Michael Cole reportedly heading back to SmackDown in big commentary team shake-up

Michael Cole

WWE will be making massive changes in the next month as the war against All Elite Wrestling will ramp up.

AEW will debut on TNT on October 2, and just two days later SmackDown Live will swap from USA Network to FOX with a star-studded line-up booked for the show in Los Angeles.

And even before all of that, NXT will debut on the USA Network in six days time and will eventually go head-to-head with AEW on Wednesdays.

It's expected that some main roster superstars may move or return to NXT as it extends in length to two hours, with Kevin Owens already teasing his comeback, and the roster changes may not just be restricted to in-ring talent.

According to WrestleVotes, WWE are planning on shaking up the commentary teams as SmackDown prepares to make the switch of networks in the next few weeks.

In a return to his roots of-sorts, Michael Cole looks like he is heading back to SmackDown for their big launch, on the brand where he made his name alongside Tazz in the Ruthless Aggression Era.

That would mean Raw needs a new play-by-play commentator, and it may end up being Vic Joseph, who stepped in temporarily weeks ago on the August 19 episode and made a big impression.

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Joseph is currently the lead commentator for 205 Live and NXT UK and only made his WWE broadcasting debut in 2017, so it would mark a quick rise up the ranks for him.

What does that mean for other commentators in WWE though - especially Renee Young?

Young is rumoured to be leading a studio show which would air on FOX after SmackDown goes off the air, which would probably take her away from her Raw commentary duties.

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It could mean we are going back to two-person commentary booths like in the early 2000s, but WrestleVotes have indicated that the current plans to send Cole to SmackDown and Joseph to Raw are not 'set in stone' - and plans of course can change.

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