List of WWE SmackDown on-air personalities

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This is a list of on-air personalities from the professional wrestling television series WWE's SmackDown. On-air personalities include the wrestlers themselves, ring announcers, commentators, and on-screen authority figures. The show also features recurring on-air segments hosted by various personalities.

Authority figures[edit]

Authority figures Position Date started Date finished Notes
Mr. McMahon Owner, Chairman, and CEO August 26, 1999 (1999-08-26) present McMahon assigned new General Managers to Raw and to SmackDown after Ric Flair lost his position on Raw. Stacy Keibler served as "Personal Assistant" through McMahon's term.
Shawn Michaels Commissioner August 26, 1999 (1999-08-26) June 26, 2000 (2000-06-26) Relinquished role to Mick Foley
Mick Foley Commissioner June 26, 2000 (2000-06-26) December 18, 2000 (2000-12-18) Fired by Mr. McMahon
Debra Lt. Commissioner October 30, 2000 (2000-10-30) March 5, 2001 (2001-03-05) Resigned as Lieutenant Commissioner to pursue managing again.
William Regal Commissioner March 8, 2001 (2001-03-08) October 11, 2001 (2001-10-11) Fired by Linda McMahon for joining The Alliance
Mick Foley Commissioner October 11, 2001 (2001-10-11) November 19, 2001 (2001-11-19) Decided to leave the company
Ric Flair On-screen co-owner of the company November 19, 2001 (2001-11-19) April 2, 2002 (2002-04-02) Upon the beginning of the brand extension, McMahon was given sole control of SmackDown, while Flair was given control of RAW.

Between November 2001 and the brand extension, Flair had as much power over all shows as McMahon.

Stephanie McMahon General Manager July 18, 2002 (2002-07-18) October 19, 2003 (2003-10-19) Lost her position as per an "I Quit" match stipulation against Mr. McMahon at No Mercy.
Paul Heyman General Manager October 23, 2003 (2003-10-23) March 22, 2004 (2004-03-22) Resigned after being drafted to Raw.
Kurt Angle General Manager March 25, 2004 (2004-03-25) July 22, 2004 (2004-07-22) Returned to the active roster when no longer confined to a wheelchair.
Theodore Long General Manager July 29, 2004 (2004-07-29)
April 10, 2009 (2009-04-10)
September 21, 2007 (2007-09-21)
April 1, 2012 (2012-04-01)
Left position due to health complications. Served as "Assistant General Manager" from November 2007 to May 2008.
Long was reassigned from ECW to SmackDown. Lost the position to John Laurinaitis as a result of the Team Johnny vs. Team Teddy match at Wrestlemania XXVIII.
Vickie Guerrero General Manager September 28, 2007 (2007-09-28)
January 21, 2011 (2011-01-21)
July 19, 2013
April 6, 2009 (2009-04-06)
February 18, 2011 (2011-02-18)
June 23, 2014
Served as "Assistant General Manager" from May to September 2007. Opted to fully take over the position on Raw and resigned as General Manager of SmackDown. Took over in place of the injured Teddy Long. Announced new General Manager of SmackDown on July 19, 2013 by Mr. McMahon; lost position on June 23, 2014 edition of Raw in a match against Stephanie McMahon.
Triple H Chief Operating Officer July 25, 2011
December 29, 2014
November 23, 2014
April 3, 2016
John Laurinaitis General Manager April 2, 2012 (2012-04-02) June 17, 2012 (2012-06-17) Won position, Team Johnny vs Team Teddy at Wrestlemania XXVIII. Fired at No Way Out by Mr. McMahon as per pre-match stipulation when John Cena defeated Big Show in a Steel cage match.
Interim General Managers Guest GM June 22, 2012 (2012-06-22) July 20, 2012 (2012-07-20) Following Laurinaitis' firing, the Board of Directors invited past GMs and Commissioners to run SmackDown on a weekly basis until a new full-time GM was named, such as Mick Foley, Vickie Guerrero and Zack Ryder.
Booker T General Manager August 3, 2012 (2012-08-03) July 12, 2013 Mr. McMahon announced Booker T as the new General Manager of SmackDown.
Theodore Long Senior Advisor August 3, 2012 (2012-08-03) July 12, 2013 Was named Booker's advisor after he asked for his help. Served as General Manager during Booker's injury.
Eve Torres Assistant to General Manager August 17, 2012 (2012-08-17) January 14, 2013 (2013-01-14) Won the position in a match against Kaitlyn. Left position after she quit WWE.
Kane Director of Operations November 4, 2013 (2013-11-04) November 23, 2014 (2014-11-23) Lost position after The Authority lost at Survivor Series.
Shane McMahon Commissioner July 11, 2016 (2016-07-11) present McMahon assigned a new Commissioner to Raw and to SmackDown. Suspended from September 5, 2017 to September 12, 2017. Announced indefinite leave of absence from March 13, 2018 to April 10, 2018.
Daniel Bryan General Manager July 18, 2016 (2016-07-18) April 10, 2018 (2018-04-10) Shane assigned Bryan as his General Manager.
Paige General Manager April 10, 2018 (2018-04-10) Present Shane assigned Paige as General Manager after Bryan resigned from the position to return to in-ring action.

