Mauro Ranallo spent years cultivating a fanbase with his commentary on MMA and boxing events, and through his work calling New Japan events for AXS TV. Wrestling fans clamored for a long time to have him make the jump to WWE, and in late 2015,it was announced that he would do just that.
Ranallo became the lead announcer for the Cruiserweight Classic last summer, and became the play-by-play man for Smackdown and 205 Live following the WWE Draft. However he has been off WWE television since mid-March, right around the time that Smackdown color commentator JBL publicly lashed out at Mauro on an episode of WWE Network’s Bring It To The Table.
Since that time, reports indicated that friends close to Ranallo said the announcer was dealing with bipolar disorder and depression, conditions which he has been very outspoken about throughout his career. This past week, JBL’s bullying ways (which have been well-documented over the years) once again came to light through the release of Justin Roberts’ book, and he took to Twitter, in part, to talk about Mauro.