NXT referee Stephon Smith was one of the 13 releases made by WWE on August 6.
Stephon was hired by WWE in the same Performance Center class as Shotzi, Scarlett Bordeaux, and Indi Hartwell in early 2020.
Smith took to social media to post the following statement:
I've had some time to reflect and I want to say I feel great and I'm in a positive mindset. I've doubled down on my time in the gym and I'm 100% ready to continue my path as a referee. I'd like to thank Triple H, Scott Armstrong, and everyone at NXT for being a pleasure to work with and for providing me with skills and opportunities that go beyond refereeing.
You can view the full list of August 6 releases by clicking here.