The Adnan Virk era of Monday Night Raw is over after just seven weeks.
In a brief statement posted on social media and their website moments ago, WWE announced they “have mutually agreed to part ways” with the Raw announcer. The company added a thank you to Virk “for his work.”
Nothing further was mentioned about the sports announcer & host’s critically savaged time as the lead play-by-play voice on Monday nights. There are also no details about who will replace Virk, or if this change will lead to other changes on their commentary teams. Corey Graves and Byron Saxton were Virk’s announcing partners on Raw.
Along with hiring of Pat McAfee as a color man on SmackDown, the move to bring in the well-known baseball voice was reportedly part of an initiative by WWE President Nick Khan to give the company’s product a more authentic sports feel. Unlike McAfee however, Virk seemed ill-suited to the role from his first night on the job back in April.
It’s possible the move is related to WWE’s return to the road in July; McAfee recently mentioned on his daily sports talk show that leaving the ThunderDome would mean he and the company would need to “figure out” his future.
But even if that was a factor, this is the right move for Raw and Virk.
UPDATE: Virk has commented on the move, indicating that travel was a factor and thanking all involved.