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9. Annoyingly Effective
Colt Cabana has been one of the most successful independent wrestlers of the past twenty years and is currently enjoying life as a member of the AEW roster, but his late-2000's WWE run was one to forget.
Cabana was released in 2009 and didn't have any shortage of offers in the immediate aftermath of getting wished well in his future endeavours.
However, he did have a pesky 90-day non-compete clause. Luckily for the one-time Scotty Goldman, he had a way of circumventing it.
Speaking with Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful, Cabana divulged his strategy.
He was supposed to clear any independent dates with WWE's then-Talent Relations Senior Director Ty Bailey, but Bailey's contact was very infrequent.
So Cabana began filling up Ty's email inbox with all the requests he had, prompting WWE to simply buy him out of the clause, giving Cabana a lump sum payment and ensuring he was free to work whatever dates he wanted.
On the subject of non-compete clauses, it is rather funny that just a couple of days ago, the former Aleister Black was able to debut on AEW Dynamite so soon after being released because of a simple clerical error on WWE's part.
A billion-dollar company with nickel brains.