Monday Night time RAW has a brand new face and voice.
Jimmy Smith, a former member of each the UFC and Bellator commentary desks is reportedly the brand new voice of Monday Night time Uncooked. Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer E-newsletter reported the information of Smith’s hiring. He will probably be changing lately launched, Adnan Virk.
Virk took the helm of Monday Night time Uncooked formally following WrestleMania simply seven weeks in the past and confronted quick backlash for his unfamiliarity with the product. The WWE introduced this week that that they had come to phrases with Virk on his launch from the corporate a transfer that shocked many attributable to his brief tenure within the place.
Smith has appeared for the WWE beforehand earlier than his appointment to RAW as a part of the pre-shows for a number of NXT TakeOver occasions. The businesses developmental model. He will probably be flanked within the position by Byron Saxton and Corey Graves who’ve saved their positions on the commentary desk.
Their first present collectively will reportedly be the Could 31 version of Monday Night time RAW. Smith has reportedly been on the efficiency heart for a number of weeks coaching with Michael Cole who, sources advised Meltzer, was very complimentary of Smith’s means and the benefit with which he pivoted and transitioned as points arose like those who could happen on a reside program like RAW.
Virk’s launch was certainly one of many introduced this week because the WWE additionally moved ahead with the releases of a number of NXT stars. Most notably Patrick Clark AKA Velveteen Dream who has been off of WWE tv since allegations have been made in opposition to him final yr for pursuing relationships with minors on social media.
Smith labored for the UFC in 2019 as a commentator and earlier than that labored as a coloration commentator for Bellator and was additionally the host of American Ninja Warrior throughout its second and third seasons.