WWE is ushering in a New Era once again, and this time, there are several changes being made to the overall presentation of the shows. There were rumors of WWE shuffling up the commentary teams circulating around in recent weeks, and WWE has officially confirmed the changes.
The current RAW team of Michael Cole, Corey Graves and Renee Young will move to SmackDown on FOX, while RAW will be headed by Vic Joseph, Dio Maddin and WWE Hall of Famer, Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler.
NXT will continue to have the same team of Mauro Ranallo, Nigel McGuinness, and Beth Phoenix. Tom Phillips and Byron Saxton were removed from their commentary positions and could revert back to their backstage interviewer roles in the coming weeks.
WWE also announced that Michael Cole on SmackDown, Vic Joseph on RAW and Nigel and Mauro on NXT will serve as the play-by-play announcers. Corey Graves, Beth Phoenix, Dio Maddin and Jerry Lawler will serve as ‘analysts’ on their respective shows.
Renee Young is listed as ‘Special Contributor’ for SmackDown Live, which could essentially mean that her role on the team will be limited. As noted earlier, Renee Young will be hosting a weekly show on FS1 alongside Booker T, starting from November 5.
WWE also announced the Premiere Week for next week’s programming, which will feature RAW’s Season Premiere on USA Network, NXT’s full-time move to USA and SmackDown moving to Friday nights on FOX.
All the top championships will be defended on RAW, SmackDown and NXT. Seth Rollins defends his title against Rey Mysterio, Adam Cole takes on Matt Riddle while Kofi Kingston faces the toughest challenge of his championship reign against Brock Lesnar.
Along with these matchups, several other segments have been announced for all the three shows. WWE’s rival promotion, All Elite Wrestling also begins their weekly programming from next week, as AEW Dynamite will air its first episode on October 2.
Next week is loaded from top to bottom, and make sure you tune into USA, TNT and FOX!