There was speculation this week that Justin Roberts was released because of fan reports saying that he got into an argument with Michael Cole during Raw. Cole is a Kevin Dunn guy. The company portrayed his release as a money issue and Roberts contract expired. People close to Roberts say that it was just a business thing on both sides. Roberts later noted that it was a company decision and WWE decided to go in another direction.
Roberts had been with the company since 2002. He was the Smackdown announcer until 2009 and then moved up to Raw. He was also the ECW (WWE version) announcer. WWE has Lilian Garcia, Eden, and Tony Chimel so any one of them can fill the role. Arda Ocal (now known as Kyle Edwards) also has ring announcing experience in wrestling and MMA.
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