The company line is Mauro Ranallo blew his voice
After an incredible performance Saturday night, NXT ringside commentator Mauro Ranallo was absent at Sunday’s Survivor Series. Michael Cole claimed Ranallo blew “his voice out” while calling the pay-per-view. It has been reported that Ranallo’s absence is due to tweets from his co-worker, Corey Graves.
Just for the record guys, I know you wouldn’t know it, but there’s actually a WWE Hall of Famer AND a former Ring of Honor Champion on commentary.
I’d imagine they have a lot to offer.
— Corey Graves (@WWEGraves) November 24, 2019
Fans thought it was suspicious that the popular personality deleted his Twitter account shortly after the WWE SmackDown colour-guy seemingly threw shade at the lead commentator.
Ranallo has been public about his mental health
Fans have been very supporting of Ranallo, who notably struggles with bipolar disorder. With mental health becoming a serious topic of discussion in the workplace, as it should be, and social media becoming increasingly more acerbic, many fans have voiced their displeasure with Graves.
In 2018, Ranallo released a documentary on his struggle with Bipolar Affective Disorder. It follows his journey as he “combats the stigma behind mental health issues and sheds light on what it’s like being at the top of the industry despite seemingly insurmountable odds.”
Fans are taking Mauro Ranallo’s side on this
— Frank Shamrock (@frankshamrock) November 24, 2019
Not bullying, Corey Graves is just an idiot.
— Danny (@DannyNoHoes) November 25, 2019
Are we putting out hot takes about the Corey Graves-Mauro Ranallo thing today?
Cool, here's mine.
Corey Graves is an asshole who acts like a petulant child on social media.
I suppose that's the "punk code," though.
— Smark to Death Podcast (@smarktodeath) November 25, 2019
Graves was an idiot belittling Ranallo’s on-air performance Saturday night. While his persona reminds me of old school heels, Graves’ apparent real life Twitter presence makes him seem like a childish human, and Saturday was a good example of this. I’m not saying that we should treat those suffering from mental health issues any different than others, I’m saying don’t be a dooche on social media. Wrestling is huge on respect for the those that led the way. Ranallo has been calling fights since 1999, when Graves was 15. Graves disrespected Ranallo and this has no place in sports- entertainment.
Many expect the topic will be brought up this week on Graves’ WWE podcast, After the Bell, this week. Speaking of podcasts, social media and mental health is the topic for this weeks episode of Shower for the Soul. It’ll be up Wednesday.