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Who could replace Jerry Lawler on SmackDown?

As we all know, Jerry Lawler has been indefinitely suspended by the WWE following an arrest for domestic violence, and it wouldn’t be to


As we all know, Jerry Lawler has been indefinitely suspended by the WWE following an arrest for domestic violence, and it wouldn’t be too much of a stretch to expect the WWE were to cut ties with him completely, before he indefinitely ruins his hall of fame legacy. With this being said, this might seem slightly cynical, but the WWE need a replacement for him on commentary. As always this list is probably more of a wish list instead of anything to go off, however with the draft coming soon, and knowing that commentators have moved before below is a list of 5 possible replacements for the contentious King.  

  1. Corey Graves – Commentator – NXT

To be top of this list based on your commentary is praise enough, the fact that until December 2014 he had been an active competitor just proves how good he is. NXT is the hottest brand in sports entertainment at the moment, and Graves is the resident Heel commentator. Uniquely however Graves isn’t the classic blind Heel commentator who routes for Heels and against Faces, he merits both and really has some substance to his reasoning. That being said, he is part of a two man team, which may necessitate him having to be more rounded. Taking all this into account, he will only benefit from greater exposure and with the loss of the Heel commentator on Smackdown, Graves is the perfect replacement. His age is a huge factor too, at only 32 years old, Graves is the future, and with the recent new era move WWE is experiencing, bringing through a commentator with the roster will definitely show they mean business. Likelihood – 6/10  

  1. Tom Phillips – Commentator – NXT

Next on this list is Graves follow commentator Tom Phillips, another great commentator helping to make NXT the best brand in the WWE. Filling the play by play role on NXT, the pair work seamlessly together and are severely underrated. He commentary is insightful and pretty much mistake free, something the main roster is more recently falling foul to. He isn’t a natural replacement to Lawler as he isn’t a Heel, and his overall persona won’t lend itself to that, however his commentary is too good to ignore. Youth is again on his side, but another thing that could go against him, as with Graves, is they do such a good job on NXT, that officials might want to keep it that way, and keep their product crisp. With Phillips currently being heard on NXT, Superstars and Main Event, he is someone WWE clearly have faith in, but with such a saturation, will they want him on another of their shows. Likelihood – 3/10  

  1. David Otunga – Commentator – WWE Superstars

To most fans Otunga wouldn’t be on their radar, however he has just recently garnered attention after officially being announced to commentary on Superstars. Add that to the rumours that he will be filling on this week’s Smackdown, and some may think the decision has already been made, this however is likely not the case. Otunga has only recently moved to commentary, with the official announcement only arriving a matter of weeks ago. Superstars isn’t a primetime product, so Otunga is afforded early mistakes that won’t be displayed to a national audience. He will learn the ropes here and find his niche as a commentator, to be immediately elevated to Smackdown could be troublesome, and if he doesn’t take to it, it could end his career before it even starts. The next episode of Smackdown is likely to show whether or not he is cut out for the primetime spot, however look for WWE to mention that he is filling in, so they have an excuse if he is out of his depth. Likelihood – 7/10  

  1. William Regal – General Manager – NXT

William Regal is a master on the microphone and has had a very successful career due to equal parts ability to wrestle and talk his way to the top. He is currently enjoying a fantastic run as General Manager of NXT, garnering respect throughout the roster with his fair decision making and approachability. Many NXT fans will remember him on commentary with great fondness, as he helped legitimise the brand while his eloquent commentary made NXT very easy to watch. Younger fans won’t remember much his in ring work, which was nothing short of spectacular. While never truly given the chance to be a main event star in WWE, Regal managed multiple title reigns due in part to his fantastic in ring work, however most notably for his fantastic Heel personas. His ability to tell a story, coupled with his British nationality helped Regal to cement himself as a top Heel for many years, and with this kind of experience, he is more than capable of being a very strong Heel commentator. The reason this is unlikely to happen however, because of how good of a story teller he is. As the current GM of NXT, Regal is doing a such a fantastic job as a Face that WWE is highly unlikely to turn him just to move him to Smackdown commentary, however Regal is such a good story teller that he could pull it off. Likelihood – 2/10  

  1. Renee Young – On Air Personality – WWE

Renee Young is everywhere currently on WWE programming and it seems the WWE universe can’t get enough of her. From hosting Pre-Show panels for Pay per Views, to backstage interviews, to hosting Tough Enough and even her own show on WWE Network, Young can be found around every corner. She has previously worked commentary on NXT as a play by play announcer and she was incredibly well received by fans and superstars. This was chiefly down to her ability on a microphone and the natural charisma she has. Another thing in her favour is the fact that she is a woman. She has got to where she is today by being good at her job, and it only helps her case that WWE is currently valuing females throughout the company more than ever before. She would be great addition to the team, however similar to Philips, she is so ever present in WWE that she might have too high a workload. Likelihood – 6/10   Wildcard – CM Punk – UFC Fighter Look…hear me out ok? Yes Punk is currently signed to the UFC, yes Punk left WWE on bad terms and yes the split seems permanent however there are three good reasons why this isn’t beyond the realms of possibility. Firstly he still hasn’t fought in the UFC. While Punk is rumoured to be fighting at UFC 202, the organisation can’t be happy it has taken so long, and with the buzz of his signing nearly completely gone now, it wouldn’t be too surprising if they cut him as a bad publicity stunt. Secondly, Lesnar’s return to UFC 200 shows the door is open to cross promotion. This is probably a onetime thing, and a thanks for Ronda Rousey appearing at Wrestlemania, however with Brock Lesnar returning to fight in the UFC, it opens the door to talent sharing. If Punk was strictly a commentator, he would be able to train while not risking injury and when he isn’t fighting it would give him something to do, and the constant promotional tool for both UFC and WWE. Thirdly, WWE is going through a transition which seems like it could be foreshadowing the end of Vince at the helm. While most fans know Vince makes all the big decisions, he has begun to step back from his role on screen. Eventually he will give up the company to his son and daughter and it is Vince that Punk has the biggest issue with. Without him, the chance increases of a shock return. Likelihood – 0/10 (But fun to speculate)


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