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WWE Confirms Changes To Raw & SmackDown Announce Teams

WWE has announced major changes to its announce teams following a few weeks of speculation based on the soon-to-be-implemented schedule alterations.

On Thursday, the promotion confirmed that the commentary teams will be shuffled via a press release on their website.

Per the statement, Jerry "The King" Lawler will be returning as an analyst for Raw and 205 Live's Vic Joseph and Dio Maddin will be joining him in the show's commentary booth.

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via prowrestlingsheet.com

Michael Cole will be leaving Raw for SmackDown after being the red brand's voice for over a decade. The veteran announcer will deal with the play-by-play on the blue brand alongside Corey Graves and Renee Young, with Graves operating as an analyst while Young will be a special contributor.

NXT's commentary team will remain untouched; Mauro Ranallo, Beth Phoenix and Nigel McGuiness will continue on in their roles.

"As part of WWE Premiere Week, new voices will be brought to the Raw, NXT and SmackDown broadcasts. Raw’s new announce team will include play-by-play from Vic Joseph with Dio Maddin and WWE Hall of Famer Jerry “The King” Lawler serving as analysts; NXT play-by-play will be called by Mauro Ranallo with Beth Phoenix and Nigel McGuiness as analysts; and SmackDown will feature Michael Cole handling play-by-play, Corey Graves serving as analyst and Renee Young as a Special Contributor."

- via WWE.com

There's Probably A Lot More To Come

There are likely lots more changes to follow in the coming weeks given SmackDown's move to the Fox Network. The show will debut on Fox early next month, leaving both USA Network and Tuesday nights for a Friday night home on Fox.

It's set to be an exciting debut for the blue brand and a special show will be hosted on premiere night featuring several marquee battles, including Kofi Kingston vs Brock Lesnar for the WWE title, as well as Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair vs Bayley and Sasha banks.

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