WWE claim Mauro Ranallo missed Survivor Series due to losing his voice at War Games despite Corey Graves Twitter row
WWE have claimed popular commentator Mauro Ranallo missed Survivor Series due to losing his voice – despite his Twitter account being deleted.
The 49-year-old, who also covers Bellator, is famed for being the voice of NXT.
And he was in the seat to call all of the action 24 hours earlier at the epic NXT Takeover War Games.
However, fans quickly noticed his absence at Sunday’s Survivor Series, with legendary announcer Michael Cole quickly attempting to explain his absence.
Before the NXT Championship match between Adam Cole and Pete Dunne, Cole claimed Ranallo was absent because he blew his voice out on commentary the night before.
His co-NXT commentators, Beth Phoenix and Nigel McGuinness, were still present to call NXT matches at Survivor Series.
And Cole joined them for the play-by-play commentary as Cole defended his belt against Dunne.
But rumours are mounting there could be more to this following comments made by SmackDown commentator Corey Graves.
Without mentioning Ranallo by name, he tweeted during War Games: “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.”
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He then followed that up by answering a fan, who wrote: “I just turned on #WWENxtTakeOver, how many Chicago rap references has Mauro made so far? #WWENXT.”
With this: “Far, far too many.”
Ranallo then deleted his Twitter account following Saturday’s pay-per-view.
Frank Shamrock, Ranallo’s friend and manager, then tweeted directly back to Graves saying: “Social media has made too many of you comfortable with disrespecting people and not getting punched in the mouth for it.”