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Mauro Ranallo addresses Corey Graves incident & leaving social media

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Mauro Ranallo is in a good place.

Speaking on the Sekeres & Price radio show for TSN 1040 in Vancouver, Ranallo was asked about leaving social media after Survivor Series weekend last November.

“It was a blessing in disguise. I have nothing really to say about Corey Graves or anyone else in my professional existence in the sense that everyone is entitled to their own opinion, everyone is able to critique everyone the way they would. I would never do something like that to a co-worker but that has been addressed and if anything, I even publicly thank Corey Graves because he was the straw that broke the proverbial back in terms of my social media activity and I will say here and now, I have deactivated all of my social media since November and I would implore everyone, especially those with mental health issues. Social media is so dangerous to those of us with mental health conditions and I know in the media and our everyday lives now, people are being hired and fired by their social media followings or the amount of information they post or how popular they are.”

Ranallo continued:

“I think it’s a disease. So out of that situation with my colleague, I am no longer on social media. I will never get back on social media. I can’t tell you how many kids, people in general, in doing research, there was nothing beneficial to me.....If anything, it was a benefit to me. I try to look towards the positive among the negatives that we all endure so for me, it just allowed me to unhook myself from the social media aspects of life. I found myself doing way too much and it ate way too much time. Being in the media, being a sports commentator for combat sports, I am following as much as I can, I know as much as I ever did. So for anyone suffering with mental health issues, I would suggest decreasing, or deactivating your social media.”

Following doing play-by-play for NXT TakeOver: WarGames III, Ranallo was notably absent from the 2019 Survivor Series pay-per-view. Ranallo would go on to delete his Twitter account following critical tweets from SmackDown color commentator Corey Graves.

The 50-year-old combat sports announcer would go on to miss one episode of NXT on Wednesday night. Upon his return to NXT the next week, Ranallo was greeted with a raucous standing ovation from the Full Sail University crowd.

Listen to the entire interview as Mauro Ranallo discusses mental health advocacy as well as his commentary duties in both MMA and boxing here.