On April 15 WWE announced a handful of releases and furloughs as part of company-wide cutbacks. Many wrestlers were released during the cutbacks including longtime names such as Zack Ryder and Heath Slater, featured stars like Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson, and fan favorites like Rusev and Drake Maverick.
Being part of the WWE family for the better part two decades, Christian has survived and seen many cuts during his time in the company. But it doesn't make things any easier when they happen today.
“It’s unfortunate," Christian told Andrew Thompson of POST Wrestling. "The uncertainty of everything going on right now, its affected everybody in some way, and obviously it’s hard to see people I know, especially when they’re friends lose their jobs but also, everybody that happened to are talented and were there for a reason and I think that situations like this, it can be motivating and I know Zack Ryder very well. I know he’s a really motivated individual, and yeah, he kind of has his finger on the pulse of what’s kind of relevant. We saw it before with [his] YouTube show and stuff like that before anybody was really doing that. So he’s already on to the next thing. He’s gonna be fine. As a performer and as a person, use this fuel to better yourself and to move on. There’s no choice but to move on and to keep moving forward. That’s all you can do. It’s a tough situation but just hope you come out of this on the other side and everybody ends up being alright.”
Zack Ryder has already come out and said he will not take bookings until the coronavirus pandemic is over. He's also trademarked the terms "Alwayz Ready" and "Internet Champion" to prepare for life after WWE.
You can listen to the full interview with Christian in the video above.