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
When the company decided to move him from the Monday Night Raw commentating table to Smackdown's lesser watched crew, it became clear to observant people that Jerry Lawler was being demoted by WWE. His job security, though, remains fairly high. He still has name value and a good amount of fans. Plus, management is afraid that another wresting promotion will sign Lawler and team him up with Jim Ross.
January 28, 2015
While many still believe that the widely perceived demotion was due to the fact that the company has been trying to phase him out of the product completely, WWE has been trying to spin the move of Jerry Lawler from the Monday Night Raw commentating team to Smackdown as something positive. The company has been telling people that the move was done because they wanted to close the gap between the two shows.
January 20, 2015
Yesterday, WWE announced that Jerry Lawler had been removed from the commentating team on Monday Night Raw and moved over to the Smackdown crew. Many immediately believed that the move was done in response to his recent hospital stay for diverticulitis. However, reports are surfacing that management has long been wanting to do this move. They simply could not do it because of the public reaction to his heart attack.
January 9, 2015
In a surprising bit of news, Jerry Lawler has now been permanently removed as the color commentator of Monday Night Raw. Many had been under the impression that his absence was temporary and that he would return once he recovered from his stay at the hospital. However, WWE opted to make the switch to Booker T a permanent one. Lawler will still be working for the company, but as a commentator on Smackdown.
January 8, 2015