Il team di commento WWE si arricchisce: da ESPN presto arriverà Joe Tessitore

Il giornalista si posizionerà al tavolo di commento di Friday Night SmackDown, con una particolarità nel contratto

by Rachele Gagliardi
Il team di commento WWE si arricchisce: da ESPN presto arriverà Joe Tessitore
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Di recente, la WWE aveva deciso di mischiare le carte in tavola, come fa ogni tanto, spostando da Raw a SmackDown, e viceversa, alcuni membri del team di commento, assegnando al brand rosso il duo amatissimo formato dal veterano Michael Cole e dalla sua spalla Pat McAfee, mentre nello show blu ha messo Corey Graves e Wade Barret, lasciando Vic Joseph e Booker T a NXT.

Ma le cose stanno per cambiare ulteriormente, come riferito da Ryan Glasspiegel del New York Post, che ha parlato del fatto che l’ESPN announcer Joe Tessitori si unirà al team di commento della WWE tra qualche settimana in estate. Secondo alcun fonti, Tessitore rimarrà con la ABC e ESPN dato che si occupa di football e boxe, quindi avranno comunque bisogno di lui a quanto pare.

Il giornalista Ryan Glasspiegel ha anche riferito che Joe Tessitore si unirà proprio a Corey Graves e Wade Barrett al tavolo di commento di Friday Night SmackDown, anche se non era certo che potesse inziare proprio così, affermando che a quanto pare poteva anche andare un po’ a Raw per poi stabilirsi con loro a SmackDown più avanti, anche se la WWE ha annunciato ufficialmente che invece sarà proprio seduto al tavolo dello show blu.

Il comunicato ufficiale WWE

"STAMFORD, Conn., July 9, 2024 – WWE today announced that Joe Tessitore, one of the most versatile and veteran voices in sports television, will join the company as a play-by-play broadcaster beginning this summer.

In his role, Tessitore will work alongside analysts Wade Barrett and Corey Graves. Michael Cole and Pat McAfee will remain teamed up.

“Whether it’s a world title fight that’s got the globe buzzing or a college football rivalry that’s grabbed the nation’s attention, Joe’s voice provides that big event feel each time he is behind the microphone,” said WWE Chief Content Officer Paul “Triple H” Levesque. “We’re excited for Joe to join legendary WWE broadcaster Michael Cole and our esteemed announce team, bringing his signature energy and meticulus preparation to our WWE telecasts each week.”

“It’s an honor to be a part of WWE.  The recent success and trajectory are undeniable,” said Tessitore. “Being there at WrestleMania XL, one could feel it – from Cody, Seth, Roman and The Rock, to creative and production, these are some of the very best storytellers in TV.  Corey and Wade are absolute stars and it is my privilege to join their team. Pat and Cole are just magical together and Cole is the greatest to ever sit in that chair.  As a lifelong viewer, I’m humbled to join this team and to serve our fans.”

With nearly three decades of broadcasting experience, Tessitore is widely considered one of the industry’s foremost play-callers. Tessitore will remain in his role at ESPN and ABC where, since 2002, he has been a key fixture on the network’s coverage of college football. He’s called ESPN and ABC Saturday Night primetime games, the College Football Playoff and more. Tessitore is well known as ESPN’s blow-by-blow commentator, having called memorable World Championship fights of Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder, Terence Crawford, among many others.  Additionally, he has led ESPN’s Monday Night Football, and has called the NFL Pro Bowl and Wildcard Playoff games on ABC. He has found success in entertainment as well, teaming with Rob Riggle and Stephen Curry on the comedy competition Holey Moley."