Adnan Virk Discusses WWE Role

Adnan Virk is one of the most recent additions to the WWE Raw commentary team, and he recently appeared on Boomer in the Morning to discuss his new role.

Adnan began by talking about how he was hired by WWE, and spoke about his audition for the company, which he says went “amazing”. Virk mentioned:

“The brain trust there (at WWE) made the decision late last year. They said, ‘We want to kind of get a legit sportscaster guy.’ Like an actual sportscaster to come in and offer a different feel. Nick Khan was my former agent at CAA and he’s the current President of WWE. Michael Cole is of course the voice of Smackdown on Fridays, and he’s in charge of all the talent in the division. He reaches out to my guy, asks ‘Would I be interested?’ And I was like, ‘Yeah, let’s give it a shot’... So I auditioned in early February. And the audition was just amazing. I’m calling matches, previous matches, off the monitor that had happened the previous weeks on RAW and Smackdown. And I approached just as I would if I were calling a (Calgary) Flames/(Edmonton) Oilers game. I just went on the website and went ‘Okay, here’s Shayna Baszler. She’s been with WWE for this many years, her featured move is Kirifuda Driver.’ And I just called the action. Play by play follows a three at structure; introduce the characters, establish the characters and put a bow on it. That’s what I did. Afterwards I interviewed a couple of the WWE stars.”

Adnan also shared some insight on a conversation he had with Michael Cole, who explained to Virk why Vince McMahon would “love” his look. The former ESPN and MLB Network analyst said:

“At one point Cole goes ‘Your look is great.’ And I’m laughing and asking, ‘What do you mean by that?’ And he said, ‘Your height. Mr. McMahon loves that because it makes the wrestlers look even bigger!’ That’s the first time ever being a little guy is a win. I went home, they called a few weeks later, said, ‘Hey you got the job.’ The real trick is, I want to think MLB Network. They had to sign off on me traveling every week, COVID protocols, vaccinations; it was a process. I’m really grateful they let me do it. It’s been a cool journey. Obviously the he biggest part was the surprise; I couldn’t tell anybody. Nick said I could tell five people; your parents, your wife, your brother and one of your kids. I was like ‘okay.’ Then Saturday afternoon some reports of it started getting out. I literally flew to Tampa under the cloak of darkness. I’m wearing a fedora, I’m sitting in the back of the plane, trying to keep a low profile. And then on Monday they revealed it.”

Virk continued the interview, and shared a few thoughts on the WWE schedule. Adnan discussed why he knew “I had to do this”, telling listeners:

“It’s 52 weeks a year, there’s no vacation time. Vacation is going to be Tuesday through Saturdays. But just because Al Michaels calls Sunday Night Football doesn’t mean he’s not prepping all week and studying. I think on the one hand, I still love being a conventional sportscaster. But when you look at exclusively, exposure, just opportunities, this is a whole new bat. This is something I never would’ve dreamed of. And who knows what opportunities it could be? I love movies; what if all of a sudden someone says ‘that guy on RAW, we’ll make him a commentator in an Adam Sandler movie.’ And all of a sudden that goes to something else. I’m dreaming now, but who knew this was going to happen? This is all a dream at this point. Maybe this goes into more entertainment roles, video game stuff, I have no idea. That’s why in my head I was like ‘I’ve got to snatch it.’ I had to do this. This was not something I could say no to.”

(H/T and transcribed by 411Mania)