Mauro Ranallo: “My Mental Health Was Deteriorating At A Rapid Pace”

NXT announcer Mauro Ranallo just lately spoke with Sports Illustrated’s Extra Mustard segment to speak about his traumatic agenda, running SmackDown, NXT and his dating with WWE.

Ranallo first defined how his traumatic agenda has affected him. He speaks about his time on SmackDown Live sooner than transferring to NXT:

“With WWE, the biggest issue was the weekly travel for SmackDown. I also had a job with Showtime Championship Boxing, and now Bellator MMA, so I was busy almost every weekend and the fact that I had to be on the road with SmackDown Live, which was a dream job in live TV on the USA Network, was going to kill me. Literally. My close friends saw how it was affecting me, and it just came to a head. There were other issues, and they’ve been dealt with, and honestly, I’ve never had a better relationship with WWE, especially Paul [Triple H] Levesque and Michael Cole, two people who are instrumental in me being the voice of NXT. The amount of support I’ve received from everyone, and I mean from Vince McMahon to Stephanie to Shane to the entire locker room, it’s incredible.”

He continues:

“When they first approached me about coming to WWE, I even joked, and in each funny story there’s a morsel of reality, that I’d take their be offering even supposing it have been calling NXT. They mentioned no, they sought after me to release SmackDown, and I mentioned that was once wonderful. I’m a wrestling announcer and a wrestling storyteller. Because of my revel in with MMA and boxing, I’m all concerning the tale being informed within the ring. With NXT, you get a forged hour of simply that, and sure, you get the promos and the character-building.

Also, I’ve to mention this, at this degree of my profession, I’ve carried out the entirety I’ve sought after to do. Not many of us can say that sooner than the age of 50. So I need to give again, and I’ve already been put ready to lend a hand the opposite announcers and the younger ability. I like observing the underdogs and I need to give them each alternative to be triumphant with my lyrics, because it have been, to their song within the ring. NXT has been a godsend and, truthfully, WWE may now not be extra supportive and I like the truth that they’re starting to take extra center of attention on psychological well being.”

Ranallo additionally spoke concerning the give a boost to WWE has presented him throughout his tricky occasions:

“I do want to say this: my relationship with WWE has never been better. There were many little things but it was my mental health that was deteriorating at a rapid pace. I needed to get off the road. The other issues have been dealt with, and it’s not my intention with this documentary to go into my relationship with the WWE. They have indeed been incredible in allowing not only Paul Levesque to be involved directly [in the documentary], but allowing the use of footage. It’s mind-blowing to me, just bringing me back to NXT, knowing about my issues. That could be the headline of the Showtime story. You hear about mentally ill people being dangerous to society or dangerous to themselves, unstable and unreliable. That’s the biggest reason I’m making this doc: I’m a high-functioning individual working my dream job.”

Check out Ranallo reacting to the suits at NXT TakeOver: New Orleans:

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