If you do not know who Mauro Ranallo is, watch this video first.
On December 21, 1969, in the city of Abbotsford, British Columbia, one of the greatest combat sports commentators was born.
At the age of five, young Mauro Ranallo dreamed about commentating for World Wrestling Entertainment ( WWE ). Ranallo always knew what he wanted to do with his life.
He took the first big step in achieving his dream by starting his career at All-Star Wrestling in Vancouver at age 16.
Three years later he went on to become a full-time radio and TV personality by day, and a nightclub DJ by night.
During the final year of the 20th century, Ranallo got the honor to commentate Stampede Wrestling in Calgary. A professional wrestling promotion that was a proving ground for numerous WWE Hall of Famers. A “ who’s who ” of pro wrestling.
From 2000-2007 Mauro Ranallo covered some of combat sports biggest fights. However, the biggest fight he was ever in, was his fight with bipolar disorder.
Previously called Manic Depression, it was something that tormented Ranallo since he was 19.
He hit rock bottom when he was 34, after his latest mental breakdown sent his career and his life into a downward spiral.
Suicidal thoughts entered the accomplished commentator’s head. Although he never made an attempt to take his own life. There were days, when all the Canadian broadcaster wanted to do, was not leave his bed.
In 2007, Ranallo met professionals in MMA along with a doctor who helped him put his life and career back on track.
Mauro Ranallo did commentary on kickboxing, boxing, and MMA regularly until he was offered a job to be the voice of New Japan Pro Wrestling.
At the beginning of 2016, Ranallo’s 30-year journey finally lead him to his ultimate goal, becoming a WWE commentator.
Ranallo has stayed with WWE to be the main voice of WWE Smackdown Live.
He is the only sports broadcaster in history to call every major combat sport on national television. Furthermore, Mauro Ranallo did the voice-over for the opening of the Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao fight.
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Published by Random Writer on September 10, 2016, at 9:14 pm