As part of the changes WWE announced early this morning to their commentary teams, Hall of Famer and long-time voice of Raw and SmackDown Jerry “The King” Lawler found himself without a show.
In a post on WWE.com, the company clarifies that roles for announcers are still being determined. Some have been ironed out, though, and Lawler specifically will be joining Booker T as a dedicated analyst on Pre-Show and Kickoff broadcasts.
Those shows are a staple of pay-per-view (PPV) events and many episodes of Raw. With the brand split triggering more Sunday live shows and perhaps additional analysis of SmackDown as part of efforts to make it feel as important as the Monday night flagship, The King may end up on our screens quite a bit even without a traditional color commentary assignment.
Still no word on whether interviewers, hosts or ring announcers will be brand-specific or float between the shows, so we’ve no word on how people like Renee Young, JoJo and Lillian Garcia will be utilized going forward.
But any speculation the changes were a way to phase Lawler out all together doesn’t appear to be correct.