Last weekend following the NXT TakeOver: WarGames show, Corey Graves put out a rather controversial tweet concerning NXT lead announcer Mauro Ranallo.
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
Speaking on the Hall of Fame podcast, Booker T said that he understands how Mauro feels, but said that the well-respected announcer should come back to work:
“People don’t understand the power of those characters and photos. You can’t be just saying anything in 2019 and expect for it to be swept under the rug. I really don’t know what happened. I know Corey Graves put out an apology to Mauro. I don’t know what really sparked it or what is really going on behind the scenes. I’ll be at the pay-per-view in three weeks and I’ll be like Peter Parker.”
“Mauro Ranallo, get yourself together. Big ups to everything you do because I know how hard you work. The angle thing, back in the day, I hated getting ribbed. If they ribbed me, no one would tell me whoever did it. I would always say, ‘You can rib me if you want, but if I find out who did it, you’re gonna be in a fight. Just letting you know.’ Don’t play with me like that, because I’m not to be played with.”
“Shoutout to Mauro, get yourself together, get back on the horse. Get your ass back to work, bro. Don’t let somebody stop you from doing what you do. That’s just word.”
Mauro Ranallo is reportedly doing a lot better now. The commentator is expected to make his WWE return on Wednesday night as part of NXT on the USA Network.