Mamma Mia! In a move that nobody in the wrestling industry saw coming, today Mauro Ranallo announced via Instagram that he will be returning to the WWE, just months after originally leaving the company under unclear circumstances.
Ranallo did not appear at WrestleMania 33 and has been absent from WWE television since it was announced on a March 14 episode of "SmackDown Live" that he would miss the show due to inclement weather on the East Coast. Once the show switched to a live format in July of that year, Smackdown's ratings jumped, but Ranallo continued to receive praise as he anchored the show. He also took the opportunity to thank WWE Executive Vice President of Talent Paul "Triple H" Levesque, Monday Night RAW lead announcer Michael Cole, and other WWE executives for giving him a chance to work for the company once again.
Since his unceremonious exit from the company, Ranallo returned to the combat sports world full time, commentating various boxing matches, being named a new commentator on the Bellator MMA brand, and it was even announced that he will be on the booth for the upcoming mega-fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor.
Mauro begins his new gig Friday night at the latest WWE NXT TV tapings. He tweeted that he will be the play-by-play voice of NXT. It was nice to see someone with his talents on the main roster, but NXT is by far a much better fit for someone like Mauro.
"One of the biggest downfalls of his last run was that Vince didn't understand Mauro and wanted him to plug his s**t in".
Mauro Ranallo is back but it didn't come without a little bit of heartache.