Mauro Ranallo may be dealing with depression
Last week’s Smackdown featured a noticeably decreased commentary team. Only Tom Phillips and John Bradshaw Layfield were there to call the action. Color commentator David Otunga was out filming a movie, and Mauro Ranallo was not present due to the stormy weather.
The most recent episode saw the return of Otunga to the announce desk, but Ranallo was still nowhere to be found. Tom Phillips mentioned briefly that Ranallo was “out sick,” but no further mention was made. According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Ranallo is perhaps having a depressive episode.
Ranallo has spoken openly before about his struggles with both depression and bipolar disorder. It was earlier reported that Ranallo did not miss Smackdown due to the weather. At the time, both hosts of the Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer and Bryan Alvarez, did not speak too freely about the issue. Meltzer said that he could not talk about it and was not free to discuss it.
Apparently that changed over the week, as they wrote in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that Ranallo had been suffering from depression since he was a teenager. He has written about it before, and even missed an Invicta event due to his illnesses. However, according to “two close friends,” Ranallo is “okay and resting up.”