Commentators[edit]

Commentators Dates
Michael Cole and Jim Cornette April 29, 1999 (1999-04-29) (Pilot)
Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler August 26, 1999 (1999-08-26) (Network Premiere)
Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler September 2, 1999 (1999-09-02) – September 16, 1999 (1999-09-16)
September 30, 1999 (1999-09-30) – February 22, 2001 (2001-02-22)
November 22, 2001 (2001-11-22) – March 28, 2002 (2002-03-28)
March 31, 2005 (2005-03-31)[1]
October 23, 2009 (2009-10-23)
March 26, 2015 (2015-03-26)[2]
Michael Cole and Michael Hayes[3] September 23, 1999 (1999-09-23)
Michael Cole and Tazz February 22, 2001 (2001-02-22) – June 28, 2001 (2001-06-28)
August 2, 2001 (2001-08-02) – September 6, 2001 (2001-09-06)
September 20, 2001 (2001-09-20) – October 18, 2001 (2001-10-18)
April 4, 2002 (2002-04-04) – November 21, 2002 (2002-11-21)
December 5, 2002 (2002-12-05) – June 9, 2006 (2006-06-09)
Michael Cole and Jim Ross September 21, 2000 (2000-09-21)
July 5, 2001 (2001-07-05) – August 2, 2001 (2001-08-02)
Jim Ross and Paul Heyman September 13, 2001 (2001-09-13) (Live 9/11 Tribute Show)
Michael Cole and Paul Heyman October 25, 2001 (2001-10-25) – November 15, 2001 (2001-11-15)
Michael Cole and Ernest Miller[4] November 28, 2002 (2002-11-28)
Michael Cole and Jonathan Coachman January 4, 2008 (2008-01-04) – April 25, 2008 (2008-04-25)
Michael Cole and Mick Foley May 2, 2008 (2008-05-02) – June 16, 2008 (2008-06-16)
Jim Ross and Mick Foley June 23, 2008 (2008-06-23) – August 1, 2008 (2008-08-01)
Jim Ross and Tazz August 8, 2008 (2008-08-08) – April 3, 2009 (2009-04-03)
Jim Ross and Todd Grisham April 10, 2009 (2009-04-10) – October 9, 2009 (2009-10-09)
Todd Grisham and Michael Cole October 16, 2009 (2009-10-16)
Todd Grisham and Matt Striker October 30, 2009 (2009-10-30) – September 24, 2010 (2010-09-24)
Todd Grisham, Michael Cole, and Matt Striker October 1, 2010 (2010-10-01) – December 3, 2010 (2010-12-03)
Josh Mathews, Michael Cole, and Matt Striker December 10, 2010 (2010-12-10) – January 28, 2011 (2011-01-28)
Josh Mathews and Matt Striker[5] March 30, 2012 (2012-03-30)
Michael Cole and Booker T[6] April 27, 2012 (2012-04-27)
Josh Mathews, Michael Cole, and Booker T February 4, 2011 (2011-02-04) – November 25, 2011 (2011-11-25)
December 16, 2011 (2011-12-16) – July 27, 2012 (2012-07-27)
Michael Cole and various guest commentators[7] August 24, 2012 (2012-08-24)
Josh Mathews and Michael Cole November 29, 2011 (2011-11-29) – December 9, 2011 (2011-12-09)[8]
January 6, 2012 (2012-01-06)[9]
August 3, 2012 (2012-08-03) – August 17, 2012 (2012-08-17)
August 31, 2012 (2012-08-31) – October 5, 2012 (2012-10-05)
Michael Cole, Josh Mathews, and Jerry Lawler March 1, 2013 (2013-03-01)
Michael Cole, Josh Mathews, and Brad Maddox March 8, 2013 (2013-03-08) – March 15, 2013 (2013-03-15)
Josh Mathews and Jerry Lawler[10] April 5, 2013 (2013-04-05)
Michael Cole, Josh Mathews, and John "Bradshaw" Layfield December 21, 2012 (2012-12-21)
March 22, 2013 (2013-03-22) – May 24, 2013 (2013-05-24)
Michael Cole and Alex Riley[11] August 2, 2013 (2013-08-02)
Michael Cole, John "Bradshaw" Layfield, and The Miz January 17, 2014 (2014-01-17)
Josh Mathews and John "Bradshaw" Layfield October 12, 2012 (2012-10-12) – February 22, 2013 (2013-02-22)
January 24, 2014 (2014-01-24)
Michael Cole and John "Bradshaw" Layfield June 16, 2006 (2006-06-16) – December 21, 2007 (2007-12-21)
May 31, 2013 (2013-05-31) – August 15, 2014 (2014-08-15)
Tom Phillips and Michael Cole[12] October 31, 2014 (2014-10-31)
Tom Phillips, Michael Cole, and John "Bradshaw" Layfield[1] August 22, 2014 (2014-08-22) – January 9, 2015 (2015-01-09)
Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler, and Byron Saxton[2] January 15, 2015 (2015-01-15) – March 19, 2015 (2015-03-19)
April 16, 2015 (2015-04-16)
February 18, 2016 (2016-02-18)[13]
Tom Phillips, Jerry Lawler, and Byron Saxton April 2, 2015 (2015-04-02) – April 9, 2015 (2015-04-09)[14]
April 23, 2015 (2015-04-23) – June 18, 2015 (2015-06-18)
