Asher Hale On His WWE Release: "There Is A Shift Happening"

Changes are on the way

WWE continued to make budget cuts on August 6 and the company released 13 Superstars.

One of those released was Asher Hale, who only signed with the company back in January, and the former 205 Live star admitted "there is a shift happening" in NXT.

Hale posted the following statement following his release:


My wrestling career has taken me on quite the ride, with a lot of ups and downs. Another chapter in this crazy story ended on August 6, 2021. I never thought I would make it as far as I did, but after 20 years, I did the unthinkable. I was employed by the largest wrestling company in the world. Then, 6 months later, I was released.

I know there is nothing I could have done to make things turn out any different. There is a shift happening, within the company, and I no longer fit what they are looking for. I mean, I get it. I wish I had known that before moving my family down here, but we all take risks in life. It was a choice I made. It didn't pay off this time. I was gutted by the news, but I also knew this was a possibility. Luckily my wife is the most amazing, supportive person on the planet, and has helped me (here) through these past few days. 

I am not here to bash WWE or my time there. While this whole situation is disappointing and there are plenty of negatives I could talk about, I learned a lot, and, overall, the experience was a great one. I came out the other side a better PROFESSIONAL WRESTLER and person. The coaching staff at the PC is amazing and they all helped me a lot. 

The one thing that is truly hurtful for me though, is that I do not feel like I ever truly got the opportunity to put the real me out there on that platform. A month into my star at the PC, I was injured during a training match. I herniated 2 disks in my cervical spine, which caused strength and muscle loss on the left side of (my) body. All my televised matches were performed with me banged up and modifying what I did out in the ring. Near the end I was probably 75% but in my first handful of matches, I was maybe 30% at best. I was nowhere near being able to display what I could do, but I did my best to work through it. The injury was nobody's fault. Stuff happens. The WWE medical staff is awesome and took great care of me. They helped me improve my condition as fast and safely as possible. It is just unfortunate that I didn't get the opportunity I wanted. I don't think it would have saved my job, it is not about that. It is a pride thing. I would have been happy with my performances, and that is what truly matters to me. 

So now I have 30 days to think about what I want to do. I can finish up my career and say "it was fun while it lasted," or I can come back reinvigorated and ready to show the world who and what I am about. I'll definitely be back, I just don't know if it will be a long-term deal or not. Let's hope that I can find that passion again, and come out of this better than ever! See you all on the other side."

Reports over the weekend noted NXT is currently undergoing major changes and the black and gold brand is set to revert back to just being a "developmental" programme, similar to the "Curtis Axel" era of the show.

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