Mauro Ranallo Joining NXT Commentary
A story at wrestlinginc.com states Mauro Ranallo will be heading to NXT as part of its commentary team. It doesn't say exactly when he'll start, but it could be as early as the next set of NXT tapings scheduled for tomorrow night. Ranallo broke the announcement via Instagram:
" 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."
I doubt there'll be a four man commentary team for NXT, so maybe this means Percy Watson returns to obscurity where he belongs.
My guess is that Mauro is more of a Triple H guy whereas JBL is obviously one of Vince's most trusted and this is a means of providing as little interaction between them as possible so a repeat of the controversy earlier this year doesn't take place. No matter who you thought was right or wrong, JBL has a reputation as a bully backstage, has had one for years, and is tight enough with Vince that he can do or say almost anything to anybody and get away with it. Regardless, JBL has noticeably toned himself down in recent months; he no longer goes into these angry sounding, pissed redneck rants towards other commentators, especially to Byron Saxton. You could also see a definite shift in JBL the latest episode of Bring it to the Table in which he, again, came off more like a pundit talking about various wrestling subjects rather than just being loud & obnoxious.
At any rate, it'll be fun to see Mauro in NXT.
"What Do I Know Of Cultured Ways, The Gilt, The Craft And The Lie?
I, Who Was Born In A Naked Land And Bred In The Open Sky.
The Subtle Tongue, The Sophist Guile, They Fail When The Broadswords Sing.
Rush In And Die Dogs - I Was A Man Before I Was King."
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