So long? Commentary is one of the most important parts of a wrestling show because it is there to point you in the right direction. Fans are going to react to things how they want to but a promotion can show them where the want them to go. A commentary team can do more than a few things and since WWE has multiple television shows a week, they have multiple teams to fill. One of their more prominent names might be gone for good.
The WWE announce teams are some of the most well known voices in wrestling. Granted a lot of them tend to start merging together over time but you can often tell when someone from WWE is speaking. On rarer occasions, you can also tell when someone new comes in because their voice is completely different than anyone else’s. Now one of those voices is going away, and might be gone for good.
According to Wrestling Observer Radio, Monday Night Raw lead broadcaster Tom Phillips may not be returning to WWE television. Phillips did not appear during either night of WrestleMania 37 and there was not reason given for his absence. SmackDown broadcaster Michael Cole called matches for both brands throughout WrestleMania 37. There is no word on why Phillips is possibly leaving the company. Phillips has been with WWE since 2012 and has called every major television show for the company.
This comes after news of Canadian sportscaster Adnan Virk has been reported as taking over Phillips’ role as the main broadcaster on Monday Night Raw. There is no word on how the broadcasting teams will be aligned, though Corey Graves is expected to be moved over to Monday Night Raw as well. It is not clear what will happen to Samoa Joe, who will also be leaving Monday Night Raw.
Phillips has done a few things in WWE. Check out some of his time in the company:
Opinion: I have no idea what is going on with Phillips but he has been around WWE for a long time now and has been a perfectly serviceable announcer. This is quite the odd move, but WWE is the kind of company that is going to keep moving forward no matter who is on commentary. Hopefully whoever winds up on the team gets to do a few things on their own before they are turned in to one of the more traditional WWE announcers.
At the end of the day though, almost none of the changes are going to matter because Vince McMahon is going to be in their ears and telling them almost every word to say. The people are very talented, but the only words that are going to matter are McMahon’s. It is basically his voice on every WWE show and the person who is saying them does not matter all that much.
Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at kbwrestlingreviews.com, or check out his- Amazon author page with 30 wrestling books.
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