Former Raw and SmackDown announcer Kevin Patrick, known by his real name Kevin Egan, has been fired by WWE.

Earlier this week, news broke about Kevin Patrick’s removal from his role as the SmackDown announcer, leaving fans wondering if he would remain with the company in different capacity. However, it has now been confirmed by PWInsider that he has been released.

To temporarily fill Kevin Patrick’s spot alongside Corey Graves for this week’s SmackDown, Raw announcer Michael Cole will step in. This change was necessitated as Cole was already en route to Florida to call the Royal Rumble the following night.

As previously mentioned, WWE executives made a surprising decision to remove Kevin Patrick from the SmackDown commentary team, a move seemingly made on short notice, considering Patrick’s initial plans to join SmackDown that Friday. While Kevin Patrick was said to be personally liked within WWE, there was a prevailing belief among executives that he may not have been the ideal fit for the role.


Before his time as an announcer, Kevin Patrick served as a backstage interviewer within WWE. He was associated with the company from March 2021 until January 2023.

As of now, Kevin Patrick has not made any public comments regarding his departure, and we will provide further updates as they become available.

What are your thoughts on WWE’s decision to release Kevin Patrick from his commentary duties on Friday Night SmackDown, especially considering the abruptness of the move? How do you see this affecting the SmackDown commentary team and the future of Kevin Patrick’s career in wrestling broadcasting?

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