Mauro Ranallo On Leaving WWE, If He Will Ever Come Back To Wrestling & More!

Mauro Ranallo recently spoke to John Pollock of POST Wrestling. Here are some highlights…

On the decision to leave WWE being easier at this stage of his life:

“I turned 50 last year. I’m not about numbers; I feel like I’m 25 and I act like I’m 15. I’m an old soul, young spirit, and I’m wiser now. It’s true what they say – we always rebel against our parents and authority figures. But with age comes wisdom, growth, and hopefully, maturity. I’m the one who is at peace with my decision. Many, many people I care for weren’t. But I will say, my inner circle, they were waiting for it. They saw it and knew my energy was down.”

On thinking he would never make it to WWE:

“Nowhere is perfect. Nowhere. But I know what I can handle, and I have to have priorities and my own pecking order. Showtime, I will be loyal to until I take my last breath.”

On owing it to NXT Superstars to be laser focused and give it his all on commentary:

“The entire roster, they entertained me as much as I hope. I gave them the lyrics they needed to their songs. I won’t share names, but the amount of support I received from my peers in pro wrestling and WWE, I will never forget that.”

On leaving social media last year:

“The greatest decision I have made for my mental health was leaving social media one year ago in November. It just opened up everything. It allowed for more self-care, and you know me, John. I had over a quarter-million tweets – it was absolutely insane. ‘Oh, I’ve got to do this and do that. Oh, I’ve got to share this.’ No, F that. It’s not necessary.”

“I don’t have to talk about social media. Those who use it properly and make money, good for you. It was not for me; it really wasn’t.”

On if he would go back to wrestling:

“Will I go back to pro wrestling? It definitely has to be on my terms. I’m not a prima donna or anything, but I need to work with people that respect me, trust me, and will defer to my levels of experience. I’m as easy to work with as anyone else, but at this stage of my life, I need to be happy and comfortable. Pro wrestling, at the best of times, is taxing on your mental health, and it’s just the nature of the business.”

On not watching wrestling since he left WWE:

“I’m not interested in going back to that kind of rigorous schedule [with WWE]. I would love to call professional wrestling still, and I’m glad that there’s many promotions. I mean, AEW has been a win-win-win for them. Like the Monday Night Wars, I believe competition in every sense of the word should bring out the best in anyone. I’m just grateful there’s that many more paying opportunities for the workers. So, never say never, John.”

“For now, I want to explore other options, do more voiceover work, and maybe host a game show if I can and do the Maurologues. In the last decade or so of my career, just do something I’ve really wanted to do all my life and branch out. I’m a performer and broadcaster – I wanna do different things. I might even go back and do a radio show just for myself. I have no idea. I’m looking at other things. And, of course, the mental health advocacy.”

“I wanna be Mauro Ranallo, Mental Health Advocate and Entertainer, and not necessarily the combat sports guy. I love what I do in combat sports and I can’t believe that I continue to do these historic, monumental things. But I’m eternally grateful and I have nothing but respect for people like you, and what you’ve meant to my career and your support. Like I say – chemistry. We worked very well together and there’s a reason for that. We respected each other, and that’s all I ask for in the arena that I’m in.”

Click here for the full interview.

Huskie Howard

Huskie Howard

Huskie Howard is the owner and editor-in-chief of He is a long time contributor to, where he is known for his extensive coverage of Ohio pro wrestling and interviews with the stars of the Ohio pro wrestling scene.

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