WWE legend Michael Cole replaced on Raw commentary with 205 Live’s Vic Joseph as he returns to SmackDown – The Sun

WWE have confirmed legendary announcer Michael Cole will no longer be on Monday Night Raw as part of a huge shake-up on commentary.

The 50-year-old, real name Sean Michael Coulthard, is heading back to SmackDown Live in one of several big changes taking place during a “Premiere Week” for the wrestling company across USA Network and Fox.

And Hall of Famer Jerry “The King” Lawler will also be returning to Raw after WWE announced the news, reported by Sun Sport earlier this month, tonight.

A statement said: “WWE Premiere Week ushers in an unprecedented era of coverage with special episodes of Monday Night Raw, NXT, Total Divas and the FOX debut of Friday Night SmackDown bringing fans eight hours of primetime programming.

“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.”

“The Voice of WWE” Cole joined them way back in 1997 and was a backstage interviewer throughout the Attitude Era heyday.

When SmackDown was created in 1999 he was chosen to be the show’s play-by-play announcer, regularly partnering with Lawler and Tazz.

He was drafted over to Raw in 2008 and has remained in the hot-seat ever since to call the action on the red brand.

Now he is heading back to the blue brand as Vince McMahon and his fellow WWE chiefs finalise big changes to thwart the threat of newly-formed All Elite Wrestling.

AEW’s weekly show debuts on TNT on October 2, with the SmackDown switch to Fox coming two days later.

NXT, which will go head-to-head with AEW, also started to be shown on the USA Network last week.

Cole’s transfer to SmackDown opens up the door to Joseph, who has already impressed when stepping-up temporarily for the August 19 episode of Raw.

Joseph, real name Victor Travagliante, only made his broadcasting bow in 2017.

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