Mauro Ranallo was the voice of SmackDown Live until he suddenly departed from the program and later from WWE entirely.
There were rumors saying he left the company due to bullying from JBL but he later came out and said he didn’t leave because of that reason at all and left it at that.
With Ranallo’s Showtime documentary about him making a lot of buzz, he recently appeared on the MMA Hour where he opened up about why he really left WWE in the first place. As it turns out it had nothing to do with his coworkers at all and everything to do with the stress of living life on the road that further stressed his condition.
“I was on the road every week. You add MMA and boxing and kickboxing to it. The road travel destroyed me. So, rumors and all this other stuff, what happened, honestly — and Ariel, you know how honest I’ve been in this thing — I had a breakdown in the Chicago O’Hare airport on my way to Pittsburgh to do SmackDown Live. And again, Frank Shamrock — God bless him — Bas Rutten, man. Guys who fought each other are my biggest supporters. But, I had to phone them and I said ‘I’m done. I cannot do this anymore. It’s going to kill me.’ And I thought I was done with the entire company.”
As much as there’s two sides to every story, the actual truth from me was my mental health wasn’t going to allow me to maintain that schedule much longer.”.
So it turns out anyone who wanted to just to Ranallo’s defense against JBL might have had the best intentions but they weren’t necessarily correct. It was just the schedule of being a full-time WWE announcer that got to Mauro Ranallo who is now happily doing his job in NXT still as one of the best commentators in WWE.