Once the decision was made by WWE to keep Michael Cole off of Monday Night Raw, there was a bit of a debate on how to replace him. Some wanted just JBL and Booker T to man the booth, but neither guy is a play by play commentator. There was a little bit of support for Brad Maddox to take the role, as he was backstage, but the front office ultimately decided to give Byron Saxton another chance to prove himself.
April 6, 2015
Just to give you an idea of how high the company is on Renee Young, there are serious talks backstage of promoting her to the commentating booth soon. No word yet on who she would be replacing or which show she would be working. However, Michael Cole seems to be the safest one out there. WWE is still very high on him, and he's going to be with them for as long as he wants. Renee could potential replace Byron Saxton, who is on the hot seat.
April 5, 2015
When Vince McMahon hates you, your future in WWE does not seem very bright. Byron Saxton might not be around for much longer, it seems. McMahon was said to be furious backstage when Saxton was sent out to do commentary on Monday Night Raw alone. Many felt that this was his opportunity to grab the brass ring, and Saxton failed. It got so bad that McMahon had to send Jerry Lawler out there to breathe life into the commentating team.
April 5, 2015
To further sell the kayfabe injury suffered by Michael Cole at the hands of Brock Lesnar during Monday Night Raw, WWE has decided to keep the announcer off of the commentating table for the next episode of Smackdown. The on air explanation is that he needs surgery. Tom Phillips is replacing him and will join Jerry Lawler and Byron Saxton at the booth. No confirmation yet, but the belief is that Cole will be back for Monday Night Raw.
April 1, 2015
Even though the change was made this month, there are already rumblings that we could be seeing another change in the form of the Smackdown announcers. Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler are safe in their positions, but there are rumors that WWE isn't completely sold on Byron Saxton just yet. Fortunately for him, there are people backstage who love his personality, so he will have some in his corner when push comes to shove.
January 30, 2015