Ex-SmackDown Live announcer Mauro Ranallo has confirmed he parted ways with WWE … but contrary to the rumor mill, he says it has nothing to do with JBL bullying him.
Mauro released a statement to Newsweek saying, “WWE and I have mutually agreed to part ways. It has nothing to do with JBL.” The company reiterated that he’s under contract until August.
WWE also spoke with the publication and said that although no formal complaint was filed, they investigated the recent alleged situation with John Layfield.
Since he still has a job there, it’s clear their search yielded no results.
JBL also sent a statement 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.”