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5 Potential Replacements for WWE SmackDown's Announce Table (Spoilers)

Gone Baby GoneContributerDecember 11, 2016

5 Potential Replacements for WWE SmackDown's Announce Table (Spoilers)

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    As many WWE fans know by now, WWE.com confirmed on Tuesday that Booker T has left the announce table to become the GM of SmackDown.

    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.

JBL

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    The self-proclaimed "Wrestling God" not only has the voice, but the experience to replace Booker T.

    Layfield held the same spot in 2006 and played an amazing heel commentator.

    After the announcement was made regarding Booker T, Bradshaw suggested he may be ready to come back:

     

    I see Smackdown now needs a commentator as reported by LayfieldReport.com Is there a chance Wrestling God comes back to commentate? @wwe

    — John Layfield (@JCLayfield) August 1, 2012

     

    Not to mention, with the exception of Michael Cole's attempts to play the heel role, this is a craft that is sorely missed in the WWE these days.

John Laurinaitis

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    To me, Johnny Ace was a great heel GM.

    He may have had his detractors, but in the end, he played a character that was right for the times.

    Now that "Mr. Excitement" has been demoted to a producer, it appears he may be making an on-air return.

    To me, he would be better served announcing rather than taking up TV time with random segments.

William Regal

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    Regal is an amazing worker, both in the ring and on the mic.

    Currently, he is commentating for both NXT and FCW under the tutelage of Good Ol' JR.

    Granted, SmackDown is a huge step-up from the WWE's minor leagues. However, after two years in the booth, I think it's safe to say he has got it down.

Paul Heyman

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    Need I say more?

    Even though Heyman is only 46, he has been involved in the business for over 20 years.

    This means he was heavily involved in wrestling storylines and commentating when he was barely old enough to legally consume an adult beverage.

    The fact is, he could be put in place tomorrow and SmackDown wouldn't miss a beat.

Road Dogg

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    Oh, you didn't know!?!

    Road Dogg is not only a great mic worker, but skilled in the world of wrestling.

    Currently, the "D-O-Double-G" hosts the WWE webisode Are You Serious? alongside current SmackDown commentator Josh Matthews.

    Ultimately, the two play off each other well and this could make for a great transition to TV.

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