Jimmy Smith: WWE Main Roster Commentators Are Told To Pretend They Don't Know Anything About New NXT Call-Ups

Just doing their jobs

While some developmental talents achieve a great deal of success on either NXT or NXT UK before making their way to the main roster, those accomplishments are often forgotten about on Raw or SmackDown and the commentators don't bring up anything about wrestlers' previous gimmicks or title reigns. 

While some had interpreted this to be an oversight from WWE's commentators, Raw Announcer Jimmy Smith revealed on his 'Unlocking The Cage' show that he is simply doing what WWE tell him to do. 

"With WWE, I'm part of the show. I'm part of the show. So things that you may see as weakness in commentary are things they want from us. When a character does a character reset coming up from NXT or some other organisation, and I pretend to not know who they were or any of their accomplishments before they got to Monday Night Raw, I'm doing what I'm being told," Smith began.

"It's not that I didn't do my research, it's not that I didn't know who Piper Niven was. Of course I did, I did my homework like I was supposed to. But when she came to Raw from NXT UK, they reset her character and called her Doudrop. So the directive was, 'Alright, we're kind of resetting the character here.' So people - and people did by the way get p*ssed online like, 'Ah! Jimmy Smith and Corey Graves didn't even know who Piper Niven is.' 

"Of course we know who Piper Niven is! But we're part of the show and part of the show is, 'We're resetting her character' and to not recognise when Corey Graves is talking about his fiancé or going off about Eva Marie which is another one he went off about or when he praises one heel typically over another, he's doing his job. His job is to be an as*hole, do*chebag character," Smith added.

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