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RAW Commentator Says WWE Told Him To Stop Wrestling Or He Would Be Fired

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• ON THIS DAY IN WWF HISTORY (August 9, 1992) – WWF Wrestling Challenge

On this day in 1992, the World Wrestling Federation aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF Wrestling Challenge’.

It was pre-taped at the Portland Civic Center in Portland, Maine and featured matches, promos & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWF SummerSlam 1992’ PPV.

The card can be found right here:

– The Bushwhackers vs. The Nasty Boys

– Crush vs. Richie Rich

– Shawn Michaels vs. Tony Devito

– The Big Boss Man vs. Joe Richards

– Razor Ramon vs. Jerry Stevens

– IRS & Ted DiBiase vs. Tony Roy & Dan Dubiel

• RAW Commentator Says WWE Told Him To Stop Wrestling Or He Would Be Fired

RAW commentator Byron Saxton was the special guest on the latest edition of WWE’s After The Bell podcast with Corey Graves.

He discussed his short-lived career as a wrestler in WWE and how it ended.

Below is what Saxton said:

“2012 was my final match in NXT. We had already transitioned, of course, from FCW, and at the time, I had been in developmental longer than anybody. I was there for 5 years and change, and this was a time where, again, it was a lot of transitioning happening from FCW to NXT.

We had a new coaching staff come in. Bill DeMott, funny enough, had come back into the fold, and I gathered just from the outside looking in and using what smarts I have I guess, I think the new administration probably came in and went, ‘okay, who do we have on our roster here in developmental? How long have they been here? What’s their career trajectory?’

And that ended up translating into a phone call that I received one day from talent relations, and I was basically told, ‘listen, if you would like to continue your professional wrestling career with this company, that may not be possible. But if you would like to pursue something else behind the scenes, you might still have an opportunity.’ And that was that. So I, trying to be a smart forward-thinking businessman, said to myself, ‘well, I’m not opposed to learning a new skill’, and part of that is my faith and just letting God kind of take control of my life.

I still wanted to wrestle. That bug never goes away, as you know, but I said, ‘I mean, it’s a risk. I don’t know where this road is going to take me, but if the company is basically telling me I’m going to be fired if I want to continue being a wrestler, let me see what this other option is’. And that’s how it came to an end.”

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