commentary teams

WWE.com is featuring an article revealing changes to the commentary teams for RAW and Smackdown live going forward on Monday and Tuesday nights on the USA Network.

RAW’s commentary team now includes Michael Cole, Byron Saxton and Corey Graves every Monday night. Smackdown Live’s commentary team on Tuesday night is now Mauro Ranallo, JBL and David Otunga.

It’s interesting to note that Jerry Lawler is not included on either commentary team. Lawler did not provide any comments on his Twitter as of late Tuesday night.

Changes were also revealed late Tuesday night for the WWE Main Event and WWE Superstars shows. Tom Phillips will be the lead for both shows and will be joined by Corey Graves on Superstars and David Otunga on Main Event.

16 COMMENTS

  1. Maybe they made this decision a while ago when Lawler had his domestic assault case and thought they might not bring him back again. However, the case was dismissed and the King is back so this is a little surprising. Maybe he finally wanted to take some deserved time off and show up from time to time just like Booker T.

  2. JBL and Otunga? I don’t see chemistry there, but please take any predictions of mine and reverse them, that’s usually right, I give up…

  3. As I recall they’ve been keeping Lawler away from live shows since his heart attack, could just be a continuation of that.

  4. Just when you think the commentary teams can’t get any worse…

    Corey Graves to Raw is a huge upgrade though, and JBL O’clock is now exclusively back on Smackdown. LOL

  5. Never thought I’d see the day that I actually looked forward to hearing Cole talk, but when Saxton and Graves are the alternatives…time to mute Raw while I watch it

  6. Happy for Corey Graves. He always puts a lot of effort into his commentary and it shows. Hopefully Cole can’t continue shitting on the new blood commentators and burying them now that he’s outnumbered.

  7. They might just want a newer fresher looking commentary team and let’s face it, Lawler isn’t getting any younger.

  8. Can’t really say if the new commentary teams are any better, but I don’t think they’re any worse than what we’ve been seeing. Ranallo is actually very good, I’m surprised they haven’t brought him up to Raw yet. Not too many good announcers left though. Lawler ain’t the same, so its a given that they’re moving him away from commentary. People keep mentioning Jim Ross, but let’s face it, he’s not coming back, and like Lawler, he’s up there in age now. The only former announcer I’d love to see back is Tony Schiavone, he still sounds great and isn’t too old. I doubt he would go back though, and I think WWE doesn’t want him anyways, which is a shame.

  9. IT’S PROBABLY BECAUSE THERE’S GONNA BE A LOT OF TRAVELING WHEN RAW & SMACKDOWN WON’T BE TRAVELING TO THE SAME STATE/COUNTRY

    (DON’T UNDERSTAND SMACKDOWN COULD BE IN THE US WHILE RAW COULD BE IN THE UK)

    DIFFERENT ENVIRONMENT EACH SHOW
    CROWD
    AREA’S
    ARENA’S
    ATTITUDE
    NEW PPV’S/ OLD 1’S
    RAW & SMACKDOWN GETS THERE OWN PPV’S
    BUT WRESTLEMANIA / ROYAL RUMBLE WILL BE JOINED AS 1

    I JUST REALISED THEY NEED TO HAVE MONEY IN THE BANK LADDER MATCH BACK AT WRESTLEMANIA

  10. Tony Schiavone is doing play by play for the Atlanta Braves triple-A affiliate out of Gwinett. So he’s booked.

  11. I know this is a unpopular opinion but I’m willing to give this new commentary team a chance. Also,they need to come up with a new name for The “New” Era (especially since it’ll get old eventually).

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