Tino Sabbatelli Confirms WWE Released Him, Says Canyon Ceman And Matt Bloom Weren't Happy

Tino Sabbatelli is no longer with WWE.

Fightful Select broke the unfortunate news a couple weeks back that Tino Sabbatelli was released by WWE after a series of cost cutting measures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Sabbatelli, real name Sabatino Piscitelli, is now speaking out on Dan Matha's The Drop Podcast.

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"I know the news has broke on social media that WWE, NXT and Tino Sabbatelli have parted ways as of now. I haven't really been on social media about it, I'm letting it all soak in. I had a long talk with (WWE Senior Director of Talent Development) Canyon Ceman and (head trainer) Matt Bloom about the situation. I don't think they agreed with the situation or were happy with the situation," Tino said.

When Sabbatelli mentions what he went through, he's referring to nearly his two-year absence from NXT due to a torn pectoral muscle. He'd just returned in February after 22 months on the shelf.

"They know what I went through to come back. Vince McMahon let go of 40 percent of employees, and I got caught up in that 40 percent. I know I've been out two years, but I believe I can bring something special to this industry, so this is not going to be the end-all be all. I'm extremely grateful for the opportunity they gave me, but I'm far from being done. That's the mindset I have. I'm not going to put all my effort into a craft and try to master it, and get these skill sets and throw it to the wayside. It's something I'm very determined... I understand this is situational, but I don't think you let a guy like Tino go -- in a character presence," he said, as the former Dan Matha agreed with him.

You can see the full podcast below.

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