Keep things moving. The spread of the Coronavirus has changed the wrestling world as we know it and that is going to be the case for the time being. One of the biggest problems is the lack of having the full crew available, both in front of the camera, behind the camera, and somewhere in the middle. WWE has had to make some necessary changes and there are good reasons for one of those.
Commentary is one of the most important parts of any wrestling show. The broadcast team serves as the guides for the show, as they tell the fans what is going on and lead them in the direction that they company wants. They have to find the right balance of playing it straight, comedy, intrigue and drama. Some shows are better than others, and one show is having to try to start everything over again.
According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, the NXT commentary team was changed due to the spread of the Coronavirus. The regular team or Mauro Ranallo, Beth Phoenix and Nigel McGuinness are all unwilling to make the regular trips to the show, as Phoenix and McGuinness have young children and Ranallo fears for his health. WWE is working on a system that could allow Ranallo to do commentary live from his home studio. The trio are still the team for the show, though Byron Saxton and Tom Phillips have been filling in for the time being.
The three of them have their moments. Check out a bit of each:
Opinion: This is something that makes sense as WWE has made it clear that they will not hold it against talents who do not want to make the trips over health concerns. Whether they will be held accountable behind the scenes is yet to be seen, but WWE knows better than to publicly shame someone for not wanting to do something at the moment. Hopefully they can come up with something for the future, but Saxton and Phillips are fine for now.
What is your favorite WWE commentary team? Who would you have call NXT? Let us know in the comments below.
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