Unfortunately, there was a major bloodletting in WWE back in April.
Stars across all brands and experience levels, and backstage workers were released, fired and furloughed. This included talent like Aiden English, real name Matt Rehwoldt, who had been over as an on-screen act and wrestler, and had transitioned into commentary.
As he tells us, there's no ill will from his side, and believes that his relationship with WWE is still amicable.
"Yeah, there’s no hard feelings or anything like that. You heard all the news that day. Not just the on-screen talent, but furloughs and employees being let go, corporate behind the scenes stuff, too. So, it affected everybody. I don’t think there’s a single person, in front of or behind the camera, anyone who was let go, ’cause, “Alright, we just don’t have anything for these people.” I know the people who were letting people go, and I talk to them on that day and that was a hard day for them. That’s for people who a pretty regular part of their job is to inform people of stuff like that, but that one where it’s so kind of boom, “Holy crap, we’re doing this many people?” It was a hard day for everybody there," Rehwoldt says.
Drake Maverick has already made his way back to the company, but thus far, dozens of on-screen talent are still sitting out their 90-day no compete clauses before they can perform elsewhere.