Additional notes added by Joseph Currier and Dave Meltzer
Despite agreeing to part ways with the company not too long ago, Mauro Ranallo is staying with WWE -- and he'll have a role on the NXT broadcast team going forward.
“WWE and I mutually agreed to end my responsibilities on SmackDown having nothing to do with rumors about disputes,” Ranallo wrote on his Instagram account. “As I remained under contract with WWE, we discussed a variety of options. Despite originally agreeing to part ways, there was always a desire to continue working together. We have come to terms on a new agreement that benefits both WWE and me, and I am thrilled to announce I will now be part of the NXT broadcasting team.”
Ranallo will be appearing at NXT's television tapings at Full Sail University tomorrow night. He tweeted that he will be the play-by-play voice of NXT.
Ranallo had originally left his role as one of the voices of SmackDown in March amid reports that it may have had something to do with John Bradshaw Layfield’s comments on an episode of the WWE Network show "Bring it to the Table," though Ranallo denied that his departure had anything to do with JBL as part of an agreement with WWE.
Dave Meltzer had reported then that Ranallo coming back to WWE was not a dead issue. The company had wanted him back dating back to late April.
The deal for Ranallo to return had been agreed upon in principle for several weeks. His contract with WWE had been set to expire in August, but he's coming back on a new multi-year contract for NXT TV tapings and TakeOver shows.
Ranallo has previously announced that he will be joining Bellator MMA with a spot on their commentary team, as well as calling the Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor boxing match in August.