Mauro Ranallo

According to an article by Newsweek on Saturday afternoon, Mauro Ranallo has officially confirmed his departure from WWE as a commentator and has denied online reports claiming that John Layfield (JBL) was the reason he left the company.

Ranallo issued the following statement to Newsweek via email.

“WWE and I have mutually agreed to part ways. It has nothing to do with JBL.”

As reported on two weeks ago, a spokesperson for WWE has continued to reiterate that Ranallo will remain under a deal with the company through August 12.

Newsweek addresses the coverage by Dave Meltzer suggesting issues with Layfield had “triggered” Ranallo, who continues to battle bipolar disorder.

The article also features an exclusive statement by Layfield where he admits to previous prank behavior and that all recent allegations were “unfounded rumors.”

“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.”

WWE also issued a statement focusing on the companies anti-bullying campaign with Be a STAR and that no formal complain was submitted regarding any actions by Layfield.

“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.”

Ranallo stated recently on Twitter that he has every intentions on returning to commentary for pro wrestling. It’s believed he will be free to do so once his deal with WWE expires.

10 COMMENTS

  1. “WWE and I have mutually agreed to part ways. It has nothing to do with JBL.”
    …. ( i cant say the whole truth as part of agreement with WWE & my payout, & i dont want to get a lawsuit cuz wwe has better lawyers than i can afford )

  2. This is just sad. Mauro Ranallo was like the second coming of JR on the commentary team and knew what he was talking about. Something’s not adding up here,if JBL “had nothing to do with it” than why did he leave?

  3. I’m disappointed in you Mauro. How much money did it take to buy you off & kiss WWE’s ass on the way out?

  4. I agree BUT I’m guessing his lawyers probably advised him of what the financial and emotional cost would be to fight WWE on this and that he wouldn’t be able to do what he loved until August at least without settling and more important could he emotionally handle fighting them and not having mental closure? I’m guessing it would be exhausting for someone battling mental illness.

    I’m still disappointed the full truth (whatever it is) didn’t come out and that WWE continues to stand by JBL given all of the reports (many he admitted over the years) and not just part ways on principle and to avoid future issues and for the benefit of their anti-bullying program – I mean they released Demott almost immediately after word of him being tough on developmental talent came out.

  5. Everything you say makes sense but it’s just such a load of bullsh*t that:
    1) WWE most likely drew up the settlement agreement for Ranallo to lie through his teeth to protect the company & their pet frat boy Just a Boorish Lout and
    2) Ranallo merrily went along with the lie.
    Now those WWE scumbags can write the whole thing off as just another “IWC smark” conspiracy theory using Ranallo’s own words and come out smelling like a rose (they think). As for Ranallo himself, WWE’s dirty hush money better have been worth it for him because he just lost the respect & support of everyone who sided with him.

    The one thing I disagree with you on is about Bill DeMott. He actually wasn’t immediately released. There were reports of his bullying & immaturity as WWE’s head developmental trainer going back to at least 2012 which WWE “investigated & found no evidence of wrongdoing.” Yeah right. It wasn’t until March 2015 when he tendered his “voluntary resignation” because DeMott refused to grow up and those WWE liars & spin doctors could no longer cover up overwhelming evidence of his wrongdoing.

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