Former AEW World Tag Team Champion Swerve Strickland was released by WWE in the November 2021 round of releases and made his AEW debut in March 2022.
Strickland won the North American Championship in NXT and was called up to the main roster alongside Hit Row. The group was released soon after joining SmackDown.
Speaking to Uproxx, Strickland said that WWE made a mistake by releasing him and they won’t be able to have him back now.
“That left a big chip on my shoulder to prove it was one of the biggest mistakes you could have made.
And now, winning the Tag Titles with Keith Lee and doing a co-main event in pay-per-views with said Tag Titles, doing all these big arenas and being featured in a lot of different, very unique ways and being able to do the music crossover and show them that was one of the biggest mistakes you made, but you can’t have it back now.
You can’t make up for that now and I’m creating something that’s even bigger than what you expected of me over there.
I’m really blessed in that department. I want to not just give back to them, but I want to showcase, I want to exceed the expectations of me here at AEW as well.”
Strickland will team up with AR Fox to take on Sting and Darby Allin in a Coffin match at All In at the Wembley Stadium in London this Sunday.
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