9. Mauro Ranallo Officially Done With WWE, JBL Issues Statement
Former SmackDown Live commentator Mauro Ranallo has revealed to Newsweek that him and WWE have parted ways and noted that it had nothing to do with JBL:
“WWE and I have mutually agreed to part ways. It has nothing to do with JBL.”
As we all know, there has been tension between Mauro & JBL because of Mauro tweeting that he won the Wrestling Observer Newsletter’s Announcer of the Year Award and JBL didn’t like that as he wasn’t even in the top 10 list and was awarded as the “Worst TV announcer” in 2015. JBL ranted about this on Bring It To The Table.
JBL issued the following statement to Newsweek:
“Admittedly, I took part in locker room pranks that existed within the industry years ago. WWE addressed my behavior and I responded accordingly, yet my past is being brought up because of recent unfounded rumors. I apologize if anything I said playing ‘the bad guy’ on a TV show was misconstrued.”
Below is the statement that WWE issued to Newsweek:
“As part of our commitment to creating an inclusive environment, in April 2011, WWE launched our anti-bullying campaign, Be a STAR, which encourages young people to treat each other with tolerance and respect.
As a publicly traded company, that mantra carries forward in our corporate culture. As such, we fully investigate any allegations of inappropriate behavior including the recent alleged situation with John Layfield (aka JBL), despite no formal complaint having been submitted.”