Mauro Ranallo is known as the voice of some of the biggest brands in fighting, including Bellator MMA, Showtime Championship Boxing, and WWE’s NXT brand.
Now, Ranallo is looking to voice his own fight with mental illness in the upcoming Showtime documentary Bipolar Rock ‘N Roller, which is set to air on May 25th.
The documentary is executive produced by Stephen Espinoza president of Showtime Sports, and features exclusive footage and interviews showcasing an unflinching look at mental illness and its effects.
Ranallo hopes that the film might inspire others to persevere in pursuing their dreams despite the challenges of a mental health condition.
“I have always tried to do my part to bring awareness to mental health issues,” said Ranallo.
“Over the last several years, I allowed my best friend, Haris (Usanovic), to film me at my lowest points as well as at my highest. The idea is simply to show others who suffer that they are not alone and that, even when the outlook is bleak, you can overcome and achieve success. Mental illness is a life sentence—there is no cure—but it doesn’t have to be a death sentence.”
The footage includes Ranallo’s beginnings working as a manager/announcer for the Vancouver based “All-Star Wrestling promotion,” up to his more recent work, including Mayweather-McGregor.
“Through BIPOLAR ROCK ‘N ROLLER, Mauro Ranallo has chosen to share not only his life’s dreams, but his nightmares as well,” said Stephen Espinoza, President, Sports and Event Programming for Showtime Networks Inc. “Having reached the pinnacle of his profession, Mauro bravely turns his keen observational skills inward to examine his own life-long battle. The result is a raw, poignant and ultimately inspirational film that personifies Mauro’s courage and selflessness.”