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WWE Shakes Up Commentary Teams
The commentary teams are now official for the new era of WWE programming. WWE announced the changes to their teams today, including a new lead voice on Monday Night Raw. The commentary teams are:
- Raw: Vic Joseph with Dio Maddin & Jerry “The King” Lawler
- NXT: Mauro Ranallo with Nigel McGuinness & Beth Phoenix
- SmackDown: Michael Cole with Corey Graves & “Special Correspondent” Renee Young.
WWE goes out of their way to list Young as a correspondent and not an analyst. If that means WWE will have a two-person booth with special reports from Young remains to be seen.
The odd men out of the commentary shake-up are Tom Phillips and Byron Saxton. They have been two of the three voices on SmackDown since the brand split in 2016. Where they will work now is undisclosed, though rumors have said Phillips may do some producing.
I've heard that as of right now Tom Phillips will be doing some "producing." That term is very broad and vague in WWE
— Sean Ross Sapp, Fightful.com TALL OF FAMER (@SeanRossSapp) September 26, 2019
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New WWE Studio Show on Fox
Renee Young is going to be very busy on top of her “special correspondent” role. WWE announced Thursday a WWE studio show on FS1 called WWE Backstage. The show is an hour long airing Tuesday nights at 11 pm. Young will be joined by WWE Hall of Famer Booker T on the show to discuss all the happenings from the WWE world. The show will have a rotating panel of guests, including current and former WWE superstars.
— FOX Sports PR (@FOXSportsPR) September 26, 2019
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John Hennigan Signs With WWE
WWE has reportedly added another familiar face. John Hennigan, a.k.a. John Morrison/Johnny Impact/Johnny Mundo, has signed with the WWE according to PWInsider. Hennigan won season three of WWE Tough Enough and was with the company until 2011. In his first run with the ‘E, Hennigan won the Intercontinental Championship, ECW Championship, and was a multiple time Tag Team Champion.
Since leaving the company, Hennigan was a main event talent for Impact, Lucha Underground, and numerous independent companies. He has also had some success in acting, appearing in GLOW and a movie he co-wrote called Boone The Bounty Hunter.