Mauro Ranallo and WWE have officially parted ways, according to Newsweek. It was reported a couple of weeks ago that Ranallo was not expected to return to the company and Dave Meltzer reported that there were talks of a settlement to prevent Ranallo from publicly talking about his issues with JBL.
In an email statement to Newsweek, Ranallo said, “WWE and I have mutually agreed to part ways. It has nothing to do with JBL.” Ranallo’s exit was confirmed by a WWE spokesperson and he will remain under contract through August 12.
John Layfield told Newsweek that the comments from the March 13 episode of Bring It to the Table were just him playing up his character as a bad guy. Layfield said, “Admittedly, I took part in locker room pranks that existed within the industry years ago.” He added, “WWE addressed my behavior and I responded accordingly, yet my past is being brought up because of recent unfounded rumors. I apologize if anything I said playing ‘the bad guy’ on a TV show was misconstrued.”
WWE’s Be A STAR program was also mentioned in the article. Regarding the program’s mantra that promotes tolerance and respect, a WWE rep said, “As a publicly traded company, that mantra carries forward in our corporate culture. As such, we fully investigate any allegations of inappropriate behavior including the recent alleged situation with John Layfield (aka JBL), despite no formal complaint having been submitted.”
Layfield is scheduled to be part of the announce booth on Tuesday with Tom Phillips and Byron Saxton so it doesn’t look like any disciplinary action will be taken. There is no word on if/what kind of settlement was reached with Ranallo.
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