WWE will announce on Monday that Showtime boxing announcer Mauro Ranallo will become the new voice of WWE SmackDown when the show moves to the USA Network on Thursday, January 7, 2016.
Ranallo called the international feed for the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight and has been known to call boxing, kickboxing, and MMA. He has also called New Japan Pro-Wrestling for AXS TV.
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Ranallo spoke to Yahoo! Sports and had this to say about landing the role:
"I have a very supportive family at Showtime and it's unbelievable that WWE is allowing me to continue to call Showtime Championshp Boxing as well as all of my other combat sports duties as it pertains to kickboxing and MMA," Ranallo told Yahoo Sports. "The boyhood dream has come true for me. The fact that I get to do all of my passions in one calendar year, I can't believe it yet."
"People have called me a pro wrestling announcer and I think at times they weren't intending to be compimentary in calling me that," he said. "But I'd always thank them for that because at the end of the day, I am a pro wrestling announcer in terms of my passion and enthusiasm and telling stories. I love to paint word pictures with the incredible warriors who step into the ring or the cage with boxing, kick boxing and even the New Japan [wrestling show] with Josh Barnett I did. ... Everyone knows my quirky sense of humor, my shtick, and I can be a ham as a performer. WWE said they want me to be who I am with a little tweaking."