JBL Reacts to Reports of Bullying Mauro Ranallo

We noted earlier today that Mauro Ranallo noted to NewsWeek that he has officially left WWE and it has nothing to do with JBL bullying him.

“WWE and I have mutually agreed to part ways. It has nothing to do with JBL,” Ranallo told Newsweek by email.

JBL also made a statement to Newsweek regarding Ranallo’s departure from WWE. He made the following remarks, admitting that he took part in locker room pranks in the past:

“Admittedly, I took part in locker room pranks that existed within the industry years ago. WWE addressed my behavior and I responded accordingly, yet my past is being brought up because of recent unfounded rumors. I apologize if anything I said playing ‘the bad guy’ on a TV show was misconstrued.

In the same article by NewsWeek, a WWE spokesperson made following remarks regarding bullying within WWE:

“As part of our commitment to creating an inclusive environment, in April 2011, WWE launched our anti-bullying campaign, Be a STAR, which encourages young people to treat each other with tolerance and respect.

“As a publicly traded company, that mantra carries forward in our corporate culture. As such, we fully investigate any allegations of inappropriate behavior including the recent alleged situation with John Layfield (aka JBL), despite no formal complaint having been submitted.”

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