WWE 'Part Ways' With Raw Commentator Adnan Virk
Just 43 days in the job...
WWE have announced that they have 'mutually agreed to part ways' with Adnan Virk.
Virk took over as the new play-by-play announcer for Monday Night Raw following WrestleMania 37 in April but, just six weeks and one day after WWE announced his appointment, he and the promotion have agreed to split.
WWE confirmed the news in a short, 16-word statement published to their website on Tuesday, less than 24 hours after Virk had participated in what would transpire to be his final Raw broadcast for the promotion.
The statement read: "WWE and Adnan Virk have mutually agreed to part ways. WWE thanks Adnan for his work."
Virk would issue his own, short statement on his departure from WWE, writing on Twitter: "Thanks to @WWE for a wonderful opportunity. The weekly travel along with my other jobs was a grind for me and my family. Am grateful to everyone with the company especially @WWEGraves"
Virk's style of play-by-play announcing, while in keeping with more traditional sports - where the 42-year-old made his name - has struggled to translate to professional wrestling. The former MLB Network and ESPN presenter has come into some criticism for his technique on Raw alongside colour commentators Corey Graves and Byron Saxton.
WWE is yet to confirm who will replace Virk as lead commentator on Monday Night Raw. Tom Phillips, who was replaced by Virk last month, is still with the company, while lead NXT commentator Vic Joseph also previously held the role for the red brand.