Ahead of their new television schedule going into effect next week, WWE has revealed new commentary teams for Raw and SmackDown.
Michael Cole is moving to SmackDown and will call the show with Corey Graves, with Renee Young also being a “special contributor” on SmackDown. Young and Booker T are hosting WWE’s weekly Backstage studio show on FS1. The studio show will officially debut on Tuesday, November 5, with a preview episode also airing on October 15.
Vic Joseph will be doing play-by-play for Raw, and he’ll be joined by Jerry “The King” Lawler and Dio Maddin on the commentary team.
Maddin (real name Brennan Williams) debuted on the 205 Live commentary team earlier this month. He’s a former NFL offensive lineman who signed with WWE and joined NXT as a wrestler in 2016.
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Mauro Ranallo, Nigel McGuinness, and Beth Phoenix will remain the commentary team for NXT.
Next week is being billed as WWE Premiere Week. The season premiere of Raw will be on USA Network on Monday, NXT will air on USA Network on Wednesday, and SmackDown will premiere on FOX on Friday.
NXT will be live on USA Network for the full two hours starting next week. The show had been split across USA and WWE Network for its first two live episodes.