NXT head play-by-play man Mauro Ranallo spoke with TSN 1040 in Vancouver recently to discuss his ongoing battle with mental health. During the interview, the Bipolar Rock 'N' Rolla was asked about Corey Graves incident where Graves criticized him for hogging the action during NXT Takeover WarGames. This led to Ranallo, who was supposed to participate at Survivor Series to play up the brand versus brand angle, skipping the pay per view and the following week's NXT.
Ranallo states that although he would never criticize a fellow co-worker, Graves' comments helped him get off of social media, a platform that Ranallo calls dangerous for those with mental health.
It was a blessing in disguise. I have nothing really to say about Corey Graves or anyone else in my professional existence in the sense that everyone is entitled to their own opinion, everyone is able to critique everyone the way they would. I would never do something like that to a co-worker but that has been addressed and if anything, I publicly thank Corey Graves because he was the straw that broke the proverbial back in terms of my social media activity and I will say here and now, I have deactivated all of my social media since November and I would implore everyone (laughs) especially those with mental health issues. Social media is so dangerous to those of us with mental health conditions and I know in the media and our everyday lives now people are being hired and fired by their social media followings or the amount of information they post or how popular they are. I think it’s a disease, so out of that situation with my colleague I am no longer on social media, I will never get back on social media.
Graves has since apologized for his comments. Check out the full interview here.
(H/T and transcribed by Post Wrestling)
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