NXT lead announcer Mauro Ranallo recently appeared on WWE’s The Bump. The Showtime Boxing and Bellator MMA commentator took part in an NXT Takeover: In Your House themed episode of the WWE Network show. Mauro Ranallo discussed a number of topics from his career at the commentary booth for WWE SmackDown and NXT.
One of the points brought up with Mauro was his passion for injecting pop culture references into his commentary style. “I tend to compartmentalise because I have the great pleasure of not only calling NXT events but also Bellator MMA and Showtime Championship Boxing” Mauro Ranallo began.
Mauro Ranallo on Pop Culture
“And so I try to compartmentalise, and yes I’m a pop culture junkie. Throughout my career I’ve always tried to enhance or add a little different flavour, especially for people that may be casual fans. Just the repetition in terms of calling thousands of matches and fights? We say the same thing over and over again; which again for some works, but for me I always try to paint a different picture.”
Mauro Ranallo would elaborate further, saying “and a lot of it is preparation, but I’ll tell you, I think some of my most memorable calls have been in the moment. There is definitely preparation, even comedians make notes. When I’m walking? When I’m watching certain programmes or listening to music? I think I want to pay tribute not only to them, but to our Superstars. Many of them are pop culture junkies like myself.”
Ranallo also took the time to apologise to Tegan Nox, who he recently referred to as Captain America mistakenly on NXT. “And yes Tegan Nox, I know you’re Captain Marvel and not Captain America like a certain Italian announcer may have mistakenly said weeks ago! And hey, I’m not even on social media anymore and I heard about it!”
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