Michael Cole moves to Smackdown, Vic Joseph taking over lead announcing role on Raw, more changes to announce teams next week

By Wade Keller, PWTorch editor

Michael Cole (art credit Grant Gould (c) PWTorch)

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WWE announced some recently rumored announce team shake-ups for next week’s new season. Michael Cole will replace Tom Phillips on Smackdown as lead play-by-play announcer, and Vic Joseph will replace Cole on Monday Night Raw. Tom Phillips’ reassignment, if any, hasn’t been announced.

On the color commentator side, Dio Maddin gets promoted to Raw – he had been doing commentary on 205 Live – and Jerry Lawler is back on the Raw team full time. Corey Graves duties get reduced to just Smackdown, and Renee Young is now considered a “special contributor” and apparently isn’t on the team. There has been talk of Fox wanting a two-person booth on Smackdown rather than three. Byron Saxton’s reassignment, if any, hasn’t been announced. It’s possible Phillips and Saxton end up on 205 Live or Main Event.

The move of Cole to Smackdown is further evidence that Smackdown is now considered the A-show and Raw is taking a lesser role within the WWE TV show portfolio.

The NXT team stays the same.

1 Comment on Michael Cole moves to Smackdown, Vic Joseph taking over lead announcing role on Raw, more changes to announce teams next week

  1. As usual, they got this wrong. Phillips is a good announcer. Cole is the one who needed to be reassigned, perhaps to a sit down interviewer role. No surprise about Renee Young since her husband works for the new enemy. She’s probably just playing out the remainder of her contract. It is good to have Lawler back.

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