The current commentary booth for Monday Night Raw consists of Tom Phillips, Byron Saxton and Samoa Joe, but based on a new report by Wrestling Inc. that's about the change. Raj Giri reported over the weekend that Canadian sportscaster Adnan Virk will be stepping into the play-by-play role to replace Phillips.
Virk first made a name for himself in the 2000s while hosting multiple programs for Canada's TSN and signed with ESPN in April 2010. Over the next nine years he would host a wide variety of shows from SportsCenter to Outside the Lines to ESPN College Football. He was fired by the network in early 2019 after allegedly leaking information from within the company to members of the media. He has since taken up hosting positions for the MLB Network and DAZN while also hosting a pair of weekly podcasts.
Neither Virk nor WWE have officially commented on the news.
Update: The Mat Men Podcast is now reporting that Corey Graves will replace Samoa Joe on the desk as well:
I can confirm the report by @RajGiri_303 that Raw is getting a change-up for the announce team
Corey, Byron, and Adnan Virk are headed to Raw.— Andrew Zarian (@AndrewZarian) April 10, 2021
WWE has shaken up the commentary booth for its flagship show a number of times over the past few years. Weeks before Friday Night SmackDown made the jump to FOX in 2019 WWE split up the triop of Michael Cole, Corey Graves and Renee Young and replaced them with Vic Josephy, Jerry Lawler and Dio Maddin. Maddin eventually transitioned back into being a wrestler (now going by Mace), Lawler gradually stepped away, Samoa Joe took on a color commentary role during his two injuries and Joseph was replaced by Phillips beginning in January 2020.
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