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WWE announces changes to Raw commentary team

We are only hours from WrestleMania 37 concluding and the WWE is already being shaken up.

It has been announced that there will be significant changes the WWE Raw commentary team.

Adnan Virk will be joining the WWE as a play-by-play announcer on Monday Night Raw, joining analysts Corey Graves and Byron Saxton.

Adnan Virk ESPN
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In a statement, Virk said that he’s “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 still be juggling his other commitments, which includes his work as an on-air host across the MLB network, as well as hosting The GM Shuffle podcast with Michael Lombardi on the Cadence 13 network and the popular movie podcast “Cinephile” with Meadowlark Media.

“Previously, Adnan worked at ESPN where he primarily covered college football and baseball. He was also a studio host for ESPN’s college football coverage and a play-by-play announcer and studio host for the network’s coverage of Major League Baseball. He has guest hosted SportsCenter, Outside the Lines, Olbermann, ESPN’s coverage of the College World Series, and Mike & Mike. Virk also hosted backstage Oscar’s coverage for ABC’s “The Oscars: All Access.”

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It has also been reported that Tom Phillips will become the new host of 205 Live while also overseeing special projects for WWE’s programming on Peacock, which recently took over the WWE Network, as well as working on at the Performance Center in Orlando.

Phillips will also remain in his role as Senior Manager of On Air Talent.

Samoa Joe will remain part of the talent roster, which could indicate he is moving away from the commentary desk and back in the ring after being out of action for a year due to an injury caused during a commercial shoot.

Joe has been a regular fixture at the commentary desk since the April 27th 2020 episode of Raw when he replaced Jerry Lawler.

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