WWE SmackDown Commentary Duo: Wade Barrett and Corey Graves Lead Team

WWE SmackDown Commentary Duo: Wade Barrett and Corey Graves Lead Team
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With the addition of Pat McAfee to WWE Raw‘s commentary team alongside Michael Cole, the lineup for SmackDown’s team has now been unveiled.

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The departure of Kevin Patrick created a void in the blue brand’s commentary crew, which has been filled by Cole and Corey Graves, according to the latest updates from WWE.

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Recent reports indicate that McAfee and Cole will become regular fixtures on WWE Raw. Meanwhile, SmackDown‘s commentary team will feature Wade Barrett, former WWE Raw commentator, and Corey Graves.

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According to the reports, multiple sources have confirmed this plan, with Graves taking on the role of the lead announcer, and Barrett providing color commentary.

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Barrett made his return to WWE in August 2020, initially as part of the NXT commentary team under a one-year deal. In October 2022, WWE moved Barrett to color commentary on WWE SmackDown, pairing him with Michael Cole, before relocating him to Raw in August 2023.

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Michael Cole, who has been the Vice President of Announcing in WWE since 2020, will continue in that capacity.

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Kevin Patrick, who joined WWE in March 2021 as a backstage interviewer, had been serving as the lead announcer for both Raw and SmackDown since October 2022. His release was previously attributed to a perception that he was “not the right person for the role,” despite being well-liked personally.

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Following his departure from WWE, Sheamus expressed his sentiments about Kevin Patrick, describing him as a “true professional and a true Irish man.”

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