The voice of NXT has left the building.
The WWE has announced that the NXT lead announcer Mauro Ranallo has quit the company.
“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,” said the WWE in a statement.
Speaking to the Wrestling Observer Ranallo expressed his appreciation for everything the WWE had done for him and his career.
“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,” he said.
Ranallo’s mother has been hospitalized in British Columbia.
Ranallo joined the WWE in 2016 as a Smackdown commentator. In 2017, Ranallo missed an episode of SmackDown Live and also WrestleMania 33. It was alleged that Ranallo was harassed by fellow commentator John “Bradshaw” Layfield. Ranallo claimed that was not the case but JBL was soon phased off of WWE television. Later that year Ranallo joined NXT.
Ranallo has public discussed his bipolar disorder and has been a spokesperson and advocate for ending the stigmas attached to mental illness.
The Wrestling Observer reports that Ranallo will continue to commentate for Showtime boxing broadcasts and Bellator MMA shows.