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SmackDown LIVE lead announcer
Tom Phillips: Bio
Tom Phillips’ first broadcasting experience was as an announcer for a football game during his sophomore year of high school. It was then he immediately knew he wanted to be in sports broadcasting.
With a broadcast journalism degree from Penn State University, Phillips spent time calling women’s basketball games for the Big Ten Network while still in college. He participated in talk shows and did play-by-play announcing for basketball, soccer, football, baseball and softball during his four years at Penn State. He was also the lead broadcaster for Juniata College basketball and football games in 2011-12.
Drawn to WWE during The Attitude Era, Phillips grew up watching “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, The Rock, Mick Foley, D-Generation X and more in addition to his hometown-based ECW. Since making his WWE debut on NXT in September 2012, Phillips has been heard broadcasting with NXT's rotating announce team which has featured William Regal, Alex Riley, Renee Young, Matt Bloom and Byron Saxton. Tom announced NXT ArRIVAL, WWE Network’s first live in-ring broadcast.
Phillips has described himself as “lucky and proud to be part of WWE.” We’re lucky and proud to have him as SmackDown LIVE’s lead announcer, too.