Smackdown Live commentator Mauro Ranallo has officially parted ways with WWE according to Newsweek.com,
Ranallo issued the following statement to Newsweek regarding his departure from the company…
“WWE and I have mutually agreed to part ways. It has nothing to do with JBL.”
JBL also issued an issue to Newsweek concerning the rumors that he was bullying Ranallo…..
“Admittedly, I took part in locker room pranks that existed within the industry years ago. 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 also issued a statement on the situation……
“As part of our commitment to creating an inclusive environment, in April 2011, WWE launched our anti-bullying campaign, Be a STAR, which encourages young people to treat each other with tolerance and respect.”
“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.”