No one is safe from the WWE draft; as seen in Tuesday night’s historic WWE draft, superstars will compete exclusively on Raw and Smackdown. It wasn’t just superstars who’s fate were decided. WWE.com have also announced that WWE Hall of Famers, Booker T and Jerry “The King” Lawler will now server as “key analysts” on the Raw & Smackdown Kick off and pre shows. This means that Jerry Lawler will no longer call the action on Tuesday nights.
Moving to the main shows will see Corey Graves, David Otunga and Tom Phillips promoted. With Corey Graves replacing John Bradshaw Layfield on Raw. JBL will now move to Smackdown alongside Mauro Ranallo and David Otunga. Tom Phillips will now call the action for WWE main event and Superstars. With Otunga and Corey Graves as colour commentator.
WWE Commentary Teams
* WWE Monday night RAW: Michael Cole, Corey Graves and Byron Saxton
* WWE Tuesday night SmackDown: Mauro Ranallo, JBL and David Otunga
* WWE Main Event: Tom Phillips and David Otunga
* WWE Superstars: Tom Phillips and Corey Graves
Given the new beginnings of Raw and Smackdown, it is only fitting that fresh voices fill the airwaves. Since retiring Corey Graves has been brilliant in his NXT role and later promoted to the WWE Network exclusive shows. Moving to Raw alongside the “Voice of WWE” Michael Cole is a great move. Two young guys in Graves and Saxton will help give Raw that well needed punch; as JBL and Cole had really outlasted there welcome in this authors opinion.
The pairing of Ranallo and JBL intrigues me, its a great pairing, two highly vocal men commentating what appears to be an athletic Smackdown is a brave move. David Otunga has a great chance to shine in his new role too.
Given the amount of respect for Jerry Lawler, his days of commentating are sadly over; regrettably long overdue. WWE needs to move forward into a new era, and find the next Michael Cole to lead WWE. Today’s news makes next weeks Raw and Smackdown must see TV.