Jerry The King Lawler will not be announcing the Royal Rumble

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The 2016 Royal Rumble is already shaped up to be one of the most historic events ever, and now it has had another huge change made.

It could be argued that the most famous duo in WWE history was the announce team of Jerry the King Lawler and Jim Ross.

The voices are gone

For years the two sat ringside and called the action, and now for the first time in decades, the Royal Rumble will go by without either of them on the microphone.


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JR retired from WWE many years ago which means that in recent years, it has only been King calling the annual 30 man tradition alongside men like JBL and Michael Cole.

However this year will also see King not call the Royal Rumble match and it may all be thanks to Smackdown.

Smackdown recently moved networks so rather than broadcasting on the Syfy channel every Thursday night, it now joins RAW on the USA Network.

With the move has come a change of attitudes for the show as they strive to get the bigger names appearing on the often considered worst weekly WWE show.

A change of attitude has also come from Lawler who following the move to USA, has turned from a face commentator to a heel.

With JBL the heel commentator on RAW and King the heel on Smackdown, it wouldn't really work having both call the Rumble.

King will be on the Royal Rumble pre-show, but will not feature on the main event - a strange choice as we all watch to see if the WWE can create a Royal Rumble that fans enjoy.

Time for a comeback

The WWE will have to work hard tonight to make the 29th Royal Rumble one that the fans can enjoy and make them more successful than the previous two.

The past two Royal Rumbles have ended with a chorus of boos as Batista and Roman Reigns have earned their ticket to WrestleMania.

Last year saw the fans actually cause a disturbance outside the arena due to their outrage so surely the WWE will be eager to right the wrongs of recent years tonight.

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