WWE has gone through a number of changes since Paul “Triple H” Levesque took over creative responsibilities. Dozens of former stars have been brought back to the company in various capacities, while the premium live events calendar has seen a bit of a shake-up. One of the bigger changes happened to WWE’s announcement teams, as numerous broadcasters were reassigned in Fall 2022. Wade Barrett left NXT for WWE SmackDownreturned Cathy Kelley for Monday Night Raw backstage interviews, and Kevin Patrick was promoted to play-by-play commentator for the red brand. While most of the team changes announced were mere trades, a few names were eventually dropped entirely.
Both play-by-play man Jimmy Smith and color commentator Nigel McGuinness were released from WWE in October 2022, as neither man was given a role in the new team assignments. McGuinness’s release came quietly and the London resident made no mention of it in the following months.
Now McGuinness has broken his silence. McGuinness took to Twitter and shared a short message of gratitude while also teasing a big 2023.
“Appreciate all kind wishes,” McGuinness wrote. “Good year ahead.”
McGuinness spent six years in WWE working mostly on WWE’s development shows. He debuted at the WWE United Kingdom Championship Tournament in January 2017 and shared commentary duties for that event with the man who recommended him to WWE, Michael Cole. Alongside Mauro Ranallo, McGuinness found his greatest WWE success at the NXT announce table, lending his voice to dozens of now-iconic black and yellow brand moments. After NXT’s restructuring, McGuinness spent most of his final WWE days announcing NXT UK and 205 Live.
Prior to joining WWE, McGuinness was a well-traveled wrestler in his own right. He made a name for himself in the ring of honor, reigning once with both the ROH Pure and ROH World titles. McGuinness has a close relationship with a number of wrestlers with whom he shared an ROH locker room, including Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn and Adam Pearce.
As for the future, it’s currently unclear which companies are interested in McGuinness. The ROH relaunch could mean McGuinness returning to that commentary table, the start of NXT Europe could be a homecoming for the former Desmond Wolfe, or he could find a spot for himself on an AEW booth.
Stay tuned to ComicBook.com for updates on Nigel McGuinness’ professional wrestling future.