Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer Newsletter reported that Christopher DeJoseph, one of SmackDown's top writers, had been let go from the company on Friday.
A follow-up report from Mike Johnson of PWInsider says that DeJoseph had been promoted just before his release, and that his leaving the company had nothing to do with COVID-19 money-saving cuts. However, the reason for his departure is not currently known.
DeJoseph had only just rejoined WWE in December, after nearly a decade outside of the company.
His first WWE tenure lasted from 2004 to 2010, in which he worked on the writing team, and occasionally appeared in comedy bits as the scantily-clad "Big Dick Johnson", beginning in 2006.
After departing from WWE a decade ago, DeJoseph went on to become an executive producer and creative figure for Lucha Underground. He later briefly worked in creative for Major League Wrestling, before returning to WWE at the end of last year.
DeJoseph is also a seasoned writer and producer of reality television, including series such as Big Brother, Celebrity Big Brother, Redneck Island, and Paradise Hotel, among others.