Tom Phillips, Jerry Lawler, and Jimmy Uso June 25, 2015 (2015-06-25) – July 16, 2015 (2015-07-16)[15]
July 30, 2015 (2015-07-30) – August 20, 2015 (2015-08-20)
Tom Phillips, Byron Saxton, and Jimmy Uso[16] July 23, 2015 (2015-07-23)
Rich Brennan, Jerry Lawler, and Jimmy Uso August 27, 2015 (2015-08-27) – September 3, 2015 (2015-09-03)
Rich Brennan, Jerry Lawler, and Booker T September 10, 2015 (2015-09-10) – December 17, 2015 (2015-12-17)
December 31, 2015 (2015-12-31)
Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler, and Booker T December 22, 2015 (2015-12-22)
Mauro Ranallo and Jerry Lawler[17] March 31, 2016 (2016-03-31)
Mauro Ranallo, Jerry Lawler, and Byron Saxton[18] January 7, 2016 (2016-01-07) – July 19, 2016 (2016-07-19)
Mauro Ranallo, Byron Saxton, and David Otunga[19] June 23, 2016 (2016-06-23) – June 30, 2016 (2016-06-30)
Mauro Ranallo, Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler, and Byron Saxton[20] July 19, 2016 (2016-07-19)
Mauro Ranallo, John "Bradshaw" Layfield, and David Otunga[21] July 26, 2016 (2016-07-26) – November 1, 2016 (2016-11-01)
Mauro Ranallo, John "Bradshaw" Layfield, David Otunga, and Tom Phillips November 8, 2016 (2016-11-08) – March 7, 2017 (2017-03-07)
Tom Phillips and John "Bradshaw" Layfield[22] March 14, 2017 (2017-03-14)
Tom Phillips, John "Bradshaw" Layfield, and David Otunga[23] March 21, 2017 (2017-03-21) – April 4, 2017 (2017-04-04)
Tom Phillips, John "Bradshaw" Layfield, and Byron Saxton[24] April 11, 2017 (2017-04-11) – August 29, 2017 (2017-08-29)
Tom Phillips, Corey Graves, and Byron Saxton September 5, 2017 (2017-09-05) – October 10, 2017 (2017-10-10)
October 31, 2017 (2017-10-31) – present
Michael Cole, Corey Graves, and Byron Saxton[25] October 17, 2017 (2017-10-17) – October 24, 2017 (2017-10-24)
  • ^ Filled in for Jerry Lawler, who was absent at the time.
  • ^ Filled in for Tazz, who was absent at the time.
  • ^ Cole and Booker was absent at the time during WrestleMania week, so both men were replaced by Striker to call the event.
  • ^ Mathews was absent at the time after being attacked by Brock Lesnar on the April 23, 2012 episode of Raw, so only Cole and Booker called the event.
  • ^ Booker was absent at the time, so only Mathews and Cole called the event.
  • ^ Following the absence of Josh Mathews, Michael Cole was joined by various guest commentators for one night on SmackDown. The following is a list of the guest commentators who joined Michael Cole on the August 24, 2012 episode of SmackDown:
Commentator
Theodore Long
Kaitlyn
Cody Rhodes
The Prime Time Players (Darren Young and Titus O'Neil)
Sheamus
  • ^ Cole and JBL was absent due to the live report from WrestleMania Axxess, so both men were replaced by Lawler to call the event.[3]
  • ^ Filled in for JBL, who was absent at the time.
  • ^ JBL was absent at the time, so only Phillips and Cole called the event.
  • ^ Saxton was absent due to a live prediction about the upcoming matches at WrestleMania with Renee Young, so only two men called the event.[4][5]
  • ^ Filled in for Michael Cole, who was recovering from injury after being attacked by Brock Lesnar on the March 30, 2015 episode of Raw.[6]
  • ^ Filled in for Byron Saxton, who joined Raw as a color commentator since June 8, 2015.
  • ^ Replaced Booker T as announced on Raw on January 4, 2016.
  • ^ Ranallo was absent due to suffering from influenza and was filled in by Michael Cole from Monday Night Raw on February 18, 2016.
  • ^ Due to Lawler being suspended, he was filled in by David Otunga from Main Event and Superstars for two weeks.
  • ^ Michael Cole was representing Raw for the 2016 WWE draft.
  • ^ Announced as the new commentary team following the 2016 WWE Draft Lottery.[7]
  • ^ When Ranallo was absent due to suffering from depression, Tom Phillips filled in for him as play-by-play.
  • ^ Saxton temporarily joined the commentary team following the 2017 WWE Superstar Shake-up.
  • ^ When Tom Phillips was on assignment, he was filled in by Raw's Michael Cole.

