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WWE legend Michael Cole set to be replaced on Raw commentary with 205 Live’s Vic Joseph

WRESTLING SHAKE-UP

THE “Voice of WWE” Michael Cole is reportedly no longer set to be part of the Monday Night Raw announce team.

The 50-year-old, real name Sean Michael Coulthard, is believed to be moving back over to SmackDown Live as part of a major shake-up.

And he could be replaced with 205 Live and NXT UK’s play-by-play commentator Vic Joseph.

That is according to WrestleVotes, who claim WWE are planning on shaking up the commentary teams as SmackDown prepares to make the switch from USA Network to FOX next month.

Although they also state nothing has yet been finalised.

Cole joined WWE way back in 1997 and was a backstage interviewer throughout the Attitude Era heyday.

When SmackDown was created in 1999 he was chosen to be the show’s play-by-play announcer, regularly partnering with Jerry “The King” Lawler and Tazz.

He was drafted over to Raw in 2008 and has remained in the hot-seat ever since to call the action on the red brand.

Now he is said to be returning home to the blue brand as Vince McMahon finalises some big changes to thwart the threat of newly-formed All Elite Wrestling.

AEW’s weekly show debuts on TNT on October 2, with the SmackDown switch to Fox coming two days later.

NXT, which will go head-to-head with AEW, will also start to be shown on the USA Network from next week.

Cole’s expected transfer to SmackDown opens up the door to Joseph, who has already impressed when stepping-up temporarily for the August 19 episode of Raw.

Joseph, real name Victor Travagliante, only made his broadcasting bow in 2017.

Both Raw and SmackDown’s current announce teams consist of three – but that also is reportedly set to change.

It has also been claimed WWE could be heading back to two-person commentary booths like in the early 2000s.

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