Zack Ryder and Curt Hawkins were released just over one year after winning the Raw Tag Team Titles.
Ryder had been one of the longest tenured wrestlers in WWE, having signed in 2006. Ryder is a former Intercontinental, United States, and Raw Tag Team Champion. He also helped kickstart the era of promoting yourself online with his YouTube show Z! True Long Island Story.
Hawkins signed with Ryder in 2006 and the two rose to prominence on the main roster as the Edgeheads. Hawkins was released by WWE in June 2014 before returning to the company in July 2016.
Hawkins and Ryder were re-united as a team in January 2019 and went on to win the Raw Tag Team Titles from The Revival at WrestleMania 35. The duo last appeared on television at WWE Elimination Chamber 2020, losing to The Vikings Raiders in a pre-show match.
Last time I got fired I had a really funny tweet in response to it. Doesn’t really feel appropriate today. I will say this, a lot of very talented ppl lost their jobs today and out of this disaster the PRO WRESTLING community will rise stronger than ever! ----— Brian Myers (@TheCurtHawkins) April 15, 2020
The only thing I wanted to do in life was wrestle. I’m grateful I spent 14 years living my dream in WWE. Thanks to my fans & everyone who believed in me. As I was getting released, I was looking at this photo & smiling. I’m #AlwayzReady & beyond excited for the future. #NotThere pic.twitter.com/uKRVK7FboI— Matt Cardona (@ZackRyder) April 15, 2020