Mamma mia, Mauro Ranallo is back with the WWE! When Mauro Ranallo disappeared from WWE Smackdown in March prior to Wrestlemania there was a great deal of speculation as to why. The prevailing theory was that JBL’s rant on Mauro winning Wrestling Observer’s “Best Television Announcer” award crossed a line for Ranallo, but the exuberant play-by-play man denied that claim.
Whatever the real reason, Ranallo was reported to be parting ways with WWE once his contract ran up in August. However, there has been a change of heart from both sides and they have suddenly struck a deal to bring Ranallo back to the WWE announce table, but not on Smackdown. Ranallo made the announcement official on his Instagram page on Thursday afternoon, stating that he will take over the NXT play-by-play call.
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.