Apparently, it was by request of Fox that WWE gives Daniel Cormier an announcer tryout. That way he can be part of the SmackDown team when the show switches to its network.
It's almost definitely safe to assume that when SmackDown Live moves to Fox next year, a lot of things about the show will change. For starters, it is going to air on Fridays as opposed to Tuesdays. There is also talk that Fox is already going back and forth with WWE in relation to how it wants the show to feel.
Anyone who has watched WWE for any period of time will know how much Vince McMahon values the entertainment side of things. So much so that he often prioritizes it over the actual wrestling. Rumor has it that Fox is not a big fan of doing things that way around. SmackDown Live will be a part of its sports-based programming so it wants the show to have a sportier feel.
According to Wrestling Observer Radio, that's not the only suggestion Fox has made when it comes to SmackDown ideas. UFC Heavyweight Champion, Daniel Cormier revealed last week that he will soon be having an announcer tryout with WWE. WOR has reported that Fox is behind WWE asking Cormier to come in since his inclusion will give SmackDown Live a more legitimate feel.
Cormier's tryout was actually supposed to happen relatively soon. However, he has had to push it back due to his title defense that is coming up at UFC 230. It is no secret that Cormier is a WWE fan and it has often been assumed he might be associated with the industry one day once he is done with UFC. It is also no secret that he wants to quit fighting when he turns 40. His 40th birthday is in March of 2019.
Mr. McMahon doesn't strike us as the kind of guy who likes being told what to do. He definitely won't like having to sacrifice some of SmackDown Live's entertainment value. However, when a network pays you more than $1 billion for the rights to air your show, you have to allow them to have at least some input in the product. A more legitimate feeling SmackDown Live voiced by Cormier sounds like a good idea to us at least.