After almost a decade on screen for WWE, the former voice of NXT UK and Raw Tom Phillips has reportedly been released by the company.
Fightful’s Sean Ross Sapp has reported that Phillips has been let go however the company is yet to officially announce his departure. This comes on the back of a black week for WWE personnel with many faces in the WWE Studios, digital and graphics teams also let go by the company.
Phillips’ departure also came on the back of many speculating that he was in line for a return to Raw after Adnan Virk’s departure. Virk, who also works for the MLB and NHL Networks debuted as the new lead announcer on Raw beginning the night after WrestleMania 37. He lasted only seven weeks before it was announced that Virk and WWE had “mutually” agreed to part ways.
Any potential return to the commentary desk for Tom Phillips on the red brand seemed to be snuffed out with the announcement that MMA broadcaster Jimmy Smith will be replacing Virk and sit alongside Corey Graves and Byron Saxton.
Phillips began working for WWE in 2012 on the WWE app which then morphed two years later into the acclaimed WWE Network. Phillips’s broadcast career for WWE was varied with him taking on announce duties for Raw, SmackDown, NXT, NXT UK, and Main Event all at different times.
After a stint on NXT UK, Tom Phillips replaced Vic Joseph as the lead play-by-play announcer on Raw in January 2020. He fronted a team that mainly consisted of himself, Byron Saxton, and Samoa Joe for over a year before his replacement by Virk.