Of all the announcers currently employed by WWE, Mauro Ranallo may be the most beloved. Fans will get more Ranallo as he's signed a new WWE deal.
Mike Johnson of PWInsider reports that Mauro Ranallo and WWE have come to terms on a new deal that will see the lead announcer for NXT stay right where he belongs. The deal is actually not new, having been agreed to about a month ago, but news that it's now official seems to be. Terms and length of the deal were not reported.
The report notes that Ranallo will be permitted to continue his commentary work for other combat sports not wrestling related. Such work includes Showtime Boxing and Bellator MMA.
Ranallo originally signed with WWE in December of 2015, came on board the SmackDown Live brand but in 2017 disappeared. It was later reported he and WWE had mutually agreed to part ways but there was speculation that hazing or issues with fellow announcer JBL were part of the reason he left. The unsubstantiated reports were never really cleared up but later that year, in June 2017, he was introduced as the lead commentator for the NXT brand. Since that day he's been NXT's lead announcer.
Ranallo is famous for his dramatic calls. So much so, WWE has begun placing a camera on the commentary table and pointed exclusively at him while he makes his calls. Videos of him calling matches and moves have gone viral and with every view, he becomes more and more of a fan favorite.
Ranallo has also been an advocate for attention to mental health issues having suffered from many himself. If you follow his social media account, he doesn't actually post much but does retweet a number of posts related to the issues. WWE has also really picked up the cause and supported Ranallo in his quest to improve society's view of mental health issues.
What This Means
This is great news for WWE and NXT fans. The brand is building momentum with every taping and pay-per-view and Ranallo is undoubtedly a huge part of that momentum. It's great to see he'll be sticking around, even if the details of his new deal aren't out there yet.