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Styles signs with WWE
ECW announcer officially becomes part of Raw
By JON WALDMAN -- SLAM! Wrestling


One of wrestling's worst-kept secrets is now official, as WWE has announced that Joey Styles has signed a five-year contract with the company.

Sunday, the Stamford, Ct.-based organization announced on their website that, "Joey Styles has signed a five-year contract to be the play-by-play man for Monday Night Raw."

Prior to the signing, Styles had worked for WWE in a "fill-in" role, starting at the Taboo Tuesday pay-per-view broadcast. Following the PPV, Styles began to work the play-by-play role on Raw, taking over from Jonathan "Coach" Coachman who took the reigns when Jim Ross was written out of his broadcasting role on WWE TV in October.

Styles is best known for his work as a commentator for ECW's various broadcasts. At times, Styles would work television shows and pay-per-view events solo, though he would also have broadcast partners such as Don "Cyrus" Callis and Joel Gerntner during his tenure with the Philadelphia-based company.

After ECW folded just after the turn of the century, Styles spent time working in various independent promotions and would later become a major part of 1wrestling.com along with wrestling journalist Bill Apter. Styles made his WWE broadcasting "debut" at the ECW One Night Stand event in the spring.

Jon Waldman has been with SLAM! since 2000.