After a 5-year stint with WWE, Mauro Ranallo has officially left the juggernaut promotion. The NXT commentator didn’t work the TakeOver: XXX show and won’t obviously be at any future WWE events.
The departure has come as a shock for fans who are trying to figure out the reason behind his sudden exit. The news comes just days after Renee Young parted ways with WWE.
Ranallo broke the news on his Facebook page where he thanked WWE for giving him the opportunity to realize his childhood dreams. The 50-year-old play-by-play commentator is now moving on to other projects outside the realm of WWE.
“I appreciate the opportunity I had to realize my childhood dream of working in sports entertainment, and I wish WWE well in the future. Now I want to direct my focus and devote my time to my other projects and to my mental health charitable activities and the well-being of my mother and myself.”
In an official statement, WWE acknowledged Ranallo’s departure and wished him well in his future endeavors.
“WWE and Mauro Ranallo have mutually and amicably agreed to part ways. Mauro’s passion and enthusiasm left an indelible and exciting mark with WWE and its fans, and we wish him the best in his future endeavors.”
Corey Graves filled in for Ranallo at TakeOver: XXX while the returning Wade Barrett replaced The Bipolar Rock “N” Roller this past Wednesday on NXT.
Ranallo has quit in the past and returned already in his WWE career. Since WWE and Ranallo have parted amicably, it opens up the possibility for the NXT commentator’s return to the promotion at some point down the line.
Young and Ranallo’s back-to-back exit has unquestionably weakened the WWE broadcast team. For what its worth, it will take Mr. McMahon some time to restore the missing flair at the announcers’ desk.