Hall of Fame announcer Jerry Lawler will no longer call WWE matches

Wednesday July 20th, 2016

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WWE Hall of Famer Jerry Lawler will no longer be calling SmackDown matches, WWE announced WednesdayInstead, Lawler and Booker T will be analysts for WWE pre-shows.

The move comes as WWE shakes up both Raw and SmackDown, highlighted by Tuesday’s brand-split draft

The new Raw commentary team will be Michael Cole, Corey Graves and Byron Saxton, with Mauro Ranallo, John Bradshaw Layfield and David Otunga on SmackDown.

Lawler’s longtime commentary partner Jim Ross said it would be “strange” not having Lawler call matches. 

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Lawler, 66, was suspended by WWE after he and his fiancée were arrested for domestic violence last month. The charges were later dropped and Lawler returned to his ring-side position at SmackDown. 

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