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Mauro Ranallo and WWE officially part ways, JBL reacts

According to a report from NewsWeek, WWE SmackDown Live commentator Mauro Ranallo and the company have decided to part ways. Ranallo issued the following statement to announce the news:

“WWE and I have mutually agreed to part ways. It has nothing to do with JBL,” Ranallo told Newsweek by email.

JBL also got the opportunity to respond to the news in a statement to NewsWeek:

“Admittedly, I took part in locker room pranks that existed within the industry years ago,” Layfield told Newsweek in a statement. “WWE addressed my behavior and I responded accordingly, yet my past is being brought up because of recent unfounded rumors. I apologize if anything I said playing ‘the bad guy’ on a TV show was misconstrued.”

The WWE had this to say as it regards to JBL:

“As part of our commitment to creating an inclusive environment, in April 2011, WWE launched our anti-bullying campaign, Be a STAR, which encourages young people to treat each other with tolerance and respect.”

“As a publicly traded company, that mantra carries forward in our corporate culture. As such, we fully investigate any allegations of inappropriate behavior including the recent alleged situation with John Layfield (aka JBL), despite no formal complaint having been submitted.”


    Let me say that there is no doubt in my opinion, and it can only be an opinion because I have no idea what goes on behind the scenes in WWE, that there is a good ole boy culture in the WWE and bullying employees is probably the norm. With that being said, stop listening to Wade Keller and Dave Meltzer speculate and then make it almost word for word your opinion. Just because you read it in the torch doesn’t make it true guys. Yes Kevin Dunn has the classic ‘I was bullied in school so now I bully people under me’ look and clearly Vince McMahon is an alpha personality that isn’t above bullying. But let’s be honest, Mauro Ranallo was on his way out the moment his face appeared on Smackdown. He doesn’t fit. He is a play-by-play guy, not a sports entertainment story teller. Jim Ross was fired for the same reason multiple times in the mid 90’s (pre attitude era) and Joey Styles announcer job for the WWE went the same way. No, the ECW revival does not count. It would not surprise me at all if JBL had zero influence on the Ranallo leaving. The backlash against JBL (in this instance) started when he made DB comments while Ranallo missed the first show. That was why Bas Rutten said what he said and the MMA community spoke out. Plus, there is another point that everyone is missing and I could be totally off, but the UFC is looking for an announcer for it’s PPV’s as well. Back when they released Mike Goldberg, Dana White said it would be 6-8 months before the guy they wanted was available. That was in December, guess when Ranallo’s contract is up? Aug 12, 8 months after White said that. Why didn’t the UFC grab Ranallo before? They didn’t need him but they do now. Those are just my thoughts, much respect to everyone else for sharing theirs as well.

  • Solid

    You do realise him saying it wasn’t JBL was pretty much 100% a condition of being let out of his contract by WWE?

  • D2K

    Obviously it didn’t work out, but you can’t just walk away from a legally-binding contract. He didn’t get fired. He left. In order to avoid breach of contract, he had to work out a deal so that both parties could part amicably and there is no way that WWE would agree to his dismissal with him telling the truth on what JBL was doing and putting their bottom line at risk from their corporate sponsorship. It’s not worth it for either party to take it any further.

    Like I said, it’s painfully obvious that they allowed him to leave if he kept his mouth shut. Simple as that. Now JBL and WWE can go on without any anti-bullying organizations coming after them, and Ranallo can go work where he wants.

    End of story, roll the credits.

  • Nicholas Giambattista

    Not saying WWE is not perfect by any means. It any job or career there those people who will always be protected know matter what. Ranallo did not have to say anything good about JBL when leaving the WWE because he heading back to do MMA. I just saying it probably just didn’t workout. I don’t think JBL really had anything to do with Ranallo melt down.

    Look I also not saying I really know what happen either as far as backstage stuff I really could careless. For me it about what happens in front of the arena.

  • D2K

    This is a long-post so you are fore-warned.

    WWE management in general are bullies. With the exception of Shane and Linda all the McMahons and their close pals are bullies because of their rampant insecurity. Semantics are an embarrassing and obtuse cop-out in this situation. There is a preponderance of evidence to suggest that JBL is a bully. I don’t need a definitive answer in this. Common sense is good enough for anyone bothering to fire a synapse in their brain.

