Jimmy Smith reportedly debuting on Raw commentary team next week

May 26, 2021 - by Marc Middleton

Former UFC and American Ninja Warrior announcer Jimmy Smith is set to join the WWE RAW announce team to replace Adnan Virk as the lead announcer.

As noted, WWE and Virk parted ways on Tuesday after just over a month into the partnership.

It was reported today that Smith will be joining Corey Graves and Byron Saxton on the red brand announce team, starting with the May 31 episode, according to F4Wonline.com.

It was noted that Smith has been working with Michael Cole and other WWE staffers as of late to train for a potential announcing role. Cole has reportedly praised Smith heavily, and found him to be very versatile.

Smith has been rumored to replace Virk since Tuesday evening. He started doing WWE NXT work during “Takeover: Stand & Deliver” weekend, and recently appeared in the video package to hype Finn Balor vs. NXT Champion Karrion Kross.

The 43 year old Smith is best known for his run with Bellator MMA from 2010 – 2017. He worked as an analyst with Bellator and UFC, but is set to be the lead play-by-play announcer on RAW. It was reported back in early March that he was backstage for a tryout at a live SmackDown taping.

Smith currently hosts the Unlocking The Cage show on SiriusXM, which airs weekdays from 2-5pm ET. He also hosts ESPN International’s UFC Fight Camp show. Smith retired from MMA fighting in 2007, with a 5-1 record. He’s also done commentary for pro boxing, and other combat sports leagues.

Stay tuned for more on Smith joining the RAW announce team.

3 Responses

  1. dooman says:

    he was by far the worst mma guy so ya great hire

  2. “Mediocre Destroyer” Mark 3 says:



  3. Nolo King says:

    Oh for goodness sakes, Todd Phillips was an amazing announcer and needed not to be replaced. It would be fine with just Byron and Corey.

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