Fans have been able to spot the problems and tension from day one. Mauro Ranallo and JBL don't seem to get along at all and this was only furthered by the Texan's appearance on Bring it to the Table where he ranted at length about Ranallo winning "Best Announcer" at the WON Awards and criticized him for his pop culture references. JBL even took to Twitter to lash out at Ranallo for missing Smackdown (as did TNA commentator Josh Mathews and Taz), which brought about much criticism from Ranallo's former broadcast colleague and podcast co-host, Bas Rutten.
For those of you wondering about this situation, it does indeed seem like JBL's comments put a great deal of stress on Mauro and may have been one of the factors regarding his recent absence and mental health issues. Mauro is thought of as pretty high in the company along with Corey Graves, who we can't see being let go anytime soon. In other words, if it came down between Mauro and JBL, it would likely be the latter that got the shaft.