    Obviously people who he cannot bully will vouch for him not being one. I mean duh? I’m sure JBL is a swell ole’ guy around people that can kick his behind. Bullies don’t push people around that push back. You saw what happened with Joey Styles.

    Why in a place of business and in a so-called professional environment do you have to crack somebody in the eye just to get treated like a normal human being? While I’m no fan of ADR, people seems to forget that it wasn’t all that long ago when this guy had racial-slurs flung at him and because he gave that person what they deserved, HE loses his job? This is the company that produces racial stereotypes one after another ALL THE TIME, yet fires HULK HOGAN (the man that built World Wrestling Entertainment) for remarks he made years ago while not under WWE contract.) This is the same company that fires people for failing their “Wellness” Policy that aren’t even on the active roster (Billy Gunn) yet, Brock Lesnar fails TWO PED tests, gets his victory over Mark Hunt turned to a ‘no-contest,’ gets fined and suspended from the UFC for a year, and he is not punished because he is a “part-timer.” O_o……………………….

    My point is that WWE management and anyone in their inner circle is protected by a force field. They get to do, say, and act however they want. They can break every single rule that they hold every WWE superstar accountable for. JBL is Vince McMahon’s boy. Simple as that. He was never great in the ring or even good. He only got his push to start with because Vince likes him and because of his linage.

    Had this of been someone outside of their clique they would have been disciplined or terminated. Michael Hayes says to Mark Henry “I’m more of a n***a than you,” he loses his job. Ric Flair goes on a drunken rant at a 2K Sports event, Jim Ross gets fired. JBL does what he does and time and time again, he gets excused. I understand why they do it and it doesn’t bother me because I don’t care. I’ve resigned myself to the foolishness of WWE management and how small they are emotionally. I just try to the enjoy the product when it doesn’t put me to sleep. What does annoy me is when people try to make excuses for utter BS.

    It’s obvious that in order to make a clear break from his contract so that Ranallo can go do whatever he wants and to take the heat off of WWE that they got him to agree to make nice-nice. Those of us who are not brick-stupid know better. The Be A Star campaign is a crock of **** and everyone knows that. It’s a marketing-gimmick to draw in more PG sponsorship. WWE management (and their close friends) have been, are now, and will always be BULLIES.

  • Nicholas Giambattista

    JBL is not my hero. But heck the Internet been saying for week how JBL bully Mauro Ranallo an well look what has happen. Mauro came out an said JBL was never a bully to him in other word the Internet had no idea what happen.

    If you don’t think JBL is good at what he does name somebody better in the WWE at this point.

  • ram

    “JBL is great at what he does” LOL, JBL sucks, he´s not a good heel commentator, not even close.
    U can defend your hero JBL if you want, but it´s not like WWE will admit to the public if the guy was still a bully backstage, they problaby still look at it as Pranks.

  • Nicholas Giambattista

    You are right don’t have a clue and man enough to admit it how about you when was the last time you been backstage of the WWE. I am guessing never so you don’t know what is and what is not true. All you do know is JBL is great at what he does otherwise he wouldn’t be there.

    Guest what else the guy got lots of money he don’t have to be there he there because he love the business one of the original and he not going anywhere.

  • Thomas Murray

    are u related to him ? As if not its like you said about the net that they have no idea what they are talking about JUST LIKE YOU DONT HAVE A CLUE as to if he is or not as remember people of his age and generation tend to find change rather hard, so I say there is some truth here

  • M

    JBL was never going anywhere and he’ll eventually be in the hall of fame. Unfortunately this was expected.

  • Nicholas Giambattista

    When it comes to backstage stuff the Internet has no idea what they are talking about. The whole JBL bully thing I will never by into it. Maybe he was in the past but JBL did come up in the attitude era. But he not a bully now.

    I just think it didn’t work out for the guy. I believe Smackdown has a much better broadcasting team right now. JBL is a heel broadcaster so what sounds mean it a good thing. If you didn’t hate him he would not be doing his job.

  • D2K

    Anyone else feel dizzy after reading this?