Drake Maverick is a heavy sympathetic in the NXT Cruiserweight Championship tournament but is still reportedly being released by WWE.
Drake Maverick was part of the releases made by WWE on Wednesday, April 15, 2020. In spite of this, he is continuing to compete in the tournament to crown an interim NXT Cruiserweight Champion, was interviewed on WWE’s The Bump and has seemingly had his release interjected into part of the storyline of his tournament participation. In spite of all this, Maverick has not been hired back by WWE nor was his release was a work in the first place.
According to a report by Mike Johnson of PWInsider, Drake Maverick is still officially being released by WWE. WWE made the decision to tie in his release because the video he put out following his release gained a lot of traction online. Drake Maverick still has a 90-day period where he cannot be utilized by any promotion outside of WWE, therefore WWE is taking full advantage of that.
While appearing on The Bump, Drake Maverick talked about this being this final opportunity to make an impact in WWE.
“If I'm going out, I'm going out swinging. All I ever wanted in WWE was to compete in the ring and be the star that I know I am. I felt like there was always an obstacle to overcome, whether it was knocking on Vince's door and there were six other people trying to knock on the door first. Whether it was who I've got to ask, what I've got to do, getting in the ring before shows, and live events. Just to see if anybody would look at me and go, 'That guy has got something.' I had the NXT crew following me around the last two weeks documenting my return to the ring. It will be the biggest turn of events since Drew McIntyre was supposed to wrestle for the WWE Title in front of 90,000 people. Something will come along and switch the course of destiny. That's what happened. They're still letting me compete and this is the story now. What's more relatable than somebody fighting for their job? I'm going to show them, stick it to them, and tell the person that made this decision, 'You were wrong.' And I'm going to do it the professional way. I'm not going to whine or complain, I'm gonna go out there and show them."
Drake Maverick still has two more matches as part of Group A in the interim championship tournament which will play out on upcoming episodes of NXT.