Flash Morgan Webster comments on The Dyad (Rip Fowler & Jagger Reid).
On April 3, 2023, Rip Fowler and Jagger Reid (formerly known as Zack Gibson & James Drake) requested their release from WWE. A few weeks later, the duo put out statements saying that their requests were denied, but also noting their contracts are set to expire in October 2022.
In a new interview with Fightful, Flash Morgan Webster, who has a history with both men, commented on the situation surrounding Fowler and Reid.
"I’ll be honest with you, even before WWE, I had a big rivalry with Gibson in Progress, Natural Progression Series. I had a big rivalry with James Drake down in Pro Wrestling CHAOS as well before they even became a team, before me and Mark became a team. I had a lot of history with them. Not gonna say I’m shocked. They’ve always been guys that walked to the beat of their own drum. They always find ways to get themselves over. They always do what they want, really, and what they feel they need to. They always bet on themselves. So looking at what they’re doing now, and I think the fact that they’ve never held those NXT belts, the fact they haven’t been called up after all these years, I think is just an absolute travesty. I think Gibson was one of the hottest heels, not just in the UK but in the world. I believe they’re one of the best teams in the world as well, I really do. The fact they’ve never held those NXT belts, the fact they haven’t had a call up, and if I’m totally honest, the fact they’re in that faction and the mouthpiece is not Zack Gibson, that man is one of the best talkers in the world. He’s a heat machine."
Webster went on to further discuss the situation and gave credit to both men for betting on themselves.
"I just think they looked at it and gone, ‘Well, there’s other options out there. We’re both still young. Let’s get out there and try to see what we can achieve over the next couple of years and tick off some stuff.’ I’m not saying I knew it was happening. But everyone was a bit, ‘Oh, they are betting on themselves.’ When you think about it, of course they’re gonna bet on themselves and why shouldn’t they after they’ve been one of the best teams in the world?"
Elsewhere in the interview, Webster credited Mark Andrews' with the tag team's recent appearance in IMPACT Wrestling. Fans can learn more here.
Fans can find Fightful's full report on IMPACT Wrestling's Under Siege show by clicking here.