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AS I SEE IT 6/26: Karma, combat sports, and a happy ending, part 2

Bob Magee
Pro Wrestling: Between the Sheets

Well, hell froze over…again.

Mauro Ranallo has been teasing one final announcement…and
well, we got one and hell froze over again more or less.

Ranallo announced Thursday on his Instagram he will be part
of the NXT broadcast team: (complete with inserted WWE legal
boilerplate regarding “rumors” about the JBL affair).

展WE and I mutually agreed to end my responsibilities on
SmackDown having nothing to do with rumors about disputes,�
Ranallo wrote in a post on Instagram. 鄭s 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.�

Ranallo got a fantastic reaction at the NXT television
tapings Friday night at Full Sail University and was
introduced to the audience by HHH, who seems to have been
the force behind this move.

Either Mauro Ranallo has one helluva lawyer working on his
settlements…or HHH realizes Ranallo was treated badly by
his father in law and John Layfield…or, like most things
in life, some of each:

HHH came out on stage and announced Ranallo: 典here痴
somebody else who will now say 糎e are NXT� and this
somebody else is now going to call this�home. Please help me
welcome the one and the only, coming back home�the bipolar
rock 地� roller, Mauro Ranallo!� Ranallo then came out and
gave HHH a hug and started to move toward the commentary
booth. HHH, however, held him back, pulled him to center
stage and raised his arms like a winning boxer or MMA
fighter as fans chanted 溺auro� and 努elcome back.�

That’s indeed what Ranallo seems to be. Since the Layfield
bullying incident, Ranallo has continued on with Showtime
Boxing (and as part of that gig, gets to do play-by-play for
the highest profile combat sports event in the last
decade…Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor), got a new job
with Bellator, and called a fight card for RIZIN in Japan.

Some thoughts: there is a part of me that frowns at the
insistence of the insertion of the WWE boilerplate language.
No one above the age of 3 (outside those employed by WWE)
actually believes that “nothing to do with rumors about
disputes” line. Ranallo accidentally (on purpose?) said as
much during an interview with the Associated Press with this
quote: 的 was willing to walk away from my dream job, let痴
leave it at that,� Ranallo said. 的n order for me to do
that, I had to be true to my convictions and what makes you
a human being.�

Or in English…for the sake of his mental health, Ranallo
got out of a working environment that included bullying by
John Layfield (no, not just the on-air “heel JBL”, as
Layfield tries to claim) of multiple current and former WWE
talent and employees.

It’s interesting that there’s no mention of Ranallo’s return
on (unlike when he was hired), save at the very
bottom of the page in the trending WWE items on Twitter.
Let’s hope this time…WWE will let Mauro be Mauro (at least
as much as they ever let anyone stay themselves), unlike the
last time.

For those of you in central Indiana, if you’d like to feed
some hungry people as a part of your long July 4 weekend,
Hoosier Pro Wrestling and Aaron’s Sales and Service present
their 16th annual “Fill The Shelves” canned food drive show
to help local food banks on Saturday, July 1. The event will
take place in the Aaron’s parking lot, 2675 National Road,
Columbus, IN. Admission is free with six cans for food.

The show will feature seven big matches, including four
Hoosier Pro Wrestling Title matches. Fans should bring
their own lawn chairs. No outside food or coolers allowed.
Concessions and wrestling merchandise will be available.

Next week, remembering.

Until next time…

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