It’s not been a great week for Kevin Patrick as the broadcaster was removed from SmackDown duties and has now been released by WWE altogether.
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.
PWInsider has now reported that they have had confirmation that Kevin Patrick has been released by WWE, bringing his time with the company that began in 2021 to an end.
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PWInsider previously 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.