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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 ways with Patrick after deciding to select out him from SmackDown commentary earlier this week.
WWE employed Patrick in 2021 to work as a within the abet of the scenes interviewer. He used to be promoted to the gap of Raw play-by-play announcer in October 2022 and used to be moved to SmackDown final year.
For a period of time, WWE had longtime lead play-by-play announcer Michael Cole pull double responsibility on Raw and SmackDown as a manner of getting Patrick extra good sufficient with the feature.
The SmackDown crew used to be Patrick, Cole and Corey Graves, but WWE recently removed Cole from the equation and went abet to a two-man sales assign aside of abode with Patrick and Graves.
Per Johnson, Patrick used to be “loved in my opinion” within WWE, but there used to be a sense within the firm that he “used to be now not the just particular person” for play-by-play,
WWE has a pair of inner candidates to possess Patrick’s assign aside of abode, or it could per chance most likely per chance well opt for one other outdoor hire.
Perchance one of the best immediate-term repair is for Cole to work both Raw and SmackDown as the play-by-play man except a fleshy-time change is chanced on.
In accordance with PWInsider.com (h/t Steve Provider of Ringside News), the conception for this week’s SmackDown is for Cole to possess in.
A longer-term in-residence possibility for SmackDown is Vic Joseph, who’s the longtime exclaim of NXT. Joseph moreover has experience on Raw, but it completely is unclear if WWE has anyone in a position to replacing him alongside Booker T in NXT.
Aside from Cole and Joseph, WWE has cycled through play-by-play announcers in most up-to-the-minute years with Tom Phillips, Adnan Virk, Jimmy Smith and Patrick all getting launched from the firm.
Some of them have been outdoor hires, and while hiring from the outdoor would give WWE extra choices, there must now not many who’re decrease out for lifestyles as a WWE announcer.
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