• WWE Turns Down Release Request Of Another Wrestler
After Mustafa Ali, WWE has turned down Roderick Strong’s release request.
According to Fightful Select, the former NXT North American Champion wants to leave the company, but won’t be leaving anytime soon:
“Roderick Strong has asked for his WWE release ‘multiple times’ over the last several months.
We’re told that Strong has grown frustrated with many things over the past year within the company and had requested his release, which has been denied by WWE.”
According to the Wrestling Observer, Strong has 2 years left on his WWE contract:
“You can quit, but then they can freeze your deal, so that doesn’t really do you any good. He’s got a couple years left on his deal because he just signed last year before everything changed. His wife’s in AEW. His friends are in AEW. If you look at things from his perspective, things would look much brighter for him in AEW than NXT.
If he was going to go to the main roster, he’d be on the main roster by now. In NXT, he’s still on television, and Malcolm Bivens being cut, there’s that role for him now as long as they want that Diamond Mine group. Bivens was the talker. Now, Roderick would probably be the talker of the group. The coach, whatever.
So, there’s a spot for him, but in the long run, you know with his size and the age and all the other things and what they want that show to be. Long run, he doesn’t really fit. They do give some people releases when they want and they don’t give others and it probably depends on a variety of different things, one of which is that right now, they probably have something for him, but, yeah.
He doesn’t really fit in what WWE’s doing anymore, especially on the NXT brand. There’s not really much he can do. Maybe they’ll do something with him. They put Mustafa Ali on television after they had iced him for a long time.
Roderick isn’t being iced or anything, but I just don’t see what they’re going to do with him. He’s not going to be in any title pictures, I don’t think. He’s not going to be a focused-on guy or anything like that. He does have a spot right now, so I could see how he would want out.
It’s just one of those things. It’s the nature of the contracts. The contracts aren’t fair in the sense that they can cut you whenever they want, essentially, and you can’t leave whenever you want. All wrestling contracts are like that, it’s not just WWE.”
Strong’s wife, Marina Shafir, and his Undisputed Era friends (Adam Cole, Bobby Fish & Kyle O’Reilly) are all in AEW.
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• ON THIS DAY IN WWF HISTORY (May 3, 1993) – WWF Monday Night RAW
On this day in 1993, the World Wrestling Federation aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF Monday Night RAW’.
It was broadcasted from the Manhattan Center in New York City, New York and featured matches, interviews & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWF King of the Ring 1993’ PPV.
Here’s the card:
1. Jim Duggan vs. Shawn Michaels
2. Doink The Clown vs. The Kamikaze Kid (1-2-3 Kid)
3. Bob Backlund vs. Duane Gill
4. The Headshrinkers vs. Jim Bell & Tony Roy
5. Kamala vs. Rich Myers