Mauro Ranallo Returns To WWE
In what has to be considered shocking news, especially since he has been announced as the commentator for the monster Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather fight, Mauro Ranallo has revealed on his Instagram that we will be the new voice of WWE’s third brand NXT.
“THE NXT CHAPTER BEGINS! WWE and I mutually agreed to end my responsibilities on SmackDown having nothing to do with rumors about disputes. As I remained under contract with WWE, we discussed a variety of options. Despite originally agreeing to part ways, there was always a desire to continue working together. We have come to terms on a new agreement that benefits both WWE and me, and I am thrilled to announce I will now be part of the NXT broadcasting team.”
Reading between the lines, it is quite clear that Ranallo has been paid hush money by WWE to quell the unrest directed towards accused bully JBL. The accusations against Layfield were more than mere rumours, they were substantiated by those close to Ranallo and by people inside the company, not to mention the various (supposedly ‘heel’) blatant digs towards Ranallo from Bradshaw on the air.
By placing Mauro on NXT, WWE have removed him from the problem. Ranallo will be given more freedom to call matches in his unique, decidedly non-WWE style, and his paths should almost never cross with JBL’s because NXT exists in a bubble away from the main WWE roster.
It’s a smart move for both Ranallo and WWE. Obviously it is a good thing for Ranallo that the company were able to find a role for him that he is happy with, and for WWE it is a positive PR move which should sweep the issues between the announcers under the carpet. Certainly, at the very least, it stops them from becoming toxic and harming the company’s reputation.