Wrestling & MMA

PRO WRESTLING: Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler, Byron Saxton to call WWE SmackDown on Thursdays on Syfy

As part of WWE SmackDown’s move to Thursdays beginning Jan. 15 at 8 p.m. on Syfy, WWE has announced changes to the broadcast teams for its flagship programs Monday Night Raw and WWE SmackDown.

Starting Monday, Jan. 12, Michael Cole, Booker T and John Bradshaw Layfield will handle play-by-play and color commentary on Raw on the USA Network. Cole, Jerry The King Lawler and Byron Saxton will be the hosts for SmackDown starting Jan. 15 on Syfy.

The broadcast team for WWE pay-per-view events will continue to be Cole, Lawler and Layfield.

Michael Cole has been the voice of WWE for more than 15 years, calling all of the action on Raw, SmackDown and WWE pay-per-view events.

Booker T is a WWE Hall of Famer, a multi-time World Heavyweight Champion and recent panelist on the Raw pre-and-post shows on WWE Network.

John Bradshaw Layfield is a former World Heavyweight Champion and a frequent guest contributor on the Fox News Channel.

Jerry The King Lawler is a WWE Hall of Famer, and a mainstay at ringside, bringing his unique form of color commentary to WWE fans for more than 20 years.

Byron Saxton is a former ECW and NXT broadcaster, and most recently was a reporter for Raw and SmackDown.

About WWE

WWE, a publicly traded company (NYSE: WWE), is an integrated media organization and recognized leader in global entertainment. The company consists of a portfolio of businesses that create and deliver original content 52 weeks a year to a global audience.

WWE is committed to family friendly entertainment on its television programming, pay-per-view, digital media and publishing platforms. WWE programming reaches more than 650 million homes worldwide in 35 languages.

WWE Network, the first-ever 24/7 over-the-top premium network that includes all 12 live pay-per-views, scheduled programming and a massive video-on-demand library, is currently available in more than 170 countries.

The company is headquartered in Stamford, Conn., with offices in New York, Los Angeles, London, Mexico City, Mumbai, Shanghai, Singapore, Dubai, Munich and Tokyo.

Additional information on WWE (NYSE: WWE) can be found at wwe.com and corporate.wwe.com.

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