SmackDown switches over to FOX on October 4 and with that comes a plethora of changes in WWE’s programming and overall presentation of the product.
Wrestle Votes is reporting that long-time lead announcer of Monday Night RAW, Michael Cole will soon be switching to SmackDown with Vic Joseph potentially replacing him on the red brand.
From 1999-2008, Cole served as the play-by-play announcer for The Blue Show. He officially moved to RAW as part of the 2008 Draft and has been the voice of the flagship show for a decade now.
It’s interesting to see how Cole is again headed back to SmackDown, having worked on both brands for a combined period of 22 years.
While Cole could definitely return to RAW a few years down the line, the fact that WWE has put faith in Joseph has caused fans to speculate whether the 50-year-old announcer is about to pass the torch to the Cleveland native.
Further reports suggest that WWE could be on the verge of bringing back two-man commentary teams.
For those wondering, here’s the prediction for the commentator shake-up:
- Vic Joseph joins Corey Graves on Monday Night RAW
- Michael Cole pairs up with Tom Phillips on SmackDown
The extravagant duo of Cole and Phillips is bound to give SmackDown a whole new feel and dimension on FOX.
Meanwhile, Pete Dunne and Toni Storm could be joining the NXT roster pretty soon.
PWInsider reports that the former champions of NXT UK, Dunne and Storm, are set to become a big part of NXT with the show moving to the USA Network next week.
“Pete Dunne is in the process of moving to the United States full time, so expect him to be a big part of WWE NXT going forward.”
“There’s been a lot of talk in the last week that Toni Storm will be featured more in WWE NXT going forward, as opposed to NXT UK.”
Whether WWE pulls Dunne and Storm from the UK brand is yet to be seen.