It was reported yesterday that when SmackDown moves to FOX next month, WWE is looking at scrapping their current three-person announce team and downsizing to two people instead.
As noted, eWrestling.com co-founder and owner of our affiliate website, Rajah.com -- Rajah Kumar (@RajahNews) originally broke this news six months ago with this article posted on Rajah.com back in March.
We also covered the news here at eWrestling.com in what was one of three full backstage news articles from that week's WWE SmackDown TV taping.
It's worth noting that if this change happens, the move will transcend beyond just SmackDown, as it is also expected to affect Raw and presumably NXT as well.
The @WrestleVotes Twitter account adds that the current working plan is for Michael Cole to move over to SmackDown on FOX, and for Vic Joseph to get bumped up to become the lead play-by-play man on Raw.
It's unclear where Tom Phillips, Corey Graves, Renee Young and others would fit in, as another report suggested that WWE is moving towards having announcers be exclusive to one show only.
In other words, no one would be pulling double-duty and working more than one show as an announcer, at least not on a consistent basis.
We will keep you posted right here at eWrestling.com as more information becomes available regarding the announce team changes and other changes WWE has in store for the move to FOX.
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For three-articles worth of backstage news and notes coming out of this week's WWE SmackDown LIVE / 205 Live taping at Madison Square Garden in New York City from Tuesday night, September 10th, read the following three articles right here at eWrestling.com:
* Backstage SD! News (Pt. 1): Script Changes, Daniel Bryan Leaves
* Backstage SD! News (Pt. 2): Owens/AEW, CZW World Champ
* Backstage SD! News (Pt. 3): Fan/Baby Incident, NXT Call-Ups
The plans as of now for the new announce teams include Michael Cole heading to SmackDown on FOX. I’m also told Vic Joseph is set to become the lead man on Monday Night RAW. Not set in stone, as nothing is with WWE, but this is their working idea.
— WrestleVotes (@WrestleVotes) September 11, 2019
Whoa .. looks like #WWE has assigned #VicJoseph to TAKE OVER as new LEAD announcer for #RAW, while #MichaelCole will move over as LEAD announcer for #SmackDown
FULL *DETAILED* STORY: https://t.co/EuZd1KPSCc@ewrestlingcom @MattBoone1984 @RajahNews @VicJosephWWE @MichaelCole pic.twitter.com/Vks5Ys1gia
— Matt Boone (@MattBoone1984) September 12, 2019
The folks @WrestleVotes confirm our @ewrestlingcom / @Rajah_News EXCLUSIVE #WWE backstage news story from back in March about #FOX pushing for 2-PERSON announce team for #SmackDown when show changes TV networks
READ UPDATED DETAILS: https://t.co/foCe72ijVG@RajahNews #sdlive pic.twitter.com/DjrKClw8UG
— Matt Boone (@MattBoone1984) September 11, 2019
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