JBL has mostly played evil villains throughout his career, and his character blurs the lines between kayfabe and reality. Since 2017, there have been allegations against JBL that he was responsible for commentator Mauro Ranallo's exit from WWE.
In a recent episode of “Stories with Briscoe and Bradshaw“, the veteran told his side of the story, noting that he had largely remained silent because he did not want to escalate matters. He recalled how things started when he was asked to talk about a survey involving Ranallo during an episode of Bring It to the Table.”
“They said: ‘Mauro just retweeted a poll he was in, and he was the number one broadcaster.’” So I said, 'Okay, I'll talk about that.' “So I ranted in the poll.”
He revealed that he was later told that Dave Meltzer found a problem with his rant, but stated that he did not even know it was Meltzer's poll. “Well, that was his poll, that's how little I knew about it. Mauro saw it, and I just assumed Mauro knew it was just a practical rant.”
JBL confirmed that there was no animosity between him and Ranallo and that the last time he saw him he walked across the street to shake his hand. Additionally, he claimed that he had no idea why Ranello left WWE and maintained that he was not involved in it.
“For me, this was a practical situation, just as I was a bad commentator with him. As far as I know, I never had a bad relationship with him.” JBL also recalls how Ranillo once got tickets to a UFC bout between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz in Las Vegas, suggesting that the two were on very good terms at some point.
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