Andy Shepherd
Andy Shepherd at BAMMA 33.jpg
Shepherd hosting BAMMA 33 in Newcastle, 15 December 2017
Birth nameAndrew Shepherd
Born1997
Leicester, England
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Andy Shepherd
Debut2017

Andrew Shepherd is an English sports broadcaster, professional wrestling commentator, presenter, producer and writer. He is currently signed to WWE where he serves as the play-by-play commentator and former ring announcer on NXT UK.

Shepherd was a national level athlete, representing Leicestershire at the English Schools Athletics Championships for the 100m.

He has worked behind the camera, producing TV shows for Fulwell 73 and Big Talk Productions.

In 2013, Shepherd was selected from over 2,000 applicants to be one of 10 shortlisted presenters to ‘compete’[1] to be the next Blue Peter presenter on the CBBC show Blue Peter - You Decide![2]

He is now known in-front of the camera for his work on UKTV's Dave, fronting their coverage of David Haye's comeback fights and Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series as well as Channel 5's BAMMA coverage. 2017 saw Shepherd begin working with WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) as part of their broadcast team for the WWE United Kingdom Championship Tournament.[3] In April 2017, BAMMA announced a new television deal moving their shows to Dave, with Shepherd and David Haye fronting the coverage.[4] In June 2018 Shepherd returned to be the ring announcer for the two night WWE United Kingdom Championship Tournament (2018). The day after the tournament, it was announced that a WWE United Kingdom brand would launch, NXT UK, which had its first television taping the following month, in which Shepherd once again serves as ring announcer and has done since until the 5 March 2020 episode.

On 12 March 2020 Shepherd was promoted to play-by-play commentator on NXT UK, replacing Tom Phillips joining the NXT UK commentary alongside Nigel McGuinness.

In September 2020 Shepherd hosted Bellator MMA's Euro Series 8 and 9 broadcasts from Milan, Italy. He had previously fronted their Bellator 200 broadcast for Channel 5.[5]

References

  1. ^ CBBC Blue Peter - You Decide!
  2. ^ CBBC Blue Peter - You Decide! Shortlist
  3. ^ WWE United Kingdom Championship Tournament
  4. ^ UKTV Dave Strikes Mixed Martial Arts Deal
  5. ^ "Bellator Euro Series 8". 26 September 2020.
Preceded byTom Phillips NXT UK lead announcer 2020–present Succeeded bycurrent