WWE.com broke the news late Monday night that they have decided not to renew the contract of longtime ring announcer Justin Roberts and, effective immediately, Roberts is released from WWE. The following statement was released by WWE.com:
“WWE has chosen to not exercise its option to renew ring announcer Justin Roberts’ contract. Effective immediately, Roberts is released from WWE.
WWE wishes him the best in all his future endeavors.”
While this surprising release can be chalked up to WWE’s cost-cutting measures as of late, PWTorch.com is reporting that the release may have come as a result of a confrontation between Justin Roberts and veteran commentator Michael Cole after RAW went off the air this past Monday night.
Justin Roberts was hired as a ring announcer in 2002, being put on the SmackDown brand before later being moved to RAW and serving as the ring announcer for RAW, Velocity, and Heat. Roberts would continue to be shifted around over the years and the biggest moment of Justin’s ring announcing career came when he announced the main event of WrestleMania XXIV between Edge and The Undertaker. Arguably, the most memorable moment of Roberts’ WWE career came on the June 7, 2010 episode of RAW, which was the site of the infamous NXT invasion where the group that would later become known as The Nexus attacked everyone at ringside, including Justin Roberts. Roberts was strangled with his own necktie by Daniel Bryan in the staged attack, but WWE felt that the act was too violent for PG television and Daniel Bryan was released from his contract before being re-hired two months later. At WrestleMania XXVII, Justin Roberts served as the ring announcer for the entire flagship pay-per-view and, from 2009 until his release, Justin Roberts served as the permanent ring announcer of RAW.
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