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WWE hires ESPN’s Tessitore

July 9, 2024

By Nik Roseveare

WWE, part of TKO Group, has announced that Joe Tessitore, a veteran voices in US sports television, will join the company as a play-by-play broadcaster later this summer.

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

“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 ‘HHH’ Levesque. “We’re excited for Joe to join legendary WWE broadcaster Michael Cole and our esteemed announce team, bringing his signature energy and meticulous preparation to our WWE telecasts each week.”

“It’s an honour to be a part of WWE. The recent success and trajectory are undeniable,” added Tessitore. “Being there at WrestleMania XL, one could feel it – from Cody [Rhodes], Seth [Rollins], Roman [Reigns] 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 known as 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 others. Additionally, he has led ESPN’s Monday Night Football, and has called the NFL Pro Bowl and Wildcard Playoff games on ABC. He is also known for the comedy competition Holey Moley, hosting alongside Rob Riggle and Stephen Curry.

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