Adnan Virk Says Relationship with WWE President Nick Khan Got Him Raw Announcer Opportunity
The new Raw lead commentator started last week
Adnan Virk says a long-standing relationship with current WWE President Nick Khan helped him to get the opportunity to audition for his new role as Raw's play-by-play commentator.
Kahn, who was appointed to WWE in August 2020, used to be Virk's agent at the Creative Arts Agency and kept the announcer in mind when he joined Vince McMahon's promotion.
Virk told the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast: "The way it went down was Nick Khan was my longtime agent at CAA, and of course, he’s now the president of WWE. This is a relationship business, so you have a good relation with somebody, that means something. And when Nick left, I spoke to him and thanked him for all he did for me and my family.
"I’ll always be so grateful to Nick and his stewardship and mentorship, and I said something to the effect of, ‘Hey, if there’s anything for me, let me know.’ And he was like, ‘Yeah, okay, sure.’ Never thinking it would come to fruition and my understanding is the WWE brain trust wanted a new voice, wanted something different, and Michael Cole, in addition to being the voice of SmackDown, is obviously a part of the brain trust.
"And he was talking with my agent Matt Olson, who in many ways is Nick’s protégé and said, ‘Okay, who’s a guy on your roster you think might be able to do this.’ He goes, ‘What about Adnan?’ That’s intriguing. Has he done anything like this? So they sent some stuff. I had called boxing at DAZN etc., and then I went to the audition. It’s one thing to say all there’s mutual interest. It’s another thing to actually get the job.
"I called a few matches, and everything seemed to work out. And when they actually called and said you got the job, I was floored."
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