25 November 2019 02:34
Things get messy on Twitter. During Saturday's NXT TakeOver: WarGames III, SmackDown announcer Corey Graves offered some criticism towards NXT announcer Mauro Ranallo. Taking to social media, Graves pointed out that Ranallo wasn't letting Beth Phoenix and Nigel McGuinness get too many words in during the action. Just for the record guys, I know you wouldn't know it, but there's actually a WWE Hall of Famer AND a former Ring of Honor Champion on commentary. I'd imagine they have a lot to offer.--#NXTTakeoverWarGames — Corey Graves (@WWEGraves) November 24, 2019 Graves also noted how Ranallo was making too many references to Chicago rap music.
Ranallo has often been criticized by fans online for his overuse of pop culture references during broadcasts. Far, far too many. — Corey Graves (@WWEGraves) November 24, 2019 Shortly after Graves' tweets, Ranallo deleted his Twitter account. Ranallo's battle with mental illness has been well documented. In 2018, Showtime released a documentary titled "Bipolar Rock N Roller" focusing on Ranallo and his mental health struggles. Frank Shamrock, who is Ranallo's close friend and manager, responded to Graves' comments, using a photo that stated, "Social media has made too many of you comfortable with disrespecting people and not getting punched in the mouth for it." Ranallo did not call the NXT Title bout between Adam Cole and Pete Dunne at WWE Survivor Series. Michael Cole explained that Ranallo "blew his voice out" during NXT TakeOver: WarGames III. He is scheduled to return on Wednesday's NXT.