Buddy Murphy On His WWE Release: "I Knew It Was Coming Because I Put Across That I Was Unhappy"
It didn't come as a shock
Murphy has revealed his WWE release didn't come as a surprise.
The former Cruiserweight Champion was released on June 2, 2021, after eight years with the company. While he had been prominently featured at times during his run, Murphy hadn't been on TV for months and he admitted to Fightful that he knew his release was coming because he had expressed his unhappiness.
"When I got the call, I had a feeling and was on my way to the Performance Center because I had to go and get something printed out. In today's (age), who has an actual printer? My phone rings and it says 'WWE Inc.' I knew, so I didn't answer. I went in and got my things printed. Obviously, I knew it was coming because I put across that I was unhappy. Without overly stepping on toes, I made it quite apparent that I wanted to do more and where I currently was didn't sit well with me," Murphy revealed.
"Got my thing printed off, gave the call back, they informed me that they were going to release me and I had always heard rumblings that once that day comes, and it comes for everyone. Everyone is going to get that call one day. They would always say that this weight would get lifted off your shoulders. There are two things in my life, which people have said, which are very curious. They say, 'once you have a child, it's a love that you can't explain' and 'when you get fired from WWE, it's this crazy weight lifted off.' Those were two things that I was curious to see what people were talking about. One just happened before the other. It was a literal weight coming off and I felt free," he continued.
"My main concern was what would happen with my visa situation. I didn't care about the wrestling. Like I said, I wasn't overly happy there, just sitting in the back and not being utilised, but I've built a life [in America]. I have animals and a house. I've spent a quarter of my life in the US. That was my main concern because I think I have a strong belief that I have something to offer and will land on my feet. That is what I was mainly focused on. Once a couple of days passed, I embraced it and was excited with different projects to dip my foot in. It's a weird and unique situation. As well as getting punched in the stomach, it was a massive shock, but also a breath of fresh air."
Now, Murphy is focused on the future and he revealed he is spending time at the moment sorting out his visa situation.
"I'm taking the measurements that I need to take. I would like to have as many band-aids over the wound as possible. As many back-ups as possible. The ball is rolling and we'll see what happens. I'll cross that bridge when I get to it. There's no point stressing on something that I can't really control. I've done the things I needed to do. Now, it's the waiting game," he added.