The tumultuous relationship between WWE and Mauro Ranallo has come to an end as both parties agreed to a settlement. Both JBL and Ranallo sent statements to Newsweek in an attempt to make the bullying story go away quietly.
Ranallo stated to Newsweek “WWE and I have mutually agreed to part ways. It has nothing to do with JBL.” WWE confirmed Ranallo’s exit from the company and said he will remain under contract through August 12.
JBL, who has been accused by the media and wrestlers for his bullying behavior stated to Newsweek. “Admittedly, I took part in locker room pranks that existed within the industry years ago,” “WWE addressed my behavior and I responded accordingly, yet my past is being brought up because of recent unfounded rumors. I apologize if anything I said playing `the bad guy’ on a TV show was misconstrued.”
I stated in an earlier blog that Mauro shouldn’t agree to a settlement because his story could help others in a similar situation going forward. After thinking about it some more, I realized that just because Ranallo prides himself as a mental illness advocate, doesn’t mean he shouldn’t look out for himself.
It stinks that JBL will get away scot free with his public statement. Particularly the part where he states “I apologize if anything I said playing `the bad guy’ on a TV show was misconstrued.” The only proof of JBL’s misconduct was on the “Bring it the Table” show on the WWE Network, which could make one look at this whole thing as a simple misunderstanding between colleagues.
Some might say that Ranallo sold a piece of his soul by agreeing to a settlement that required him to publicly clear JBL of any wrongdoing.
The settlement means Ranallo gets paid until his contract expires while allowing him to work elsewhere besides pro wrestling. He also no longer has to work in a toxic work environment.
In the end, we all wanted Ranallo to be alright. It looks like things will be exactly that for the Canadian play-by-play announcer.