WWE announces the hiring of ESPN and ABC announcer Joe Tessitore

WWE today announced the hiring of ABC and ESPN play-by-play announcer Joe Tessitore who will join the company as a play-by-play broadcaster beginning this Summer.

Tessitore will be teamed up with Wade Barrett and Corey Graves on Smackdown, with the press release labeling both Barrett and Graves as “analysts” even though as Graves is the main play-by-play announcer for Smackdown.

“Whether it’s a world title fight that’s got the globe buzzing or a college football rivalry that’s grabbed the nation’s attention, Joe’s voice provides that big event feel each time he is behind the microphone,” said WWE Chief Content Officer Paul ‘Triple H’ Levesque. “We’re excited for Joe to join legendary WWE broadcaster Michael Cole and our esteemed announce team, bringing his signature energy and meticulous preparation to our WWE telecasts each week.”

Tessitore, who described himself as a lifelong WWE fan, said that it was an honor to be part of WWE and attended WrestleMania XL, putting over the creative and production as well as the WWE Superstars.

“Corey and Wade are absolute stars and it is my privilege to join their team. Pat and Cole are just magical together and Cole is the greatest to ever sit in that chair. As a lifelong viewer, I’m humbled to join this team and to serve our fans,” he said.

Tessitore will remain in his role at ESPN and ABC. He has called ESPN and ABC Saturday Night primetime games, the College Football Playoff, World Championship fights of Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder, Terence Crawford, among many others. Additionally, he has led ESPN’s Monday Night Football, and has called the NFL Pro Bowl and Wildcard Playoff games on ABC.

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