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Mauro Ranallo not expected to return to WWE TV

According to a report from CBS Sports, WWE SmackDown Live commentator Mauro Ranallo is not expected to return to WWE TV in the midst of his current hiatus. CBS reached out to WWE for comment on the matter, who stated Ranallo remains under contract with the company until Aug. 12, 2017.”

It is believed that tensions between Ranallo and fellow commentator JBL has been the reason for his absence, and his history with depression didn’t help the situation. He has since removed the WWE reference from his Twitter profile.

  • CC

    I am gonna go against most peoples opinions here and say I have always loved JBL on commentary as he plays a perfect heel colour commentator (colour needs to be an ex wrestler, not someone with no in ring experience). But the problem with his recent run has been just too damn many people. The max you need is two people. Three and four man teams just muddies the whole commentary as everyone is trying to speak and get themselves some air time, often at the expense of the match.
    If they went back to the traditional two man heel/face combination, things would be much better.

    Certainly do not need half arsed commentators like Saxton and Otunga, who bring absolutely nothing to commentary.

    I feel sorry for Ronallo for his whole depression thing, but I wont be sad if he never comes back.

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  • D2K

    Cole and JR is a bad idea. Cole wants to step down from commentating pretty soon anyway, so I say after Cole steps down, put Ross back on RAW to groom the next person to take over long-term.

    As of right now, I say other than showing JBL the door, leave everything as is.

  • MrDr3w

    The majority of the commentators are a total disaster. JBL, Otunga, Byron, Tom Phillips is meh, and even Cole has his insufferable moments. I say keep Cole on RAW, team him up with JR or Aries or some other superstar with great mic skills. Move Graves to SDL, bring Renee to the table, and drop the entire three-man and four-man teams. Two is all you really need. MAYBE put Byron on SDL with Graves. I like their face/heel chemistry.

  • BB

    I knew this had something to do with JBL!! If you listen closely to their commentary, they have a lot of awkward/tension moments; all because of JBL.

    Perfect example off the top of my head is the Elimination Chamber PPV this year. It was during the first match because Ranallo makes a Scooby-Doo reference in regards to Mickie James with the whole unmasking of the La Luchadora thing. Anyway, Ranallo makes the reference and JBL says “why are you talking about Scooby Doo, Mauro?” and I can’t exactly remember Ranallo’s exact response but he does say “can you work with me here a little, John?” and I can’t remember if JBL makes a snarky remark back to him but there was definitely an awkward silence for a few seconds.

    They’ve had a lot of moments like that, you just gotta listen for them. I’m not a fan of Mauro but if Mauro has an illness and JBL is possibly purposefully exploiting that by giving him a hard time/bullying him then get JBL off the air. JBL seems like he can be a huge plug at times and his commentary is meh to begin with. I wouldn’t miss him, I’m sure others won’t either.

  • M

    Hate to agree. JBL had his time when he was with Cole back then, now he’s an annoyance. These 3-4 man announce teams are just flat out annoying. Phillips & Ranallo are more than enough to handle SD.

  • D2K

    Can anyone name one useful thing JBL has done at the broadcast booth? He (and Michael Cole for that matter) wouldn’t shut up during the Taker/Reigns match and let J.R. take it away, and all the guy does is talk over people, interrupt people, and a lot of the times he has to be corrected.

    GET HIM OFF THE TABLE. Let him just do WWE Network specials. I thought he did a great job with the Legends with JBL (which of course WWE canceled because people actually enjoyed it.) That’s a better area for him.