Adnan Virk Joins WWE RAW As Play-By-Play Commentator; Tom Phillips’ New Role Revealed

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Adnan Virk will make his debut as the new play-by-play voice of WWE Raw tonight, replacing Tom Phillips in the role.

WWE confirmed the move in a press release on Monday, also noting Virk will “continue his on-air host role across MLB Network’s programming this season. Additionally, he hosts The GM Shuffle podcast with Michael Lombardi on the Cadence 13 network and the popular movie podcast “Cinephile” with Meadowlark Media.”

Virk, who also worked for ESPN from 2010-2019, will be joined on RAW by analyst Corey Graves and Byron Saxton.

“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.”

According to the announcement, former RAW commentator 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. It was also noted that Samoa Joe, who had been on commentary since last year, “remains part of the WWE talent roster.”

The news of Virk’s hiring was first reported by Wrestling Inc. and confirmed by the Mat Men podcast’s Andrew Zarian.


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