Last night, Post Wrestling reported that Mauro Ranallo will not be calling NXT tonight (Weds., Nov. 27). PWInsider has confirmed John Pollock’s report, which says WWE and Ranallo have been in contact with one another after Corey Graves’ tweeted criticism of Mauro’s call of TakeOver: WarGames this past Saturday, but it’s not known at this time if he’ll return to the announce desk at Full Sail next week.
For his part, Graves addresses the issue at the beginning of the latest edition of his After the Bell podcast, which dropped this morning:
“Before we go any further, on a personal note I need to address something. This past Saturday during the TakeOver: WarGames event, I sent out a tweet. It was an unpopular opinion, as I often do, with the intention of just stirring up a little controversy, maybe have something fun to talk about on TV or maybe here on the show. It was maybe not the most professional way to go about things and it was never meant to offend or disrespect or disparage anybody. That was never my intention. If it was taken as such, I apologize deeply. That was not my intention. I would never intentionally cause anybody any undue stress, especially a co-worker, so, I apologize.”