WWE announced today that Tom Phillips has been promoted to do play by play for Smackdown and will join Michael Cole and JBL. The move is part of WWE's youth movement, according to Michael Cole.
“Over the years, you’ve had Vince and Jesse and Gorilla and Bobby and J.R. and King and John and I. You need to put your announce teams together to get us into the next decade. We’re not going to do this for the rest of our lives. It’s just real important to get the young kids going,” Cole told WWE.com. “Tom works hard, he’s got a great work ethic, he’s dedicated to the product and to the business, and he’s doing really well. He’s really earned this opportunity.”