Mauro Ranallo is WWE NXT’s lead announcer and some say he’s the best play-by-play man in the business. However, he’s used to working a very different schedule for NXT.
If/ when WWE starts airing NXT as a live two-hour program on Wednesday nights, that means that Ranallo’s schedule will change dramatically. He would then be required to make live tapings instead of filming multiple episodes at once.
Dave Meltzer mentioned this during Wrestling Observer Radio and at this point Ranallo’s situation still hasn’t changed.
“Right now as far as we know Mauro Ranallo, and Nigel McGuinness, and Beth Phoenix are going to host the shows. We have not heard differently. You know there’s obviously a history with Vince McMahon and Mauro Ranallo, it’s well-known.”
“One of the things is that Vince — and I don’t know if this is going to change because Vince is not expected to be at these Wednesday shows and that’s a big part of it.”
It should be noted that “if Vince is there then that changes things again.” So obviously, Ranallo doesn’t appreciate the way Vince McMahon runs shows live from the Gorilla Position. Then again, who would enjoy having him scream in their headset all night?
Mauro Ranallo said that the travel was getting to him before which is one of the reasons why he had to step down as the voice of SmackDown Live, but “that’s really not what it was, after the fact he kinda used that one” as an excuse. However, at this point Mauro Ranallo is still going to be the lead voice on NXT.
Ranallo’s bi-polar disorder is not a secret and he was recently hospitalized as well. He has no problem discussing it because that’s just a part of who is he.
His Showtime boxing and Bellator commitments won’t get in the way of making a live NXT taping every week. We’ll just have to wait and see what he’s up to. The important part is that WWE is understanding of what he’s going through and they will certainly give him the time off if he needs it.
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