Former RTÉ broadcaster lands job as new WWE commentator

Former RTÉ broadcaster lands job as new WWE commentator

AN IRISH broadcaster has been hired by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) as their new commentator.

Dublin-born Kevin Egan, who used to work for RTÉ, will now have on-screen role on some of the biggest shows in WWE's calendar.

Egan, who will be known as Kevin Patrick (because it sounds more Irish, I guess?), will be interviewing wrestlers before and after fights on the company's flagship show, Monday Night Raw.

He will also perform lead commentary on their WWE Main Event show, and will host Raw Talk, a chat-show like programme where wrestlers make guest appearances.

In a statement released by wrestling company, Egan said: "I'm beyond thrilled to join WWE. I've always been blown away by the incredible charisma and athleticism of the WWE superstars, and I'm excited at the opportunity to help tell their stories."

Egan isn't the first Irish person to make a splash in WWE - far from it.

Sheamus - real name Stephen Farrelly - is a four-time world champion in the company, Finn Balor - real name Fergal Devitt - is one time world champion, while Becky Lynch - real name Rebecca Quin - is a four-time women's champion, and made history in 2019 by becoming the first woman, alongside Rounda Rousy and Charlotte Flair, to main event Wrestlemania - WWE's biggest show of the year.

Egan meanwhile began his broadcasting career at RTÉ as a 'runner' during the 2004 Olympic Games, and quickly rose through the ranks to become a reporter for the company.

He moved to the US in 2009 to pursue a more expansive broadcasting career, and had roles at Fox Sports, BeIN sports and Chicago Fire for a time.