New WWE SmackDown Commentary Plans Revealed

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WWE SmackDown is in for a big change at the announce desk with one person gone from their role in the company.

In recent weeks, WWE had reverted to two-man announce teams for both Raw and SmackDown with Michael Cole and Wade Barrett heading up Raw while Kevin Patrick and Corey Graves called the action on SmackDown.

A recent report noted that Kevin Patrick faced a fight to keep his role on SmackDown and now it seems he has lost that fight.

It was first reported by Aaron Varble that Kevin Patrick is out of the announce team on SmackDown with Dave Meltzer confirming that the Irish broadcaster was gone on Wrestling Observer Radio:

Kevin Patrick is gone unless something changes. I don’t know the details, I don’t know who’s replacing him. I’m not surprised. They just did an announcer change on the 1st of the year, so it was a couple of weeks ago. Like I said, I’m not surprised, Corey Graves has been totally carrying the SmackDown announcing.

WWE SmackDown Return For Michael Cole

PWInsider has now reported that Michael Cole will be at SmackDown on Friday in Miami, Florida to call the show alongside Corey Graves. Cole will be working over the weekend anyway with the Royal Rumble taking place one day later at Tropicana Field.

Whether or not Michael Cole remains on the blue brand as a long-term solution to its announcer issues remains to be seen.