WWE Announces Tom Phillips Has Joined The SmackDown Announce Team

WWE.com announced that WWE broadcaster Tom Phillips is the latest addition to the weekly WWE SmackDown announce team.

Phillips will join the SmackDown announce team, which consists of Michael Cole and JBL.

“It was incredible to do that in front of the WWE Universe here in Phoenix,” Phillips told WWE.com after this week’s SmackDown taping had concluded. “They are loud, they are having a blast. Sitting out there with Michael Cole and JBL, they’re pretty intense, but it was fun, man. I was a little nervous, but it was fun.”

For more information, check out the complete article over at WWE.com.

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    • Mrs.Ambrose #LunaticFringeFan

      JBL and Cole didn’t need a third announcer.

      • Matt Gallagher

        But it’s tom phillips

        • Mrs.Ambrose #LunaticFringeFan

          I think Tom Phillips on Superstar’s.

      • Jeff

        He’s actually pretty good.. But weird they fire people like Matthews and Striker

        • G.I.R.L.

          Striker was/is gold. Such pettiness from his peers.

      • Yofiel Malachi Yacov

        They need to mold the next announcer. Cole ain’t going to be around forever. Still like josh Matthews though. He and cole had good chemistry. I like tom Phillips but he’s dry personality wise let’s see how holds up with these two

        • Jamie

          Erm, Cole could easily go another 20 years you know.

          • Bryan

            Please no he has no passion in his commentary and neither does King or JBL. The worst mistake WWE ever did was fire JR as he had passion and could add to the story being told in the ring and then you have Cole going “Oh My” and King talking out his ass as he looks like he doesn’t want to be there anymore. JBL is good but he doesn’t have passion and even if he tried he’ll never be JR.

            • WCWJobber

              Jim Ross is getting old move on. He doesn’t want to announce anymore and neither does WWE want him to announce for them either. So move on.

      • brad

        JBL or Cole both could probably do it on their own.


          hahahahahhaahahahahahahah no

    • Matt Gallagher

      Tom Phillips. Yeah local boy

    • insomniacreviewer

      Good luck to him.

      • Guest

        Look at that dead, cold stare in the photo of him having to listen to the incessant bickering of those two morons next to him. Yes, good luck to him.

        • insomniacreviewer

          He’s still new the SD announce team he will improve.

    • 12345 kid!!!

      Byron Saxton has been in the company for so long and this goof ball just passes him? Racism alert!!!! I would have said yes if Scott Stamford was moved to SD not this…

      • The Man From Jonestown

        Byron Saxton sucks as a commentator, though. The man should be Alex Riley.

        I’m not sure why they won’t let Alex get a spot. Is it because of Cena? Or do they not want him to become fully known as an announcer, because that would mean his in-ring ship would sail forever?

        • G.I.R.L.

          Because of Cena?

          • The Man From Jonestown

            John Cena ribbed Alex Riley and A-Ry didn’t take too kindly to the joke, apparently. This pissed off Cena and violated the code of conduct in the locker room. Alex went from being pushed heavily, to buried so deep, he doesn’t even get to wrestle anymore.

            John Cena: Killing promising careers since 2002.

            • G.I.R.L.

              This is the drama we need on Total Divas. We need to petition to have Cena become an actual castmate and get the cameras in the guys locker room.

      • Yofiel Malachi Yacov

        Bryon is in main event with Cole… Eventually I see tom and Bryon doing smack down without jbl or Cole. So relax

      • John Ari Caul

        Byron Saxton has a creative position at NXT, I think he’s good

      • GN-0015

        Byron is more of a color commentator, I think they want to make the next play by play guy, that’s why they promote Phillips.

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    • david

      josh matthews will neaver be replaced he was great suck it wwe

    • Rockstar spud

      That is a nice addition to the commentary team

    • brad

      He seems pretty good but I hope Bradshaw sticks around. In my opinion he’s the best announcer since Good ol Jim Ross himself but John can definitely play the heel role to a tee.

    • Ouch

      This guy over Striker? Nothing this guy can or will do will ever persuade me, can’t measure up with Strikers passion and enthusiasm for the business. This just reminds me of the dreadful mistake they made in letting him go.

    • memoryman00

      At least it wasn’t Alex Riley lol
      Why has William Regal been used more on TV? His commentating is awesome. The guy has great knowledge and can call a match really well.
      Love his commentary on NXT

    • dae

      Either way, the new guy couldn’t save such a lame show!
      I fast forwarded through so much of the show that I watched it in under an hour.
      The main event (Roman v. Miz) was the best match of the night. Swagger-Rollins should’ve been a great match but it turned out lame. Rusev squash match, not worth my time until WSM came out (and even then, nothing happened). Divas thing with AJ/Paige is getting tiresome. Natty has scored two pinfalls on the champ, she deserves #1 contender so let’s get Paige-AJ (what are we up to? four?) over with and give Natty a shot already. RVD-Orton turned into a meaningless beatdown (would’ve been better if Roman came out for the save).
      Yeah, another lackluster SmackDown. I don’t think another announcer is going to help any.

    • rudy

      I almost got excited because I thought Jerry Lawler was being replaced on raw.

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    • Dallas

      He looks scared to death…

    • Filthy_animals

      I’m surprised it wasn’t renee young … Or a-ry

    • Jamie

      Well he looks like a barrel of laughs.

    • Bam Bam

      Just a random comment on this post I still think the dream team of wrestling announcers would be Jesse Ventura and JBL.

    • raVen

      I really like Tom I hope he does well.

    • David Foster

      Tom Phillips, Renee Young, and William Regal need to commentate for SD…just for a breath of fresh air!

    • insomniacreviewer

      They need to bring in Scott Steiner!

    • morph_3

      Didn’t Striker just move over to NXT?

    • TheCandela15 .

      That’s good news. Phillips is great. 10 better than Cole to say the least. I wish he could take Cole’s place, Saxton JBL’s and finally Regal Lawler’s. NXT announce team is the greatest.