With JBL announcing that he will be stepping down from his duties with SmackDown Live, could we see Mauro Ranallo return to Tuesday nights?
Heading into the weekend John Bradshaw Layfield announced that he would be stepping down as an announcer for SmackDown Live. The news came out of nowhere almost, or so it seems, as JBL revealed as a part of the statement that he was taking a step back from his duties in WWE in order to focus on his sterling charity work.
Since 2010, JBL dedicated a lot of his time to a charity he founded, Beyond Rugby Bermuda. In his released statement, he told fans that his charity work is the reason behind him giving up his weekly duties for WWE. He did also reassure fans that his 20 plus year stay with WWE is not over and he will still work with the company for events like WrestleMania and Tribute to the Troops.
After much consideration, I will be stepping back my weekly role as Smackdown Announcer to dedicate more (cont) https://t.co/An7zuYRFmV— John Layfield (@JCLayfield) September 1, 2017
That leaves an open slot at the SmackDown Live announce table with a few names being batted about. Jerry Lawler, David Otunga, and even Renee Young have been touted as favorites for the job, however, one name stands above all others currently, and that's Mauro Ranallo. Ranallo was approached by fans on Twitter about a potential return to Tuesday nights, but as of right now, he doesn't think that he will not be filling the vacancy.
Ranallo was the lead announcer on SmackDown Live until an alleged controversy arose with him and JBL. Ranallo openly suffers from depression and was apparently bullied by Bradshaw to the point that he left the company. Since then, Ranallo returned to WWE and is the lead announcer for NXT. Leading the charge at Full Sail's announce table seems to fit the busy sportscaster's schedule since he also works with Bellator and also commentated on the fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor.
All in all, it seems pretty unlikely that Ranallo will be the one that replaces JBL on SmackDown Live. Between his busy schedule and the lead announce slot on the team already being taken, it would almost be like trying to squeeze a square peg into a round hole. Lawler or Otunga would be okay for a quick fix, but the most refreshing and logical choice would be to give Young a shot, making her the first ever female announcer on the main roster.