That’s one way of looking at things. Last week saw WWE have a pretty successful few days with their Survivor Series events, including a solid SmackDown and Monday Night Raw, plus a well received NXT Takeover: WarGames and of course Survivor Series itself. Things seemed to go well in Chicago, but there was one story that did not come off so positively and it isn’t over yet.
Over the weekend, SmackDown commentator Corey Graves sent out some tweets criticizing NXT commentator Mauro Ranallo over Ranallo not letting his fellow broadcasters talk enough at Takeover: WarGames. Ranallo has not received the statements well, even missing the following NXT television broadcast, though he has since broadcasted for Showtime Boxing. There is currently no word on when Ranallo will be back, but there is an interesting twist from WWE’s side.
According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, some in WWE consider Graves to be the good guy in the entire situation and even the victim of the whole thing. Graves has since talked about the situation on his After The Bell podcast where he apologized, but Ranallo has still not returned to WWE. There is no indication that Graves has been or will be punished for his statements.
They both have their histories. Check out a little bit of both:
Opinion: This whole thing keeps getting stranger and stranger as Ranallo is apparently able to work but is choosing not to and Graves seems to be moving on from the whole thing. I don’t really see either of them as innocent or guilty in the whole situation, but it seems that it is Ranallo’s move now, which could make things all the more interesting. I hope he comes back, as he is too talented to not be around the broadcast booth.
Do you think Ranallo will be back? Who is the victim in this whole thing? Let us know in the comments below.
Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at kbwrestlingreviews.com, or check out his- Amazon author page with 30 wrestling books. His latest book is KB’s Complete 2004 Monday Night Raw Reviews.
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