Mauro Ranallo announced today via his Instagram page that he would in fact be staying on with WWE, and will join the NXT announce team.
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.
The Wrestling Observer stated that he will start his new gig right away, as he will be a part of NXT’s TV tapings this Friday night at Full Sail.
Ranallo remained under contract with WWE through August, but few thought he’d be back after his departure from the company back in April, which many speculated was due to behind-the-scenes issues with JBL. Mauro had denied the rumor that JBL was among the reasons for leaving his role as one of the voices of SmackDown Live, instead citing personal issues.
Ranallo should be a great fit for a place like NXT, as his ability to call in-ring action matches up perfectly with a show that relies heavily on the wrestling aspect of things and less on promos as the main roster shows are sometimes prone to do.