WWE.com announced today that Mauro Ranallo will be joining the NXT commentary booth.
Ranallo was the former lead announcer for WWE Smackdown, but earlier this year he took a lengthy medical leave of absence. It was reported that he was dealing with some issues surrounding his mental health, and there is heavy rumor and speculation that it was sparked by comments made by JBL, although neither side has confirmed that this is the case, and Ranallo has even denied it.
Ranallo was believed to be no longer working with WWE going forward, much to the disappointment of fans of his work. Ranallo was highly praised for his work during the Cruiserweight Classic. He has continued to call boxing and MMA matches during his time away from WWE, and is currently slated to call the action for the much-anticipated boxing match between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Connor McGregor.
Ranallo first made the NXT announcement on his Instagram page.
THE NXT CHAPTER BEGINS! WWE and I mutually agreed to end my responsibilities on SmackDown having nothing to do with rumors about disputes. As I remained under contract with WWE, we discussed a variety of options. Despite originally agreeing to part ways, there was always a desire to continue working together. We have come to terms on a new agreement that benefits both WWE and me, and I am thrilled to announce I will now be part of the NXT broadcasting team.
Triple H followed it up with a tweet of his own.
We will continue to monitor this topic as we get new details.