WWE Release Causes Broadcast Team Shake-Up

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The release of NXT broadcaster McKenzie Mitchell from WWE has caused a domino effect on programming as people shift around.

McKenzie Mitchell was released by WWE at the beginning of December bringing her four-year stint in the company to an end. Before joining WWE, Mitchell had worked for IMPACT Wrestling as an interviewer and it was that role she filled in WWE on the NXT brand. Mitchell had also worked on WWE’s The Bump and appeared in digital media content.

With Mitchell no longer in the company, that has caused something of a shift in presentation as Kelly Kincaid has moved into Mitchell’s NXT role moving over from the brand’s Level Up show. Prior to joining WWE, Kincaid was best known as Quinn McKay in Ring of Honor.

With Kincaid moving up, that means Sarah Schreiber is now pulling double duty on Level Up as the brand’s ring announcer and backstage interviewer. Schreiber is no stranger to WWE fans having worked for the company since 2018 and appearing at different times for NXT, Raw, and SmackDown.

WWE SmackDown Sees One Night Broadcast Shake-Up

There was also a change in the broadcast team for SmackDown as the blue brand played host to the annual Tribute To The Troops show. For one night only, JBL returned to the WWE announce desk on SmackDown, joining Kevin Patrick and Michael Cole.

The WWE Hall of Famer is credited with having the idea for the original Tribute to the Troops show which took place in 2003.