WWE have announced changes to the Raw, SmackDown and NXT commentary line-ups.
The news was exclusively broken by Variety, with WWE releasing a press release shortly afterwards. The new line-up will see 2 man booths across the board, with Kevin Patrick and Corey Graves commentating Raw, Michael Cole and Wade Barrett commentating SmackDown and Booker T and Vic Joseph commentating NXT.
Additionally, Kayla Braxton and Megan Morant will serve as backstage interviewers for SmackDown. In regards to Raw, former commentator Byron Saxton and a returning Cathy Kelley will be conducting backstage interviews. The full press release by WWE is as follows:
Today WWE announced that Raw, SmackDown, NXT and Premium Live Events will all have updated announce booths starting with this week’s season premieres. The news was first reported by Variety on Thursday afternoon.
On Friday Night SmackDown, the commentary table will be headed by Michael Cole with Wade Barrett doing color commentary. Samantha Irvin will be the ring announcer, and interviews will be conducted by Kayla Braxton and Megan Morant.
On Monday Night Raw, Corey Graves will still be providing his colorful insights and will be joined by Kevin Patrick on play-by-play. Mike Rome will continue to announce from the ring, and Byron Saxton will transition from the commentary booth to backstage interviews. Also joining Saxton in backstage interviews is none other than Cathy Kelley in her return to WWE.
Over on NXT, Vic Joseph will be assisted by six-time World Champion and WWE Hall of Famer Booker T. Alicia Taylor will still provide her exceptional voice to ring announcing, and McKenzie Mitchell will once again be conducting interviews.
On the Premium Live Event side, Michael Cole and Corey Graves will come together again to announce from the booth.
Pat McAfee will return to the WWE announce booth following his commitments to ESPN’s College GameDay.
It should be noted that former Raw commentator Jimmy Smith is not listed in the new line-up, with Smith seemingly no longer a part of WWE.
The news confirms the previously reported update by WrestleVotes, who stated that changes to the WWE commentary teams were imminent.
Featured image: Variety