Ex-ESPNer Adnan Virk joins WWE as new ‘Raw’ play-by-play voice

Adnan Virk is adding another gig to his burgeoning post-ESPN career.

Virk has joined WWE as its new play-by-play voice for “Monday Night Raw” and will make his debut on tonight’s post-WrestleMania episode.

The 42-year-old, an MLB Network and DAZN host, was controversially fired by ESPN two years ago after leaking information to media.

“I am more shocked about this than anyone, and I say that with all humility because it seems so unconventional from where I was two years ago,” Virk told The Athletic. “We all have bumps in the road. We all have setbacks. People have adversity and it takes a long time to bounce back through no fault of their own. And now COVID has upended everything. There are so many super-smart, talented people who unfortunately are struggling for employment and opportunities through no fault of their own.”

Michael Cole, a longtime WWE play-by-player who is currently the voice of “SmackDown” and is the company’s vice president of announcing, reached out to Virk’s agent Matt Olson in late December of 2020, according to The Athletic. Virk was surprised.

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Adnan Virk has joined WWE as its new play-by-play voice for “Monday Night Raw.”
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“I was like, ‘These guys actually know my work?’” he told the website. “I was very intrigued by what they saw in me. I mean, if I could relate this conversation to a 10-year-old Adnan Virk, he would be screaming with glee.”

Virk is replacing Tom Phillips, who will now be the host of “205 Live” and work on WWE programming for Peacock — which bought streaming rights for WWE Network earlier this year. Virk will be part of a three-man booth with Byron Saxton and Corey Graves, who had been calling “SmackDown” with Cole.

In addition to his television jobs, Virk hosts “The GM Shuffle” podcast with Mike Lombardi and will reportedly be a contributor to “Meadowlark Media,” the new Dan Le Batard venture he started with former ESPN president John Skipper.

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