Erick Rowan was among the handful of names released by WWE on April 15 as part of company-wide cutbacks. Rowan had been featured regularly on television before his release in two infamous storylines. First, Rowan was the man behind trying to murder Roman Reigns on WWE SmackDown. Following that storyline, Rowan carried around a large cage with everyone wondering, "What's in the cage?"
It was a giant spider that was killed by Drew McIntyre weeks later.
Appearing on Fueled By Death Wish, Rowan discussed his mindset following his WWE release.
"I mean, with everybody we're in a weird, strange Twilight zone, outer limits type world right now. With the Coronavirus situation, social distancing. This virus is affecting everybody. So I can be shocked and upset but what's that going to do? The situation is the same, life as we know it is a little different right now. Is it still possible to attain goals during this time? Yes. Are they the exact goals that you want them to be? No. It's going to be unexpected things popping up in there and you just embrace it. And you go every day, one step at a time like everybody else. I have a lot of friends in the music industry, I have a lot of friends that work service industry and they're all being hit right now, really hard. And there's nowhere for these people to go to work right now," he said. "Nothing's open within those industries and everything's taking a big hit right now, so I don't think it's fair to point and be upset about any situation because there's no point in doing that. That's just negative energy and you don't need to feed a negative situation with more negativity. That's just not good for anybody. You need to stay positive, put one foot in front of the other and just keep moving."
Rowan has remained relatively silent following his release and didn't dive in further on the topic when asked about his release.
Rowan is currently a free agent and his non-compete clause expires in July.