Jonah Rock: It Was Like Bronson Reed Had Died When I Got WWE Release
Reed was released by WWE in August
Jonah Rock, known as Bronson Reed in WWE, has admitted it felt like the character he had spent years crafting died when he got released from the promotion.
Reed was shockingly let go by WWE amidst a number of releases from NXT and 205 Live in August, with the former North American Champion departing despite having been tipped for a move to the WWE main roster.
Speaking to Chris Van Vliet about his release, he said: "It was very shocking at first. I would be lying if I would say I wasn’t upset and angry, and all the emotions that come with something like this.
"It’s like the seven stages of grief. Even though I didn’t physically lose anyone, it was kind of like Bronson Reed had died. I’d spent the last few years investing in myself and becoming that character of Bronson Reed. But now that’s over and I have to look for something new.
"I’m bringing back a little bit of what I did before WWE and becoming Jonah again, but it was hard. I’ve been able to deal with it pretty well though. I’ve had hardships in life and in the professional wrestling business before, and that has sort of prepared me for this day if it was to come. I just didn’t think it would be any time soon."