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Is anybody else hoping that Mauro does not take the settlement? I'd just love for all of the juicy details to just continue falling out.

In all honesty, I think there will one day be somebody that will cause the WWE to implode.

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I'd honestly lose a lot of respect for him if he did. If he really cares about making a change and exposing WWE for the hypocrisy that's allowed to transpire backstage, then he'll choose speaking out over the almighty dollar.

Money is pretty much everyone's weakness at the end of the day, so don't be surprised if he does settle, though.

It's unfortunate, but I don't think there's a lot that can be done in that situation. We'll see if Mauro believes that strongly, that being said, I'm not sure that I would lose any respect for him. I didn't know much about him to begin with and I still don't know that much about him.

I just can't believe that JBL has managed to find himself employed through out all of this. The majority of his targets the past few years have seemed to be non-wrestling talent. Or at least those are the people that are speaking about it. I thought there was supposed to be a certain code of conduct between wrestlers and "management", I don't see why that wouldn't apply to non-wrestling talent either.

@simian_ninja said:

It's unfortunate, but I don't think there's a lot that can be done in that situation. We'll see if Mauro believes that strongly, that being said, I'm not sure that I would lose any respect for him. I didn't know much about him to begin with and I still don't know that much about him.

I just can't believe that JBL has managed to find himself employed through out all of this. The majority of his targets the past few years have seemed to be non-wrestling talent. Or at least those are the people that are speaking about it. I thought there was supposed to be a certain code of conduct between wrestlers and "management", I don't see why that wouldn't apply to non-wrestling talent either.

I don't know a whole lot about him either, but if he takes money to keep quiet, then that just means there's a likelihood of this sort of stuff continuing in the future. That, to me, would be enough reason to lose any sympathy for him.

Yeah, that's fair enough. But like others have pointed out, the buck stops with Vince McMahon.

I would love it if he didn't and we got the full story, but I can also understand that getting into a public back and forth against a massive corporation with hundreds of media arms may not be the best idea for the mental health of someone who already copes with serious issues. Mauro's own sanity may not be worth it.

Interestingly, Meltzer has said that it wasn't JBL that was the issue but pretty much Vince McMahon himself.

Apparently, Mauro was hired so that he could be different and provide a different kind of style that the commentators had but McMahon soured on this a few weeks afterwards and wanted Mauro to be more like Michael Cole. This in turn lead to Vince McMahon becoming frustrated with Mauro.

http://www.wrestlinginc.com/wi/news/2017/0425/625583/backstage-news-on-vince-mcmahon-being-frustrated-with-mauro/

Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

__As noted, Mauro Ranallo and WWE have parted ways. While Mauro remains under WWE contract until August 12th, he will be able to commentate for other shows other than pro wrestling until then.

In the latest issue of The Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer noted that when Mauro was hired last year, it was because they wanted him to be himself so that SmackDown could have a different feel from RAW. However, after a few months Vince McMahon wanted Mauro to be more like Michael Cole. It was noted that McMahon was reportedly frustrated by Mauro's style, and Tom Phillips being added to the SmackDown announce team was the first public sign of it.

Things continued to go sour from there, with Mauro being made the butt of jokes. Meltzer noted that Ranallo was basically seen as "weird" backstage and "the production room was filled with a lot of people who were emotionally still in high school."

As noted, JBL lashing out at Mauro on Bring It To The Table was the straw that broke the camel's back. The subject of Mauro being buried on the show was planned ahead of time, and there were discussions before the show regarding what should and shouldn't be said.

Another incident regarding JBL and a non-wrestler whose name was not mentioned was discussed. Apparently the person had a close family member dying and had to miss a couple of weeks of work due to a minor operation. JBL went off on the person for taking time off and harassed the person while noting that he didn't miss shows after he had hernia surgery. He kept going on until the person was in tears, even though the person noted that it wasn't the week to do this.__

"Another incident regarding JBL and a non-wrestler whose name was not mentioned was discussed. Apparently the person had a close family member dying and had to miss a couple of weeks of work due to a minor operation. JBL went off on the person for taking time off and harassed the person while noting that he didn't miss shows after he had hernia surgery. He kept going on until the person was in tears, even though the person noted that it wasn't the week to do this."

Wonder who that could be referring to.

@Lockard The GOAT said:

"Another incident regarding JBL and a non-wrestler whose name was not mentioned was discussed. Apparently the person had a close family member dying and had to miss a couple of weeks of work due to a minor operation. JBL went off on the person for taking time off and harassed the person while noting that he didn't miss shows after he had hernia surgery. He kept going on until the person was in tears, even though the person noted that it wasn't the week to do this."

Wonder who that could be referring to.

I believe it's Lillian Garcia. She missed about a month in 2015 after undergoing knee surgery, and her father struggled with a long cancer battle before ultimately passing away on Christmas Day a few months ago.

@Enickma said:

@Lockard The GOAT said:

"Another incident regarding JBL and a non-wrestler whose name was not mentioned was discussed. Apparently the person had a close family member dying and had to miss a couple of weeks of work due to a minor operation. JBL went off on the person for taking time off and harassed the person while noting that he didn't miss shows after he had hernia surgery. He kept going on until the person was in tears, even though the person noted that it wasn't the week to do this."

Wonder who that could be referring to.

I believe it's Lillian Garcia. She missed about a month in 2015 after undergoing knee surgery, and her father struggled with a long cancer battle before ultimately passing away on Christmas Day a few months ago.

God. I really hope it's not her, that poor woman had enough to deal with management basically calling her a 'horse' in front of everyone. If JBL really compared her injury to his own injuries as a big wrestler then I fear he's a complete hopeless case.

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