Mauro Ranallo returned to the commentary booth after a controversial week, during which he left Twitter and missed Survivor Series and NXT’s latest episode. Ranallo also works for Showtime Boxing on CBS and called the show last night without any hassles.
The major situation which unfolded this past weekend saw Corey Graves direct a few tweets at the NXT lead commentator, calling him out for speaking way too much at the commentary table. This led to Ranallo deactivating his Twitter account, and missing the whole week in WWE.
Ranallo has had mental health issues in the past as well when he was bullied by individuals like JBL and Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler during his run on the main roster. He left WWE in 2017, but was roped in by Triple H to call NXT later that year, and has continued to do so since.
According to Wrestling Observer Newsletter, the backstage talks about this situation have seen Graves being portrayed as the victim of the whole drama. It was also reported that Graves has apologized to Ranallo’s agent, but is yet to personally apologize to Ranallo.
Graves even noted this incident on the latest episode of his podcast After the Bell and said that his comments were merely meant as an unpopular opinion stemming from his need to stir up some controversy.
“What’s up, everybody? Welcome to After The Bell, I am Corey Graves. A ton to get to this week as we do every week but before we go any further, on a personal note, I needed to address something. This past Saturday, during the ‘Takeover: WarGames’ event, I sent out a tweet. It was an unpopular opinion, as I often do with the intention of just stirring up a little controversy, maybe have something fun to talk about on TV or here on the show. It was maybe not the most professional way to go about things, and it was never meant to offend or disrespect or disparage anybody. That was never my intention. If it was taken as such, I apologize deeply. That was not my intention. I would never intentionally cause anybody undue stress, especially a co-worker. So, I apologize.”
Corey Graves’ comments may have been a playful remark to build some brand warfare, but with Ranallo’s history of mental illness, the situation has unfolded in an extremely unsettling manner.