WWE Hires Former UFC Commentator Jimmy Smith to Join Raw Commentary Team

Published 05/27/2021, 1:58 AM EDT


The WWE Raw commentary team lacks a key spot after Adnan Virk’s release from the role within seven weeks! This has left the three-man Raw commentary team without a play-by-play commentator who can helm the proceedings. However, WWE has already taken care of it as former UFC commentator Jimmy Smith takes over the reigns.

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Jimmy Smith to fill spot left open by Adnan Virk on WWE Raw

Former ESPN Sportscaster Adnan Virk parted ways with WWE within two months of his initial signing. Although the company did not provide any details, the major reason was the return of live shows and Virk’s unwillingness to be on the road. Either way, Adnan Virk is out, and Jimmy Smith is coming in.

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There were several reports of the MMA Host joining the WWE Raw commentary team, but there wasn’t any confirmation, until now. Earlier today, Smith put out a tweet where he revealed WWE has liked his work. WWE made the announcement via their official website.

He added despite it being a completely new world for him, he will do everything in his power to honor the athletes from the past and present, and, of course, the fans. In the tweet, Jimmy Smith also revealed he was a huge Mr. Perfect and Bruiser Brody fan.

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Despite joining WWE as a Raw commentator, Smith revealed he would continue his show, ‘Unlocking the Cage,’ on Sirius XM. It will be interesting to see how Jimmy is able to manage both as life in WWE, especially on the road, can be very unpredictable.

Either way, one thing is for sure; Jimmy Smith will not disappoint the WWE Universe with his commentary skills. Although he doesn’t have an experience of calling wrestling matches, he does know how to call MMA fights. Plus, he’s also been a part of NXT TakeOver: Stand and Deliver doing a thing or two on the pre-show.

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Ishan Chavan

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Ishan Chavan is a WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. Being a Journalism graduate, Ishan has over six years of experience in the Media Production Industry, having worked with Viacom 18's streaming platform, Voot. A wrestling fan since childhood, Ishan's favorite wrestlers are Daniel Bryan, AJ Styles, and Chris Jericho as he feels these three have the perfect blend of wrestling and promo skills, especially Jericho.

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