Ring announcers[edit]

Ring announcers Dates Notes
Justin Roberts September 19, 2002 (2002-09-19)
April 23, 2003 (2003-04-23)
December 4, 2003 (2003-12-04)
September 15, 2006 (2006-09-15)
April 6, 2007 (2007-04-06)
September 2007 (2007-09) – October 2009 (2009-10)
Transferred to the Raw brand following Lilian Garcia's retirement from WWE.Made one night appearances on December 10, 2010, March 11, 2011 and September 16, 2011.
Eden Stiles July 15, 2011 (2011-07-15)
November 11, 2011 (2011-11-11)
October 24, 2014 (2014-10-24) – May 26, 2016 (2016-05-26)
Stiles served as the dual-branded ring announcer for WWE Superstars and substitute ring announcer for both shows until December 22, 2011 when Stiles left WWE. Stiles became the permanent ring announcer after Lilian Garcia returned to Raw on October 20, 2014. On May 24, 2016 during SmackDown tapings, Eden was released by WWE after she requested for her release.
Josh Mathews January 2, 2003 (2003-01-02) One night only.
Tony Chimel April 1999 (1999-04) – August 2007 (2007-08)
October 2009 (2009-10) – December 2, 2011 (2011-12-02)
November 2, 2012 (2012-11-02) – November 30, 2012 (2012-11-30)
April 5, 2013 (2013-04-05)
September 13, 2013 (2013-09-13)
November 15, 2013 (2013-11-15)
November 15, 2016 (2016-11-15)
Transferred to the ECW brand in August 2007. Transferred back to Smackdown following Lilian Garcia's first retirement from WWE. Removed on December 2, 2011. Filled in from November 2, 2012 to November 30, 2012 while Garcia was on medical leave after a car accident. Was ring announcer for one night as Garcia had gone to WrestleMania Axxess, with various other SmackDown workers. Continues to make occasional appearances as Edge's personal ring announcer. Made a one night return on November 15, 2013 to fill in for Garcia, who was unavailable at the time.
Lilian Garcia December 9, 2011 (2011-12-09) – October 17, 2014 (2014-10-17)
November 5, 2015 (2015-11-05)
Returned to WWE to take over for Tony Chimel. Made a one night appearance on November 5, 2015.
JoJo April 9, 2015 (2015-04-09) – May 28, 2015 (2015-05-28)
June 18, 2015 (2015-06-18)
July 2, 2015 (2015-07-02) – October 15, 2015 (2015-10-15)
June 2, 2016 (2016-06-02) – June 23, 2016 (2016-06-23)
July 7, 2016 (2016-07-07) – July 19, 2016 (2016-07-19)

