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Report: Possible change for WWE PPV commentary

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Although not official, there was talk of a possible announcer change in regards to WWE PPV events as soon as the TLC event in two weeks on December 19. According to The Wrestling Observer Newsletter, both Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler have expressed not being big fans of working with Matt Striker for the PPV shows. Were told at one point during the Survivor Series PPV last month that Cole took his headset off to yell at Striker for talking too much (this was before Striker’s blown call at the end of the main event). It is possible CM Punk could end up replacing Striker, although it would mean three Raw announcers and give the perception that Smackdown remains the “B” team. Todd Grisham isn’t likely to be given the spot as he hasn’t received high marks this year (which is why Cole was added to the Smackdown team). Cole and Lawler have reportedly pushed for Jim Ross to be brought back as the third man for PPV broadcasts only.

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14 Responses

  1. raven12516 says:

    Michael Cole is just upset because be all like Matt Stryker better than him.

  2. Kyle Christie says:

    Oh i like Striker but JR would be good also 😀

  3. Steve says:

    How about keep Striker, toss Cole and bring in JR or Punk. Michael Cole is the new Jonathan Coachman. People hate hi so much so they try to turn him heel. Unfortunately it doesn’t help. Heel announcers still have to be good.

  4. Jamie says:

    It has been obvious this year that Striker, Lawler & Cole don’t seem to get along as a commentary team, but I thought it was due to Cole’s on-screen character. I like Striker, but if it brings back JR, I’m all for it

  5. cold says:

    Josh Matthews anyone???

  6. N. Gaijin says:

    I’m with you cold.

    Out of everyone, Matthews is probably the most underrated.

    I can see why so many people like Striker, as he’s very charismatic, but often times it feels like he’s just saying stuff to fill empty space.

  7. seth says:

    bring back JR

  8. kev-do says:

    Would love to have JR or maybe Punk. And Striker talking too much during PPVs? What about Cole with his boring miz rant or byran as a nerd and never talks about the action in the ring. And at some points King tells Cole to shut up. God hes annoying.

  9. Craig says:

    what kev-do said. haha could’nt agree more, that guy is one insufferable pain in the ass!

    JR FTW! XD

  10. rossco says:

    Why the hell should Striker be kicked off the commentary team when King doesnt watch smackdown and is completly clueless and cole is just plain annoying, It should be Punk and Striker as the color commentaters and JR as the play by play guy.

  11. Jamie says:

    Good call cold, never thought of Josh Matthews

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  13. Brian says:

    Not sure about the chemistry of the trio during PPVs but I think Cole, Lawler and Striker did commentary pretty well with Cole trying to bring up some history, Lawler focusing on the match’s action and Striker with all the facts on wrestling.

  14. Logan says:

    JR the third man?

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