown, the commentary table will be headed by Michael Cole with Wade Barrett doing color commentary. It has been noted that Samantha Irvin will be the ring announcer, and interviews will be conducted by Kayla Braxton and Megan Morant.
On Monday Night RAW, Corey Graves will still be providing his colorful insights and will be joined by Kevin Patrick on play-by-play. Mike Rome will continue to announce from the ring, and Byron Saxton will transition from the commentary booth to backstage interviews. Also joining Saxton in backstage interviews is none other than Cathy Kelley in her return to WWE.
Over on NXT, Vic Joseph will be assisted by six-time World Champion and WWE Hall of Famer Booker T. Alicia Taylor will still provide her exceptional voice to ring announcing, and McKenzie Mitchell will once again be conducting interviews.
On the Premium Live Event side, Michael Cole and Corey Graves will come together again to announce from the booth. It was previously announced that Pat McAfee will return to the WWE announce booth following his commitments to ESPN’s College GameDay.
Smith was not included in any of the new teams, and now he has confirmed that he is done with the company:
“Just wanted to say, now that the story is officially out, that my time with the WWE is officially done. Had a lot of fun and met some great people. Really and truly blown away by the acceptance from the WWE fans! You folks make it work every week and your enthusiasm was amazing!,” Smith tweeted today.
Smith had joined the company back on May 26, 2021 to lead the RAW play-by-play each week, replacing Adnan Virk.
Pat McAfee will return after College Football as the third man on SmackDown with Wade Barrett and Michael Cole, according to Xero News.
Joining sd as third man
— Xero News (@NewsXero) October 6, 2022