In recent times, lots of rumors have been spread widely stating that Mauro Ranallo is leaving the WWE.
Reports have it that the 47 years old Canadian has been absent since the last episodes of SmackDown Live, as well as WrestleMania 33 itself.
As regards to the removal of all traces of the WWE from his social media profiles, it has been insinuated by many that his leaving the company is owed to the feud between himself and John Bradshaw Layfield, a.k.a. JBL, whom many have accused of bullying his fellow announcer.
That feud has been reported as the trigger for his latest bout with depression, and if all the rumors and allegations we’re hearing are true, it would seem as if WWE has a bullying problem it sorely needs to take care of.
In any case, should Mauro Ranallo ever leave the WWE as rumors have it, it definitely would not be because he has no interest in working for the company any longer.
In 2015, Sherdog published a piece on Mauro where he openly discussed his struggles with bipolar disorder, and how he considers himself lucky to have made it so far in the business he loves despite dealing with such a condition.
Ranallo has achieved so much in his 47 years, and he’s been a big success announcing mixed martial arts, boxing, and professional wrestling. And if you consider that his latest bout with bipolar disorder and its symptoms may have been triggered by a supposed WWE “bully” in JBL, it might be that he wants to avoid potential breakdowns by choosing not to work anymore for a company that employs such an alleged bully.
A little insight into how the feud between JBL and Mauro kick off, Wrestling Inc. cited Dave Meltzer’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter in a detailed recap of what transpired from the time JBL made some stinging comments on the March 13 episode of WWE Network show “Bring it to the Table.”
It has been rumored that JBL apparently annoyed about Mauro’s tweet of winning Wrestling Observer‘s Announcer of the Year award for a second straight year, he called out Ranallo on Bring it on the Table and was really “legitimately very upset” as a result of the Tweet.
More so, though JBL never really mentioned that he was angry, a tweet by Mauro kind of suggested that he may have been considering the fact that he did not even make top ten in the announcer of the year’s voting.
“Jealousy is one hell of a drug.”
Remember Kids, Don’t be a Bradshaw, be a STAR! #WWE #JBL pic.twitter.com/Nc9iDpOQSr
— XLucha (@RealXLucha) April 8, 2017
It was said that Ranallo, ever since the March 14, episode of SmackDown Live, has been absent. However, though he was absent, while thanked the WWE Universe for their supports during his apparet bout with depression, he retweeted some WWE contents which he had as of now long deleted from his Twitter and also Instagram handles along with reference to his WWE employment.
With all that has been revealed, it will not be a shock if Mauro Ranallo is leaving the WWE leaving JBL’s bully as the centre of discussion.
On the other hand, should Mauro leave, this won’t be the first time bullying incidents allegedly involving JBL would drive someone away from WWE. Many of today’s fans might not remember the name Palmer Cannon, but that was the ring name used by Brian Mailhot, who was a young up-and-coming wrestler in 2006, playing the role of a villainous television executive on the SmackDown brand. According to WrestleZone, Cannon quit the company in April 2006, announcing his immediate resignation due to brutal rookie hazing he received at the hands of several veterans, including JBL and the late Chris Benoit.
“When the hazing came to the point where Cannon almost had a physical confrontation with John Bradshaw Layfield, he made the decision to give his notice to the company and fly himself home.”
Meltzer says JBL’s bullying is “way worse” than he imagined.
— PWM – WWE COVERAGE (@ProWrestlingMag) April 7, 2017
Meanwhile, this is not just all about Mauro Ranallo and his potential decision to leave WWE. And it’s also definately not just the Palmer Cannon case from 2006 either. What about those guys who survived their “rookie hazing” and had long and successful WWE careers? Sure, they survived the taunts and the pranks, but that doesn’t make them any less cruel, or any less notable.
Also, around the years, bullying stories of JBL have been going on, we have to mention those claims that he bullied wrestlers such as The Miz, John Morrison, and even future WWE Hall of Famer Edge back when they were WWE youngsters.
Ring announcer Justin Roberts is another ex-WWE performer who claims to have been bullied by one John Bradshaw Layfield, having made several references to it in his recently-released autobiography Best Seat in the House.
Many wrestlers over the years have accused John Bradshaw Layfield (JBL) of bullying. [Image by WWE]
The question now is that, since there has been many accusations on JBL bordering bully why haven’t the WWE don’t something to bring the situation to a rest or even act too concerned about Mauro Ranallo’s hints at leaving WWE? Don’t they have the “Be a Star” campaign, where WWE Superstars, including top executives such as Stephanie McMahon, speak to children in schools and spread an anti-bullying message? Cageside Seats, citing the Wrestling Observer, said that it all boils down to JBL being good friends with WWE Chairman Vince McMahon. The publication also quoted Justin Roberts, who believes that WWE’s higher-ups, no less, enjoy watching wrestlers fall victim to cruel pranks and acts of bullying.
“They like humiliating people. They like laughing at people. The way wrestling is entertainment to us wrestling fans, humiliating people was just entertainment to the bosses.”
In an interview with Deadspin, the aforementioned John Morrison (a.k.a. John Hennigan in real life, Johnny Mundo in Lucha Underground) was willing to back up Roberts’ stories of JBL’s bullying. But not all ex-WWE personalities see things that way, including ESPN’s Jonathan Coachman, who staunchly refused to address any allegations of bullying in WWE in a recent Twitter argument with the Wrestling Observer‘s Dave Meltzer.
Quote me–My 10 years IN the business (not covering it) No bullying. There is no “culture” anyone who knows me knows what I am about. https://t.co/xuLAjNFlKP
— Jonathan Coachman (@TheCoachESPN) April 8, 2017
The lack of statement on WWE’s part regarding the Mauro/JBL incidents is rather terrible.
— PWM – WWE COVERAGE (@ProWrestlingMag) April 8, 2017
Could this be true, Coach? There is no such thing as bully or even bullying in the WWE? Though it’s been years since Coachman last worked for the WWE, it still seems like he is still drinking the proverbial Kool-Aid, and worse, acting like a petulant child by dropping his coverage of WWE on ESPN over the aforementioned spat with Meltzer. Taking another glimpse at the JBL’s alleged bullying case of Mauro Ranallo, Justin Roberts, and others, he hasn’t helped his cause too much either by calling Roberts an “idiot” and using his onscreen heel persona as an excuse for his comments against Ranallo. Bring it to the Table, is no other than a “Shoot” program on the WWE Network where hosts talks about his business while out of character.
Be that as it may, though lots of us are really wishing that Mauro Ranallo Doesn’t get to leave the WWE because of JBL’s alleged bullying but on the other hand, it just might be so. Meanwhile, if he is leaving, at the very least WWE should try to practice for once what it preaches on “Be a Star” initiatives, make thorough investigations and issue out the necessary punishments that ought to be issued for justice sake.