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WWE reportedly launched Kevin Patrick on Thursday following his stint as a play-by-play announcer on SmackDown.
In accordance with PWInsider.com’s Mike Johnson, WWE parted methods with Patrick after deciding to take away him from SmackDown commentary earlier this week.
WWE employed Patrick in 2021 to work as a backstage interviewer. He was promoted to the place of Uncooked play-by-play announcer in October 2022 and was moved to SmackDown final 12 months.
For a time frame, WWE had longtime lead play-by-play announcer Michael Cole pull double responsibility on Uncooked and SmackDown as a method of getting Patrick extra comfy with the position.
The SmackDown staff was Patrick, Cole and Corey Graves, however WWE not too long ago eliminated Cole from the equation and went again to a two-man sales space with Patrick and Graves.
Per Johnson, Patrick was “appreciated personally” inside WWE, however there was a sense within the firm that he “was not the precise individual” for play-by-play,
WWE has a few inside candidates to fill Patrick’s spot, or it may go for one other exterior rent.
Maybe the simplest short-term repair is for Cole to work each Uncooked and SmackDown because the play-by-play man till a full-time alternative is discovered.
In accordance with PWInsider.com (h/t Steve Carrier of Ringside Information), the plan for this week’s SmackDown is for Cole to fill in.
An extended-term in-house possibility for SmackDown is Vic Joseph, who’s the longtime voice of NXT. Joseph additionally has expertise on Uncooked, however it’s unclear if WWE has anybody able to changing him alongside Booker T in NXT.
Apart from Cole and Joseph, WWE has cycled by way of play-by-play announcers in recent times with Tom Phillips, Adnan Virk, Jimmy Smith and Patrick all getting launched from the corporate.
A few of them had been exterior hires, and whereas hiring from the surface would give WWE extra choices, there aren’t many who’re reduce out for all times as a WWE announcer.
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