For the first time since WrestleMania X8 seven years earlier, there was only one announce team for the duration of the main show. Though there still three bands with their own distinct broadcast duos, the trio of Jim Ross, Michael Cole, and Jerry Lawler handled the job for the four-hour telecast.
Absent from the group was Tazz. On Tuesday, March 31, 2009, Tazz's WWE contract expired, and he chose to leave the company, wanting to pursue other interests. He had given his notice several weeks prior, and even offered to work WrestleMania in Houston for free, so as to not leave SmackDown partner Ross high and dry.
WWE instead went with the three-man booth, and Tazz was officially done with the company, resurfacing in TNA later on that year.