WWE is getting set for a big transition as its secondary show Smackdown gets set to jump from ScyFy Network to the USA Network, the home of Monday Night Raw. When the show moves in January, there may be a new voice fans hear for the first time.
According to Sports Illustrated, the company has hired Mauro Ranallo as a commentator for the blue brand.
Ranallo is known for his commentary on Showtime covering Boxing. He’s a voice that people know, and should bring even more credibility to the company in terms of broadcasting. The move is expected to be announced on Monday.
A broadcaster in WWE is used to tell stories and get storylines over with the audience. Ranallo is going to be tasked with being that guy for the company on Thursday nights. He told SI that the opportunity came after an e-mail and a video was sent back and forth.
“This was an opportunity I did not think I would get at this point of my career and I jumped on it,” Ranallo told the publication. “I have been a lifelong fan of the product. Michael (Cole) said that when Vince saw the Warren Buffet video, it seemed to cinch it. They believed I could sell the entertainment part.”
Though he will be a full-time member of the WWE staff, Ranallo will still call boxing for Showtime as well as GLORY Kick Boxing. The 45-year old could be groomed to become the future number one guy on the mic for the company, a spot that hasn’t really been filled in well since the great Jim Ross left the company.
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