WWE: What is the Future of the RAW & SmackDown Announce Teams?

With Hall of Famer Jerry “The King” Lawler’s return to announcing officially revealed to take place on this coming Monday’s edition of RAW in Columbus, there has been a lot of speculation regarding who exactly will call the action on RAW and SmackDown. While Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler’s spots on RAW are, no doubt, secure, the man that remains in ‘limbo’ is Jim Ross, who has been filling in for “The King” during Lawler’s recovery from a heart attack that he suffered on the September 10 episode of RAW. WrestleScoop.com is reporting that there has been a lot of discussion about a three-man booth on RAW with J.R. staying on, joining Cole & Lawler on Monday nights, but, as expected, the final decision lies with Vince McMahon.

Since the October 17 episode, SmackDown has featured the commentary team of Josh Mathews & John “Bradshaw” Layfield (replacing the team of Josh Mathews & Michael Cole), which sparked speculation that the longest reigning WWE Champion in SmackDown history might be making a full-time return to the announce position. Well, it has now been confirmed by JBL himself, via his Facebook page, that the “self-made millionaire” has indeed signed a full-time deal with the WWE to work as a color commentator for SmackDown, as well as pay-per-views. In Jerry Lawler’s absence, JBL joined Michael Cole at Night of Champions, following it up by joining Cole and Jim Ross the next night on RAW, and doing the same two weeks later. After RAW on October 8, JBL replaced Cole on SmackDown and has worked with Josh Mathews on the show ever since while Cole & J.R. continued to call the action on RAW.

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