REPORT: Kevin Patrick out as lead commentator of WWE Friday Night SmackDown

Originally published at https://www.postwrestling.com/2024/01/23/report-kevin-patrick-out-as-lead-commentator-of-wwe-friday-night-smackdown/

Kevin Patrick is no longer going to be in the role of lead SmackDown commentator. 

The WWE Friday Night SmackDown commentary team consists of Corey Graves and Kevin Patrick. It was first reported by Aaron Varble on Monday night that Patrick is no longer going to be on commentary moving forward. Varble noted that a replacement has not been determined and the reason for the change-up is, “It just wasn’t working out”. 

That report was corroborated by both F4WOnline and PWInsider, with both sites confirming that Patrick is not going to calling SmackDown moving forward. 

PWInsider added that Patrick was scheduled to travel to Miami, Florida this week to call the Royal Rumble go-home edition of the show. 

He transitioned from his backstage interviewer and show host role to commentary. Up until recently, Graves and Patrick had been calling the action as a two-man team. Michael Cole was with them on commentary prior to that in addition to being the lead announcer for Raw.

Vic Joseph is the obvious call up. Not to mention, Vic and Corey Graves have incredible chemistry together as displayed formerly on the Corey Graves After the Bell podcast.

Calling Tyler Bate “a little fella” or whatever must have been the last straw. That was painful to listen to and good on Graves for setting him straight. Hopefully KP lands on his feet but I’m not sad to see him go.

I honestly don’t know how many people are actually good at this job, but I’m pretty sure Kevin Patrick was bad at it.

Patrick was awful. No big loss

Told a friend of mine that actually watches WWE and his response was “oh good, he sucks!” Lol