This week's episode of SmackDown was markedly different. Instead of the usual four-man announce crew, only Tom Phillips and John Bradshaw Layfield were there to call the action. Phillips mentioned it in passing that color commentator David Otunga was filming a movie, and the usual play-by-play announcer, Mauro Ranallo, was unable to make the show due to the blizzard in the northeastern parts of the United States. The show went off without a hitch, with Phillips and JBL able to perform their duties without any issues.
According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Ranallo's absence was not due to the weather. Host Dave Meltzer wrote that while WWE claimed Otunga was filming a movie and Ranallo was held back by the weather, "at least half of that was true, since Otunga was out filming a movie." Co-host Bryan Alvarez asked what he meant, and Meltzer replied that he could not talk about it.
This led to much speculation that Ranallo, who is a known sufferer of bipolar disorder, was having either a manic, or a depressive episode, and was therefore unable to work. This theory is supported by the fact that Ranallo's Twitter, which is usually very active with a lot of tweeting and retweeting, was noticeably silent. In fact, Ranallo has not tweeted since March 13, when a fan said he was excited to see him. Ranallo simply replied that "snow may stop that from happening."