WWE split up the RAW and SmackDown brands in a live draft on Tuesday, which means each brand will have its own unique look with unique superstars… and unique commentators.
After the live special went off the air, the WWE released the new announce teams for each show: Michael Cole, Byron Saxton, and Corey Graves on RAW, and Mauro Ranallo, John Layfield, and David Otunga on SmackDwon. Noticeably missing is the longest tenured commentator in WWE right now: Jerry “The King” Lawler.
Lawler was suspended by the company over a month ago for an alleged domestic dispute with his 27-year old fiancée, but with no charges being filed, Lawler was eventually brought back to the announce desk. He was on the live SmackDown show on Tuesday, but it looks like it could be his last as a regular color commentator.
The 66-year old Lawler has been working regularly with WWE since 1992. He will likely still be doing work with the company through pre-show specials and other studio shows, but otherwise, it looks like the WWE is finally replacing him.