By Jason Powell, ProWrestling.net Editor (@prowrestlingnet)
The non-compete clauses of the wrestlers cut by WWE back in March expired at midnight. As such, Erick Rowan, No Way Jose, Heath Slater, Zack Ryder, Curt Hawkins, and EC3 released new videos that can be viewed below.
Powell’s POV: Rowan is going by Erick RedBeard, No Way Jose announced his name change to Levy Valenz, Slater appears to be going by his real name Heath Slater, Ryder is using his real name Matt Cardona, Hawkins is back to using his real name Brian Myers, and EC3 owns the rights to his name. In case you missed it, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson announced that they have signed with Impact Wrestling and will appear at tonight’s Slammiversary. Slater was certainly teased by Impact as well. WWE also cut Drake Maverick (rehired), Lio Rush, Eric Young, Kurt Angle, Aiden English, Sarah Logan, Primo, Epico, Mike Kanellis, Maria Kanellis, Rusev, a referee Mike Chioda in March.
— Joseph Ruud (@ErickRedBeard) July 18, 2020
— Matt Cardona (@TheMattCardona) July 18, 2020
— Brian Myers (@Myers_Wrestling) July 18, 2020
— Levis ⁷ (@WWENoWayJose) July 18, 2020
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When I was young, I dreamt of having a place just for me inside the squared circle. With the help of my Mom and Grandpa, I made that dream my reality. At 23 years old, my priority was me and only me. I lived the life that the old timers told me about and life on the road was everything I thought it would be at first. As the years went on my career evolved and so did I. I became a man, a husband and a father. Year after year, loss after loss my time in the ring became less and less fulfilling and my time at home became more and more precious but there was never a healthy balance between the two. Leaving WWE may have not been on my terms, but moving forward the choices I make regarding my career and my life will be ONLY on my terms. Over the last 14 years, I lost the man I thought I was… but Thank God I’m finding him again. I’m ready to reignite my fire. I’m ready to be the wrestler I was meant to be, while being the father and the husband that my family deserves. Now it’s my turn and I’m going to rise. So y’all better watch the hell out. Special thanks to @mauricio_jc0509 with @visualfirst_production for your time and dedication to this project. Thank you to Matt Mullins with @thebringdowns for my amazing new entrance music. Thank you to @latitude35cf for allowing us to use your space and kicking my ass into top shape over the last 90 days. Thanks to my wife @prettymotherpuckers for always having my back, even when I didn’t make it easy. My mom @ddtsrt for being my biggest fan. And of course a special thanks to my friends who have supported me through all of this change @natesiemon @emusukhbayar @emileesiemon @thomasculp88, @dmcintyrewwe @ganzo.u
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