Mauro Ranallo on WWE hiatus: “I had to be true to my convictions and what makes you a human being”

NXT broadcast team member Mauro Ranallo was interviewed by Dan Gelston of the AP and briefly discussed his absence from WWE television. “I was willing to walk away from my dream job, let’s leave it at that,” Ranallo said. “In order for me to do that, I had to be true to my convictions and what makes you a human being.”

Ranallo also spoke glowingly about his roles on the Bellator and Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Conor McGregor broadcast teams. “Dealing with my own health issues and where I come from, I’m not supposed to be here,” Ranallo said. “Now I’m calling one of the biggest MMA events of the years, calling the biggest prizefight of the year … and the fact that I’ll soon be getting back into professional wrestling, I wouldn’t trade places with anybody.” Read the full interview at

Powell’s POV: Ranallo’s line about being true to his convictions is very interesting and, while vague, seems to go against the company’s public spin on the matter. The full story on this situation may come out someday, but it probably won’t happen anytime soon now that Ranallo is back in the WWE fold as an NXT broadcast team member. All of that said, it’s great to see a guy who has been a terrific voice for mental health issues achieving so much success.



Readers Comments (1)

  1. ALL of this won`t come out until the OLD guard is GONE Vince and his cronies, I think the NXT thing happened because of Steph and HHH knowing they had a GREAT announcer and they public beating they took on social media and press by the “Be a Star” campaign. Good for HHH and Steph for realizing the old man dropped the ball, this is a HUGE WIN for NXT it makes it more relevent then before gives it a “BIG FIGHT FEEL”

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