Tom Phillips promoted to Smackdown main play-by-play commentator


There was another promotion in the WWE broadcast team department this week as WWE has promoted Tom Phillips to the Smackdown broadcast team with John Layfield and Michael Cole.

Phillips will be taking over as the lead play-by-play commentator on the show while Michael Cole will be doing color commentary with JBL.

Michael Cole, who currently is referred to the voice of WWE, said that it’s important to promote younger guys to commentary as JBL, King, and himself won’t be there forever. Cole also praised Phillips’ great work ethic and dedication to his job and business.

“It was incredible to do that in front of the WWE Universe here in Phoenix,” Phillips told after the tapings 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.”

Phillips has been doing commentary for Main Event, Superstars, and NXT as well as serve as backstage interviewer for the WWE television shows. Michael Cole will now be doing Main Event with Byron Saxton.