Nigel McGuinness Released By WWE

Nigel McGuinness

It has been confirmed that Nigel McGuinness has left his position with WWE.

As reported by PWInsider, Nigel McGuinness left WWE earlier this week. McGuinness had most recently been serving as a commentator on Level Up.

Prior to that the British star had been working as an announcer on NXT UK alongside Andy Shepherd.

Nigel McGuinness signed with WWE in 2016 and worked as a commentator on the inaugural United Kingdom Championship tournament with Michael Cole in 2017. The former ROH star then moved on to NXT, Main Event, 205 Live and then NXT UK.

McGuinness first rose to prominence in the United States during the early 2000’s where he appeared in Ring of Honor. During this period the star squared off against the likes of Bryan Danielson, Kevin Owens, Seth Rollins and more.

The former ROH World Champion came close to signing with WWE in 2006, but the offer was eventually withdrawn after he disclosed a biceps injury. The issue was said to require surgery and as McGuinness couldn’t afford the procedure, the offer from WWE rescinded.

The news comes after WWE announced widespread restructuring of their announce teams which has also seen Jimmy Smith leave the company.

On Raw, Corey Graves will be joined at the announce desk by Kevin Patrick who had been working as a backstage interviewer and host of Raw Talk. Mike Rome will serve as ring announcer, Byron Saxton will pick up Patrick’s role, while Cathy Kelly also returns.

Michael Cole remains on SmackDown and will be partnered by Wade Barrett. The rest of the team on the blue brand remains unchanged.

In NXT, Vic Joseph and a returning Booker T will call the action from the announce desk, Alicia Taylor will ring announce and McKenzie Mitchell will be on hand for backstage interviews.