Last night saw the debut of SmackDown on the USA Network. It also saw the debut of the new commentary team for SmackDown consisting of Jerry Lawler, Byron Saxton and veteran sports announcer Mauro Ranallo. Ranallo is quite well known for his commentary for MMA companies like PRIDE FC, Elite XC, Strike, Showtime Championship Boxing and New Japan Pro Wrestling's program on AXS TV. My first impressions of the new team was that it felt like a breath of fresh air. Saxton played his role well as the young, idealistic babyface commentator, Jerry Lawler is heel for the first time in forever and had a nice, subtle delivery without being too in your face and Ranallo just came off, to me, like a true pro and someone that I want to hear calling the action. One thing that helped last night was that the commentary kept the focus on the action in the ring rather than cracking lousy jokes, bickering with each other or treating like what was going on inside the ring like it was nothing more than filler. Whether it will last or not is anybody's guess, but it just felt refreshing. Ranallo has a passionate, resonate vocal style that somewhat reminds me of Jim Ross, without the southern twang to it, and, again, I enjoyed Lawler's subtle delivery as the heel commentator last night; he made his point without screaming at the top of his lungs, trying to bully the other commentators or needlessly repeating the same catchphrases. Basically, he was a nice change from JBL's style.