WWE today announced that Adnan Virk will make his debut as the new play-by-play voice of Monday Night Raw tonight, replacing Tom Phillips.
“I’m elated to be joining the premier sports-entertainment company in my new role with WWE,” said Adnan Virk. “As a kid who grew up idolizing WWE Hall of Famers like Bret Hart and Ric Flair, the opportunity to call modern legends like Drew McIntyre, Bobby Lashley, Randy Orton, Charlotte Flair and so many others alongside Corey Graves and Byron Saxton is truly humbling.”
Virk will also continue his on-air host duties across MLB Network’s programming this season. Previously, Adnan worked at ESPN where he primarily covered college football and baseball. He was also a studio host for ESPN’s college football coverage and a play-by-play announcer and studio host for the network’s coverage of Major League Baseball. He has guest hosted SportsCenter, Outside the Lines, Olbermann, ESPN’s coverage of the College World Series, and Mike & Mike. Virk also hosted backstage Oscar’s coverage for ABC’s The Oscars: All Access.
Virk will be joined at ringside for Raw by Corey Graves and Byron Saxton. Graves will replace Samoa Joe, who remains part of the roster, but no announcement was made on who will replace Graves on Smackdown with Michael Cole or if Graves will be pulling double duty.
Tom Phillips will become the new host of 205 Live and oversee special projects for WWE’s programming on Peacock and at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando. Phillips also remains in his role of Senior Manager, On Air Talent.