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“The Rock’s whole ‘we’re family’ and all this, it’s total horsesh*t” – Former WWE Personality On His Release

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Matt Camp, former co-host of WWE’s The Bump, has disclosed the reason behind his release from the company earlier this year.

Camp, who served WWE for several years as the host of The Bump and various other content, was released in February. On his channel, The Wrestling Matt, Camp shared that Michael Cole informed him of his release, though an HR representative officially let him go. The reason given was cost-cutting measures, not any fault of his own. Cole confirmed this and mentioned more team changes were coming, including the departures of McKenzie Mitchell and Kevin Patrick.

Camp initially kept quiet about his release, feeling shocked at the time. However, the news emerged a week later, leading to messages from people within the company who were unaware of his situation.

WWE did not publicly announce his departure; Camp simply vanished from The Bump and other shows without mention, which he found disappointing. He felt this lack of acknowledgment contradicted WWE’s emphasis on being a “family,” viewing it as insincere despite understanding the business perspective.

Here’s what Camp said:

“I don’t work for WWE anymore. I haven’t since early February. I don’t think I’ve said this before, so I’ll say it now. I was told by Michael Cole when it happened. He wasn’t the one who let me go; it was an HR representative. I was told it had nothing to do with anything I did. It was a cost-cutting measure, or whatever you want to call it, tightening the budget.

I reached out to Michael Cole and said, ‘Hey, anything you could tell me?’ He was basically, ‘Oh, okay, I guess you heard, blah blah blah.’ There were more changes coming to the team. I think McKenzie had been let go a little before that, and Kevin Patrick would move on after that, which I know was planned.

I chose to keep quiet. It was my call. I was mildly shell-shocked at the time, but it came out a week after, and that’s when I started to get the messages and all that stuff, including from people within the company. They didn’t know. That’s how I chose to handle it.

WWE did not put any announcement out; I just disappeared. I disappeared off ‘The Bump,’ I disappeared off the shows. They made no mention of it, which admittedly I thought was pretty sh*tty.

I’m not asking for a ‘future endeavors’ thing or anything like that, but you know, that tells you what family means when you work for a company. It means you’re a number, and that’s what I was.

I understand that, but that whole ‘family’ and ‘we’re family’ and all this, it’s total horsesh*t.

I had, three weeks prior to my release, The Rock show up at Headquarters and tell me what a big family this is and shaking hands, ‘We’re so happy to have you all aboard’, went through these Town Hall meetings after a bunch of cuts happened, and it was, ‘You’re still here for a reason’… then you’re gone.

And people get let go, that’s part of the business, I get that, but that whole ‘family’ bullsh*t – and Rock’s like, ‘Let’s take a picture with everybody in it because I wanna show that I was here’. I’m in that picture, and then I’m not here a couple of weeks later. It’s all who’s making the money, what’s the bottom line.”

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