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WWE Shakes Up Commentary Teams as a Part of the Brand Extension Draft

Late on Tuesday night after the WWE Draft was over, WWE announced that the commentary teams for Raw, Smackdown, Main Event and Superstars are being revamped. In an article on, the new broadcast teams have been announced as follows:

Raw:  Michael Cole, Corey Graves, and Byron Saxton

Smackdown: Mauro Ranallo, JBL, and David Otunga

Main Event:  Tom Phillips and David Otunga

WWE Superstars:  Tom Phillips and Corey Graves

There was no mention if the NXT broadcast team of Phillips and Graves was going to remain the same or change in light of both men getting main roster show slots.

Bill Says: One immediate observation here is the exclusion of Jerry Lawler.  He was not mentioned in the article and clearly is not on any of the shows.  I wonder if he will be replacing Corey Graves on the pre-show panel, since he already has that role on the pay per views.  I like bringing Graves into the mix.  If they don’t saddle him with a lot of overproduction and let him be himself, I think he brings a fresh new voice to Raw that the commentary has sorely needed.  I would rather have seen Graves paired with Ranallo, but I’ll take this.  Drew and I will discuss this and all the Draft related news tonight on Ring Rap Audio.

About Bill Wentz (1542 Articles)'s Senior Columnist, writing with the site since 2009 and a lifelong wrestling fan dating all the way back to the early Wrestlemania years. As a strongly opinionated fan, you can get my thoughts regularly on Ring Rap Audio and Around the Ring on Thursdays, as well as in "Wentz's Blog" in print. Look for my live show reports as well for MMA, WWE, ROH, and more. Outside of wrestling, I have a strong obsession with trucks, winning awards statewide with a truck dubbed the "Brahma Bull Edition." Interact with me on Twitter @Bill_SoonerFan or by email at

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