Erick Rowan was released by WWE on April 15 as part of the company-wide cutbacks due to the coronavirus pandemic. Rowan had been featured on television in the months prior to his release, first as the man who tried to "murder" Roman Reigns on SmackDown and then carrying around a cage on Raw.
Rowan has kept relatively silent following his release, but he spoke to Lewis Nicholls of The Lewis Nicholls Show to provide an update on his future.
"I haven't had any conversations (with AEW). I'm still under a 90-day no-compete clause. As far as somewhere like that, yes, it would be awesome to show your talents on a national level. They get great exposure and have a lot of guys who work there and know what they're doing. They're giving kids chances. I watch and find it entertaining at points and not entertaining at points. Every show is like that. There are other guys on the Independents that I'd love to work with. They have some big boys at IMPACT and ROH. That's not even getting into overseas stuff. As far as AEW goes, for me, and I think Brodie would say this as well; we need to stay the hell away from each other. We keep finding each other somehow," he joked.
Rowan went on to say that he still talks to Brodie regularly and is happy for his success. Even in their final days in WWE, Rowan and Lee (Luke Harper in WWE) were paired together for a feud against Daniel Bryan & Roman Reigns.
Rowan has changed his name to Erick Redbeard to gear up for his post-WWE run.
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