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WWE officially overhauls the announce teams for Raw & SmackDown

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Mondays and Fridays are about to sound a lot different.

Today (Sept. 26) WWE announced widespread changes to their commentary desks for both Raw and SmackDown. NXT on Wednesday nights will keep their same team in place.

From the WWE release hyping up ‘Premiere Week’, where the company touts eight hours of TV coverage.

“WWE Premiere Week ushers in an unprecedented era of coverage with special episodes of Monday Night Raw, NXT, Total Divas and the FOX debut of Friday Night SmackDown bringing fans eight hours of primetime programming.

As part of WWE Premiere Week, new voices will be brought to the Raw, NXT and SmackDown broadcasts. Raw’s new announce team will include play-by-play from Vic Joseph with Dio Maddin and WWE Hall of Famer Jerry “The King” Lawler serving as analysts; NXT play-by-play will be called by Mauro Ranallo with Beth Phoenix and Nigel McGuiness as analysts; and SmackDown will feature Michael Cole handling play-by-play, Corey Graves serving as analyst and Renee Young as a Special Contributor.”

Good to see The King is okay after that Fiend attack. Or maybe The Fiend will just start attacking Jerry Lawler every week he’s on Raw.

  • Raw: Vic Joseph, Jerry Lawler, and Dio Maddin
  • SmackDown: Michael Cole & Corey Graves with Renee Young as a special contributor
  • NXT: Mauro Ranallo, Beth Phoenix, and Nigel McGuinness

As it stands it looks like former SmackDown play-by-play man Tom Phillips and analyst Byron Saxton are out.

A few weeks ago Dio Maddin joined Vic Joseph and Aiden English at the 205 Live announce desk. A former third round draft pick by the Houston Texans, Maddin was signed by WWE in Aug. 2016 and began training at the Performance Center soon after.

Still no word on WWE’s plans for 205 Live and if their booth will still consist of Joseph, Maddin, and English.

Initial thoughts on WWE’s three main broadcasting teams?