Dan Matha was released by WWE in April 2020 as part of a handful of releases made by the company.
Matha competed on live events, but rarely on television after signing with the company in 2016.
Speaking on Rise to the Challenge Podcast, Matha explained his frustrations with how he was used by NXT.
"Because of the pandemic, they released like 40% of the staff. Also, I was just in a car accident. I was a good opportunity for all that to take place. To be honest, I was unhappy with my circumstances. I had been with the company for five years and that last year I was unhappy with the way things were going. I felt like I wasn't being listened to. My displeasure with the ways I was being used weren't being listened to. I wasn't getting honest information back from them. I was expressing how I was feeling, they were telling me something, but what they were telling me wasn't necessarily what was real. That became really frustrating. There was never effort to use me as a character. Greatest Royal Rumble, they just needed bodies. It was a cool experience, but as a wrestler, you don't want to just be a guy filling a spot. You want to be a character on the weekly episodic television show," said Matha.
Shortly after his release, Matha revealed he was in a car accident but was fortunate to not have any major injuries.
When asked if his future is in wrestling, Matha said, "This is the million-dollar question. To be honest, I had a bad taste in my mouth with wrestling. Between the accident and being released, I felt like it was a grimey move. Especially because I had asked for my release back in December. They didn't give it to me. They wasted four months where I could have pursued other companies that wanted my services. Maybe that's why they held on, I don't know. It left a poor taste in my mouth. Then, between the accident, the pandemic, losing your job, being in a ton of pain, it takes its toll mentally. We were all going through it during the pandemic. Even though I was phsyically able to be back, I underestimated the concussion and what it did to my emotions. I was back and cleared to be back and started to work out again. I was recovering from wrestling more than my car injuries."
It is unknown if Matha will continue his wrestling career. He hasn't wrestled since March 2020 at an NXT live event.
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