With his WWE contract due to expire in a few months time, Mauro Ranallo has put pen to paper on a new deal with the promotion to remain as the lead announced on NXT television and TakeOvers.
The news was confirmed earlier today by PWInsider but Ranallo actually agreed to the new contract a month or so ago. As per the terms of his deal, Ranallo will be permitted to continue working on outside combat sports shows.
Ranallo joined WWE in 2015 and was initially the SmackDown announcer until a bullying incident (or several incidents) with JBL led to him seemingly quitting the company. Ranallo was coaxed back into the company via NXT, where he has remained since 2017.
This is a good signing for WWE as many expected Mauro to depart the promotion when his contract expired and head to AEW. However, with the promotion counting the legendary Jim Ross amongst its ranks, it would have been difficult to accommodate him.
Now, if only WWE would have him replace Michael Cole on Raw . . .