Several months back, there was a serious situation developing over on Smackdown Live. Reports indicated that broadcast partners JBL and Mauro Ranallo were unable to continue working together – leading to the popular commentator being removed from WWE TV. Now after several months of silence, WWE and Ranallo will be working together again on the NXT brand.
The news comes via Mauro’s Instagram account, which states;
“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.”
Certainly this is a positive development, given that several months back it seemed there was no hope for a future between WWE and Ranallo.
Since being removed from the Smackdown Live broadcast team, Ranallo has gone on to commentate elsewhere – including in MMA promotions. He will also be commentating the huge Mayweather vs. McGregor fight next month – a sign of just how well-respected he is within the MMA world.
This is a good move for both party’s in my view. It allows WWE to continue using his talent, while also removing JBL from the equation. As we wrote at the time, we believe JBL should have been fired for his actions – something WWE seemingly weren’t interested in.
NXT is the perfect place for Mauro Ranallo to add his enthusiasm, livening up the weekly shows and Takeover PPV events.
Mauro has also stated he will continue his work with Showtime MMA and Bellator.
Are you happy to see Mauro Ranallo on NXT? Will you tune into NXT to check this out?