WWE Making MAJOR Changes To Its Announce Teams

Ahead of SmackDown's move to Fox, a major shake-up is on the way.

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According to the ever-reliable WrestleVotes Twitter account, it looks as if WWE will be making some major changes to its announce teams in the foreseeable future.

Given how SmackDown Live’s impending move to Fox is said to be the start of a definitive and clear roster split, many had been expecting some sort of change to the Raw and SmackDown announce teams to further give each brand its own identity and a sense of exclusivity.

At this stage, it’s not full known which announcers will end up where, although it seems likely that a two-person announce team will be the blueprint for Raw and SmackDown.

One of the big decisions that WWE has to make, is where exactly they put Corey Graves. Currently, Graves appears on both Raw and SmackDown – meaning that the drive for brand exclusivity will see the snarky colour commentator restricted to calling the action on just one show moving forward.

Another change could well involve Renee Young, as there’s already been talk of making her exclusive to SmackDown due to the fact that she’ll be hosting the FS1 studio show that will air on Tuesday nights.

Elsewhere, Nigel McGuinness has departed the 205 Live announce booth and will instead concentrate on calling NXT alongside Mauro Ranallo and Beth Phoenix. McGuinness’ 205 spot has already been filled, mind, as NXT superstar Brennan Williams was given the new name of Dio Maddin and put on the 205 Live announce table at last night’s edition of the cruiserweight show. Maddin joins Vic Joseph and Aiden English on 205 Live.

October 4th is the date that SmackDown Live begins airing on Fox, so that leaves WWE just three weeks to iron out the announce teams for each of the company’s brands.

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