Jerry "The King" Lawler becomes a heel commentator on SmackDown

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WWE's move of their second biggest show, SmackDown, to the USA Network at the start of the year brought many different changes along with it.

Prior to the show, we knew a new commentator would be at the commentating table alongside Jerry Lawler and new color commentator Byron Saxton, Mauro Ranallo is his name, the former voice of New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) in the USA. John Cena was also confirmed to be on the first show of the year as well, but he is now sidelined due to injury.

With the show having aired last night in the USA, another major change to the program has been revealed.


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According to Wrestling Inc: "Lawler was more-heelish in his commentary on SmackDown tonight. It's been over a decade since Lawler worked as a heel commentator."

Lawler only joined the SmackDown commentary team this time last year and is now turning heel for the first time since 2000, as he started to favor the heel competitors on last night's show.

This is the first time The King has started favoring heels since 2005 when he turned full face. Now, there will hopefully be a revival of Lawler's commentary from the mid-1990's.

If you need a reminder of what he used to be like before he turned face, watch the video below.

Alongside the addition of Lawler's heel commentary as well as Mauro Ranallo and Bryon Saxon, more talent could be coming to the show soon, as NJPW stars AJ Styles, Doc Gallows, Karl Anderson are rumored to have signed for the company, as well as current IWGP Intercontinental Champion Shinsuke Nakamura too.

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