“WWE and Adnan Virk have agreed to go their separate ways. WWE thanks Adnan for his work. “
Wrestling Inc. had first announced before WrestleMania that Virk would replace Tom Phillips as RAW’s main announcer. Phillips had been RAW’s play-by-play announcer since January 2020, when he replaced Vic Joseph.
During an interview with Sportsnet’s Boomer in the Morning podcast in mid-April, Virk revealed why he was hired.
“The brain trust over there (in WWE) made the decision late last year,” Virk said. “They said ‘we kind of want to have a legitimate type of athlete.’ Like a real sports leader to enter and offer a different feeling. Nick Khan was my former agent at CAA and he is the current president of WWE. Michael Cole is of course the voice of Smackdown on Fridays, and he’s in charge of all talent in the division. He reaches out to my guy, asks “Would I be interested?” And I was like ‘yeah, let’s try.
“So I auditioned in early February. And the hearing was just amazing. I’m calling the matches, the previous matches, off the monitor that had taken place in the previous weeks on RAW and Smackdown. And I approached like I would if I called a (Calgary) Flames / (Edmonton) Oilers game. I just went to the website and went “okay, this is Shayna Blazer. She has been with WWE for many years, her star movement is Kirifuda Driver. And I just called the action. Play by play follows a three at structure; introduce the characters, establish the characters and put a bow on them. That’s what I did.
“Then I interviewed some WWE stars. And at one point, Cole says “your look is awesome.” And I laugh and I ask “what do you mean by that?” And he said ‘your size. Mr. McMahon loves it because it makes wrestlers look even taller! This is the first time being a little guy has been a victory. I got home, they called a few weeks later, they said, “Hey, you got work.” The real thing is, I want to think about MLB Network. They had to allow me to travel every week, to COVID protocols, to vaccinations; it was a process. I’m really grateful that they let me do this. It was a fun trip. Obviously, most of it was the surprise; I couldn’t tell anyone. Nick said I could tell five people; your parents, your wife, your brother and one of your children. I was like “okay”. Then on Saturday afternoon, some reports started to come out. I literally flew to Tampa under the cloak of darkness. I’m wearing a fedora, I’m sitting in the back of the plane, trying to keep a low profile. And then, on Monday, they revealed it.
As previously reported, a new round of outings is underway in WWE today. Stay tuned for updates.