In a bit of surprising news, Mauro Ranallo is headed to NXT to do join the commentary team. It would be the first time he has announced a WWE show since March 7. Considering his contract is reportedly up in August, the move has caught many off guard. He broke the news on his Twitter feed today:
— Mauro Ranallo (@mauroranallo) June 22, 2017
Here’s what Ranallo had to say on Instagram:
THE NXT CHAPTER BEGINS!
WWE and I mutually agreed to end my responsibilities on SmackDown having nothing to do with rumors about disputes. As I remained under contract with WWE, we discussed a variety of options. Despite originally agreeing to part ways, there was always a desire to continue working together. We have come to terms on a new agreement that benefits both WWE and me, and I am thrilled to announce I will now be part of the NXT broadcasting team.
A few minutes later, Triple H also chimed in on the move:
— Triple H (@TripleH) June 22, 2017
Ranallo will be taking over play-by-play, which leaves Tom Phillips out of the equation. But since he’s already working Smackdown, the move is similar to when Corey Graves gave up his NXT spot to Nigel McGuinness.