Mauro Ranallo left WWE over the Summer, and he has moved on. He is still commentating as his voice was heard by millions during the Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr event. He doesn’t hold any animosity against WWE, but it still wasn’t the easiest place to work at times.
While speaking to Post Wrestling, Mauro Ranallo opened up about how mentally grueling it can be to work at WWE. He said that Vince McMahon built an empire, but it’s not perfect. Going to WWE was a “dream come true” for Mauro Ranallo, but he still found himself questioning a lot of the company’s decisions.
WWE is one of the most mentally grueling places — and that’s not necessarily a criticism by any means — there’s a reason Vince McMahon has built a multi-billion dollar empire. Is it perfect? Not by any means, but neither am I. I chose to go to WWE and it was a dream come true. I wanted to work with WWE because I thought it would be an affirmation of my achievements as a broadcaster, but because of the connection I had with pro wrestling. I thought Jerry Lawler and Byron Saxton and I had instant chemistry, but they made the changes they felt they had to make. I’ve proven I can work with almost anyone as a broadcaster, but there were many times I was like, ‘what is going on here?’ Four-man booth, an eight-man booth. I get it, but that’s not what I want as a commentator.
Mauro Ranallo’s return to WWE meant that he took over a spot on the NXT commentary team. That second run didn’t last as long as some fans had hoped.
It took a bit of time for fans to get used to not hearing Mauro Ranallo on commentary during the black and gold brand’s shows, but now they have settled into a new three-person announce team where Beth Phoenix can record her portion of commentary from home.