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Backstage Thoughts On WWE’s Decision To Release Jaxson Ryker And Tegan Nox

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Jaxson Ryker was one of eight wrestlers released on November 18th. According to Fightful Select, many within WWE expected Ryker to be released as part of earlier cuts due to the backlash he received following his tweet in support of then-President Trump in June 2020. Ryker was said to have “laid low” after some of the initial heat from Trump’s support died down.

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When fans returned this summer, it was clear Ryker’s character wasn’t getting over, according to one WWE creative source, who described it as a “uphill battle” to get a reaction from the crowd. Last Thursday, Tegan Nox was also released.

Regarding her departure, it was noted that Nox’s plans had changed several times. She and others were not told which brand they would be joining, and Nox found out that her tag team with Shotzi was splitting up in the WWE Draft through social media. Nox was drafted to RAW, but he never wrestled on the red brand. Last week, WWE also let go of John Morrison, “Top Dolla” AJ Francis, Ashante “Thee” Adonis, Isaiah “Swerve” Scott, Drake Maverick, and Shane Thorne. When their WWE non-compete clauses expire on Wednesday, February 16, 2022, they will become free agents.

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