WWE Confirms New Raw Commentary Team Including Former ESPN Anchor

WWE have announced that a new Raw commentary team will be in place starting this week, including a former ESPN correspondent.

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Following reports over WrestleMania weekend, it has been announced that a new Raw commentary team will be in place this week with lead announcer Tom Phillips replaced by WWE newcomer Adnan Virk.

Samoa Joe has also been removed from his commentary position with immediate effect which could indicate he is ready to return to in-ring action.

Phillips has been the lead announcer on Raw since January 2020. He will now move to a role that will see him act as lead commentator on 205 Live as well as oversee special projects elsewhere for the company.

Virk worked in various roles for ESPN until his sacking in 2019 over an alleged leak of information to the media. He spoke to The Athletic about his move to WWE:

“I’m elated to be joining the premier sports-entertainment company in my new role with WWE. As a kid who grew up idolizing WWE Hall of Famers like Bret Hart and Ric Flair, the opportunity to call modern legends like Drew McIntyre, Bobby Lashley, Randy Orton, Charlotte Flair and so many others alongside Corey Graves and Byron Saxton is truly humbling.”

Virk will be joined behind the Raw desk by Byron Saxton and Corey Graves on colour commentary.

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