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WWE shakes up commentary teams

WWE MICHAEL COLE taunts the fans from his ''Cole Mine'', holding up his Slammy award Photographer: Matt Roberts/Zuma Press/Icon Sportswire
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The competitors in the ring were not the only ones on the move Tuesday night in the WWE Brand Extension Draft, as fans were alerted to a commentary team shake up following the three-hour draft’s conclusion. Per the company’s website, Raw, SmackDown Live, WWE Superstars and WWE Main Event will all be affected by these changes.

Raw, the three-hour flagship show that took Seth Rollins with the No. 1 overall pick, will continue to be called by Michael Cole and Byron Saxton, but will add NXT’s color commentator Corey Graves to the mix. John Bradshaw Layfield will leave Raw and head to SmackDown Live to join Mauro Ranallo and David Otunga, who is coming over from Superstars and Main Event.

Tom Phillips will do play-by-play on Superstars and Main Event and be joined alongside NXT partner Graves on the former show and Otunga on the latter. No changes were announced for the NXT commentary team, so it appears Phillips and Graves will continue in that role.

Following the completion of the draft, WWE now moves forward with their Battleground pay-per-view on Sunday with the complete separation of the rosters taking place the following two days on Raw and SmackDown Live.

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