The changes aren’t set in stone. There have been a lot of changes going on in WWE over the last few weeks. Some shoves have moved, some stars have debuted and pyro is back. One major change that has only somewhat been felt so far has been to the commentary table, with Monday Night Raw and SmackDown both featuring new commentary teams. One of them could be in for a second change.

According to, Tom Phillips will eventually replace Michael Cole on commentary for SmackDown. Phillips is currently working backstage for WWE after being the lead play by play announcer for SmackDown since 2014. There is no specific reason for moving him off of commentary, though both commentary teams have been shaken up in the last week.

Phillips has gotten involved before. Check out New Day giving him a hard time:


Opinion: This isn’t the biggest surprise as Cole has been doing this for the better part of twenty years now. At some point he has to be replaced by someone and maybe Phillips can do part of that job. I don’t know if Phillips is the right choice to be the lead voice for the company but he is perfectly serviceable as a commentator more often than not. That should be good enough to get him back in a broadcasting seat sooner or later.

Who is the long term choice for SmackDown lead commentator? When will Cole leave the show? Let us know in the comments below.

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