Friday, October 4, 2019

Names Backstage at Tonight's Smackdown, New Role For Tom Phillips

Names Backstage For Tonight's Smackdown, New Role For Tom Phillips
- Tom Phillips has joined the WWE NXT UK brand as an announcer.

As seen below, it was revealed on Twitter today that Phillips is calling the NXT UK TV tapings in Brentwood, Essex, England. Phillips is calling the action with Nigel McGuinness.

Phillips' WWE role has been up in the air after the new SmackDown announce team was announced as Michael Cole, Corey Graves and Renee Young. That new team will premiere tonight with the SmackDown FOX premiere. Tom had been calling SmackDown with Graves and Byron Saxton. There's no word yet on what Saxton will be doing.

Phillips is replacing Vic Joseph, who had been calling NXT UK with Nigel up until this week. Joseph is now calling RAW with Dio Maddin and WWE Hall of Famer Jerry Lawler.

- PW Insider reports that Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso are backstage at SmackDown in the Staples Center.

Tamina is also backstage. She was out with a concussion and has worked some house show dates. You never know if WWE could put her back together with the Usos and re-introduce them as a trio.

Drew McIntyre is also backstage at SmackDown. He has been out with an undisclosed illness that needed surgery. He was sick for weeks, but wrestled through the pain. He very well could be making his big return tonight as well.