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Report: Vince McMahon was frustrated with Mauro Ranallo

According to a report from Dave Meltzer in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Mauro Ranallo was brought on to the WWE last year because they wanted him to utilize his unique personality to help SmackDown Live feel different from Monday Night RAW. That didn’t last very long.

Soon after, Vince McMahon wanted Ranallo to try and be a little more like Michael Cole. After growing frustrated with Ranallo’s style McMahon, Tom Phillips was added to the announce team. Soon after that Ranallo was then made to be the butt of jokes. Meltzer also stated that Mauro was viewed as being ‘weird’ backstage and that “the production room was filled with a lot of people who were emotionally still in high school.”

Then JBL decided to go off on Ranallo during Bring It To The Table, which was essentially the straw that broke the camel’s back. Apparently, Ranallo being buried on the show was something that was planned ahead of time, as there were prior discussions as to what would and wouldn’t be said.

Meltzer also mentioned another incident involving JBl and a non-wrestler, who’s name was not mentioned. The person had a family member pass away and also had to take a couple of weeks off of work due to a minor operation. JBL reportedly went off on the person for taking such a substantial amount of time off and noted that he didn’t take time off after he had hernia surgery. JBL kept going at the person until they were in tears, even after the person told JBL that this wasn’t the week to do this.

  • Buzzkiller73

    Walk it to em man!!!!

  • Solid

    If he didn’t say that as per WWE’s request/requirement as he was still under contract for the next several months they could have stopped him from working elsewhere, which factors (or the factor rather) in his decision to just roll with it and do what it took to get out from underneath WWE.

  • MrDr3w

    You act like Mauro is a money-grubbing pig, or that hes desperate for a payday. Do you really think Mauro Ranallo NEEDS the WWE’s hush money? The man has had no problem finding other work and making a living for himself. If he absolutely wanted to blow the whistle on anyone in WWE, I believe that he would have. Alberto Del Rio did it and they welcomed him back with open arms. Mauro owes them nothing. They came to him. They wanted him. He didn’t HAVE TO say JBL had nothing to do with his decision, but he did. THAT, my friend, is common sense.

  • D2K

    Wait till I fix the errors first. 🙂

  • jack

    JBL, what a nothing. not a legend. not anything. no good matches. a body like a cow. “passion for the business”. maybe if you were passionate about the business you would have been fit and had good matches JBL. its fake fighting. who cares? when a guys wife dies and you bully him because it annoys you he spends his own money upgrading his tickets to fly in first class where the “stars” are just makes you a complete s**t stain of a human. .thats JBL tho. “you cant spend your own money to sit in first class of a flight run by an airlines that has nothing to do with WWE because some of the fake fighting superstars are sitting there and you’re only a referee”. f**k you justin hawk bradshaw you jiggly nothing.

  • Solid

    Wish I could up vote this more than once.

  • D2K

    People who don’t hate JBL but actually use common sense did pay close attention to that………… well as everything ELSE Ranallo said negative about JBL almost up until the day it was announced a settlement was reached.

    It never ceases to amaze me how people have to go from one extreme to the next. Either JBL is as innocent as a newborn puppy-dog, or he is Satan himself. If someone points out all the BS JBL has done and is STILL doing by the way, they are a “JBL-hater.” Ah…my good old friend Ad-Hominem. I’ve missed you on these boards.

    I guess it is asking too much from people to use their brains. I guess common sense is a federal-offense these days.

    WWE PAID RANALLO TO SHUT UP. Why the hell is that so hard to understand? This is not rocket-science or nuclear physics. This is literally color-by-numbers territory. In order to get out of his contract they told him to be quiet. Simple.

    What Ranallo said spoke volumes about what happened. He threw ALL this shade at JBL and WWE for weeks and weeks and then all of a sudden, “If people chose to be dilapidated, obtuse, and a prisoner-of-the-moment then that is their problem. There has been far worse done in the past, is being done, and perhaps will be done by many other people. JBL may not be an A-Hole 24-hours a day. He many be the nicest, sweetest guy in the world when he wants to be and who he CHOOSES to be that way with (which is something that has been commonly said in EVERY interview regarding JBL on the bullying matter) and THAT is ignored if we want to go there. However one hour out of 24 is one hour too many.

    JBL f-d up. PERIOD. He got caught in the game, and to save their BS anti-bullying marketing gimmick from being exposed they paid Ranallo a hefty sum to shut up and go away.

    Seriously, if you had been in his position and had the choice of breaching your contract, losing money, being out of work and facing litigation from a multi billion-dollar conglomeration to where a counter-suit is a long shot at best and could be tied up for years……


    …..taking a big-fat check with your walking papers and you are free to go work where ever you want and all you have to do is keep your mouth shut, what would you choose?

    This type of thing happens ALL-OF-THE-TIME in major corporations. You don’t settle with a gun in a holster. You settle with a smoking gun. Is there 100% absolute, undeniable proof that JBL did something to Ranallo? No, there is not. Does their need to be in this particular situation? No, their does not. It’s not even about all the stuff JBL has done in the past. All anyone needs to do is listen to regular commentary from Smackdown from any random show they were both on to see the smoking gun. If you are a bully by nature you can’t hide that.

    Everyone deals with bullies differently. You can do what Ranallo did which in the end allowed him to get paid and to go work where he is appreciated, or you can fire him in the eye like Joey Styles did which may have garnered respect from the boys and from JBL, but didn’t help him later on when they fired him for a BS reason. Just because some people don’t let JBL’s antics get to them doesn’t mean that isn’t a problem. As I said before, had this of been ANYONE else they would have been fired a LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNG time ago.

  • Nicholas Giambattista

    Yes he did but his haters are not paying attention. For me it just didn’t work out hey it happens.

  • Thomas Murray

    of course he didnt need time off as hernia is in out the same day and even at worse they release no more than 3 days later and within 2 weeks you can go back to normal people work depending on how servere it was out, sitting at a desk you can go in 48 hrs later and thats on medical card/aid or whatever its called in usa not private insurance

  • jgdjgdklj

    Didn’t Mauro just tweet that this had nothing to do with JBL?