It has been a trend over the last year or so for WWE Superstars that are unhappy with their position in the company to request their release, however it isn’t often that WWE decides to grant the request and it looks as though it may never happen again.
AEW Superstar Chris Jericho was recently a guest on Sirius XM Radio’s Busted Open Radio and talked about former WWE Superstar Shawn Spears (fka Tye Dillinger) situation while with the company and how he was eventually given his release. However, during the interview Jericho stated that allegedly WWE will not be giving Superstars early releases anymore.
“I don’t know why [Shawn Spears] sat on the sidelines for eight months. I don’t know why a lot of guys sit on the sidelines for eight months.”
“But you know how it works up North, brother. If you fall out of grace, you’re finished being played with as Vince’s toy, you get put in the corner. Thankfully, Shawn got his release. He’s the last one that will. Nobody will ever get their release from WWE again. Nobody. He got his release, Cody and him are friends. Cody knew what he was capable of. I knew what he was capable of. I championed to get him. The guy is a tremendous heel. He’s an old school heel. He looks the part. Putting him with Tully Blanchard is a great idea. He’s a main eventer. We’re going to make him into a star, just by putting him with Cody Rhodes.”
Even though WWE representatives have said that they don’t see AEW as a threat, their actions and new “policies” seem to tell a different story. It is becoming more and more obvious that WWE doesn’t want to help their competition by allowing any of their talent to jump ship.
(Thanks to Fightful for the quote.)