Newsweek is reporting that former Smackdown announcer Mauro Ranallo has confirmed to them that he has parted ways with WWE. The story states that despite rampant speculation by many on the internet, him leaving WWE had nothing to do with claims of bullying by his announce partner JBL

“WWE and I have mutually agreed to part ways. It has nothing to do with JBL.” Newsweek spoke with WWE and they confirmed Ranallo’s exit from the company and stated he remained under contract until August 12, 2017.

Newsweek asked JBL about the uproar that came his way afterward, with some crowds chanting “Fire JBL”. JBL responded, “Admittedly, I took part in locker room pranks that existed within the industry years ago. WWE addressed my behavior and I responded accordingly, yet my past is being brought up because of recent unfounded rumors. I apologize if anything I said playing ‘the bad guy’ on a TV show was misconstrued.”

Ranallo did not say why he left the company.

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