Served as interim ring announcer while continuing her role as a duel branded backstage interviewer, but doesn't do the latter on the selected dates she does ring announcing for Smackdown. Replaced Eden Stiles who was released by WWE. Moved to Raw following Lilian Garcia's second departure due to family emergency.
Greg Hamilton June 30, 2016 (2016-06-30)
July 26, 2016 (2016-07-26) – present
Filled in for JoJo when she worked WWE's tour in Hawaii and when she filled in for Lilian Garcia on Raw during that same week. Promoted to full-time announcer when JoJo was moved to Raw.

Recurring segments[edit]

Segments Hosts Years Notes
Piper's Pit Roddy Piper 2003
2005 – 2006
2010
2012
2014
In-ring interview segment.[8]
Discontinued after Piper's death in 2015.
$1,000,000 Tough Enough Al Snow 2004 WWE Tough Enough competition segment.
Kurt Angle Invitational Kurt Angle 2004 – 2005 Three-minute match challenge for Angle's gold medal.
Discontinued after Angle was drafted to Raw.
Cafe de René René Duprée 2004 In-ring interview segment.
Carlito's Cabana Carlito 2005
2008 – 2009
In-ring interview segment.
Discontinued after Carlito was drafted to Raw.
Peep Show Christian 2005
2010 – 2014
In ring interview segment.
Diva Search The Miz 2006 Diva Search competition segment.
Miz TV The Miz 2007
2012 – 2017
2018 - present
In-ring interview segment. Discontinued after being drafted to Raw.
Returned after being drafted to Smackdown.
Masterlock Challenge Chris Masters 2007
2010 – 2011
Submission challenge to break Masters' Masterlock hold.
Discontinued after being drafted to Raw.
The Cutting Edge Edge 2007 – 2011
2013
2016
In-ring interview segment. Discontinued after Edge was forced to retire from professional wrestling.
Occasionally makes a couple appearances.
VIP Lounge Montel Vontavious Porter 2007 – 2010 In-ring interview segment. Discontinued following MVP's release from WWE.
Khali Kiss Cam The Great Khali
Ranjin Singh
2011 In-ring fan interaction segment.
Khali kisses a female member of the audience.
First person to keep show after changing brands.[9]
Highlight Reel Chris Jericho
Kevin Owens
2010
2012
2013
2016

2017 – 2018

In-ring interview segment.
Discontinued after Jericho was drafted to Raw. Began again when Jericho returned in 2013.
Discontinued again when Jericho was drafted to the Raw brand when WWE re-introduced the brand extension in 2016.
Re-introduced by Kevin Owens in 2017 without Chris Jericho.
Discontinued after Owens Was Fired and drafted to Raw.
Grooming Tips Cody Rhodes 2010 – 2011 Cody Rhodes gives some vanity tips.
Discontinued after Rhodes' facial injury (*caused by the exposed metal brace of Rey Mysterio).
Str8 Outta Brooklyn With JTG JTG 2010 – 2011 Backstage shoot segment.
Discontinued after JTG was drafted to Raw.
The Ambrose Asylum Dean Ambrose 2016 – 2017 In-ring interview segment. Discontinued after being drafted to Raw.
King's Court Jerry Lawler 2017 In-ring interview segment.
'The Fashion Files (later The Fashion X Files, then Fashion Peaks) Breezango
(Tyler Breeze and Fandango)
2017 – 2018 Video segment.
Discontinued after Breezeango was drafted to Raw.
U. S. Open Challenge Kevin Owens
A.J. Styles
Bobby Roode
Jeff Hardy
2017-2018 A United States Championship match challenge pitting anyone on the roster against the incumbent champion of the time. Originally called the Face of America challenge under Kevin Owens, it has been held under three different champions. After A.J. Styles won, it was renamed the U.S. Open Challenge, but was discontinued after Hell in a Cell after Baron Corbin won the championship. It was revived in 2018 after Bobby Roode won the aforementioned championship. Under Styles and Roode's reigns, their names were included in the official title of the U.S. Open Challenge title.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  7. ^ "WWE commentary gets a facelift for the New Era". WWE.com. July 19, 2016. 
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  9. ^ "SmackDown! results - August 17, 2007". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2007-08-17.