Mauro Ranallo Is New Lead Announcer for WWE Smackdown
WWE is looking to boost the profile of WWE Smackdown ahead of its move to USA Network in January. This means a brand new lead announcer for the long-running secondary show.
In an official press release, WWE confirmed that they have hired Mauro Ranallo as the new lead announcer for Smackdown. This is a major get for WWE, as Renallo is one of the most talented play-by-play commentators in professional combat sports, much less sports entertainment. Not only is he the play-by-play announcer for Championship Boxing on Showtime, he’s also the former lead announcer for the Strikeforce MMA promotion. In addition, he called the international feed for the now-iconic Mayweather/Pacquiao fight. But Ranallo perhaps best known, in the pro wrestling community, for having helped launch New Japan Pro Wrestling in America on the AXS TV network.
“Joining WWE has always been a lifelong dream of mine,” said Ranallo. “I am thrilled to add my voice to the SmackDown broadcasts as the show moves to its new home on USA Network.”
This is a great move by WWE, provided they’re actually going to let Ranallo be Ranallo. If they’re hiring him to be a glorified, milquetoast robot, parroting whatever Vince says into his ear about Smackdown being “the second longest-running weekly episodic program in U.S. television history, only behind Monday Night Raw”, then I’m not sure why they shelled out the money to get him. Ranallo is one of the best announcers in the industry, so I hope he gets the chance to really show the depth and breadth of his talents in WWE.
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