WWE News: Smackdown commentator Mauro Ranallo talks about the upcoming Brand Split
Smackdown’s play-by-play commentator Mauro Ranallo recently had a short interview with Sports Illustrated recently. Below are highlights from his interview:
Since everybody is talking about brand split, Ranallo was asked if the commentary team will also be a part of the upcoming draft like it used to be, to which he replied:
"I don't know what's going to happen. I don't even know if the announcers are going to be part of the draft. I love working with Byron Saxton and Jerry Lawler, and I hope I continue to do so. To be honest, I would love to stay with SmackDown. Michael Cole is the voice of WWE and the voice of Raw. But when we go live, I want to help SmackDown become an 'A' show."
Mauro also talked about the struggles and sacrifices he has made in order to reach the position he currently is in:
Honestly, it’s all about sacrifice, I don’t think it’s been healthy what I’ve done in my life to get to where I am mentally and otherwise, but it is the path I’ve chosen. I’m not married, no family and my hobbies are my loves.
I love pop culture, I love sports, I love entertainment. The fact that I get paid to be a part of this is like, ‘Woah.’”
It's notable here that the 46-year-old has worked hard for thirty long years in various other promotions in the world, both in pro-wrestling and MMA, before reaching the prime position he is in currently, as the lead commentator on Smackdown.