Even though this is a solid move in the right direction for Booker, it now leaves a void to fill at the announce table.
Technically, they could just run with current duo Michael Cole and Josh Matthews. However, I feel they need that one guy with great mic skills and mat knowledge to give them an extra push.
Since its inception, SmackDown has seen its share of announcers come and go. Some, like Jim Ross, were legendary and should still have a spot there.
Others, like Mick Foley, were a complete bust.
In fact, in Foley's case, it ultimately led to him parting ways with the company.
Don't get me wrong—Foley was not all to blame. Vince McMahon is very demanding and has a ton of control over what his announce team says on the air.
In this case, Foley and The Boss clashed in a way they hadn't before, forcing "Mrs. Foley's Baby Boy" to step away from the WWE.
In the end, Booker left his thumbprint on the position with his catchphrases and over-the-top style.
The WWE is now left to step back and find the perfect person to fill his shoes.
Fortunately, they have a great talent pool of former stars that could fit in well. However, I feel there are really only five true candidates who can fit this bill.
Whether you agree or disagree with my choices, please feel welcome to leave a comment below.
Without further ado, here are my picks.