Mauro Ranallo was walking backstage at WWE Smackdown a few weeks ago when he came across The Undertaker. The two men had not met previously. Ranallo just started working with WWE in December.
Not only is The Undertaker closer to 7-feet tall than 6 feet with a monstrous build, he’s also an absolute legend in pro wrestling circles, a main event draw in WWE for more than 20 years. Ranallo wasn’t quite sure how to approach him — if at all.
“I walked by the Undertaker,” Ranallo told MMA Fighting. “And you know he’s an intimidating presence. I’m still the new guy on the block, I don’t know what to say, ‘Like, hello, Mr. Undertaker.’ Or do I just not say anything.
“He stops and says, ‘Hey, we’ve gotta talk about fights.’ I was like, ‘The Undertaker knows me!'”
So do millions of other fight fans. In addition to the new gig with WWE on Smackdown, Ranallo is the lead play-by-play man for Showtime Boxing and GLORY Kickboxing. Chances are, if you’re watching two people throw punches and kicks at each other in a ring or cage on television, Ranallo will be providing the narration.
With Ranallo dipping into the worlds of pro wrestling, boxing and kickboxing, there was one thing missing: MMA. Ranallo had gained acclaim and a legion of fans broadcasting PRIDE, Strikeforce and Invicta FC. Now, he’s back in the mixed-martial-arts fold.
Ranallo will not be calling live MMA fights right now, but he has landed a co-hosting gig on AXS TV’s Inside MMA, alongside his longtime friend and broadcast partner Bas Rutten. Ranallo’s debut on the magazine show is Friday night.
As busy as he is — and days off are few and far between — not having a role in MMA played a big part in Ranallo wanting this gig.
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